Quick opinions on an Epiphone

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by StachePower, Feb 11, 2021.

  1. StachePower

    StachePower TDPRI Member

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    Hey all,

    I'm GASing for a ES335 style guitar but don't wanna pay for a Gibson, so I'm looking at the Epi. Any opinions on the Pro? Any argument for the coolness of one color or another? I like the guitars just seeing what a bunch of people I respect think.

    Todd
     
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  2. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes. Get it. I like red.
     
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    Save your money.
     
  4. marshman

    marshman Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I recall the studio Epi 335 getting rave reviews when they were introduced a few years back...might’ve been satin finished, if that matters to you.

    Only one I really like is the Riviera P93. I just discovered some ‘new colors’ have been introduced recently but the wine red/gold hardware seems classy, and considering they seem to average $100 less, thanks where I’d start if I just wanted to try one out.

    Happy Hunting
     
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    I am a professional orchestral bassist new to el. guitar, a pandemic habit. I picked up a used 2008 (Korean) Sheraton ii, Ebony finish, with hard case for 500 at a local shop. Just absolutely love it. Its looks and sound grabbed me, I wasn’t even looking for a 335 style. The Sheraton is an upgrade from Epi’s 335. Now I’ve spent countless hours listening to vids of all of the many choices, and by comparison keep loving what I found. If you want something a little different, the Guild lineup is very well presented on uTube, and I find myself also drawn to several of their models. Enjoy!
     
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    One more thing- given the choice, I’d opt for the Sheraton ii Pro, with push/pull pots for coil split. But the stock pups on the II (non-Pro) are great!
     
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    Here are my other 335 and a Riviera, among a couple of other Epiphones. IMG_1619.JPG
     

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    +1 on a Sheraton.

    I haven't really had good experiences of Epi 335s but hey, that could just be me.

    While you're looking at this style of guitar, you might want to consider an Ibanez AS series, for example, an AS-93. You'd get times the guitar you'd get with the Epi, IMO. You should check them out if you can.
     
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    Nice wall, sir :)
     
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  11. Chiogtr4x

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    My quick answer ( more to Epi haters than to OP) is that IMO ( and I owned 6 various Epis since the early '90's to the latest, a 2018, bought last year)
    You just can't compare Epiphones of 20 years or even 10 years ago to the ones being built say in the last few years.
    Better build, better electronics, better hardware = better guitar.

    I, admittedly bought various 335- style and other Epis ( including a beautiful Sheraton, with mud pickups and a rubber neck!)

    and kept buying Epis, hoping the NEXT one would be better.

    Even with pickup upgrades, just mediocre tone, and I would sell them
    ( do miss the Casino- want it back!)

    Then, after playing my buddy's real '61 SG, years ago, falling in love with it, and knowing ( honestly just from reading ads and reviews) that it sure sounded like Epiphones were getting better, especially with pickups and pots- I promised myself an Epi SG G-400 Pro ( with coil taps), or now the new 'Inspired' Standard SG as soon as I could get $$ together.

    I got this 2018 SG Pro last year, and it has been fantastic- great clear tone, light, strong build, no neck dive, no rubber neck that changes pitch when you push against it.
    Laminated body with veneer?- so what! ( it is an Epiphone).

    My gigs last year were all outside and I bet I played 15 gigs with the SG from June-December.
    Get the Epi, if it is a recent-made or new one, great value, good player. 20200624_094148.jpg
     
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    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    My opinion, get an older one. Preferably one made in the 90s or maybe early 00s.

    Epiphones are not inherently bad, but their finish is so thick it kinda ruins their tone when they’re brand new, in my opinion. Once they open up after years of playing, they can be quite good, especially with a pickup swap. They also tend to play better after time, again IMO.
     
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    Eastwood makes a very nice 335 for less than half the price of the Gibson.
    I've really like every one of them I've tried. Even in side-by-side tests with Gibsons. Fit and finish is great and many come with Lollar pickups - so swapping later isn't an issue.

    Also, I'm lucky to have a dealer here in town. I would advise you to give them a look before settling for an Epiphone.
     
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    I have a 2015 Epi 339 that changed my thinking about Chinese guitars. Looks great, feels great, sounds great. Paid $350 for it, used but mint. Would a Gibson 339 look, feel, play better? Probably. But I'll never know because I'll never be able to afford one.
     
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    Sheraton is outstanding. Also check out Ibanez.
     
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    I don't know about an ES335 copy but my bolt on neck LP100 in vintage burst is a high quality guitar. It changed my perception of ceramic pups as well.
     
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    If you've got 30 minutes or less, check out Anderton's youtube video comparing a $4400 Gibson 1958 ES-335 Reissue to a $414 Epiphone (neither available from G/E anymore, but maybe it'll help you out). They get playing a bit around the 4-minute mark, but when they are walking through their incredible store to select the models for comparison, Danish Pete notes that the Gibson has an alarm on it but the Epi does not. LOL.

    The guys trade off on the guitars so if you prefer to hear one guy over the other, skip ahead.

     
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    Love my 20 year old Epi Dot !

    The new Inspired By Epis look quite interesting.

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    I’m not anti Epiphone, but why would anyone pay $500 for a used one?
     
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