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The ES-339 has a reduced size and weight laminated maple 335-style archtop body with a solid center block. With the size and feel of a Les Paul, it r...Click To Read More About This Product

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A compact semi-hollowbody with Classic Pro humbuckers and a bluesy sound .

The ES-339 has a reduced size and weight laminated maple 335-style archtop body with a solid center block. With the size and feel of a Les Paul, it retains that distinct semi-hollowbody tone producing a full-bodied sound from the Alnico Classic Pro pickups with push/pull coil-splitting for single-coil tones. Features include SlimTaper D-profile mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with MOP inlays, neck and body binding, Grover Vintage tuners, and LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tailpiece. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
Body material: Laminated
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Maple
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: SlimTaper D
Neck wood: Mahogany
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: Alnico Classic
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Alnico Classic
Brand: Epiphone
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: Push/pull tone control
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: Coil tap
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Tuning machines: Grover vintage tombstone buttons
Color: Nickel
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Versatile electronics
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneES-339 PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 116 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (79)

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    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (88)
  • Good tone (85)
  • Fun to play (79)
  • Good pick up (73)
  • Solid electronics (56)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (17)
  • Craftsmanship (9)
  • Flat sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (80)
  • Jamming (76)
  • Recording (56)
  • Small venues (51)
  • Rock concerts (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (56), Professional musician (32), Novice (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well worth it.

Brief contextual background: I have owned a large variety of guitars over the past 45 years. In particular, I had a number of ES-335 style models - including offerings from Gibson, Aria...Read complete review

Brief contextual background: I have owned a large variety of guitars over the past 45 years. In particular, I had a number of ES-335 style models - including offerings from Gibson, Aria Pro II, Peavey, Ibanez and Epiphone. After all the years of desiring a 60's Gibson ES-335 (but wasn't willing to incur the related expense), I decided to splurge. I went to the stores (over a period of a couple of months) and played a myriad of models, ranging in price from three hundred to three thousand. Either my tastes have changed, or the overall quality of manufacturing/workmanship has dramatically improved - since, in comparison to the new offerings, I was no longer as impressed by the early 60's options. Frankly, I used to be a bit of a "purist snob", reflecting a perspective that the non-USA made "knock-offs" couldn't compare to the Gibson/Fender originals. My change of heart surprised me, particularly since I had become comfortable with the concept of spending thousands - on what might be my last guitar.

Epiphone ES-339 Pro Specifics: In the spirit of full disclosure - I chose to return the first guitar that was shipped to me due to a small foreign speck of something (which looked like it might be steel wool) imbedded in the finish. The guitar played fine, however, the anomaly simply bugged me. Musician's Friend handled the return in both an expedient and professional manner. I am both completed satisfied and sincerely impressed with their customer service. The replacement arrived before I even had a chance to return the original (which, again - was a truly painless, well-organized process).

The workmanship on the second guitar is flawless, period. I have always been partial to a natural wood appearance and I am extremely pleased with both the grain and color. The neck is a "slim taper D" and the frets are both meaty and well-polished. The intonation was quite a bit off, but I have never received a new guitar that didn't require the bridge height and saddles to be adjusted. The neck arrived almost perfectly straight, therefore, the truss rod required a very minor tweak. The rounded "E" on the pick guard was a little loose, however, I would have removed it anyway - since I don't find it particularly appealing. The glue residue was easily removed with a soft, damp towel.

The acoustic sound of the instrument is exactly what I desired; loud enough to hear any of the nuances that you'd normally get when it is plugged in (e.g., hammer-ons, pull-offs, transition notes, etc.). The electric sound is equally satisfying. The split coil wiring offers a wide range of tonality and the pole pieces/wiring provide an even volume distribution across all six strings. Personally, I would have liked the "split" setting to be in operation with the volume knobs in their resting position - since it is my primary choice of tonality. The tone controls are satisfactory, however, I may modify the cutoff frequency (change the capacitor) at some point. The pickups aren't as bright as I'm accustomed to, but this is easily compensated for with the amp/subsequent stage. The machines are also good, they have consistently held the tuning overnight and in response to extensive bending. Again, I may replace them down the road with 18:1 ratio Grovers - since I'm a bit picky about tuning precision.

In the end, my choice came down to the ES-339 over the ES-335/355 body style due to playing comfort when sitting. Since I no longer play out regularly at this point in my life, playing comfort was a significant factor. The minor weight reduction was also viewed as advantage. I have since found the size reduction locates the volume and tone knobs in a better position for me - particularly when using the volume control for a swell/violin effect. Overall, it feels more balanced and is easy to maneuver - to accommodate different playing styles (e.g., background rhythm, soloing).

My final choices involved a comparison of the Epiphone ES-339 Pro, the Epiphone ES-339 Ultra and the Gibson ES-339. I liked all of them, however, I didn't find the acoustic sound of the Ultra appealing enough to warrant me choosing it -- and then having to swap out the pickups to get my desired coil tapping option. As for the choice between the Epiphone and the Gibson ES-339 models, I ultimately picked the Epiphone because of how the neck felt. As far as I am concerned, I can modify (and actually have replaced) all of the constituent parts of the guitar (bridge, pickups, machines, electronics, tailpiece, pick guard) - but not the neck/body. Therefore, it is the highest priority item on my list of needs vs. desires.

In the end, my choice has enticed me to start playing again for many hours at a time and rekindled my interest in learning new material. This was the objective when I started my quest for a new instrument. I hope this review can be valuable to others on a similar journey, so they can be as pleased with their subsequent purchase as I am.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Needs a Set-Up Out of Box

This is a great guitar for the value! First the pros, then the cons:
I bought the Epiphone 339-PRO with the limited edition Pelham Blue finish. IT LOOKS AMAZING!
The...Read complete review

This is a great guitar for the value! First the pros, then the cons:
I bought the Epiphone 339-PRO with the limited edition Pelham Blue finish. IT LOOKS AMAZING!
The instrument has a really versatile sound and feel. It would be great for jazz, blues, hard rock, or country.
The coil-tapping was ingenious, especially for the neck PU.
The Guitar is easy to set-up, which is a crucial factor for me in choosing any guitar, since I do my own set-ups.

Cons:
The intonation and action was a nightmare out of the box.
The D-string seems to get caught in the nut, even after using some graphite lube. I will more than likely need to file it down at some point.
The pickups leave a lot to be desired.
When the volume is turned all the way up it sounds amazing, but when the volume is dialed down even slightly, the guitar sounds flat and loses all it's tone.
The coil-tapping sounds thin and pointless on the bridge position, but it sounds great on the neck.
The neck and bridge are extremely uneven as far as volume goes. The neck is way louder than the bridge. It's difficult to balance good tone and even volume between the two pickups.
The mahogany neck seems to move and bend at even the slightest pressure, which may be just my perception, having been a player of maple necks my whole life.

If you are expecting a Gibson, give up on that.
If you are expecting a great value, this is a great choice.

I may change the pickups, and file the nut, but aside from those issues, the guitar is playable and I bring it to the stage with pride and confidence that it will get the job done!

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(40 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth it.

By DLM-VA

from Oakton, VA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Neck
  • Quality
  • Quality Neck Sound

Cons

  • Initial Intonation
  • Initial Intonationsetup
  • Intonation Setup

Best Uses

  • Acoustic Practice
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

Brief contextual background: I have owned a large variety of guitars over the past 45 years. In particular, I had a number of ES-335 style models - including offerings from Gibson, Aria Pro II, Peavey, Ibanez and Epiphone. After all the years of desiring a 60's Gibson ES-335 (but wasn't willing to incur the related expense), I decided to splurge. I went to the stores (over a period of a couple of months) and played a myriad of models, ranging in price from three hundred to three thousand. Either my tastes have changed, or the overall quality of manufacturing/workmanship has dramatically improved - since, in comparison to the new offerings, I was no longer as impressed by the early 60's options. Frankly, I used to be a bit of a "purist snob", reflecting a perspective that the non-USA made "knock-offs" couldn't compare to the Gibson/Fender originals. My change of heart surprised me, particularly since I had become comfortable with the concept of spending thousands - on what might be my last guitar.

Epiphone ES-339 Pro Specifics: In the spirit of full disclosure - I chose to return the first guitar that was shipped to me due to a small foreign speck of something (which looked like it might be steel wool) imbedded in the finish. The guitar played fine, however, the anomaly simply bugged me. Musician's Friend handled the return in both an expedient and professional manner. I am both completed satisfied and sincerely impressed with their customer service. The replacement arrived before I even had a chance to return the original (which, again - was a truly painless, well-organized process).

The workmanship on the second guitar is flawless, period. I have always been partial to a natural wood appearance and I am extremely pleased with both the grain and color. The neck is a "slim taper D" and the frets are both meaty and well-polished. The intonation was quite a bit off, but I have never received a new guitar that didn't require the bridge height and saddles to be adjusted. The neck arrived almost perfectly straight, therefore, the truss rod required a very minor tweak. The rounded "E" on the pick guard was a little loose, however, I would have removed it anyway - since I don't find it particularly appealing. The glue residue was easily removed with a soft, damp towel.

The acoustic sound of the instrument is exactly what I desired; loud enough to hear any of the nuances that you'd normally get when it is plugged in (e.g., hammer-ons, pull-offs, transition notes, etc.). The electric sound is equally satisfying. The split coil wiring offers a wide range of tonality and the pole pieces/wiring provide an even volume distribution across all six strings. Personally, I would have liked the "split" setting to be in operation with the volume knobs in their resting position - since it is my primary choice of tonality. The tone controls are satisfactory, however, I may modify the cutoff frequency (change the capacitor) at some point. The pickups aren't as bright as I'm accustomed to, but this is easily compensated for with the amp/subsequent stage. The machines are also good, they have consistently held the tuning overnight and in response to extensive bending. Again, I may replace them down the road with 18:1 ratio Grovers - since I'm a bit picky about tuning precision.

In the end, my choice came down to the ES-339 over the ES-335/355 body style due to playing comfort when sitting. Since I no longer play out regularly at this point in my life, playing comfort was a significant factor. The minor weight reduction was also viewed as advantage. I have since found the size reduction locates the volume and tone knobs in a better position for me - particularly when using the volume control for a swell/violin effect. Overall, it feels more balanced and is easy to maneuver - to accommodate different playing styles (e.g., background rhythm, soloing).

My final choices involved a comparison of the Epiphone ES-339 Pro, the Epiphone ES-339 Ultra and the Gibson ES-339. I liked all of them, however, I didn't find the acoustic sound of the Ultra appealing enough to warrant me choosing it -- and then having to swap out the pickups to get my desired coil tapping option. As for the choice between the Epiphone and the Gibson ES-339 models, I ultimately picked the Epiphone because of how the neck felt. As far as I am concerned, I can modify (and actually have replaced) all of the constituent parts of the guitar (bridge, pickups, machines, electronics, tailpiece, pick guard) - but not the neck/body. Therefore, it is the highest priority item on my list of needs vs. desires.

In the end, my choice has enticed me to start playing again for many hours at a time and rekindled my interest in learning new material. This was the objective when I started my quest for a new instrument. I hope this review can be valuable to others on a similar journey, so they can be as pleased with their subsequent purchase as I am.

(29 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Jim K.

from Nashville-Music City USA

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Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

My es-339 arrived in great condition. The guitar was flawless, one of the best Epiphones out of the box that I have ever received. I believe this guitar has better crafmanship than the Gibson it emulates. I have owned 3 Gibson ES-359s which is the upscale version of the Epiphone es-339 and I actually prefer the Epiphone. The Gibsons all had flat frets which were uncomfortable to play. The Gibsons had the nitrocellulose necks which can be tacky and all 3 Gibsons had manufacturing defects including pickup wiring problems, broken pickup trim rings, and one had the nut set off center making the high E string run too close to the edge of the neck. This Epiphone had none of these issues. The frets were nice, no defects, and a fast slim taper neck. The Epi also is coil tapped, an added feature. I highly recommend this guitar over the Gibson ES-339. I have had the opportunity to play the Gibson ES-339 and I like the Epihone better and if you compare the price the Epi wins hands down. Out of the box the Epi was right on according to the Gibson set up specs. I have adjusted the action even closer to my liking.

(27 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its About Time

By buddhablue

from mason, OH

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Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

aside from my comments above, this is my favorite guitar.
it plays so nicely,
it fits so nicely.

sounds good,
frets good,
no buzz, no muss, no fuss.
(ok, the fret roughness is a bit annoying, but hey, this is a lot cheaper then it's 'big brother' from the Big G.)

even if you want a bit more power in the pickup, you can still do that for a a little more, and still be way out ahead on this one.

everyone should have one of these...
"an Epi ES-339 in every house" that is my presidential pledge!
ever since the Gibson ES-339 came out, I was waiting for the Epiphone version.
It's finally here, and worth the wait.

guitar sounds good, the body size is perfect, (i'm not that big a person, the 335 family of guitars always seemed a bit too big, for sitting and playing)
fit and finish is really good.
only two complaints.
1. would it hurt to throw in a gig bag?
2. i know these are low price point guitars, but they always seem to require a couple of days of really hard playing, and/or just running the strings back and forth, fret by fret to get the frets down smooth.
(i have a recently purchased epi les paul studio that was a real pain in this area)

i got the old red finish, kind of reminds me of an old gibson es-330 i owned years ago.
there is just no better value on the street.
such a fine guitar, sounds good, the neck feels wonderful.
and you get coil taps to boot, all for an unbelievable price.

this is probably my 10th or 12th epiphone guitar in the last ten years, no one makes better guitars for the price level of these things.

(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful

By Toolman 22846

from S.I.N.Y.

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Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

The Epiphone ES-339 is a real winner, The guitar speaks for it self, Go try one and you be the judge.
The split coils is like having a Gibson and Fender, Plus. Can get some beautiful tones from this baby. The slim taper neck is fine, a little heavier and wider than the Fender Neck, I have small hands can't handle the tree trunk type Gibson Necks. The smaller size body is also a plus coming from solid body style guitars. Very comfortable sitting and standing.
Adjusted the action a bit lower, other than that, everything works fine. Finish is flawless, Got mine in Natural. Very happy with my purchase.
Unbeatable, the Gibson version is 4x the price. This is one great guitar. Thanks Epiphone, it was worth the wait.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely amazing value

By Tim

from Queensland, Australia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Incredible Value
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      I picked up mine in Pelham Blue with hard case for peanuts, so I didn't really have big expectations but mate have I been totally blown away by this guitar.

      The previous owner had a pro setup done on it so I can't comment on what it was like 'out of the box' but that aside all I do is plug and play. I've owned many guitars over the last 25 years including 68 Rickenbacker 425, 65 Jaguar, more Telecasters than I can remember and none of them have ever brought me the joy that 'Bluey' has.

      My Epiphone ES339 must be have been built by the gods themselves as it looks, feels and plays like a guitar worth ten times it's price. I just can't get my head around that this was made in China. It defies all logic and rational thought when I pick this up and play it over my Telecaster Custom and 65 Jaguar. It's just that good. When I play it I become Noel Gallagher at Maine Road circa 1995. I question my sanity each time I pick it up over my other 'real' guitars, but I keep being drawn back to it like that girlfriend that everyone told you was bad for you, but you had the time of your life with.

      No matter what I do to her, she stays in tune for hours. She sings a Siren's song that spells doom to all my other guitars. I can't stop staring at the finish, I marvel at the way she feels under my fingers. She has curves in all the right places and never gives me grief.

      I feel like I have won the lottery with this guitar. I know I sound absolutely stark raving mad, maybe I am, but my life was changed forever the moment I picked this guitar up.

      You will never find a better bang for your buck than the Epiphone ES339.

      Never.

      (21 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect

      By robert lemoine

      from West Monroe, LA

      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      Perfect
      Although I might replace the pickups...everything works great. No Complaints. The body size is perfect. Everything is perfect.
      Everything works fine. Like with every epiphone though, about once a month, you should tighten up the screws on the end of the input jack to make sure they don't come lose. Other than that, this is the best guitar ever for the money. Just buy it already.
      Seriously, a ridiculous value. Its better than the Gibson. I got mine in natural finish and seriously, this is my dream guitar. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.

      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Mr. Magic

      By Mr. Magic

      from So Cal

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      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      I've been playing it quite a bit since I got it about a month ago. I'm still really enjoying the playability and the tonal variety with the coil tap feature. With the toggle in middle position and the coil tap pulled on the neck pup, it's down right "strat-like". What a great feature! The bridge pup gets a nice PAF sound at full volume. All in all I would definitely recommend this guitar - even to someone who's a bit picky and old school about non-USA guitars. Give this one a try with an open mind and you'll probably be sold!
      I've been interested in the Gibson ES 339 for some time now. Always loved the tone of the ES 335 but didn't like the bulk! I'd been waiting to save up the $$ to make the purches when the Epi version came out. I jumped on it and I'm glad I did. This is an amazingly great value.
      Build quality is exceptional given the price point. We'll see how she holds up but I'm pretty easy on my guitars so I'm not concerned.
      I had to give it a 10 on value.

      (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epiphone excellence . .

      By John Richter

      from MN

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      as w/all the Epiphone stuff in the last ten years: really good to unbelievably good quality and the best buys in the industry, this is my 7th/8th epi in that period.. (after a long drought - hadn't been impressed w/them since the '60s)
      I thought it came with the Ultra's pickups (which I'd played and liked), but the stock "339 Pro" ones are pretty cool, for now . .
      .. a couple of minor finish things, barely worth mentioning as my multitudes of fans never get close enough to see them and for the value I can certainly live w/them (actually I had it for over a week before I even noticed them) - otherwise, perfect! I'd buy it again in a heartbeat...

      (11 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Needs a Set-Up Out of Box

      By ZicZacCadillac

      from Morgantown, West Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Beautiful finish
      • Coil Tapped
      • Easy to set up
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Craftsmanship
      • Good value
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Neck Bends Easily
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Set-up Out Of Box
      • Sharp Edges On Bridge
      • String Sticks At Nut

      Best Uses

      • Beat The Hell Out Of It
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rhythm Playing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues
      • Song Writing

      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar for the value! First the pros, then the cons:
      I bought the Epiphone 339-PRO with the limited edition Pelham Blue finish. IT LOOKS AMAZING!
      The instrument has a really versatile sound and feel. It would be great for jazz, blues, hard rock, or country.
      The coil-tapping was ingenious, especially for the neck PU.
      The Guitar is easy to set-up, which is a crucial factor for me in choosing any guitar, since I do my own set-ups.

      Cons:
      The intonation and action was a nightmare out of the box.
      The D-string seems to get caught in the nut, even after using some graphite lube. I will more than likely need to file it down at some point.
      The pickups leave a lot to be desired.
      When the volume is turned all the way up it sounds amazing, but when the volume is dialed down even slightly, the guitar sounds flat and loses all it's tone.
      The coil-tapping sounds thin and pointless on the bridge position, but it sounds great on the neck.
      The neck and bridge are extremely uneven as far as volume goes. The neck is way louder than the bridge. It's difficult to balance good tone and even volume between the two pickups.
      The mahogany neck seems to move and bend at even the slightest pressure, which may be just my perception, having been a player of maple necks my whole life.

      If you are expecting a Gibson, give up on that.
      If you are expecting a great value, this is a great choice.

      I may change the pickups, and file the nut, but aside from those issues, the guitar is playable and I bring it to the stage with pride and confidence that it will get the job done!

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy This Guitar!!!!

      By Robert-Z_srT

      from Miami, Florida

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      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      I was looking for a ES type guitar. I had played the Epi ES 339 at the music shop. This guitar is an excellent value. I bought a used Level 2, at a great price. Musician's Friend always delivers!!! The guitar plays great, all electronics function very well. Coil-split push-pull is smooth. All pots are tight, with good response. Action is very good, neck adjustment is right on the money. Intonation is good. Frets are smooth and well dressed. Finish (cherry) is flawless. Grover tuners are solid. I am playing the guitar through a tube amp (I have several) and the pick-ups are powerful enough, very clear, they overdrive with ease, and the coil-split adds great versatility. If you can only buy one guitar, get this one!!! I have Gibsons, Fenders, Epiphones and a custom Tele clone. This is becoming my favorite guitar. Thanks Musician's Friend.

      Robert Fiallo

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is a Great Guitar!

      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      I did have an Epi Dot and, I really liked it but, ever since the 339 came out I wanted one. This is really a Great guitar. The downsized body feels more comfortable, really like the bound neck and, the Grover tuners give it that vintage look. PUP's sound clear and, powerful. The push pull volume pots probably won't get a lot of use because this guitar sounds best with the humbuckers but, the option is a nice feature. Beautiful cherry red finish is stunning! I just can't think of a negative thing about this guitar. There was a small issue when I recieved it; the pickup rings were cracked. Probably happened in production but, MF immediately sent me two new parts FREE UPS Overnight and, I had it fixed the next day! Great customer service! Really enjoying this guitar!

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An awesome guitar for the money!

      By Steve_DielectricOKC

      from Oklahoma City, OK

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live Shows

        Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar about 4 months ago. The first thing I did when I got it was change out the pickups. I installed a Gibson Burstbucker 3 in the bridge and a Gibson Burstbucker 2 in the neck position. The tone out of this thing is now perfect. Besides setting the string hieght to my liking and adjusting the intonation a bit, that is all I have had to do to it. I use this guitar as my stage work horse. I have a Gibson SG that I use as my back up, but for the price this guitar is, I want this thing to take the wear and tear. I guess I may be a bit of a penny pincher, but I don't want to buy a $2000-$3000 guitar and beat the heck out it on stage. That is unless I had a nice endorsement, ;-). Stays in tune perfectly(use Ernie Ball 10's). I would recommend this guitar to anyone that can't really afford it's much higher priced brother. Put in the higher end Gibson pickups and you are rolling.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A SURE Thing!

        By DETROIT ROCKER

        from DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

          I didn't intend to hold onto my Epiphone ES-339 as I already have 2 ES-335's. Sadly, this is a VERY seductive guitar. The coil taps on BOTH pickups give you an authentic Casino sound, though this isn't a full hollow body. This DOES do the job of at least two guitars and looks great doing it. I wouldn't mind it if they bound the "f" holes but I'm nitpicking here. If you play guitars instead of logos on headstocks, this is well worth owning.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Guitar

          By Simmo1

          from Santa Cruz CA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

          This a sweet guitar, that is a little let down by quality. First, the good. This guitar plays awesomely. The neck is fast and friendly. No sharp fret ends. The pickups are great and although the coil split is a little disappointing it does give some useful tones. The pickups are really good and have a frickin spot on 57 classic tone. I know, I have the real 57 classics in my Les Paul. The guitar is light and comfortable to play. I have a Les Paul which is super heavy compared to this.I love the tones you can get from this. It is great for Blues, Rock, Country etc etc. The guitar looks awesome, definately worth the money if you don't mind setting it up. which leads me to the Bad!
          The guitar had an extrmely high set up coming from quality control and I know why. The moment I lowered it, I found fret buzz all over the neck. I have seen this on other reviews of this guitar and Epiphones in general. The frets were not dressed properly and I could feel the string grinding across them when I bent a string. It took me all of 10 minutes to dress them up, why can't they do this? Isn't hard! The Frets on similar priced guitars from Schecter, ESP, Ibanez etc don't have these issues (Not the ones I've played, anyway). The pickup mounting rings were on backwards, which means the pickups were set at an angle to the strings, turned each one around and voila perpendicular to the strings. Quick fix too,but why didn't they? The finger board was dry as a bone and I oiled it with some lemon oil when I dressed the frets (Really brought out the beauty of the finger board too). The F Holes were roughly finished too, one minute of sanding would have taken care of this. The Coup De Gras was that one of the knobs was put on at an angle and also not pressed firmly into the shaft of the pot, probably because some muppet couldn't be bothered. Seriously Epiphone, take a little time to get it right before it leaves for shipping and you could be the best guitar retailer in the world. The guitar sounds so amazing, I'm gonna keep it and just fix the issues myself. I don't want to have to wait for another one to get here.
          I waited 2 months at another retailer to get it and eventually cancelled the order. MF were awesome, as always. They had it in stock and shipped it immediately. Took 4 days. Brilliant. All in all, this is great guitar and if you are prepared to have a fret job and pro set up done to it, it will reward you with just about the best 335/339 playing experience you can get, short of the real thing.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Epiphione ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar

          By bulegrassrules

          from Indianapolis

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

          I bought the ES-339 as a used level 4, poor condition guitar from Musicians Friend, it had indicated that the push/pull pots were pulling out and that it had scratches on the pick guard…all true. What I did not expect was a brand new guitar with all tags and stickers. The pots were an easy fix…the scratches are no problem.

          I have been demoing Gibson's ES-339 for a while now but could not justify the price tag for a guitar that I did not plan on using very often. When I saw Epiphone had added a 339 to their line I became excited because I could justify the Epiphone price point. Buying the level 4 and fixing it was even better…almost free in my book.

          I used the guitar this weekend with my corporate band, we play all different types of music. I tried it Friday night after the second song and never put it down the rest of the gig, Saturday was the same. Whatever Epiphone has done with these new pro-bucker pickups, good job. I had thought I would use the push pull option but did not need to, the pickups sounded great just clean and while overdriven remained clear and articulate,with lots of power volume rolled down was useable and the tone is kind of funky/wha'ish but cool.

          The fit and finish of my Natural is very good for the price point, some cosmetic issues but overall very attractive, the guitar feels well built and solid, the binding is good (may be painted) and the neck feels good, nice balance with the strap (no head dive). The neck is fatter than my 60's profile Les Paul, but I have no problem with transition between the two.

          Thus far nothing has come lose; I did need to turn the B and G bridge saddles around as to add travel for intonation. I spent some time with the pickup heights to get a nice balanced tone for each position. The tuners are Grover vintage style tombstones, not Wilkinson as advertised.

          Overall, I love this machine, it looks great on my 5'7 160 pound frame (a 335 looks huge on me), it holds up surprisingly well against my P-90 Gibson Les Paul. Needless to say, I believe I will be playing this more than I thought.

          I hope this helps, Cheers

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT GUITAR/GREAT VALUE

          By Marshall Advovate

          from Charleston SC

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          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

          A best buy. I love mine and will probably buy another one. I got the red one so it'll be a natural one for me the next time.
          Split coils front and rear. The Gibson model doesn't have this, and that gives this guitar a distinctive leg up. The split coils give you 8 different pickup combinations. Also to my surprize the pickups are great sounding. They are so good that I found no need to have to change them. Also this guitar is light so you can wear it all night. Buy a pair of Straplocks with it so you don't run the risk of dropping it on its nose while on stage when your strap slips off during a fit of passionate performance. Straplocks are inexpensive protection for all guitars. Every one of mine has them.
          Mine was absolutely flawless. The frets needed a little polishing but with a 5 minute rub down using 0000 steel wool they were slick and beautiful. Plus no fret leveling was needed, which I fully expected to have to do in this price range but they were perfect. I was able to set it up for very low and fast playing with no fret buzz.
          I give this 10 thumbs up, and a best value. For the price it's hard to beat this guitar. Why spend 700% more for the Gibson model just to get a nametag? When I bought mine I compared several of these to the GIbson ES339 and they were so close it was hard to tell the difference in tone quality and playability between them. Of course the GIbson is finished in laquer and these are polyurethane but who cares? Buy this one and you will not regret it. Take the big money you saved and buy another guitar, or amp, or effects, or whatever.

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          good guitar

          By Stormy Monday

          from Path of Matthew

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Cosmetic Details

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

          I picked this up last year used from MF. After a professional setup ts plays great. The pickups clean up nicely. The size is about right. But it is a very different guitar from my Dot. Just different.

          some of the cosmetic details could be improved.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          More than just jazz tones

          By Bass&guitarnut

          from Ontario, Canada

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          Pros

          • Fret Dressing
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Fret Polishing
          • Poor setup

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Punk
          • Rock
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

          Not so good: Guitar arrived straight in the epiphone box. Frets had oxidation on them, and required polishing with 0000 steel wool (be sure to carefully tape off fretboard). Intonation was surprisingly bad, and required flipping one of the saddles. "A" string has slight fret buzz (not bad) but the other strings are fine. Looks like fret dressing would solve, but not bad enough to warrant it yet. Fret board very dry, looks and feels much better now after oiling. Strings sound dull, but strings are cheap. All in all, 45 minutes of pre-work before playing. The Good: This thing sounds fantastic. Quite dark clean, but comes to life in front of an overdriven tube amp. Sustain for days, musical sounding feedback but very controllable. Through my 5 watt home-built tube amp and 10" red fang speaker, the tone is thick and loud, with tons of harmonic overtones. Through my heavily modded Hot Rod Deluxe, it needs the bright switch on, but sounds powerful and complex with the bridge solo'd and cuts through a loud band like crazy. Through my old stock 75 watt Traynor, this makes the perfect guitar for a two-piece rock outfit. Fills in the bass frequencies nicely. The split coil sounds are quieter and brighter, just like a single coil. Very useful clean, and when run through an OD pedal, they help to slightly clean up your sounds without taking too much volume away. The so-so: The pots and switch feel clunky, and make audible 'click' when switching mid song. When switch is in middle, if one volume is all the way down, no sound comes out. The volumes are hard to balance to get a mixed sound at anything other than both full up. Not sure what causes this, as I don't have this problem with my old SG with similar setup. Overall: This is a very cool guitar for the money. If you are capable of very minor setup changes, and have a fairly bright sounding amp, you will love this thing.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Epiphone ES339: tone, build, finish....

          By Earthlyangels

          from Virginia

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

            Well finished and only minor setup adjustments needed. Plays really easy stock. Nice chrome and finishing. Good looking woods, nice F-hole detail, binding is creamy. Tuners are not modern ratio, but are very smooth and positive.

            Comes with coil tap on both pickups separately, which is nice! Over-all a very good value and I took a barely used one for a nice discount, yet got a guitar in my preferred color that had no marks at all on it. I'm happy. To me, this is a better choice than the Midtown or the ES335

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome guitar, awesome price!

            By Marty

            from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Great Quality For Price
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Coil Splits Are Weak
            • Feedback

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

            I bought this guitar about a year ago. When I was looking for a new instrument I really wanted something that could pack a punch, and I'll tell you, this instrument certainly does the trick. It has a very strong almost acoustic like tone to it, and its got a great crunch to it despite the feedback. The only thing I'm not really 100% on is the coil splitting, its pretty weak in both positions. Sure, it gives the guitar a great amount of versatility, but it definitally doesn't compare to a fender single coil, then again you dont NEED to use it if you dont want to. This guitar is probably the best deal for the money out there, I love the way the neck feels and how easy it was to set it up, it also holds great tune and looks great, if you arent so sure about it, go to your local music store and try it out, im sure you'll be convinced.

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