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Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar
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An anticipated re-issue of the classic thinline semi-hollowbody.

The Ltd Edition ES-355 body is constructed of 5-layer laminated maple. The solid hard maple 24.75" SlimTaper 1960s "D" profile neck features a rosewood fingerboard with a 12" radius and a 1.68" nut width. The neck has classic pearloid "Block" inlays and a vintage-style pearloid "Split Diamond" headstock design. Tuning stability is assured with chrome Grover 14:1 ratio machine heads, a chrome Epiphone LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and a chrome Bigsby Tremolo. The volume and tone knobs, one for each pickup, are Black Speed with pointers for easy reference while on stage.

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.

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. Case sold separately.

Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar Features:

  • 5-layer laminated maple body
    SlimTaper 1960s "D" profile neck
    Rosewood fingerboard with a 12" radius
    Alnico Classic humbuckers
    Tune-o-matic bridge
    Bigsby tremelo
    Case sold separately

Epiphone Limited Edition ES-355 Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body Material: laminated maple
    Neck Material: hard maple
    Neck Shape: SlmiTaper; 1960s 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: Rosewood
    Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    Fingerboard Inlays: pearloid "Blocks"
    Headstock Inlay: pearloid "Split-Diamond"
    Pickguard: None
    Nut Width: 1.68"
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Grover; 14:1 ratio
    Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic Humbucker
    Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker
    Controls: 1-Neck Volume, 1-Neck Tone, 2-Bridge Volume, 1-Bridge Tone
    Knobs: Black Speed Knobs with pounters
    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

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  • Epiphone is back.

    As reviewed by David Roden on 9/2/2013

    I own 1980 Epiphone acoustic. It has always been one of my favorites. When I started buying electrics about 5 years ago I was was very disappointed with the quality of the Epiphone product line. A month ago I picked up this ES-355 in the Pelham blue and I haven't put it down. Build quality is excellent. Smooth fret edges at the binding. Paint and clear coating are flawless. Nothing about this guitar seems cheap or low end. Rich, full sound as you would expect from a hollow body. Switches all work as expected. It feels great to play - well balanced and the neck is a delight. This is the best guitar decision I have made in many years.

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  • Fire the QC manager before you ruin your reputation.

    As reviewed by Alan Sherman on 8/1/2013

    Sorry to say Epiphone dissapointed me big time on this one. I bought a Bonnamassa Les Paul last year and couldn't be happier. This one, not so good. No gold trim like the promo states. Where the neck attatches to the body looked very undesirable and the sound created by the block of wood inside gives it some very cheap twangy sounding overtones. Also there was no pick guard as stated. I'm going to return it and maybe try the Lucille or the Lennon.

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  • It is what it is.

    As reviewed by JASON on 11/26/2014

    Bought this for a very specific project. I ordered the guitar instead of buying the floor model because the stores out here are notorious for loosing the accessories. The manufacturer provides good setup guides, a pickguard and a few other items with the guitar, so if you did not get a pickguard, it's because it was either lost or thrown away when they put the guitar out on the sales floor. Back to the guitar. Good quality, not great, but keep in mind that this is an import that is intended to be bang for the buck and not a boutique piece, thus the $2000 price difference. The finishes on the Epiphones can be hit or miss, but this one is great. Consistent color and no runs in the clear coat. The neck is a little thicker towards the headstock similar to an SG, so I guess that would be a 50's profile. Good sound and good setup right out of the box. Epiphone does supply a limited lifetime warranty, so be sure to register the guitar as soon as you buy it. Why, what could go wrong?... The electronics. The pickups sound very good, and to most, they are more than passable. But there is a definite lack of character in the pickups. Kind of dull sounding. Again, this is a budget instrument. The pots, switch and output jack all failed in one form or another within the first few months. The nut was not properly slotted and the bridge had too much movement when you used the tremolo indicating that the studs were not secure in the body. The neck joint is a little suspect as it is composed of three pieces where it mates to the body, the F-holes are not finish sanded and the center block is also rough cut. This is an off-the-shelf neck used on many different Epiphones with varying neck joints, so this is not that unusual. Long story longer, new bone nut, Schaller roller bridge, Bournes pots with .022 orange drop capacitors, Duncan SH-16 bridge pickup with coil tapping (neck pickup replacement coming soon), leveled the frets, strap locks, rewired with Mojo vintage wire and set it up to Gibson's ES-335 spec. Now it stays in tune, cranks without feedback, and the neck is smoov. Realize what you are purchasing and you won't be disappointed, this is no Memphis custom shop model, but it delivers on the look, the feel and the sound at quarter of the price.

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