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Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar

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A high-class instrument.

Presenting the Limited Edition ES-345: The Limited Edition ES-345 brings one of the most revered ES-style designs to guitar players everywhere along with gold Bigsby„¢ Tremolo to make a truly high-class instrument that will set you apart on any stage big or small.

Classic History: The ES-345 was first released in 1959 and was quickly embraced by rockers and bluesmen alike for its classy look and incredible range of tones. Fans of the ES-345 include Keith Richards, B.B. King and Freddie King, whose classic œHideaway was recorded with an ES-345. The key to the new Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 is Epiphone' legendary VariTone„¢ control, which enables players to invent a wide range of tonal colors and pickup variations with easy recall. Vintage ES-345s are nearly impossible to find today and even harder to find is an original stereo ES-345, but we™ve taken care of that as well. The Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 features both mono and stereo outputs, making the modern ES-345 the ultimate axe.

Perfect ES-Styling: Following the classic ES-style design shape, the Limited Edition ES-345 features a laminated Maple body with a single layer of white binding on the body and neck. The 24.75 scale Mahogany neck has our classic SlimTaper„¢ 1960s œD-profile, a perfect size for both hard rhythm and ringing leads and is hand set with TiteBond„¢ glue. The Rosewood fingerboard has a 12 radius with a 1.68 nut width for proper string spacing along with mother-of-pearl œParallelograms. The headstock features a Mother-of-Pearl œPineapple design. The pickguard comes unattached but also has white and black binding.

Vintage Style Epiphone Electronics: The ES-345' electronics feature Epiphone' famous Alnico Classic„¢ Humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions and like the original, basic tone variations are accomplished with vintage style Black tophat volume and tone knobs with metal inserts and pointers. But the ES-345' original power really begins with the VariTone.

The VariTone Machine: The VariTone uses a six-way rotary switch which engages 5 pre-set notch filters and a bypass. In position one, the VariTone is completely bypassed. As you rotate the rotary switch into positions 2-6, the center frequency of the notch filter shifts from around 1.9kHz down to 130Hz, providing a player with a wide tonal palette unavailable on most other instruments. Positions 2 through 4 offer tonal shaping while still maintaining great clarity. But keep turning and you™ll find Positions 5 and 6 shape-shift the Alnico Classic Humbuckers into a single-coil style pickup but without the thin quack usually associated with traditional single coil pickups. Add it all up and between the 6-position VariTone circuit and the 3-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available.

Pro Hardware, Pro Guitar: Epiphone players expect high standards when it comes to hardware and the ES-345 doesn™t disappoint. Along with the classic gold Epiphone LocktoneTM Tune-o-matic bridge and 3-way all metal toggle switch, the ES-345 has all metal Mono and Stereo Output Jacks, a gold Bigsby„¢ Tremolo, gold Wilkinson„¢ Vintage with Tulip Buttons and 14:1 ratio tuners, and last but not least, a vintage style bell-shaped 2-layer truss rod cover with œStereo engraved in white. The Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 also is covered by Epi' world famous Limited Lifetime Guarantee and Gibson' one-of-a-kind 24/7/365 customer service.

  • Model Name Ltd Ed ES-345 Guitar
  • Body Material Laminated Maple
  • Neck Material Mahogany
  • Neck Shape SlimTaper„¢; 1960's D-profile
  • Neck Joint Glued-In, Set Neck
  • Binding Body: 1-Layer; White
  • Neck: 1-Layer; White
  • Headstock: None
  • Scale Length 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius 12"
  • Fingerboard Inlays Mother-of-Pearl "Parallelograms"
  • Headstock Inlay Mother-of-Pearl "Pineapple"
  • Pickguard Black with white binding
  • (Unattached - pickguard and hardware inside box.)
  • Nut Width 1.68"
  • Hardware Gold
  • Machine Heads Wilkinson„¢ Vintage with Tulip Buttons; 14:1 ratio
  • Neck Pickup Alnico Classic„¢ Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup Alnico Classic„¢ Humbucker
  • Controls 1-Neck Volume
  • 1-Neck Tone
  • 1-Bridge Volume
  • 1-Bridge Tone
  • 6-Position Rotary VariTone„¢ notch filter
  • - Position-1: Bypass
  • - Position-2: 5db at 1950hz
  • - Position-3: 12db at 1100hz
  • - Position-4: 16db at 620 hz
  • - Position-5: 18.5db at 360hz
  • - Position-6: 21db at 120hz
  • Knobs Black Tophats with metal inserts and pointers
  • Outputs Mono - Both pickups 1/4"
  • Stereo - Two 1/4" outputs (Neck & Bridge Pickups)
  • 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; "STEREO" in white
  • Options Hard Case (940-E519)
  • 711106261058 (UPC)
  • Warranty Epiphone Limited Lifetime

The king of guitars is waiting for you. Get in style with the Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 and order today.


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EpiphoneLimited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Solid Value

By Touchdown

from Harrisonburg, VA

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar:

Now that I have fixed the bigsby and installed the pickguard I love this guitar. However if the bigsby had been just a shade more crooked I would have had to send the guitar back. My impression is they did all of the hard stuff right on this guitar and there is no excuse for a crooked bigsby which should be easy to put on straight.
The electronics work as advertized. The varitone circuit gives you multiple options. The stereo feature works fine. I like the sound and think most everyone would be happy with it.
I love the neck - just the right thickness in my opinion.
The bigsby makes the guitar a bit butt heavy - just a different balance point from what I'm used to. This is the first guitar I have owned with a bigsby so I'm still getting used to it. Can't really comment on the tuning stability when using the bigsby yet.
First the good news:
I had my doubts about the tuners with plastic buttons but these seem to be substantial and reasonably rugged. I love the way they look and I don't think they will be any problem.
With regard to the neck the inlays are perfect - very impressed. The binding is very good, the frets are nice and level with no sharp edges. The rosewood fretboard only has one very small imperfection which you would have to look very closely to find.
The finish is a transparent cherry. The wood grain shows through just like the pictures on the MF website. I can find no errors with the finish. The f holes are not bound and are outlined in black. This is a bit sloppy but nothing major.
The bad news:
The Bigsby was not put on straight. Luckily I was able to move it over slightly without exposing the original screw holes.
The hole in the center block under the bridge pickup is very large and crudely cut. This is not visible unless you look through the f hole at an angle but why can't they do this right?
I installed the pickguard and I think the cutouts for the pickups could have been done with a little bit more care.
This is the forth Epiphone I have owned and I think they do a pretty good job. One is Korean and the other three are Chinese. Based on this sample I think the Chineses ones are a shade better but I know a lot of people would disagree.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Things do come to those who wait!

By John Kerner

from Illinois

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar:

I have always wanted an ES- 345 since I first saw one in my earlier days. They were always pricey and out of reach. As we got older, they became scarcer and more expensive. When M.F. posted the Epi's in November 2011, I jumped on the opportunity to purchase one. I have done business with the M.F. staff and have always found them to be professional. However, I was not prepared for the wait of almost 3 months to receive a shipment. Believe me, we did communicate on the shipping issue and they were very accomodating. I have several years invested in dealings with M.F. and plan to keep working with this great staff. Moral of the story; Things do come to those who wait!!!!
After waiting 84 for days...yes 84 days......my 345 finally shipped and made it the the heart of Illinois in prerfect shape. She came out of the shipping crate almost in tune. A few tweeks and she was ready to plug in. Pick ups were warm and responsive, the varitone ( main reason I opted for the 345 vs. the 355 ) was point on! Controls had a good tapered response and were clean. Stereo output is a plus, but not necessary. This guitar will go from country clean to BB's Blues to 10 Years After Rock.
For being MIC and the price, I found the quality and workmanship to be excellent. Neck joint solid and fret work above expectations. As previously stated, I only took a few minutes to give her an initial set-up tweek before plugging in. Sound is exceptional and out of case playability is great. Bigsby is nice and fluid, no kinks or string hang. After my tech gets the very minor kinks tweeked, I will put this up against any Gibson.
Price; Epi vs. Gibson ...no brainer

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


A great option for those that can't afford the Gibson version

By JamesWJ71

from Warren, Michigan

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar:

As I said, this is a fantastic guitar.

It can be used for blues, country, rock & roll, jazz...with the vari-tone there are many possiblities when it comes to the sounds you can get from this guitar.

I have heard that guitars with Bigsbys have issues with staying in tune. While I canlt refute that, I can say that my guitar stays in tune more often than not. Keep in mind that Bigsbys aren'y designed for "dive-bombing." Though, I have done some serious bending on mine (probably as close as you can get to dive-bombing with a Bigsby) and the strings stayed relatively in tune.

One complaint about the Bigsby is that the handle started to come extremely loose after moving it into playing position and back out of the way just a few times. I had to loosen the strings and pop the tension spring out to access the nut that holds the handle on for tightening. Something that woried me as I did not want to scratch the guitar's finish or mar the gold-tone plating on the nut itself.

The thing to remember is that you need to keep in mind the price you are paying versus the overall quality. Too many people tend to judge items based on what they want it to be rather than what it is. And, what this guitar is is good enough to allow you to look past minor flaws.

I have seen people review Epiphone Les Paul models saying "it's almost as good as a REAL Les Paul." Well, being that Gibson OWNS Epiphone and the guitars are made to the same general specs as their Gibson counterparts I would say that they ARE the real thing. Just made to be more affordable. While I'd love it if the headstock said Gibson, I am willing to have the Epiphone name on it since I'd have to save for a VERY long time to get the Gibson model (which doesn't even have a Bigsby).

If you are lucky these will be in stock for you. I had to wait 2 months before I got mine. Of course, after wanting one for over 25 years, waiting 2 months wasn't that bad.
The features of this guitar are fantastic. The licensed Bigsby is great if you are a fan of artists such as Duane Eddy or Brian Setzer. You can emulate them or "surf" music. I am enjoying learning to use the Bigsby.

The vari-tone lets you select tones which range from bright to dark. Great for getting a "blues" tone. It also is good for letting you contour the tone to suit your personal preference. I have wanted an ES-345 for around 25 years because I am a huge fan of Chuck Berry and this is one of the guitars that will allow you to recreate his sound without external help from pedal boards.

The pickups may not be of the same quality as their American-made counterparts but, you shouldn't automatically think they are inferior.
While waiting for my guitar to be shipped I was able to find reviews on a few sites.

Several people complained about the quality of the finish on these guitars. There was some "spotty" areas around the "F" holes but, they were not as bad as these reviews had me expecting them to be.

I do not see any of the streaking or anything that some have mentioned.

There ARE some cracks or scratches on each side of the neck near the nut. They appear to be in the finish rather than the wood. I am fairly certain this is just cosmetic as I would think if the wood were cracked in any significant way that the guitar would not stay in tune as well as it does with as much as I have been using the Bigsby.

One thing I want to make absoluetly clear is that, because of the demand for these guitars being higher than the supply, you can't expect them to be flawless.

They are made to the same specs as the Gibson version. But, because Epiphone is trying to meet the demand for these as fast as possible there are bound to be issues here and there.

But, you can find American-made guitars that have finishing issues or are simply not made as well as they could be (as far as the construction I would say these Epi 345's are great). You can also find more expensive guitars (American and foriegn made) that have finishing issues.

So, keep in mind the price you are paying and the fact that the demand is higher than the supply before yu judge these guitars to harshly for every little flaw.
This guitar is a good value.

I would call it a great value if it were a lower price.

Also, it would be a better value if it came with a case or at least a gig bag.

I had to pay extra for a hard shell case...which I would recommend over a gig bag or a chipboard case for this guitar.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing guitar!

By Kirby

from Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar:

See above under 'features'.
I have rated this gorgeous axe a 10, but it tends to go out of tune a bit - mostly due, I'm sure, to the Bigsby tailpiece and Wilkinson tuners. But even with locking tuners, if you use a Bigsby, it's probably going to need tuning more than, say, a Dot with locking tuners. If there is any disappointment to report, it's the tuning thing. But, hey, this guitar SINGS!! (For tuning hassles, use an in-line tuner and bite the bullet.) I have the cherry finish model, bought it used, but in 'mint' condition, and I gotta say, it was more beautiful and truly 'mint' than I expected. The 'Varitone' feature give 5 different tone filtering options, which really adds an amazing array of sounds to your rhythm or lead repetoir. I'm amazed that they had this technology back in Chuck Berry's day! Position 1 bypasses the filters and gives you the full. rich 335 sound, if that's what your going for. Position 6 cuts the gain qhinuite a bit, but gives you a cool single-coil thin-ness. Anyway, yadayadayada. If you like Bigsby and 335 sound and more, get this guitar.
Better than I expected from an Epiphone. I've owned a Gibson ES-347 (335 with a coil splitter), and this is every bit as quality an instrument as that was. Except for the name on the headstock, I'd never know the difference.
Excellent value.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Overall, pretty great

By Gregg Koval

from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar:

After being impressed with Epiphone's Nighhawk, I thought I'd try the 345. The Varitone is pretty neat, opens up a bunch of different tones. The Stereo feature, while probably a novelty, is pretty fun (if you have two amps). The guitar's super versatile.

Problems were little checks in the finish (I hope) around the nut. Toggle switch was installed upside down (up position was the back pickup); had to tweak it. Although the Bigsby looks nice, they are kinda crummy. It's the only whammy bar I know that after you use it, the strings go sharp.

But for a $700 guitar with a bunch of bells and whistles, it's hard to beat since its Gibson counterpart runs around $2700 more.

(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Made in China says it all...RETURN TO SENDER

By James Feger

from Arizona

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar:

This is my first and last Epiphone, first impressions being what they are. I do not mind paying good money for a good guitar. This, however, is NOT in that category. Build this guitar in Nashville using experienced luthiers and charge $$$$ for it.
I like the rotary switch with different notch filter settings. I like the bigsby trem. I like the hollowbody design. Not a bad set of features.
At first glance I was impressed and overjoyed at the appearance. Beautiful white with gold hardware was very pleasing to the eye. Closer inspection revealed very poor attention to detail and it just got worse from there. The binding which was intended to look antique, I believe, was yellow, then white, then yellow, then white...and not at all in a way that conveyed imagery of a vintage instrument. It was just ugly. The tremolo arm was about to fall off and there was no tool included to tighten it AND no easy access to the nut with risking scracthing the finish. Something inside the guitar was not securely fastened and vibrated every time I played it. The F holes surface (through the top) look as though they were finished during a dust storm...little chunks and rough bits all around the perimeter of the hole.
I've paid a similar amount for two "other brand" guitars made in Indonesia that were vastly superior in every way. Sound, fit, finish, component quality, etc. This guitar should cost less.

(0 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


ES-345 by Epiphone

By Richard Millard

from Florida

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-345 Electric Guitar:

Guitar wasn't playable out of package. Rough frets and too high action.
Although the Guitar is beautiful in looks, the Frets on this Guitar are very rough and not smoothed out at all. The action is also way too high and needs to be re set. Maybe different strings also. I was very disapointed in the playability of this Guitar.

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