Does anyone have a 339?

LOSTVENTURE

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I have a wine red P90 Pro version. It is a very versatile guitar.
And, right now it's in it's case sitting next to my LP Trad, and the cases are the exact same size.
The reason that it's in it's case is that today I'm working on some of John Melomcamp's stuff, which requires the Baja.
 

Midgetje94

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i have an Epiphone ES-339. it is a stupendous guitar. the fit and finish is flawless
my luthier bought the same guitar and told me it is one of his best purchases.
i really like the pickups and the size, sitting and standing is fine - i have a Epiphone Dot ( the 335 size) nice sounding guitar but it had a broken neck ( since fixed) but it was just TOO BIG sitting down. i still have it but in the closet.
that's why i bought the 339 - i missed the sound (and feel) of a semi hollow body - but i got it in a smaller size now - much more comfortable - sounds great - so different than a Telecaster - it's quite striking to play them back to back - throw in a Stratocaster of your choosing and then your really cooking with GAS man...!!!
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Used to have a epi 339 like that. I forget what exact model. It had the acoustic pickup at the end of the fretboard. Could play it acoustic, humbucker, or a mix of the two. It’s actually one of the few guitars I actually regret parting with.
 

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More comparison data: Here's my T-type alongside a Casino Coupe, which AFAIK is the same size as the 339
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39martind18

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I've had my 335-sized Epi Sheraton '64 Reissue for over 15 years now, and I'm really used to the size and shape. I don't know how a 339 would compare, but it might be interesting to see.
 

howardlo

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Mine is a 2014 Epi 339 Pro in natural with HBs that I bought new with the Epi hard shell case.

Really well made instrument that looks and plays like a far more expensive guitar. One of my best guitar purchases.
 

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As someone else mentioned, the 339 actually came after the Ibanez AM50 of the early 80s (predecessor to the AM93 and others). It's funny to think of the 339 as a copy of the AM50, which is simply a smaller version of Ibanez's lawsuit 335. 🤣

Anyway, I looked at both the Epiphone and the Ibanez back in 2014 and chose the latter, an Artcore AM93 with Chinese-made Super58 pickups. I wanted something smaller than a 335 and this gives me exactly what I want: Something that delivers tone in a sweet spot between the LP and 335. To the extent that I can play, I can play anything that was originally played on either and be in the ballpark. The fact that I've never considered another hollow or semihollow since in spite of chronic GAS problems (this week it was a Bass VI) tells me I bought the right one. FWIW it's the most beautiful guitar I own and is a little redder (not brown) than in the pictures below.

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i had a 339 for a short time, i thought it was the best Gibson i'd ever owned. i traded it off but i can't remember why.
 

RCinMempho

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I have a 339.

It is the most comfortable guitar I own - acoustics included. It just sits well on me. I always use a strap even when seated. I'm 5'3" tall. I had an Epi Dot and it was HUGE. The 339 is a good size like a Les Paul, but is light as a feather. Just a joy to play.

I find the middle position to be very woody and acoustic. Works well for full strumming type of rhythm. What I have NOT done with this guitar is gigged it with a loud band. In small jams or lower volume settings it has been great.

My only complaint relates to temperature. Mine seems to be very sensitive to temperature changes. I usually have to retune after a few minutes of playing. In an environment where things are changing (sun going down etc) it needs a little care to stay in tune.
 




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