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Nashville Customshop vs Memphis Customshop? Historic Customshop

#1 User is offline   nationalmojo 

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 06:24 AM

Hi Everyone,
I'm in the UK, and am about to buy a 335 Customshop 59 Dot. I'm told in shops that Gibson now make these exclusively in Memphis and no longer in Nashville. Is this true?

When I last considered getting one of these 5 years ago, the general consensus seemed to be that Nashville customshop products were superior to Memphis, any updates on this opinion?

Thanks.
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#2 User is offline   Sunburst PB 

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 02:36 PM

I believe that you are correct in that the ES-335s are all made in Memphis now. Five years ago many of them were being made in Nashville. I had an ES-355 built for me in Nashville five years ago their build quality at that time was much better at that time. I think that is still the case. I have seen a number of guitars that have come out of Memphis in the last few years and have not been impressed by their output.
2011 Gibson Custom Shop ES-355
2002 Blueridge BR-183
1999 Fender Hot Rodded Precision Bass
1998 Fender Telecaster
1966 Fender Coronado II
2013 Epiphone DR-212

2013 Takemine GY93 New Yorker
2012 Ohana CK-35-SN Soprano Ukulele

2000 Behringer BXL450 Bass Combo
1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb RI
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:04 AM

I went to Gibson Memphis last year and asked about this because I have an 08 335 custom. The factory supervisor explained that the basic 335 guitar is built in Memphis and then sent to the Nashville custom shop for conpletion. As I recall there is no custom shop in Memphis.
Hope this helps
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