Epiphone ES-339 PRO (Natural) Reviews4.7/5.0 based on 10 customer reviews
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from Atlanta GA USA
April 1, 2013Music Background:
40 year guitar player
Very SatisfiedThis is one of the best buys out there. I wanted a hollowbody that was more comfortable than the 335 I have and this one is just that. The Chinese manufacturing has really improved and the quality is very high. Contrary to what I had read about this guitar, the coil splitting is really a very usable feature on this guitar and provides a fairly wide variety of very usable tones for a hollowbody. Sweetwater does the best job in the business of ensuring that the guitars they sell are set up to factory specs and that there are no other problems and this one was perfect right out of the box. Jon Gillespie (Sales Engineer) followed up to make sure this was the case as he has done on previous purchases. Sweetwater is the best in terms of service whether its an expensive guitar or a less expensive one like this one.
from Denver Area
November 16, 2012Music Background:
28+ years of guitar playing
Epi ES339 ProI've played guitar for 28+ yrs. and have owned most of the good stuff. I just received the Epi ES 339 Pro from Sweetwater and I'm blown away by the quality of workmanship, the tone and the Pickups! If you blindfolded me and I played this guitar I would swear I was playing a Gibson ES339, except the Gibson doesn't have coil splitting and costs $2100.00 MORE. Great job Epiphone & Sweetwater.
Thanks Dennis K.
from Boise, Idaho USA
November 12, 2012Music Background:
Been playing guitar for 45 years. Started in the old garage band in 1967. Currently retired from a law enforcement carreer, and playing in a Beatles Tribute Band in Boise, Idaho; Tomorrow Never Knows. Thanks Sweetwater!
Great GuitarGreat guitar! ( 5 ) Stars! Great service from Sweetwater! Thank you to Aaron Smith and Patrick Dennis!
from Ohio Valley, Ohio
July 6, 2012Music Background:
Semi-pro musician, advanced home recordist, multi-instrumentalist
Hard to believe VALUE!How can you go wrong with this beautiful value? I chose the natural body since I already had an Ibanez AS-73 with a Translucent Cherry Red finish, otherwise, I might have chosen that model. After talking to my sales engineer, Michael Griebe, I was able to snag the last one. When I looked on line a few days earlier, there were three.
Upon arrival, the guitar was flawless, clean and well set up. That's one big advantage to buying from Sweetwater with their 55-point inspection and set-up. This guitar has Grover tuners as opposed to the listed Wilkinson tuners, but they are just as nice if not better. I am not sure if the pickups are the Probuckers as originally seen in Epiphone ads, but think are Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers. Whatever they are, I approve! Love the coil taps and the smaller, more reasonable body size, Will be using this at my next gig. This model is highly recommended. No regrets. It may be out of stock currently, but more will come in. I also recommend getting the hardshell case since other standard cases will probably not fit the in-between size of the guitar. Also, it is a good idea to have a nice, form fitting hardshell case for semi-hollow bodied guitars.
from Eugene (Another home of the Blues, baby!)
July 3, 2012Music Background:
Started playing at 23 , was hired at about 27 on my first audition.The leader told mr to get in another band "right away" when the band broke up -- but I didn't, but I still play and try to get others started.
Epiphone ES-339 PRO (Natural)I love this guitar. Nice tone, you can mix single coil from the neck with humbucker at the bridger and get some deeper and more complex leads that still have bite to them.
Neck feels smooth and fast.
Nice hollow body tones can shine through.
I play mostly leads ('cause I don't sing), and this will riff like crazy.
I play this currently through a vintage earl 80's Laney Pro Linebacker (50 watts)
And by the way -- it looks better in person, has a creamy ambience to it -- really nice. I took the pickgaurd off to show off the body.
May 28, 2012Music Background:
Active 35+ years
Great GuitarWonderful guitar! Fit and finish on mine are flawless. I highly recommend this instrument.
from Springfield, MA
October 18, 2012Music Background:
Hobbyist/performer; have been playing for 12 years
Great blues guitar for the moneyI have a Gibson LP and a Fender Deluxe Strat but I was looking for something light weight with a nice fat blues sound that didn't break the bank. This guitar is just what I was looking for. It's my first semi-hollow body and it's not much larger than my solid body guitars so it felt comfortable right out of the box. The humbuckers deliver a rich full sound and the coil taps give you more tonal variations if you need them. I rarely use them but you never know. This is the first non-American made guitar that I have purchased and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the fit and finish of this guitar far exceeded my expectations. It's beautiful! I couldn't find any imperfections on it. A few of the frets needed a little polishing and the input jack needed snugging up but so far those are the only problems I've encountered. The guitar stays in tune very well despite my bending the strings a lot. I think that this guitar is a great buy.
from United States
June 13, 2012Music Background:
35 years amateur guitarist
Surprising nice!I didn't have high expectations for a cheap guitar made in China, but I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived today. Setup was perfect, finish is good, sound is very nice on the single coils, especially with both pickups selected. The only thing holding me back from the 5 star rating is the double-coil sound on the bridge pickup is a little flat. By comparison, by Gibson ES339 was brighter, but then again, my Epi Sheraton I used to have was also a little flat on the same pickup. But for the price, the playability and versatility of this guitar can't me matched.
from hello Cleveland!
May 9, 2012Music Background:
pro musician, luthier
Epi 339This just might be the best value in a guitar under $400, and this and the Ultra 339 are easily the best new Epi models in years.
They are both more versatile than their much more expensive cousin, the Gibby 339.
With four pots, three way switch and push pull coil tapping, there are EIGHT available sounds, H/S, H/H, S/H,S/S, neck only or bridge only. humbucking,neck only or bridge only single coil.
You can get a reasonable 335 sound and fair Tele as well.
And, beleive it or not- the p'ups are good and work well when split. I've never found humbuckers that sound good split before. This new downscale size is much more 'weildy' than a Dot,.
This guitar would rate perfect for the sort of guitar it is[-blues/R&B] but it does have that typical Asian feel to the top of the fretboard, i. e., super flat, .with frets that could use more polish.
The nut is kinda poo, too but most anything under a grand is.
[ For what I've paid, I'll pull the frets and roll the fretboard edges.]
No need to change p'ups thou!
The back neck profile is just fine, however, not too fat like a Sheradon, not too thin like some shredbeast. Too thin, you'll lose tone.
Be shure to check the pics of each serial #, especially the back/neck, for best colourmatching.
Get one and get your "Keef' on!
from Richmond, VA.
June 6, 2012Music Background:
Epiphone ES-339 ProThis is listed as a solid body guitar but it is a semi-hollow, a small 335. This is a tremendous value for $399 and a lot less bulky. I have had good luck with Epi necks and frets even though they're not as finished as a Gibson, but for this price who cares? It'll wear in.
The first one I ordered had one problem fret. The 12th was too low but Sweetwater sent a new guitar immediately.
I like the Epi more than its Gibson counterpart because of the coil tap. Like many split coils it's a compromise but it does a good enough job of both AND it's nice to be able to split either pickup. There aren't many single coil semi-hollow body guitars out there. Great ax for the money.