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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
 
4.5

(based on 103 reviews)

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    (24)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (75)
  • Good tone (73)
  • Fun to play (68)
  • Good pick up (62)
  • Solid electronics (48)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (16)
  • Craftsmanship (8)
  • Flat sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (68)
  • Jamming (64)
  • Recording (48)
  • Small venues (44)
  • Rock concerts (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (46), Professional musician (30), Novice (12)

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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5.0

Worth the money

By Possumboy

from Conway SC

About Me Professional Musician

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:

    Did a setup when i received it. Which I always do to suite me. Everything works great and very pleased with this guitar. Great tones with this guitar. I play this one about every day. Love the smaller size from the ES-335!

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    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!

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    3.0

    Nice for the price, but not great

    By ERinVA

    from VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Looks
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Cheap electronics
    • Rough frets

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

    Bought the ES 339 online in early April. My initial impression after playing it for a day was that it is a great guitar for the price. The only negative I found was that the frets were a bit 'rough', but they seemed to smooth up as I played so I wasn't too concerned. After spending almost a month playing this guitar I have to say I am less impressed now than I was initially. There have been a few small issues, some of which you might expect in a lower end guitar, but I was hoping this one would be the exception. First, the little Epiphone emblem on the pickguard started peeling up within a few days of getting the guitar. No big deal, it doesn't really ad anything so I just peeled it the rest of the way off. But still, this is a brand new guitar. Then, while changing strings the second time (did I mention I've played this quite a bit?) I noticed the tuner for the high E string was becoming harder to turn than the others. It still turned, but the difference was noticeable. I emailed tech support to ask about it, and the tech suggested I try loosening the tension screw, and if that didn't work he would send me a replacement (I can do many guitar repairs myself, so was going to return it just to replace a machine head). I couldn't find what he was talking about, but did remove the tuner and gave it a good oiling, which seemed to resolve the problem. Now the E string tends to go out of tune more often, but that could be because I unwound/rewound the string, so I'm not ready to call that a failure yet. Now, just in the past few days, I've started noticing the pickup selector switch is making an 'static' noise when switching pickups... Again, none of these are huge problems, but taken together point to a bit of lack of quality IMO. Maybe I was just expecting too much from a sub - 500 guitar. As it is, I will hang on to it, fix the things that need fixing, and use it when a want a nice, clean sounding guitar.

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    5.0

    Tone Town

    By mboltjones

    from Santa Monica, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Classic Aesthetic
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Value
    • Solid Electronics
    • Tonal Versatility

    Cons

    • Some Dead Spots
    • Unrefined Finish

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

    This is a strikingly beautiful instrument with timeless class. It's lighter, smaller and very comfortable to play. It has massive tonal character and broad versatility. Played clean it's rich, pristine, and balanced. Add a pedal setup and the possibilities are endless! I play multiple styles of music in a cover band and it can handle them all. Rock, funk, electronic, blues etc.

    The main drawback is the craftsmanship, although it's manageable, the instrument was not assembled with the most care or attention to detail and will require a professional set-up and some tweaking after purchase. But that is not unusual for this price point and should not be a surprise. There are also blemishes here and there, but you really have to look closely to see them.

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    5.0

    Plays great, sexy look

    By Matt7157

    from North Carolina

    About Me Professional Musician

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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
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      Great value. Looks BEAUTIFUL.

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      5.0

      A lot of guitar for the money

      By Tone-freak

      from Marianna, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

        I've been playing guitar since 1963 and have owned at least fifteen professional-quality electrics. This is the most guitar for the money I've ever seen. It's a beautiful instrument, the action is incredibly fast, and the Les Paul size makes playing while sitting down extremely comfortable. The "single coil" taps also increase the versatility of the guitar, so I don't have to change guitars as often on stage.

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        4.0

        Pretty Guitar..

        By greg

        from upstate NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

          The Neck seems a little wide, would take some getting use to. The frets are medium a bit high the action needed adjusting and the edges of the frets are sharp, in need of filing.. The tuners need to go, not good!
          the finish is good n' glossy if ya like that look, at first glance the guitar w/ the Natural tone/finish is pretty looking... almost enough~ to wanna keep it based on looks alone However, the toggle switch humms the electronics may be the issue, the tuners match the overall quality,
          Having read as many reviews I'd say each guitar comes with it's own ups & downs! You might get a good one.., it's that way I guess! Imo..

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          5.0

          Nice Surprise

          By Rand

          from undisclosed

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

            I bought the Epiphone 339 because I found it marked down at Musician's Friend as an open box item.
            I own Gibson 345's, 137C's and other more expensive guitars. I had tried a couple of other Epiphones in the past and been disappointed, but I wanted a winter guitar that I could take to gigs that involved serious temperature changes and beer. I opened the box on this 339 and it was ready to play after about 20 minutes setup adjustment and new strings. The tone is very nice and the neck is great. I mostly play blues and jazz and this guitar will share my triple stand with my 345s. I like it that much.

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            5.0

            Great guitar!

            By Joe

            from Illinois

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              I love Epiphone guitars-They are the best bang for the buck BUT-you have to make sure you are getting a good one

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              4.0

              Yep, I sure would buy a ES-339 Pro

              By Johnny Johnson

              from Richmond, VA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Large Venues
              • Practicing
              • Quartet Gospel Concerts
              • Recording
              • Rehearsals
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              Good Archtop tone for Quartet Gospel. It sounds woody but can sting. I'm able to get a nice round tone and some bite when I need it. I use it mostly on occasions when people are most likely to appreciate finesse. Basically, it's my "Church guitar", I use Strats for Brimstone and Fire...

              PS. I did have to setup this guitar Everything fell within the available adjustment range.

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