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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...Read More

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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
 
4.6

(based on 80 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

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    (1)

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    (3)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (58)
  • Good tone (55)
  • Fun to play (50)
  • Good pick up (46)
  • Solid electronics (34)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (11)
  • Craftsmanship (5)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (49)
  • Practicing (48)
  • Recording (37)
  • Small venues (33)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (37), Professional musician (20), Novice (9)

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.

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love It!!

By Tommy D

from Bridgeport, CT

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Needed A Set Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

I have owned many great guitars including PRS, Gibson ES339 and ES335, Strats, Tele's, and Les Pauls...and this Epiphone holds its own against them all!!
Just a quick set up to my specs and she plays and sounds great...third one I've owned and I love them all!!

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5.0

great guitar

By brad

from hilton head island, sc

About Me Professional Musician

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:

    buy it if you have any interest. setup perfectly right out of the box. beautiful, great action no fret buzz

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good guitar

    By stormy monday

    from on the boat in florida

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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.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar for the money

    By Rich

    from Leesburg, Fl

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is comfortable to play and lightweight which I appreciate doing 3 to 5 hour gigs standing up. I would not expect the guitar to be playable to your satisfaction out of the box. After having it professionally set up, the guitar has a nice low action without buzz. Intonation is spot on. Fit and finish is as good or better than some of my guitars costing 4 and 5 times as much.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Short money for a Gibson? Get this.

        By Daikanazuchi

        from Indiana

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • 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:

          Like most everyone says, it will need adjustments. The action at the high end is just that, high. Frets and board were level, right on the money. Its easy to adjust a tune-o-matic bridge though. Just get a string action guage and your good to go. The cherry is beautiful, the wood is good, components good, will probably replace the nut later, after I get my moneys worth out of the plastic one. Had one little scratch at the base of the bridge where they put the G string through, fretboard will need cleaned and oiled too, other than that, great value.

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          (13 of 13 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.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent value! Surprising quality.

              By OldToneDog

              from PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Some Consistency Issues

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Performance
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              If you'd like a real Gibson but can only afford this guitar, you won't be disappointed with what Epiphone's Chinese factory delivers in this series.

              I've noticed some consistency issues with the fretwork but the fit and finish of the rest of the instrument make up for the inconsistent fretwork at this price point.

              The stock pickups are good, however, I installed a set of Gibson '57 Classics with a coil tap lead added to take advantage of the Epiphone's coil tap switching. The sound of the guitar opened up and the high-end seemed smoother no doubt due to the Classic's alnico II magnet. With that said, had I not already owned the '57 Classics, the guitar would have been fine with the stock Epiphone pickups.

              I couldn't be more pleased with the results! If you're looking for nice Gibson ES series inspired tone; try this, you'll like it!

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BETTER THAN EXPECTED

              By Mr. Mike.

              from Atlanta, GA.

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Anything
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              I was pleased to find that this guitar is not as small as they make it out to be. It is NOT the size of a Les Paul. It is slightly smaller than a ES335 and just right. I love it. I am picky and I can't find anything to complain about. It's a great addition to my collection. Great tone and sustain too. Clear ringing string definition.

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              (10 of 15 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!

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Guitar For A Few Great Price

              By Dennis Kayser

              from Denver

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Sounds Good

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

                Sold My Gibson Midtown it wouldn't stay in tune!Bought the Epi ES339 and it stays in tune and I put over twice the cost of the ES339 back in my bank account!

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