Epiphone ES-339 PRO (Vintage Sunburst) Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 10 customer reviews
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from Fremont, Ca.
April 15, 2013Music Background:
Musician, Recording Artist, Hobbyist, Teacher and Student of Music
An Excellent ChoiceI anxiously waited for the receipt of my ES-339 PRO, my choice was the Vintage Sunburst however Sweetwater had just sold the last one in stock so I went on the waiting list. I was given a 3 to 4 week ETA however my Sales Rep (Kent Sallaz) and Sweetwater pulled out all the stops and beat this ETA by 3 weeks. As a 45 plus year guitarist I preferred the higher end line of guitars, the Gibson Customs, the Fender Elite's, the PRS Custom or Signature line however with very little cash flow and wanting a Semi-Hollowbody I decided on the Epiphone ES-339.., well I am absolutely blown away with the guitar that Kent Sallaz picked out for me out of the 4 that were received. Kent took the time to understand what I needed in a guitar, I can't say enough about Sweetwaters 55 point Evaluation they put a guitar through before they ship it to ensure that it passed my inspection. The Quality far exceeds what is expected for a guitar of this cost. The coil splitting feature is a must for my guitar choice and works wonderfully with great sounding pickups I can pull out massive tones or sweet chime and clarity. The bindings are seamless, the 3 color sunburst is faded perfectly and the wood grain in the top and back is beautiful!!! I appreciate low action and the setup was perfect, not a buzz on the neck. I will change the strings to my preferred brand once I am able to put the guitar down long enough to change them but the supplied strings weren't all that bad. I am very happy with my choice of the Epiphone ES-339 PRO and will not hesitate to purchase other Epiphone guitars in the future, Sweetwater is the only source that I would trust to help me choose an instrument of life. Thank you!!!
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 Gig Harbor WA USA
November 18, 2012Music Background:
Aging Former Rocker
A Very Satisfied CustomerThis appears to be a very solid, well-made instrument. It arrived right on time and was well-packaged. I purchased from Sweetwater because the reviews were more favorable, and their 55-point inpection sounded like a good idea. From reading other reviews, it seems these guitars are shipped from the factory in bad need of professional set-up. Mine was quite playable on arrival, and everything worked perfectly. I have owned and played many fine instruments over the years, and this one compares favorably. On a sour note: It seems the factory does not properly "age" the materials before construction, resulting in recurring tuning and intonation problems, at least over the first few weeks. My advice: put on good strings (EB-10/46 Nickel), get a good electronic tuner, download some basic set-up instructions and play it daily.
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.
November 14, 2012Music Background:
es339stopped at bills music in maryland just to browse. Then i picked up the 339 to try out. i was really amazed at the quality and sound .Ive never had a guitar i n this price range that sounded and played so good . Ive spent alot on guitars in the last 40 yrs.this one is my favorite . also sounds great with a bottle slide.
from Buffalo NY
March 18, 2013Music Background:
Great GuitarI really love this guitar, plays fast and stays in tune also the pickups sound great and has coil tap/splitting, If you like a great Semi-hollow you can't go wrong with this guitar and it's priced right too.
from Astoria, NY
March 11, 2013Music Background:
since the 60's
ES-339 EpiThis guitar is definitely a great deal. it is high quality in sound and construction, and worth every penny they ask.
from MA, USA
January 4, 2013Music Background:
ES339 ProExcellent service from Sweetwater. I love that one can actually pick the guitar they want from the ones available.
My guitar arrived perfect and my sales engineer Wayne is fantastic.
One thing that no one has mentioned is that the frets are pretty rough (Google it, if you think that's just my guitar). I play mostly blues, and own many other guitars - mostly Fenders. I was floored by the poor finish of the frets on this one. They are not polished, so doing a bend feels like dragging a string on sandpaper.
The first thing I did was to take the strings off and polish the frets, which is a very simple job that anyone can do. I also oiled the very dry fretboard, which helped in removing the excess dark die that Epiphone uses. If you do not do this, expect the tip of your fingers to be back after playing during the first few days.
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.
June 30, 2012
Great DealThe 339 has the feel of a solid body and sound of a great hollow body. It has the space volume, or footprint, as a Stratocaster. It took a while to set up the sound I wanted but once I had it, I loved it. There is a wide range of styles for which this guitar can accomodate. Ive experimented with the I stomp with interesting results. Great instrument for the price. I almost bought the Gibson counterpart, but I'm glad I stayed with the Ep.