2001 (Korean) Epiphone ES-335Pro vs. a 2019 Epi ES-335Pro ?

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  1. CavalierX

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    Can anyone give me a primer on what the differences are going to be here? I know the 2001 Korean made 335 should be a pretty quality build, but I am not sure about pickups, and other parts/components etc. People seem to really like the Chinese made 335 and it sounds pretty nice in the video reviews I have heard.

    Musician's Friend is selling a Limited Edition Epiphone ES-335 Pro for $399 right now. They look great and seem to have VERY positive reviews. However- someone is selling a 2001 MiK Es-335 Pro for $400 with a hard case. I am not sure this is a great deal really since I don't really care it comes with a hard shell case- 20 years of wear is 20 years even if it was babied.

    Thanks for advice- I have been searching for comparisons and have not had much luck. I am pretty much a "Semi-Hollow" newb and all my guitars are either solid body Teles, Strats, LP, or acoustics.

    Here is a shot or 2 of the local MiK 335 thats for sale.
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    With absolutely NOTHING to back this up, rumor has it that my Grote 335-style (unbelievable quality for the price) is made in the Chinese Epiphone plant.
    I have owned a number of Korean made instruments, (Samick, Fender Squier, DeArmond, PRS SE One ) and would put them up against ANY contemporary instrument. I'd simply have to play your choices to make a decision, but given what you've asked, I'd go with the made in Korea.
     
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    I doubt there will be a big difference in quality, both should be ok.
     
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    So far the only thing I can put together is that the MiK should be a Samick build.
     
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    And I don't think I've EVER played any Samick that wasn't excellent.
     
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    I have a 2001 MIK 335. Excellent build quality and after a setup has the best action of all the guitars I own. Setup with flat wound 12’s. But it has the old and rather bland hotch/57ch pickups. I’ve never replaced them but often think about it. I’ve also got a 2005 Indo epi dot 335. Complete different guitar to play, lighter and twangier, and build quality is nowhere near the Samick built 335. I think you would get more for you’re money with the 2001 unless you’re really fond of the new model.
     
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    Correction, just checked, my 2005 is actually a 2004 EE serial number, made in China. Def not Indonesian.
     
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    And my 2001 has an ROOK- serial number, making it a peerless factory build. Should of checked before posting!
     
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    I'd go with the MiK. I sold my MiK Epiphone Sheraton II a few years ago. I purchased it new in 2010. I found the pickups to be a little muddy for my taste but the build quality was every bit as good as my USA Gibson Les Paul which I had at the time.
     
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    So... just figured out that the MiK 2001 is actually a DOT and has no binding on the neck and Dot inlays. I also doubt the controls are Push-Pull for splitting... I am not a Semi-Hollow guy (as of yet) and I think MAYBE that option has some real appeal for me being a single coil guy and wanting this to string heavy (12-54 or maybe 11-52?) and play slide. I am running 10-52 on all my Teles in standard tuning but the actions are too low for any good slide playing and I just want different tone options. I am as yet undecided. The Guy with the MiK seems to be inflexible on price... so, I still don't know. That stupid Grote on Amazon for $159 isn't make this decision easier, since I am willing to do a little work for upgrades.
     
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    Depends how often it was played.

    I didn't know guitars have an expiration date, it would be nice of you to let the vintage dealers know.
     
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    I never said anything about Expiration Dates... you want to consider a 2001 "vintage" that's your call. My point is/was, its age does not seem to be a BIG up tick in value, for any reason, as we are not talking about a 50s, 60s, 70s, or even an 80s or 90s. It does not appear to be some kind of magic, Made in the Orient, limited edition, or one off. The questions was and still is: is there something I am missing? Is there something to add regarding its value/worth increasing with its 20 year old age? Because I guess I am not feeling it . . . or seeing it or whatnot. At this point it seems short of playing them live and in person conciseness is leaning toward Korean early 2000s build quality, but not much else.
     
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