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Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar Natural  (Open Box)
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Product# H77391
OVERVIEW

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

Been waiting for a versatile and easy-to-play semi-hollowbody? Order now.

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EpiphoneES-339 PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 92 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (67)
  • Good tone (63)
  • Fun to play (60)
  • Good pick up (53)
  • Solid electronics (42)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (14)
  • Craftsmanship (8)
  • Flat sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (58)
  • Jamming (56)
  • Recording (42)
  • Small venues (38)
  • Rock concerts (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (44), Professional musician (23), Novice (11)

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

Epi ES 339 PRO Review

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from rural NW Illinois-between Chgo & Rckfrd

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

I bought an ES-335 Pro fisrt-it was VERY poorly set-up ,fit was bad and it just didn'feel comfortable or balanced.
I sent it back and chose the smaller ES339.
180 Degree turn around!
THIS is MY guitar.Perfect size,balance,features ,sound,fit and finish

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5.0

ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar

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from Cape Cod, MA

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Verified Buyer

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:

    Mine is the vintage sunburst, the nicest I've ever seen. Only required slight adjustment of string height. Very well made, Feels awesome to play, sounds amazing. What is not to love here... Hands down, just an incredible deal.

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    2.0

    6th and last epiphone

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    from Lafayette, IN

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

        The chinese parts and build quality are disappointing. I had to run the tune o matic bridge screws all the way to the end to barely get the low E into innotation, bad layout when they drilled the holes. There was black paint dripped on the face when they painted the f holes, the Pickup mounting rings do not match the slope of the body so the pick ups are badly out of alignment with the strings, causing the already pathetic single coil tap to be even weaker on the neck pickup. Three days into ownership the defective selector switch is cutting out. I cleaned the paint drips with naptha, fit new pickup mounting rings, and have ordered a Switchcraft selector switch. Luckily, I am able to do this work, BUT I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO! I purchased new G&L and a Godin guitars this year and they didn't need any work. My 1976 and 1978 acoustic Epiphones never needed work, my two Joe Pass Epiphones never needed work. My SG Epiphone never needed work. Of course they were not chinese produced.

        It is a shame, because I actually like the size and feel.

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        5.0

        easy on the back

        By 

        from 1826

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

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          5.0

          Really Nice Guitar

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          from Texas

          About Me Experienced

          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:

            I purchased the Epiphone ES-339 Pro and hardshell case. Both items arrived very quickly and in perfect condition. I had looked at this guitar before at a local retailer and seemed to be a good purchase for the money. When my Vintage Sunburst arrived I was truly blown away at the craftsmanship of this guitar. I could not find any defect or flaw in the guitar, absolutely beautiful. The case is a great buy and in my opinion a really nice case. I had no issues at all with the case, no defects or problems with the tolex at all. I am very pleased with the guitar and case.

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            5.0

            Nice Guitar

            By 

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            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:

              I purchased the Epiphone ES-339 Pro and hardshell case. Both items arrived very quickly and in perfect condition. I had looked at this guitar before at a local retailer and seemed to be a good purchase for the money. When my Vintage Sunburst arrived I was truly blown away at the craftsmanship of this guitar. I could not find any defect or flaw in the guitar, absolutely beautiful. The case is a great buy and in my opinion a really nice case. I had no issues at all with the case, no defects or problems with the tolex at all. I am very pleased with the guitar and case.

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              5.0

              Top Buy on a guitar

              By 

              from ALBUQUERQUE, NM

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • A Great Guitar Love It
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              I recently bought a ES-339 Epiphone and a LP Top Pro electric guitars. These two guitars rival the more expensive parent company guitars. These two guitars are being played in two different bands and small venues. I am totally satisfied with both guitars and plan to keep them both.

              I have played for fifty years and highly recommend this guitar as part of your music arsenal.

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              4.0

              Good Guitar for the money But!

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              from Punta Gorda Fl.

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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

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              All the reviews were spot on..This is a good guitar but ,Strings were buzzing out of the box..It needed much neck addjustment when it arrived.The neck was way out and it took four days to adjust to the proper bow.The knobs were tilted had to adjust them..The screw on the front of the pick gard was not recessed enough leaving the screw head protruding cauzing a catch...this guitar is a good value despite the issues however,it should come in better shape..Given that I would still buy it again..

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fine looking guitar

              By 

              from charlotte, nc

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              Nice feel, comfortable.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AMAZING!

              By 

              from Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Tone
              • Pro Quality
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              In a word, "WOW"! I am amazed at the quality of my Epi ES-339 Pro. I thought long and hard before ordering it, mainly because of where these are made. I have owned several USA Gibsons over the years (two ES-335s, four Les Pauls), so I'm familiar with Gibson and truly love the Gibson sound. However, I really can't justify spending the money Gibson wants for the models I prefer (and money is not really an issue for me). So I researched the ES-339 extensively and was impressed by the overwhelming positive reviews this guitar (as well as other Epi models being made today) received. I watched a ton of YouTube product reviews as well. In the end I decided to take a chance and order one. I'm glad I did.

              The only things I had to do was lower the action for my likes, adjust the pickup height a smidge for better balance between the neck and bridge pickups, put on my preferred strings, replace the strap buttons with Strap Loks and replace the control knobs with Speed Knobs. Sounds like a lot, but all of these tweaks reflect personal preferences. It was fine out of the box.

              Fit and finish are flawless. Very solid guitar and extremely stable. It stays in tune. As far as the action, I simply lowered the bridge. I expected I would have to tweak the truss rod and mess with intonation adjustments (things I always had to do with EVERY USA Gibson I've bought new). The neck couldn't have been more perfect. No adjustment needed. The fretwork was spot on.

              I love these Classic Pro pickups. I generally do not like the stock pickups on USA Gibsons and ALWAYS replaced them with DiMarzios. I really wasn't expecting much from these Epi PUPS, but wow. They sound great and are perfect on this guitar (I played this through a Fender Twin). Very articulate, clear, warm and crisp at the same time. I like what I'm hearing. A lot. And the coil spit is subtle but usable, and will work great for a couple of countryish songs I do, where I don't need all the meat of the full humbuckers. I do mainly blues so I think I found the perfect blues guitar.

              If you're on the fence about buying because of the "China" thing, do yourself a favor and give it a try (heck, you can always return it). The Epiphone ES-339 will surprise you.

              This guitar does NOT come with a case of any sort, so order the hard case for this. The case does what it's intended for and looks pretty classy inside, too.

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