Epi 335 vs 339 vs Dot - Rambling post...

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by kingfish, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

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    Chinese guitars just get better all the time .I have just got a Harley Benton TE 40 twin bucker Tele and to be honest I cant find anything wrong with it.For the 84 quid it cost its almost illegal theft of skilled labour . Wilkingson pickups are fitted.Sounds good ,not looking to upgrade .
     
  2. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

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    New Epiphones are built in the Gibson-Qingdao factory. Tooling and assembly methods are the same as Gibson's. Electronics are now decent quality.

    Differences are hardware, Polyester finish (no Nitro) and a few cost-cutting (i.e. smaller neck blanks, so heels may be glued on).

    Advantages are smaller route for truss rod adjustment (allen key instead of nut) for strength, and dual-acting truss rods.

    Midrange and above Epis are pro-grade instruments. Not top-of-the-line, but perfectly fine, serviceable instruments. No relation to the junk that used to come out of Asia.

    P.
     
  3. kingfish

    kingfish Tele-Holic

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    Got my Guitar!

    After a few days at the luthier for a set-up and a bone nut installation, I finally got my ES-335 Pro. I've waited a few days before posting back to give it a spin.

    Frankly, I'm amazed.

    I love this guitar! The quality goes WAY beyond the price. The fit and finish is incredible. I feel really lucky to have found this guitar locally in Cherry.

    It plays and feels exactly like my 2005 MIK Casino, so there's no playing adjustment needed. The pickups are clear and bright with sustain to die for. The pots and toggle switch are solid and the action is low and sweet. The fret ends are smooth and the frets are level. The neck inlays are well crafted and the (hideous green) tuners seem to keep the guitar in tune (I may go to Klusons). My only crit is the same as I have heard. The F-hole paint is a little sloppy, but not noticeable unless you're really looking. The poly finish is smooth and even, and the binding is tight and clean. A mirror shows the innards to be totally shipshape.

    All-in-all I would rate this guitar a 9+.

    Some folks have talked about removing the "E" from the pick guard, but I'm showing this thing as a GENUINE 2014 Chinese Epiphone and I'm damned proud to own it!

    I'll post some pics in a day or two...
     

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  4. Slickster

    Slickster Tele-Holic

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    I've got an Epi 335 Pro ... it is very nice. I like it a lot.

    I know you said you didn't want to modify, but I switched out the Epi wiring for the gibson 335 stuff (had to drill the pot holes wider, but it was super easy) and put in '57 pickups.

    IF you want the next level ... WOW ... REALLY makes a great guitar. Something to think about.

    Good choice on that guitar! NICE!
     
  5. 8eighty

    8eighty TDPRI Member

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    that looks incredible! congrats! wish i would have waited and bought a pro instead of a dot ://///////
     
  6. Danomo

    Danomo Tele-Holic

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    Congrats, I had a Dot standard, the pups were the only thing lacking.
    A 339 pro (or Ultra) is on my short list (since I played a few that showed up in local stores recently). What a difference in the pups! The coil tap is more useful than I expected.
     
  7. Danomo

    Danomo Tele-Holic

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    Then be prepared to glue it back on, as they have a tendency to fly off with the random vigerous strum.
     
  8. kingfish

    kingfish Tele-Holic

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    You may be right. What kind of glue works best?
     
  9. Danomo

    Danomo Tele-Holic

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    I don't know, I didn't look back on...:oops:
     
  10. Paul G.

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    I picked up an Epi ES 339 on eBay about a month ago. Put simply this is a really, really good guitar. Barring failure, I'm not changing anything on it.

    Saturday, I was using it on a gig. We do the song "Lights" by Journey. For the solo, I kicked in my OD and off I went. At the end of the night another band member came and told me the solo never sounded better.

    The Alnico Pro pickups sound a lot like '57 Classics but just a little more compressed, which is ok by me. Guitar feels and plays fantastic.

    P.
     
  11. Danomo

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    Not quite A zombie thread resurrection: Today, I came across an incredible ES 339 Ultra just hours after closing my parents estate. Between six surviving kids, there's wasn't really much... but there was definitely enough for this (and a new Squier '51):
     

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  12. john_cribbin

    john_cribbin Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm not a lover of new guitars, but recently bought a 2014 model Epiphone Dot. Reason, the reviews showed how much the Chinese models have improved over the years and the new price was similar to a 10 year old Korean model. So what did I get, a fantastic guitar that's exceptional for the price. Once the neck was set up in the shop it was good to go. A few weeks to start running it in and then a new set of 10's. Sounds and plays great. The pickups sound really good, but at some point my natural urge to fit a Seymour Duncans Jazz in the neck will hit. The only mod I will make for certain is to replace the plastic nut with a nice TUSQ one. I looked at the other semi's, but at the end of the day I came to the realisation, you don't play bling!
     
  13. Chris Browne

    Chris Browne Tele-Holic

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    Love my 339 Pro - my only electric guitar actually, and I gig with it regularly. Only issue I had was both strap pins stripping.
     
  14. MadJack

    MadJack Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I just got back from gigging my ES-339 at a little church for the underprivileged. Played rhythm on the neck, both humbucking and coil split. Handy feature.
     
  15. emoney

    emoney Tele-Afflicted

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    Hear, hear. I'm not usually a "praise-singer" of Epiphones, but I bought what I thought
    was a project guitar in an ES 339 Pro the other day and quite frankly, it has shocked my
    socks off. After a minor set-up (new strings, oiled fretboard, slight lowering of the action, intonation and a very minor truss rod turn to introduce relief in the neck) she plays
    like I've had her for years, which for me is a very good thing. Not sure I'm in love with
    the pots as the tone doesn't seem to have much "range" for me, but that's easily enough
    rectified. Kudos Epiphone.
     
  16. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nice to hear all of the love these 339s get. I have one on my 2015 wish list and these posts can only speed the process along.
     
  17. J Hog

    J Hog Tele-Holic

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    I've heard the same things about Epiphones from the Kalamazoo era. Like you one of my bucket list guitars is a natural finish Sheraton, but I want a Frequensator on mine!!! I have a Kalamazoo era Riviera that I love, but I prefer my Tele because of one thing...I like the placement of the controls over where they are on the Epi. The last couple of weeks I've been using my Riviera with a volume pedal...TONAL HEAVEN!!!
     
  18. oldteleguy

    oldteleguy Tele-Afflicted

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    Epi just came out with the Florentine- it's beautiful and has F holes, single cutaway, and is hollow, I believe. $599 at MF, minus 17% Holiday discount.
     
  19. joy-z

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    Get an SG
     
  20. soulman969

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    No way Jose. Dat's duh devil's guitar. :twisted:
     
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