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The ES-339 has a reduced size and weight laminated maple 335-style archtop body with a solid center block. With the size and feel of a Les Paul, it retains that distinct semi-hollowbody tone producing... Click To Read More About This Product

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The ES-339 has a reduced size and weight laminated maple 335-style archtop body with a solid center block. With the size and feel of a Les Paul, it retains that distinct semi-hollowbody tone producing a full-bodied sound from the Alnico Classic Pro pickups with push/pull coil-splitting for single-coil tones. Features include SlimTaper D-profile mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with MOP inlays, neck and body binding, Grover Vintage tuners, and LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tailpiece. Case sold separately.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Alnico Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Alnico Classic
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/pull tone control
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil tap
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Grover vintage tombstone buttons
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Versatile electronics
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
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EpiphoneES-339 PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 159 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (116)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (92)
  • Good tone (89)
  • Fun to play (83)
  • Good pick up (73)
  • Solid electronics (57)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (17)
  • Craftsmanship (9)
  • Flat sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (83)
  • Jamming (77)
  • Recording (59)
  • Small venues (53)
  • Rock concerts (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (59), Professional musician (27), Novice (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well worth it.

Brief contextual background: I have owned a large variety of guitars over the past 45 years. In particular, I had a number of ES-335 style models - including offerings from Gibson, Aria...Read complete review

Brief contextual background: I have owned a large variety of guitars over the past 45 years. In particular, I had a number of ES-335 style models - including offerings from Gibson, Aria Pro II, Peavey, Ibanez and Epiphone. After all the years of desiring a 60's Gibson ES-335 (but wasn't willing to incur the related expense), I decided to splurge. I went to the stores (over a period of a couple of months) and played a myriad of models, ranging in price from three hundred to three thousand. Either my tastes have changed, or the overall quality of manufacturing/workmanship has dramatically improved - since, in comparison to the new offerings, I was no longer as impressed by the early 60's options. Frankly, I used to be a bit of a "purist snob", reflecting a perspective that the non-USA made "knock-offs" couldn't compare to the Gibson/Fender originals. My change of heart surprised me, particularly since I had become comfortable with the concept of spending thousands - on what might be my last guitar.

Epiphone ES-339 Pro Specifics: In the spirit of full disclosure - I chose to return the first guitar that was shipped to me due to a small foreign speck of something (which looked like it might be steel wool) imbedded in the finish. The guitar played fine, however, the anomaly simply bugged me. Musician's Friend handled the return in both an expedient and professional manner. I am both completed satisfied and sincerely impressed with their customer service. The replacement arrived before I even had a chance to return the original (which, again - was a truly painless, well-organized process).

The workmanship on the second guitar is flawless, period. I have always been partial to a natural wood appearance and I am extremely pleased with both the grain and color. The neck is a "slim taper D" and the frets are both meaty and well-polished. The intonation was quite a bit off, but I have never received a new guitar that didn't require the bridge height and saddles to be adjusted. The neck arrived almost perfectly straight, therefore, the truss rod required a very minor tweak. The rounded "E" on the pick guard was a little loose, however, I would have removed it anyway - since I don't find it particularly appealing. The glue residue was easily removed with a soft, damp towel.

The acoustic sound of the instrument is exactly what I desired; loud enough to hear any of the nuances that you'd normally get when it is plugged in (e.g., hammer-ons, pull-offs, transition notes, etc.). The electric sound is equally satisfying. The split coil wiring offers a wide range of tonality and the pole pieces/wiring provide an even volume distribution across all six strings. Personally, I would have liked the "split" setting to be in operation with the volume knobs in their resting position - since it is my primary choice of tonality. The tone controls are satisfactory, however, I may modify the cutoff frequency (change the capacitor) at some point. The pickups aren't as bright as I'm accustomed to, but this is easily compensated for with the amp/subsequent stage. The machines are also good, they have consistently held the tuning overnight and in response to extensive bending. Again, I may replace them down the road with 18:1 ratio Grovers - since I'm a bit picky about tuning precision.

In the end, my choice came down to the ES-339 over the ES-335/355 body style due to playing comfort when sitting. Since I no longer play out regularly at this point in my life, playing comfort was a significant factor. The minor weight reduction was also viewed as advantage. I have since found the size reduction locates the volume and tone knobs in a better position for me - particularly when using the volume control for a swell/violin effect. Overall, it feels more balanced and is easy to maneuver - to accommodate different playing styles (e.g., background rhythm, soloing).

My final choices involved a comparison of the Epiphone ES-339 Pro, the Epiphone ES-339 Ultra and the Gibson ES-339. I liked all of them, however, I didn't find the acoustic sound of the Ultra appealing enough to warrant me choosing it -- and then having to swap out the pickups to get my desired coil tapping option. As for the choice between the Epiphone and the Gibson ES-339 models, I ultimately picked the Epiphone because of how the neck felt. As far as I am concerned, I can modify (and actually have replaced) all of the constituent parts of the guitar (bridge, pickups, machines, electronics, tailpiece, pick guard) - but not the neck/body. Therefore, it is the highest priority item on my list of needs vs. desires.

In the end, my choice has enticed me to start playing again for many hours at a time and rekindled my interest in learning new material. This was the objective when I started my quest for a new instrument. I hope this review can be valuable to others on a similar journey, so they can be as pleased with their subsequent purchase as I am.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Needs a Set-Up Out of Box

This is a great guitar for the value! First the pros, then the cons:
I bought the Epiphone 339-PRO with the limited edition Pelham Blue finish. IT LOOKS AMAZING!
The...Read complete review

This is a great guitar for the value! First the pros, then the cons:
I bought the Epiphone 339-PRO with the limited edition Pelham Blue finish. IT LOOKS AMAZING!
The instrument has a really versatile sound and feel. It would be great for jazz, blues, hard rock, or country.
The coil-tapping was ingenious, especially for the neck PU.
The Guitar is easy to set-up, which is a crucial factor for me in choosing any guitar, since I do my own set-ups.

Cons:
The intonation and action was a nightmare out of the box.
The D-string seems to get caught in the nut, even after using some graphite lube. I will more than likely need to file it down at some point.
The pickups leave a lot to be desired.
When the volume is turned all the way up it sounds amazing, but when the volume is dialed down even slightly, the guitar sounds flat and loses all it's tone.
The coil-tapping sounds thin and pointless on the bridge position, but it sounds great on the neck.
The neck and bridge are extremely uneven as far as volume goes. The neck is way louder than the bridge. It's difficult to balance good tone and even volume between the two pickups.
The mahogany neck seems to move and bend at even the slightest pressure, which may be just my perception, having been a player of maple necks my whole life.

If you are expecting a Gibson, give up on that.
If you are expecting a great value, this is a great choice.

I may change the pickups, and file the nut, but aside from those issues, the guitar is playable and I bring it to the stage with pride and confidence that it will get the job done!

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By DJ

from Cleveland, OH

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

    I am a long time musician (50 years +) playing guitar and other instruments. I wanted an electric semi-hollow body guitar to add back to my collection (Strat, Tele and LP). In the past I owned a Guild Starfire (ES 335 clone) and hated it. Way too cumbersome to play and handle. I sold it. But, I still wanted that ES 335 sound. I went to my local GC store and tried out an ES 339 Pro after seeing it online. It felt and sounded really good so I ordered one in the Natural finish along with the Epiphone case. IMHO: (when my guitar arrived) the fit and finish was gorgeous and flawless with nice wood grain showing through. Build quality was top notch. Straight out of the box the setup seemed good. All I needed to do was tune it. Mine came with grover deluxe tuners. My main genre is: soul, r&b, disco and funk. I also play a little blues, classic rock and 60's stuff. The guitar sounds great especially in the neck humbucker pickup position which can give you that George Benson sound. What's really cool about this guitar is the coil taping switches. You can actually get close to a Fender Strat and Tele sound. I also own a Line6 pod which allows the 339 to extend the guitar's sound palette even more. My 339 Pro is my second Epiphone purchase. My first was an LP Std Plus made in China. It too was manufactured as nice as the 339 Pro. My two Fenders mentioned above are MIM's but IMHO are a small notch below the quality of the Epiphones. I have read a number of reviews on different internet sites regarding the Epiphone 339. Some people like this guitar, some don't. Others just prefer the Gibson brand. It's a personal and budget decision. But I close with this, whether you buy an Epiphone MIC, Gibson USA, Fender American, Fender MIM or another guitar brand made where ever its made, your not going to be able to play any better than you play right now. So just get the one you like, the one that feels right and, just play!

     
    5.0

    Great feel and sound, excellent price

    By Bubonic

    from Granger, Indiana

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

      Love this guitar. Great for the price!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I'll never need another guitar

      By Dragonfly

      from CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands

        Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

        My first electric guitar was a G&L S-500 Tribute. Awesome guitar.

        I never got serious about playing guitar until I got the ES-339. It wasn't what I wanted. I didn't actually know what I wanted, really. I just wanted to be like Tom DeLonge, and a Gibson ES-335 was way out of my paycheck. I didn't know a thing about guitars at the time.

        It's been about 2 years now, and I've since purchased a great deal of guitars. I finally made out the endeavor, though, to get the real guitar that I'd always wanted. I went into guitar center and played a bunch, but for whatever reason, it was this ES-339 that bought me back- an Epiphone, nonetheless.

        Maybe I just got lucky, but there's something about my guitar that seems to beat all the rest. Maybe I'm just drawn to it. We've bonded, I suppose, but as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter. No guitar I've played can match just how comfortable I feel with this guitar in my hands. The neck is perfect. For the longest time, I was dismayed that the ES-339 was smaller than the ES-335, but I've grown to love it for that reason. It's not bulky, or heavy.

        Tonally, I don't know. It could be a combination of the guitar and the amp and all the other effects. I've used three different amplifiers with this guitar and all the same, nothing sounds sweeter. The neck position is paradise, and I must admit, if you're aiming for a heavier tone, this thing is beefy.

        I know a lot of people say hollows/semi-hollows can't do metal. They're wrong.

        I could say so much more but I'll just leave it with this- I won't ever need another guitar. It might not be the best for you, but it's the best for me. And I am more than satisfied.

         
        4.0

        Great guitar!

        By Dan

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

          I bought my es339 after doing a ton of research. After replacing the nut (tusq xl) and getting a setup, guitar plays perfect. Finish was perfect, pickups are solid, tuners are quality. Only con I have is the cheap emblem on the pick guard...

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great value for the money! Very nice guitar!

          By EazyDoesIt

          from Monroe, LA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

            I own a Gibson Les Paul and a Gibson ES135. I evolved from Fender to Gibson through the years because I just prefer the sound, tone and the way a Gibson feels & plays. The Gibson ES 135 is the larger body style. I love it but it can be uncomfortable if you are sitting for long periods of time. It gets up in your ribs.

            I was really interested in the smaller body size of the Epiphone ES 339 but I was a little concerned about the craftsmanship and sound of an Epiphone because I hadn't really ever played one. I drove 90 miles to my nearest Guitar Center to check one out.

            Looking at it and holding it, I was pretty impressed. I took it in the little demo room to give it a whirl. It played great and sounded very good considering it was off the rack.

            It did need a setup and I paid Guitar Center to do that and I also added a bone nut. The one that comes with it is plastic.

            After taking it home and plugging it up to my setup, I was really very impressed with the guitar. It compares well with the Gibsons I own. The craftsmanship, sound and the feel of the guitar is incredible for the money.

            I was going back and forth on whether to buy the 335 or 339 but the smaller body of the 339 is incredibly comfortable to play. I absolutely love it!

            Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with the guitar. I spent a little money on a setup and a bone nut and am amazed at the value of guitar I got for the money.

            If you love semi-hollow bodies but don't want to pay the Gibson price, I can say with confidence that this guitar delivers! Another reviewer mentioned that the guitar helped him play more and got him enthused about playing. I can absolutely second that!

            I've been playing for 20+ years. This guitar has definitely got me excited about playing again! First of all, it's absolutely beautiful (vintage sunburst)! It holds it's own against the Gibsons I own and the smaller body of the ES 339 is very nice! Amazing guitar for the money. Great value!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Solid jazz/blues guitar

            By Music Lover

            from Indpls, IN

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

              Great value for a beginning or intermediate player whose focus is blues/jazz but also likes to have a single coil pickup sound occasionally. Neck and fretboard are comfortable. Resonance is above average. Finish and build is quite good for a MIC instrument. Pick ups sound good. Tone and volume knobs are cheap looking-easily replaceable. Purchased Epi case designed for this guitar-very good quality.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar

              By Clarke

              from Gambrills, Md.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

                Unbelievable quality on this guitar - the first semi solid body guitar I have owned since my 1966 ES355. Many tone variations are available with the coil split. I have no intention of replacing the pickups as the stock ones are great. Classic Rock, Traditional Country and 50's are what I play. This thing plays and sounds fantastic. It comes with 10's on it and I will change to 9's, that's what I am used to. You will not be disappointed.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Completely satisfied

                By BluesTraveler

                from Lakewood, Colorado

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

                    I play jazz guitar in ensemble and combo settings and have been a long time epiphone fan. I own the 335 dot and lp studio ephiphone guitars and love them both. I bought the 339 dot to get the 335 dot semihollow sound without the size. I was not disappointed. If anything I like the sound of the 339 dot better. The construction is impeccable. The humbucker pickups can be switched to single coil by lifting up on the tone pot. I like the humbucker sound so I doubt if I will every use it.

                    FYI I play my guitars through a fender mustang 3 v2 amp (gain 3, volume 8, treble 3, mid 10, bass 5, reverb 2. I also max out my guitar tone and volume pots and set the pickup to rhythm.)

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    As Close As You Can Get To A Gibby

                    By John E. Quest

                    from Port St. Lucie, Florida

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Getting That ES Tone For A Budget
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

                    These Epiphones are not $2,500. guitars, I wanted one for the fact I know where the basic issues are with them and most of the time can be easily addressed. This is the case with my new Epiphone ES-339 I recently purchased at the sale price from Guitar Center. Wow, what a bargain considering I almost bought the guitar a week prior to the sale at regular price, which is still a great deal for a semi-hollow body ES. I'm not even going to complain about what I did to make this guitar comparable to a Gibson because I enjoy performing my own set-ups, and I would have gone through it regardless. The guitar came very playable and nearly in tune, but maybe a half step down to prevent stress during shipping. The guitar came with equipped with 0.10 gauge strings, but I'm not sure if they were the advertised D'Addario's as the ends were not colored, and they seemed a little 'brittle' in tone. I played the guitar for three days to get a feel for it before attempting to make any improvements. During initial set-up, I noticed that the low E, A, and G strings went to their extreme adjustments to get near perfect intonation, all three were sharp. I suspected the bridge as these are the same bridges on the Epiphone Les Paul's that are set-up with .09 gauge strings from the factory. I also lowered the pick-ups (bridge and neck) as they were way too hot at the set height. I purchased a set of D'Addario NYXL 9-46 and installed after cleaning and conditioning the fretboard, then hand polishing the frets. The 339 felt like a totally different guitar, for the better, so much I would put it up against a Gibson. I bought a Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II last year from Guitar Center in West Palm, and the neck on the Epiphone feels better. Unplugged the guitar has a nice acoustic tone with no dull or bad spots, no fret buzz. The pots, coil splits, and selector switch are top notch and silent. The guitar is worth every penny and some. With a little love, this is a winner for certain.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice guitar for the price

                    By Rodeo Red

                    from Mesa AZ

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Epiphone ES-339 PRO Electric Guitar:

                      I like it

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