So Much Guitar, So Little Cost
In a word, "WOW"! I am amazed at the quality of my Epi ES-339 Pro. I thought long and hard before ordering it, mainly because of where these are made. I have owned several USA Gibsons over the years (two ES-335s, four Les Pauls), so I'm familiar with Gibson and truly love the Gibson sound. However, I really can't justify spending the money Gibson wants for the models I prefer (and money is not really an issue for me). So I researched the ES-339 extensively and was impressed by the overwhelming positive reviews this guitar (as well as other Epi models being made today) received. I watched a ton of YouTube product reviews as well. In the end I decided to take a chance and order one. I'm glad I did.
The only things I had to do was lower the action for my likes, adjust the pickup height a smidge for better balance between the neck and bridge pickups, put on my preferred strings, replace the strap buttons with Strap Loks and replace the control knobs with Speed Knobs. Sounds like a lot, but all of these tweaks reflect personal preferences.
Fit and finish are flawless. Vedry solid guitar and extremely stable. It stays in tune. As far as the action, I simply lowered the bridge. I expected I would have to tweak the truss rod and mess with intonation adjustments (things I always had to do with EVERY USA Gibson I've bought new). The neck couldn't have been more perfect. No adjustment needed. The fretwork was spot on.
I love these Classic Pro pickups. I generally do not like the stock pickups on USA Gibsons and ALWAYS replaced them with DiMarzios. I really wasn't expecting much from these Epi PUPS, but wow. They sound great and are perfect on this guitar (I played this through a Fender Twin). Very articulate, clear, warm and crisp at the same time. I like what I'm hearing. A lot. And the coil spit is subtle but usable, and will work great for a couple of countryish songs I do, where I don't need all the meat of the full humbuckers. I do mainly blues so I think I found the perfect blues guitar.
If you're on the fence about buying because of the "China" thing, do yourself a favor and give it a try (heck, you can always return it). The Epiphone ES-339 will surprise you.