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August 12, 2016
Epiphone ES 339 review
The ES 339 Pro from Epiphone is an inexpensive, and very nice semi hollow guitar. The body is slightly smaller than a 335, and this guitar looks and feels great.
I really think you get a LOT of guitar for the money. I've used it at several gigs, and I find this guitar sounds great in the mix. Somehow it just cuts through really well.
It has a laminated maple body and top, and a mahogany SlimTaper D-profile neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. The bridge is a LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tailpiece, and Wilkinson TM 14:1 vintage-style tuners.
We have Tone and Volume for each humbucker, and a three-way toggle. The pickups are Alnico Classic PRO humbuckers with push/pull coil splitting for single-coil tones. These are kind of fun, but don't expect real single coil tone from them. The finishes available are Vintage Sunburst, Ebony, Natural, Cherry, and Black.
The neck is nice, and quite round. It's slim but not super slim. Definitely not like the very thin vintage Gibson necks.
Plugged into a good tube amp, it sounds very nice. You can get a great jazz tone out of it, and crunchy blues tones are sounding fantastic. Add a good overdrive, and it sings. I think it works great as a blues axe, but also indie guitarists should have a look at this guitar. The versatility with the coil splitting makes it very flexible for tones, so I think this guitar works great for a variety of styles.