Why shouldn't I buy an ES-339?

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The title says it all. I have a 335, but find it a bit clunky in the size dept., not a deal killer but rather a comfort issue.
Tell me why I should run for the hills from this idea, or alternately make haste to the nearest store that has one in stock.
 

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I have an ES-335 style Ibanez AS73 and I really like it. I also have an Epi ES-339, that is a keeper. Nice neck, nice shape, great sounds. The coil split on these humbuckers is extremely useful. I usually play with the bridge humbucker not split and the neck humbucker in single coil mode. Really nice guitar. You should go play one. I have never played a Gibson ES-339, but the Epi is great for me.

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339 size might be more prone to neck dive
I would have located the strap button on the upper horn on those
The strap button on the back makes perfect sense on a 330 (neck joins body at 16th fret)
 

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339 size might be more prone to neck dive
I would have located the strap button on the upper horn on those
The strap button on the back makes perfect sense on a 330 (neck joins body at 16th fret)

I never had a problem with neck dive with my ES-339. But then I use a suede strap with all my guitars.
 

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I had one and I thought it was the meanest, toughest sounding Gibson I'd ever played. I cannot remember why I traded it off. They are great.
 

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Why shouldn't you buy a 339? They're expensive, if you're talking about a Gibson. Before you commit those bucks, consider alternatives. People have already suggested the Epiphone. But Ibanez also makes a version. There is the AM-93, which is about on par with the Epiphone (IMO), and the AM-153, which is superior. To be honest, I think the AM-153 is fantastic, and I would not be tempted by the Gibson.

There are a few Gibson versions of the 339, some have 4 knobs and some have 2.

But overall I think 339-style guitars are great. Great size, very light and comfortable, and kind of halfway between a 335 and a solid-body. It's very versatile.
 

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In 2012 I bought an Epi 339. It's as described above ... in 2020 I was visiting Replay Guitar in Tampa and they had a new Gibson cherry 339 at 35% off list. I bought it immediately. The differences? The Gibson 339 has the same 'rounded c' neck profile as a 335. It's fatter than a 60's slim taper, but not a baseball bat. The Epi has coil splitters on the volume controls. The Gibson doesn't but the classic 57's sound great and I don't miss them. But, I haven't sold the Epi since getting the Gibson because it's basically got a perfect setup and it's not worth a few hundred to me to get rid of it. (I paid $319 for it in 2012). Either way Epi or Gibby, it's a great guitar.

Edited to add: I sold an Epi Dot to buy the Epi 339 because the Dot's 335 ergonomics didn't fit me.
 

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Because PRS makes guitars. Maybe just my bad luck, but I've had zero luck with Epiphone, whether it be acoustic or electric. Poor quality control IMHO. I have friends who own Epi ES-339's, love 'em and swear by them. I've learned to steer clear, can't keep losing money. Gibson, though better, way overpriced for me at least. Besides PRS, I'd look at D'Angelico as well.
 

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I used to have an Korean Epi Sheraton. Wonderful guitar but it was heavy. Replaced it with an Epi ES339 with P90s.

The ES339 to me is less acoustic sounding, and has less round, airy, jazzy tones. It still meets my semi-hollow and P90 needs, but I'd call it a compromise that falls about halfway between a 335 and a solid body. You give up some of that feel and tone, but you get lightweight and smaller. Still a wonderful guitar; mine's a keeper.

Oh, and absolutely no neck dive.

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I'd buy one in a heartbeat...I have an '82 Ibanez AM50 the "original" 339. Ibanez started shrinking the 335 back in 82 with the AM models.
The AM50 is essential the 339...just 1/2 the cost on the vintage market. Those old Ibanez's are equal to or better than the Gibson and worth a look. The came stock with the original Super 58's which are my favorite PAF's. Low output Alinco 3's. There's a few on Reverb right now, they only occasionally pop up, that would probably be purchased for a $1300 offer.

I love the size and weight on the 339's...and I'd buy the Gibson in a heartbeat of that's what you want.
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Because what you really want is a Gibson CS-356. :cool:

Mine is my forever guitar and gives me everything I need or want between a 335 and an LP. But 339's are great guitars too and sound remarkably similar despite the vast construction differences. To my ear in Gibson smaller-body semis 336's and 356's have a slightly scooped sound (strong highs, strong lows) while the 339/359 has just a bit more mids honk.
 

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I had been giving serious consideration to the 339. In fact, as I was indeed getting ready to pull the trigger on making one my own, I made the original post to the thread. Now I am considering taking a vacation day to go store hopping in Portland to check out some of the Ibanez models.
This is why TDPRI is such an important resource: Where else can you get a variety of honest opinions? I probably would have never considered an Ibanez if not for this thread. Maybe I'll get both...
 

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I'm a fan of the 339's, I think they're great. I haven't tried an Epiphone ES-339.

My Gibson ES-339 has its own character, sounds great and is a comfortable size. FWIW, mine doesn't neck dive; it weighs a bit under 8 lbs.

I'm not an ES guitar expert, so I couldn't say it does or doesn't sound just like an ES-335. But it definitely sounds and feels different than the Les Pauls I can compare it with.

Good luck with whatever you choose!
 

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Just to throw a couple of other models out there for consideration. The Epi Casino Coupe is a 339 sized Casino. Gretsch has a lot of cool semi-hollow bodies.
 

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I've had a Gibson CS 3399 for a few years (that extra 9 in the model number means it has a chunkier '59 neck carve). It's a fine guitar, but it is not a substitute for the tone of a 335.

The 339 is more in the tonal wheelhouse of a Les Paul.
 

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Because PRS makes guitars. Maybe just my bad luck, but I've had zero luck with Epiphone, whether it be acoustic or electric. Poor quality control IMHO. I have friends who own Epi ES-339's, love 'em and swear by them. I've learned to steer clear, can't keep losing money. Gibson, though better, way overpriced for me at least. Besides PRS, I'd look at D'Angelico as well.

Check out the EPI Inspired by Gibson ES 339. I found it had better features than the standard or pro. That being said, if I ever found a Gibson for the right price it would be mine.
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I've been very happy with my PRS S2 Singlecut Semi-hollow (carved not laminated) and my IBG Epiphone 335. I came very close to buying an Eastman T484 (down sized).

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