My first Epiphone
I received this as a gift from my wife for Christmas, and I was a bit apprehensive about getting a guitar that I had never played before from an on-line retailer.
(BTW..I have bought equipment from Sweetwater before and have nothing but good things to say about the service and my contact Lucas Anderson!)
As someone who has had many guitars over the years I have pretty high standards (Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Taylor, Martin...), and since I haven't had a semi-hollowbody electric for a long time I wanted to get a Gibson ES-335, but they are out of my price range now.
I was very pleased when the guitar arrived and I checked it out. It was packed well. The workmanship was excellent and the Sweetwater set-up was really good right out of the box. (nice job guys!) Understanding that it's impossible to set up an instrument that will be exactly the way every musician wants it, it took me less than 5 minutes to lower the action a wee bit on the treble side and it was ready to go for me.
The neck was straight, frets level and all the electronics worked perfectly. The finish on the guitar is beautiful with no flaws found and everything fits and is put together well, and it stays in tune. (Bonus..it came with Grover tuners, which I put on all my guitars). I am very impressed with this guitar!
I then plugged it in and proceeded to fall in love with this guitar! It sounds great!! The pickups respond well to the way I pick, and it will growl, sing as well as whisper when coaxed gently. It also plays very well. The shape of the neck is different then any of the guitars that I currently have, but not bad at all, just different, and it didn't take me long to get used to it.
For the price, I think this guitar is a fantastic buy! I worked at a music store for 15 years and sold and played all kinds of guitars, and as a salesman and a musician who has owned a lot of great guitars over the years, this guitar is a keeper and I am very happy to have it. Great job Epiphone!
Did I mention that I like this guitar a lot? :o)
I also got the Epiphone E519 hardshell case for the guitar and it also is excellent. It fits this guitar perfectly the way a case is meant to fit, snug without being too tight, and it appears to be solidly built. It is well worth the money to protect your guitar with a good case!