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Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar 

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First introduced in the late '50s, the ES series became an instant rock classic, bringing the feel and look of an archtop to a generation of players ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The classic shape and bell-like tone of Gibson's ES series.

First introduced in the late '50s, the ES series became an instant rock classic, bringing the feel and look of an archtop to a generation of players who had grown up playing solid body guitars like the Les Paul. The ES-335, the first in the ES series, was an instant success. Now Epiphone introduces the ES-335 PRO - an instrument with its roots firmly planted in the classic era when Epiphone's Kalamazoo factory was producing rock's most legendary instruments.

Featuring an ES-style body with Alnico Classic PRO humbucker pickups, the new ES-335 PRO semi-hollowbody from Epiphone turns back the clock while breaking new ground in sound and style. Other classic features include a tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for incredible sustain, Wilkinson vintage-style tuning machines, and a rosewood fretboard adorned with small block inlay. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Arched maple top and back
  • 24.75" Scale set-in mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with small block inlay
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • Alnico Classic Pro neck humbucker with coil-split
  • Alnico Classic Pro Plus bridge humbucker with coil-split
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge
  • LockTone stopbar tailpiece
  • Wilkinson vintage-style tuners
  • Case sold separately

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EpiphoneLimited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (87)
  • Good tone (86)
  • Fun to play (83)
  • Good pick up (74)
  • Solid electronics (65)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Poor pick up (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (79)
  • Jamming (72)
  • Recording (56)
  • Small venues (48)
  • Rock concerts (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (72), Professional musician (21), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Full filled my dream of owning an ES-335

Received my beautiful ES-335 in Natural finish from Musiciansfriend.com in an amazing fast shipping time. Was packaged beautifully. But the true beauty was the guitar I was lucky enough to pull out of...Read complete review

Received my beautiful ES-335 in Natural finish from Musiciansfriend.com in an amazing fast shipping time. Was packaged beautifully. But the true beauty was the guitar I was lucky enough to pull out of the box! This thing just simply inspires you to play with how amazing it looks. The Natural finish is just a pleasure to look at at with its high gloss finish, yet still allowing all the beautilfull wood grain lines and swirls to peer through. The fret board was beautiful with the block inlays and this is one guitar where I can say the back of the guitar is actually just as beautiful as the front. The neck mohagany wood grain is just so warm and beautiful. But the amazing this is this baby sounds as great as it looks!

The alnico pro pups just give that great mellow blues/jazz tone but can also deliver a great growl for classic rock. The coil tap is a wonderful bonus to play with that allows you to get even more sounds out of this wonderful instrument. I have run this guitar for hours clean through my fender amp and with effects pedals and sounds amazing either way.But the best past of this guitar for me is the easy to play neck. The slim taper D design just fits my hand like a glove! The guitar has some size to it being a 335 but one expects that, and I love it. Tuners look vintage and are functional all at the same time.

The quality on the finish was amazing as well. I feel truly fortunate to have gotten such a great guitar. This one will be in my collection till I am long gone from this earth. If your on the fence and always wanted a 335 like myself, don't hesitate this wonderful limited edition offering from Epiphone delivers in EVERY way! Vintage tone, looks, playability. Get one and enjoy!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK, but...

First guitar came with a shattered neck. Emily at customer service was great. I got the replacement quickly and the UPS return of the broken one was not bad. The inside Epiphone boxes...Read complete review

First guitar came with a shattered neck. Emily at customer service was great. I got the replacement quickly and the UPS return of the broken one was not bad. The inside Epiphone boxes looked more damaged than the outer Musician's Friend shippers. It looks like they might have been damaged coming from China and not from shipping to me. Second inside Epiphone box was damage also, but the guitar seems fine.
I didn't check poor craftsmanship because it plays well. Nice low action. Neck feels great to my hand. Only one string at one fret has some buzz. Hope it will play out or I'll have our local expert adjust it.
The only bad thing is the paint on the edge of the f-holes on both guitars looks like a 3 year old did it, very sloppy. Then they put a beautiful smooth hard clear coat over the top of the sloppy black paint. Even though I like the guitar and it is going to be a user, I can't give it more than 3 stars because of the lack of quality control by Epiphone. The rest of the fit and finish seems fine, so far.
My son, daughter and I have been playing it for over a week now and we all like it.

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5.0

As good as a 335 gets

By Chiselfinger

from Birmingham, Al

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

    Been playing 335-style guitars regularly since '63. Pretty much owned all of them at one time or another; both Epiphone and ridiculously priced Gibsons. Learn your craft before buying a pair of fancy shoes. I always play either an Epiphone 333 or a Mexican Strat at gigs

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Recommend

    By Em'porium

    from Des Moines, IA

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

      Maybe I just got lucky but instantly bonded with it. Good setup, minimal tweaking. Pickup switch is a little crackly but workable. Maybe upgrade it and the tuners if possible. Would be fine stick though. Prev owned Rick and also Gibson Midtown Custom. Both the build and pickups of them will give you a very different sound than this. Get 335 pro if it fits your style (chances are if you like bands that use one, you will too). Not overly large or as heavy as the Midtown. Rick is nearly as light. You will want to buy an Hard case for this. The Epi one fits great. I would buy another any day of the week and take it on tour. Great for rock, blues and the like.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So much more than just a pretty fretboard

      By PTB

      from Victoria, BC, Canada

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      Pros

      • Beautifully crafted
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

        Got an Epiphone Dot a couple years back and I love it. Checked out the 335 Pro at the same time and didn't want to pay that much more for what I thought was just the addition of a nice small block fretboard. Heard very good things about the 335 Pro and decided to get one. Man, is this guitar a whole lot more than a pretty fretboard. The idea of an Epiphone Custom Shop seemed like a marketing ploy to me, but this is a vastly better built and finished guitar than the Dot. Not a thing wrong with it right out of the box and after very close inspection. I've had it for a couple weeks now and my playing has improved after years of being in a rut. It's that good.

        For the record, I've already ordered a top of the line wiring harness, Gibson knobs, pointers and truss rod cover. Plan to source an aftermarket pick guard and the same brand and style tuners used on the original '63. Now I can put upgrades into it at a speed my funds will allow and it will just keep getting better. So if you're into the 335 sound and don't have a pile of disposable cash on hand, this is the way to go. A great playing and sounding guitar right out of the box. And well worth investing to make it closer to the holy grail.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Loads of fun!

        By JayIra

        from Jacksonville FL

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

          Great feeling, great sounding guitar at an amazingly low price. Set up beautifully. It isn't my Gibson ES-335 (finish, electronics, frets, tuners, pickups etc.) but it is wonderfully playable and I wouldn't hesitate to gig with it, particularly when I'm scared of dinging up a guitar or having one stolen!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Would DEFINATELY buy this guitar again!

          By Charlie

          from Nashville

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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 Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

            This is a terrific guitar for the money.it looks plays sounds, like a much more expensive instrument, had
            It set up professionally, and the frets polished. It needed that. After that I felt the guitar was up there with anybody's guitar. The guitar is amazing after spending a Little money on it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tremendous value

            By Frank

            from Valley Forge PA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

              Got a fantastic deal at MF on my ES335-Pro! I own a lot of high end Gibsons and have owned many vintage models as well. This guitar compares very favorably to my Gibson ES335 and is some respects actually out performs it ( stays in tune better , better action) It played very well out of the box , and with a couple of minor tweaks it now plays great. I had my doubts about getting one (how good can it be at that price?...) but wow was I surprised. Solid build , good hardware and the Alnico Pro pickups are excellent. The coil tapping is a bonus.I can't find one bad thing to say about this guitar. If you're looking for the bargain of a lifetime in a 335 , look no further. Very highly recommend it. Super-happy with this one.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Lovely 335

              By Guitarpicker48

              from London

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

                  This is a very very nice guitar, get one if you can. I have the Gibson ES-335 Dot also. The Epiphone is almost identical to the Gibson with the Gibson pick ups being slightly hotter in output and with perhaps a bit more depth, but it is very subtle. It feels very similar to the Gibson,but the neck is a bit shallower on the Epiphone. Absolutely the Gibson is the better guitar out of the two, but the Epiphone is pretty close to it. So close that its not worth paying 7 times as much for a Gibson, this is as near as you can get in sound and feel. The workmanship on the Epiphone is actually better than the Gibson. Well worth getting the Epiphone hard case for it. This is a guitar you will feel very happy to own and gig with and it has the big ES-335 tone. I got mine in ice tea, looks stunning with the block inlays and aged looking tuners.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great feel. Great tone. Wonderful guitar for the money.

                  By "Guitar Floyd"

                  from Bristol Va

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

                    The coil split gives several tone variables

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    ES-335 Pro - Major Sweetness

                    By DeadHead

                    from Minneapolis

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Fret Buzz

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

                    The E-335 Pro is so sweet, I can't even begin to describe. The tone and pickups are phenomenal. I had to intonate it right out of the box, which I do with all my guitars so no biggy. The nut slots need a tad bit of filing, but again not majorly required. Super easy fix if you have the right tools. Will probably swap out the plastic one with a bone nut, but it's not essential. This thing is a BEAST and every bit as good as the reviews say. The tonality you can get out of this is just sick. Quality, craftsmanship, fit and finish is A+. And for the price? Nothing will touch it till you get into the $2500 range with a Gibson. But why?

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Poor Man's Gibson

                    By XR400

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable for tall people
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

                      Needed setup but what doesn't? The frets needed polishing no biggie and I will get around to replacing the nut with bone (if it had a Tusq I would keep it but the plastic thing no). Other than that this is now my favorite guitar for practice since I am 6'4" and I don't have to hunch over or wear a strap while sitting, plus it has great resonance unplugged. I have had a Gibson ES-335 and my friend has 2 of them as well as Epiphone Elitist Casino and we were blown away at how good the Epi ES-335 Pro compares. Stock pickups will stay and I play this everyday! I hope they re-release it I have yet to play an Epi Dot that comes close, only my Sheraton with Gibson classics came close but the maple neck wasn't as sweet sounding IMO. I was lucky and received a great one with sturdy neck and flawless craftmanship, I should have bought two for the price!

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