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Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar  

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    The 335 with fancier appointments.

    Introduced in 1958, the Gibson ES-355 was the deluxe version of the ES-335, boasting gold hardware, multi-ply body and neck binding, as well as an ebony fretboard with mother-of-pearl neck and headstock inlays. Like that original model, this Epi version also comes with a Bigsby tailpiece. It's powered by 2 Alnico Classic humbuckers with Alnico V magnets, patterned after the original Gibson '57 Classics. Premium features include a SlimTaper '60s D-profile neck, Grover 14:1 tuners, and LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge.

    Epiphone brings back what many guitarists think of as the ultimate player’s axe, the ES-355. The ES-355 is one of the most iconic guitar designs in rock and Epiphone has brought it back in all its glory with the Limited Edition 355 in three beautiful finishes; Alpine White, Ebony, and classic Cherry.

    The ES-355 Story: When it was first introduced in 1958, the ES-355 style was the world’s first thinline archtop semi-electric guitar, a bold new design that combined the cutting, bell-like sustain of a solid body with the darker, complex tones of an archtop. The ES-355 also incorporated the humbucker pickup, a relatively new design that would also be quickly embraced by both rock and blues players. Many think of the ES-355 as one of the best electrics ever made and it’s found in the collection of all discriminating guitarists including B.B. King, Keith Richards, Jorma Kaukonen, Chuck Berry, and Noel Gallagher. Now with the Ltd. ES-355 you can have one in your collection, too.

    Groundbreaking Design: The Ltd. Edition ES-355’s unique tonal range was the result of its groundbreaking design. A wood block runs through the center of the body so the pickups are mounted much the same way as in a solid body guitar allowing for two hollow chambered areas over the violin style f -holes and in the double cutaway wings.

    Classic Vintage Styling and Unique Features: The Ltd Edition ES-355 body is constructed of 5-layer laminated Maple and is available in three beautiful finishes: Alpine White, Ebony, and classic Cherry. The solid Mahogany 24.75” SlimTaper™ 1960s “D” profile neck features an Ebony fingerboard with a 12” radius and a 1.68” nut width. The neck has classic Mother-of-Pearl “Block” inlays and a vintage style Mother-of-Pearl “Split Diamond” headstock design. To top off the vintage styling, Epiphone included a “Tortoise” style pickguard with multi-binding. Tuning stability is assured with gold Grover™ 14:1 ratio machine heads, a gold Epiphone LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge and a gold Bigsby™ Tremolo. The volume and tone knobs, one for each pickup, are Black Speed™ with pointers for easy reference while on stage.

    Premium Electronics: No detail of the original ES-355 has been missed. The Ltd Edition ES-355 incorporates Alnico Classic™ humbuckers in the neck and bridge position. Patterned after the original Gibson '57 Classics, the Alnico Classic™ pickups use Alnico-V magnets with enamel wire to give you a tone that is warm and subtle with full, even response that will still give you that classic humbucker overdrive when you need it! The 3-way Epiphone Toggle/pickup selector switch is a deep, aged vintage yellow and is wired for the standard configuration with position one controlling the neck pickup’s volume and tone while position two controls the bridge pickup’s volume and tone.

    Peace of Mind: As with every Epiphone, The Ltd. Edition ES-355 also comes with the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments famous 24/7/265 day Customer Service. No guitar collection is complete without it. Check out an Epiphone Ltd. Edition ES-355 today!

    Features

    • Body Material Laminated Maple
    • Neck Material Mahogany
    • Neck Shape SlimTaper™; 1960's D-profile
    • Neck Joint Glued-In, Set Neck
    • Binding Body: 5-Layer; White/Black
    • Neck: 1-Layer; White
    • Headstock: 5-Layer; White/Black
    • Scale Length 24.75"
    • Fingerboard Material Ebony
    • Fingerboard Radius 12"
    • Fingerboard Inlays Mother-of-Pearl "Blocks"
    • Headstock Inlay Mother-of-Pearl "Split Diamond"
    • Pickguard Imitation "Tortoise" with multi-binding
    • (Unattached - pickguard and hardware inside box.)
    • Nut Width 1.68"
    • Hardware Gold
    • Machine Heads Grover™; 14:1 ratio
    • Neck Pickup Alnico Classic™ Humbucker
    • Bridge Pickup Alnico Classic Plus™ Humbucker
    • Controls 1-Neck Volume
    • 1-Neck Tone
    • 1-Bridge Volume
    • 1-Bridge Tone
    • Knobs Black Speed™ Knobs with pointers
    • Pickup Selector 3-way Toggle Switch, Epiphone All-Metal
    • Bridge Epiphone LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
    • Tailpiece Bigsby™ Tremolo
    • Truss Rod Adjustable
    • Truss Rod Cover Bell Shaped; 2-layer; Blank

    Call or click to own this richly appointed ES-355.

     
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    3.9

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    Epiphone ES-355 Cherry

    One concern I had was tuning stability with the Bigsby. After two weeks of playing it has not been an issue at all. This guitar stays in tune as well as my Gibson...Read complete review

    One concern I had was tuning stability with the Bigsby. After two weeks of playing it has not been an issue at all. This guitar stays in tune as well as my Gibson LP, American Fenders and Ibanez Artcores.

    Also, the pickguard is not installed. It ships with the guitar with all the attaching hardware. Good idea as I prefer it without it.
    Everything you've always wanted in a Semi! Bigsby, Alnico humbuckers, Bound body, headstock and neck; Ebony Fretboard; Grover tuners...
    Body & Headstock: Excellent build quality. I have the transparent Cherry model (which does not show up on the MF website, however you can order it) and it is absolutely gorgeous. The hardware is top notch with what appears to be a good quality gold plating. No defects whatsoever on the body or headstock.

    Neck: I had a few minor issues on the neck. The tops of the frets were rough and really grated on the strings. There were several areas on the neck binding that had black discolorations and glue residue. The fretboard inlay work was a little rough.. some of the inlays had gaps 1/32" between the inlay and the ebony. The factory setup was really good.. just a little high for my tastes.

    Pickups: Neck pickup has a nice warm jazzy tone. The bridge is bright, with a little bit of grit.
    Great sound.. but I still may try some 57 classics.
    Great value .

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    I Love This Guitar

    I love this guitar. It's the second one I got as the first one I had to send back because the tone control on the neck pickup didn't work. Cosmeticaly this is beautiful...Read complete review

    I love this guitar. It's the second one I got as the first one I had to send back because the tone control on the neck pickup didn't work. Cosmeticaly this is beautiful with only a couple minor flaws that I can find, like a paint overspray inside to F-holes (they aren't very smooth) and the fret dots at the 17th and 19 fret (on the neck, not the fretboard) are partly covered from too much paint.I'm not crazy about the headstock (it's too big, goofy looking) Other than that it's a beautiful guitar. I have a Gibson Les Paul custom (Alpine White) that has a ebony fretboard. I'm not a luthier and can't teel you about woods, but I will say that the fretboard on this Epi doesn't look like the ebony fretboard on my Gibson. The pickups on this sound suprisingly good. A little dark and muddy at times(like most simi-hollowbodys) but still very good. This guitar sounds good even unpluged. The grover tuners keep this in tune very well, and the bigsby doesn't throw it out of tune one bit. Not sure what strings they put on these but after playing my fingertips look like I colored them in pencil lead. I'll say too that the pickup selector switch is probally the worst thing in this guitar (it's junk) . Made in China, I'm suprised at how nice a guitar this is. I've played it thur several different setups like a Marshall JVM &1960 cab,
    a Fender Deville, and Boss GT10 into a combo amp at it sounds good in each. It wouldn't be my first choice for playing heavy metal, but for rock, or blues, or anything else it certainly does the trick. I have several guitars, and when getting a new one it usually takes a long time before it really gorws on me. This one I've loved right out of the box and the only one I wnat to play right now.

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    5.0

    the dodger

    By the dodger

    from kingston, ontario, canada

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Lovely
    • Love My New

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      Best Uses

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      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      bought mine second hand but, prior owner real pro.
      he upgraded all pickup's etc with gold everywhere and expensive pickup's.
      now original pick guard still not on the unit. Does anyone bother when this guitar looks so beautiful without it?

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Epiphone ES-355 Review

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      Good value guitar, with a couple of nice features-the pickups sound good(maybe could be better, but I don't know this is my first semi-hollow) but from experience a good set of pickups and good electronics make a huge difference so I may replace them down the line. But, certainly no need to replace them right away.
      The tuners and bigsby are nice, everything except the frets was perfect when I received it.
      This guitar has the standard Gibson style features, not much to complain about.
      The Grover tuners are a nice touch. The neck profile is quite comfortable as well.
      The overall quality is excellent, the one I bought was used, but it looks brand new.
      Only complaint is that the guitar needs a fret job, some of the fret ends are sharp and sticking out, which is kind of annoying. I have purchased new guitars that were perfect(in the same price range), and I never understand why companies let their instruments get out like that.
      Seems like a pretty good value, I can't afford a Gibson 355 so this one does the trick, and it's 1/3 of the price. No case though, may be a gig bag would be a nice touch as standard?

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epiphone ES 355 Limited Edition

      By Big Ric

      from New Mexico

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      I am really enjoying it. I love that I can get feedback at will and the sound of a semi-hollow body is oh so cool! I had to wait a few months to get mine and I have to say it was worth the wait. I purchased a limited edition Epi Heritage Les Paul some years back and it quickly became one of my favorites, this one probably will too! Of course you will have to put new strings and do a basic set-up, but I have never purchased a guitar where I didn't have to do a set-up. If you'd like a sweet semi-hollow body at a great price, this could be for you.
      As others have stated no new features. Simple two pick up, 3 way switch, two tone pots and two volume. Bigsby whammy. It is advertised to have an Ebony fingerboard, mine looks like rosewood. I was used to black ebony but of course now it's scarce so it's possible it's Ebony of a lesser grade. I only give it a 5 because it's just a regular electric when it comes to features, but don't take that as a bad thing. Mine has the Cherry finish.
      The fit and finish are very good. I have had no probelms or defects on mine. Understand I know guitars after 40 some years of playing and set-ups and mine had no defects which is what should be expected of a new guitar.
      I think this is a great value, sure if I could afford it I would buy a $4000 Gibson. But aside from the fact it is imported I don't believe there is alot of difference playabilty or tone wise. Yes, I do own some Gibsons so I can compare.

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      5.0

      Epiphone ES-355

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      Overall I'm very pleased with this purchase. The guitar looks and sounds beautiful. I would buy one of these again in a heartbeat.
      Nothin' fancy on this guitar unless you consider a Bigsby fancy. It's just a neck and bridge pickup with a 3 way switch and 2 volume and 2 tone pots. Pretty simple, and thats the way I like it. The pickups are Epiphone's version of Gibson 57 classics, and I have to say they sound pretty close to a 57 classic to me. I'm quite pleased with the pickups, they are hot enough without sounding too hot. I also think they need to up the price of this guitar and inlcude a hardshell case. I bought one seperate, but it would have been nice to have it ship out in a hardshell case instead of a cardboard box with very little padding.
      I got the ebony finish, and the finish on this instrument is amazing. I found no finish flaws what so ever. Love the ebony fretboard, and the pearl inlay job on my guitar is flawless. That being said I still think Epiphone's quality control could use some improving. I had to tighten all the volume and tone pot nuts because they were really loose like they had been hand tightened. The input jack nut was also loose. Also had to set up the guitar as the action was set too low for my liking, but that's more of a preference thing, so I'm not docking them any points there. The nut was cut a little deep and I do get string buzz on the A string on the first fret. Going to put a dab of super glue in there and refile it so it's not quite so deep and that should take care of the buzz.
      This guitar is bang for your buck. I own lots of Gibson guitars (ES, Les Pauls, SG) and I like this one just as much as I do my Gibsons. For the money this is a great guitar. I could have paid a grand for this guitar and still felt like it was worth it.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epiphone ES355 provides great looks and very good playability

      By mellotrondon

      from Detroit

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      I presently own 3 Epiphone guitars and 1 Epiphone bass of recent production and can tell you from experience that the quality of this brand is generally very good but somewhat variable from instrument to instrument. For example, an Emperor Swingster I bought recently required crowning of a couple of the upper frets right out of the box to even be playable above the 7th fret. I am sure the manufacturer (or more precisely the importer) would have provided an exchange in an extreme case such as that but I expect to have to do a bit of artsy-craftsy work to set an instrument up precisely the way I like it anyway. On my Rickenbackers that I paid over $2000 each for I expected playing perfection right out of the box and got it, but the Epiphones are basically utilitarian guitars at a value price and provide very good value for their price.
      About the only useful feature this guitar could have offered that is doesn't is push-pull coil-tapping switches which come standard on the Epiphone Emperor Swingster model. It would taken minimal effort for the manufacturer to do so. I like the quality of the tuners and bridge and of course it goes without saying that the quality of the Bigsby tailpiece is legendary.
      The fit and finish on this guitar are really quite impressive and it is a physically stunning instrument. That having been said I found it necessary to do quite a bit of filing on the nut to get the string action near the headstock as low as I wanted and to lower the overall profile of the nut to more the order of a speed bump at the end of the neck rather than something akin to the Great Wall of China. This took me a couple of hours of tedious work with a precision needle file. The truss rod was set up correctly right out of the box however and required only a few degrees of tweak to get the fingerboard perfectly level..

      Also comparing the feel of the neck to my vintage Guild SF4 Starfire I immediately noticed that each and every fret protruded about .002 beyond the neck binding so out came the needle file again for another few hours of artsy-craftsy finish work touch-up.
      Despite the above caveats which would logically apply to medium-priced guitars (as opposed to $2500 Gibson production) I feel that the guitar is a great value for the money and once I fixed the issues I mentioned it now plays perfectly and sounds really great with lots of singing sustain and wide range of tonal variety.

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Good Guitar

      By John H.-TjnJj

      from West Valley, NY

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      Like I have said this is one nice guitar and with patience and talking with a luthier you can have one beautiful guitar. And like I had stated previously Gibson needs to pay attention to detail on their products.
      Have played a number of guitars in my life always liked using a bisby tremolo. Grover tuners have always been my favorite. Color was nicely done got my in red. The pickups are good but sometime in the future may switch to 57 classic humbuckers. Neck needed some work but what guitar dosen't. Owned many a high end guitar and frets and neck needed work. Also like I said that matters to the players themselves. Overall this guitar is very well made for the price range is is sold for.
      Would be nice if Gibson would take more time checking when they inspect. I didn't mine having work done to the neck but should have been taken care of during finale inspection by Gibson. But I have notice Gibsons quality has been going down hill over the years. The quality of thier guitars is nothing compare to the models they had back in the 60's and 70's. The quality of the guitar is very good for the price range is comes in. Think in time Epiphone could come back as a good guitar as was in the 60's. If you want a good guitar for the money the Es-355 is the one for you don't listen to what everyone has to say try one. And take it from there. In time with patience and seeing what you think would be better you can have a very nice guitar.
      Price wise the ES-355 is a very good guitar for it's money.

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      1.0

      Epiphone ES 355

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      Nice black guitar body, great kneck. Bixby installed nicely. Guitar is virtually unplayable due to volume control problems found on 3 of my last 5 Epiphones, and the pickups are mounted slightly more shoddily than if they had been dropped in by a tall cow. Would be a truly professional piece of gear except for absolutely unacceptable electronics!

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      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I Love This Guitar

      By guitar_lovin_man

      from Tacoma, Wa

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      I love this guitar. It's the second one I got as the first one I had to send back because the tone control on the neck pickup didn't work. Cosmeticaly this is beautiful with only a couple minor flaws that I can find, like a paint overspray inside to F-holes (they aren't very smooth) and the fret dots at the 17th and 19 fret (on the neck, not the fretboard) are partly covered from too much paint.I'm not crazy about the headstock (it's too big, goofy looking) Other than that it's a beautiful guitar. I have a Gibson Les Paul custom (Alpine White) that has a ebony fretboard. I'm not a luthier and can't teel you about woods, but I will say that the fretboard on this Epi doesn't look like the ebony fretboard on my Gibson. The pickups on this sound suprisingly good. A little dark and muddy at times(like most simi-hollowbodys) but still very good. This guitar sounds good even unpluged. The grover tuners keep this in tune very well, and the bigsby doesn't throw it out of tune one bit. Not sure what strings they put on these but after playing my fingertips look like I colored them in pencil lead. I'll say too that the pickup selector switch is probally the worst thing in this guitar (it's junk) . Made in China, I'm suprised at how nice a guitar this is. I've played it thur several different setups like a Marshall JVM &1960 cab,
      a Fender Deville, and Boss GT10 into a combo amp at it sounds good in each. It wouldn't be my first choice for playing heavy metal, but for rock, or blues, or anything else it certainly does the trick. I have several guitars, and when getting a new one it usually takes a long time before it really gorws on me. This one I've loved right out of the box and the only one I wnat to play right now.

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      (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      not as well built as my Sheraton

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      After a much needed setup, it plays well and sounds really good.
      Fit and finish are pretty poor. Very sloppy paint. frets are very rough.build quality is nowhere near as good as my MIK Sheraton.
      Wait and buy one used because you will have to get a setup and fret polish

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ES-355 Alpine White - Stunning!

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is beautiful -- stunning right out of the box. Once professionally set up to my specifications (lighter guage strings and lower action), its playability matched its appearance.
      I've never owned a Bigsby before - love it!
      The frets were a bit rough/scratchy and needed to be buffed and polished, but now it's great! Couldn't be happier; just don't let my wife know I bought it!
      I finally got a coupon code to work after trying every promo for a month and a half -- Got over $100 off - not bad!

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