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First introduced in the late '50s, the ES series became an instant rock classic, bringing the feel and look of an archtop to a generation of players who had grown up playing solid body guitars like th... Read More

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First introduced in the late '50s, the ES series became an instant rock classic, bringing the feel and look of an archtop to a generation of players who had grown up playing solid body guitars like the Les Paul. The ES-335, the first in the ES series, was an instant success. Now Epiphone introduces the ES-335 PRO - an instrument with its roots firmly planted in the classic era when Epiphone's Kalamazoo factory was producing rock's most legendary instruments.

Featuring an ES-style body with Alnico Classic PRO humbucker pickups, the new ES-335 PRO semi-hollowbody from Epiphone turns back the clock while breaking new ground in sound and style. Other classic features include a tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for incredible sustain, Wilkinson vintage-style tuning machines, and a rosewood fretboard adorned with small block inlay. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Arched maple top and back
  • 24.75" Scale set-in mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with small block inlay
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • Alnico Classic Pro neck humbucker with coil-split
  • Alnico Classic Pro Plus bridge humbucker with coil-split
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge
  • LockTone stopbar tailpiece
  • Wilkinson vintage-style tuners
  • Case sold separately
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EpiphoneLimited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice guitar for the money

I ordered this guitar without having ever seen one...I was curious. I picked it up at the store seven days later. Out of the box at the store it looked great and...Read complete review

I ordered this guitar without having ever seen one...I was curious. I picked it up at the store seven days later. Out of the box at the store it looked great and was correctly set up. It weighs right at 7.5 pounds. I didn't care for the strings it came with and changed them for a set that I like. While I had the strings off I taped up the fingerboard and polished the frets with light automotive compound. The frets were okay but I prefer them polished. By the way, the fingerboard is rosewood as opposed to the baked maple that Gibson is offering these days. I did not make any other adjustments to the factory set-up. The pickups are fine, the coil tap option is something I had not experienced previously and I was surprised that the humbuckers when tapped did not sound thin or weak...nice feature. I took it on a gig and used it for a few songs, it played and sounded great. This would be a good deal at twice the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good guitar, lousy push pull pots

I own several 335 style instruments from Epiphone (Dots and Sheraton II's). Have always had good experiences with them. Thought I'd give the ES335 Limited Edition Pro a try. The instrument itself...Read complete review

I own several 335 style instruments from Epiphone (Dots and Sheraton II's). Have always had good experiences with them. Thought I'd give the ES335 Limited Edition Pro a try. The instrument itself is very good in build (construction fit and feel). The problem I had was one month after the electronics warranty expired the bridge push pull pot stopped working. Took it to my guitar guy and am having both pots replaced with new CTS pots from StewMac. A $100 repair that should not have been necessary.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the money

By Mark

from Lafayette, Indiana

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

    Great guitar for the money--a lot of "bang for the buck". I once owned a late '70's Gibson ES-335 (alas, sold long ago!) and the Epi Pro version compares very favorably to that--and for a fraction of the price. I'm not totally sold on the coil splitting feature as, in my opinion, simply using a Gibson 50's wiring scheme would do just as well. However, all said, the pickups are pretty decent and I have no immediate plans to switch them out.

    If I could make one suggestion to Epiphone, it would be to change the head stock design to that used on, for example, circa '62 Casinos (i.e., closer in appearance to the Gibson "open book"). The early 60's design would look far better, and be more appropriate, than the ungainly "stretched out" head stock. A '62 style head stock would make the PRO look closer to its pricier Gibson cousin but with a distinct "Epi" flavor.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Better than expected!

    By Trainwreckmusic

    from Salem. Oregon

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Better than expected
    • Fit Finish
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Pick Up Selector Switch
    • Ugly Pick Guard Sticker

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Perfect For A Backup Ax
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

    The 335 Pro is better than I expected at its price point. I thought it would need a set up and the electronics replaced to be prograde.
    Much to my surprise it did not need either. Perfect for a back up stage guitar or a beater road guitar.
    My only complaints is the lame Epiphone "E" logo sticker on the pick guard that fell off after an hour of play ( I think it looks better without it any way!) & the pick up selector switch seems pretty sloppy and will probably need to be replaced at sometime in the future. Otherwise I would have given this guitar 5 stars. It is not a Gibson 335 but at 1/10 the price it is pretty dang close. Perfect choice for a student or advanced player on a limited budget.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great low price hollow body

    By Hell Roy

    from Central Il.

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

      My first hollow body,great sound for a fair price.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good guitar, lousy push pull pots

      By Papa Bear

      from Weatherford, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

      I own several 335 style instruments from Epiphone (Dots and Sheraton II's). Have always had good experiences with them. Thought I'd give the ES335 Limited Edition Pro a try. The instrument itself is very good in build (construction fit and feel). The problem I had was one month after the electronics warranty expired the bridge push pull pot stopped working. Took it to my guitar guy and am having both pots replaced with new CTS pots from StewMac. A $100 repair that should not have been necessary.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      If you like the 335 type of guitar, this is THE one to buy.

      By -

      from Laureldale PA

      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
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

        I have 4 other Epiphone archtops and this is the guitar I would own if I had only one. This is a VERY well made, good looking, great sounding versatile instrument that can do nearly anything you can think of very well. I own 8 Gibsons, but all my arch tops are Epiphones and the only thing I change is the TOM bridge - I replace it with a GOTOH...and I do that with my Gibsons as well.

        They are the best bargains in quality production guitars, IMO. If you play one with an open mind about brand names, you will love it.

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        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My favorite guitar so far

        By Olivier

        from MD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

        I've owned several guitars over the years: Squier strat, Ibanez JS100, Jackson DK2, LTD EC401VF, Mexican Strat... noodled around with Gibsons (les Pauls, 335 to compare), Ibanez Artfield, etc... recently I got a used '99 Dot and then this 335 Pro... the quality of construction of the 335 over the Dot is significant. The 335 simply feels like a much more expensive, quality instrument. I don't know what it is, maybe the binding on the neck, it's just very well made. I can't find a single flaw on it.

        The guitar itself is quite light and feels very comfortable. The neck is actually more comfortable than my LTD. It only starts getting thicker around the heel at the 16-17 fret, compared to the 13th fret on the LTD. So you can go up the neck with ease.

        The electronics are good: the pickups actually sound better than the Seymour Duncan '59 and JB on my LTD. I can still get enough output to play heavy-ish stuff like Black Sabbath, and of course you get really nice clean sounds for jazz for example or blues. The pickups also sound very good split. And with a little bit of overdrive, this thing really sings, hard to describe but the sound is really nice and thick, it's awesome!

        I just love absolutely everything about this guitar. I'm definitely going to sell the Dot because it just can't compete, and I'm also strongly considering selling my LTD, because I can't see myself using it very much, to only keep that one and the strat.

        I've waited years to get myself one of these and I'm not disappointed. Quite the contrary. It's hard to put this thing down. For the price I paid for it new, I think it's pretty amazing.

        My only complaint: there is some fret buzz on the A string. So the setup wasn't quite perfect out of the box. The action is a little too high for my taste, so I'll take it for a setup soon. That's really my only complaint. And it's easy to fix. This guitar ROCKS!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A very nice guitar, indeed.

        By A player in CA

        from Ventura, CA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Coil Tapping A Nice Extra
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Plays Well
        • Solid Electronics
        • Very Nice Looking

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

            A very nice guitar at an unbelievable price. Can't go wrong with this one.

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar!

            By Charles

            from Kansas City, MO

            Site Member

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

            I bought this guitar online and had it shipped to my local GC. It got there in about three days. I had it gone over by the guitar tech prior to picking it up. Since I hadn't bought a guitar sight unseen, I just wanted to be sure that there were no issues with it. There wasn't. The tech said that he had checked the action and intonation while going over the guitar, and it only had one minor adjustment to be made. I got it home, plugged it in, and let the sweet tones come gliding on out. This guitar is awesome! The neck feels great and it is a fast runner. The guitar cranks any kind of music that I want to play on it. Rock, blues, country...all styles sound great. I did get it for blues, and man, it is a monster in blues tonality! I love this guitar!

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This one's a keeper

            By JOSEPH

            from Tenino, WA

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

            I found out about this limited edition ES-335 rather late in the year, and it represented an upgrade over the Dot I had been playing for the past 4 years. I had always wanted a cherry finish ES-335, but just couldn't afford the Gibson price. So I had to get one of these before they were out of stock. I was excited to find that the Seattle GC store had one in stock, so I called it and arranged a visit to try it out, and hopefully purchase it. Unfortunately, the only cherry one in stock had a damaged neck, which gave it tuning and neck adjustment problems. Online, I had seen four GC stores nationwide with cherry models, so I asked my Seattle GC store rep, Stefen, if he could contact the other stores and arrange a stock transfer. Stefen patiently called each of the other stores, but each one said they either had just sold theirs, or it was no longer available. Stefen didn't stop there: he saw that the GC Kansas City Distribution Center was expecting a final shipment of 40 more limited edition ES-335s by January 16, and he offered to order one of those still available for me and have it shipped direct to my home by late January. I agreed, and put the guitar and matching case on my GC Gear Card. To my amazement, the case arrived four days later, and the guitar arrived about 10 days after that! Talk about exceeding customer expectations! The guitar was definitely worth waiting for, even though GC reduced my wait by nearly a month. The body, neck, and hardware mostly met or exceeded my expectations. The setup was at factory specs, per the owner's manual, and the playability was great: fingering, chording, bending, and hammering-on all were smooth and effective. Chording ease was assisted by the slim profile neck. The frets were plain but true (no buzzing) and somewhat rough-edged, and except for some stain on the edge binding, the finish work was good. The Wilkinson tuning machines worked smoothly, although a higher gear ratio would have helped. I had to adjust the bridge for intonation, and a couple of the larger supplied strings didn't maintain intonation well. This caused a delay in getting intonation set. I obviously will have to restring the axe. Hopefully that will correct my intonation concerns. The Pro pickups aren't Gibsons, but are sensitive, and have very good tone and output, with a slightly bright tonal characteristic. The selector switch felt more durable than my Dot's, and the volume and tone controls, including the coil-tap positions, worked smoothly, allowing broad output and tonal variation. The output jack felt solid. Bottom line: I really enjoy playing this guitar. And that makes it a keeper. Guitar Center outdid themselves in helping me find a scarce product, and I'm impressed by their service.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Versatile guitar

            By William

            from Franklinville, NJ

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar:

            I reviewed many guitars on YouTube looking for an electric guitar lighter than my Les Paul and able to produce clean, smooth jazz/blues tones. I went to a local Guitar Center to try out the Epi ES-335 Pro. They didn't have the 335 in stock but had an Epi Dot, a 339 Pro and a used Joe Pass Emperor. I tried them all, liked the feel and balance of the Dot, which produced as smooth a tone as the Joe Pass, so I ordered the 335 Pro, hoping it would satisfy me. It arrived in three business days. Flawless fit and finish. I plugged it into my computer direct through my Scarlett audio interface. It sounds great. The neck pickup produces smooth jazz tones, the bridge gives some bite and the coil tap produces a bell-like Strat tones. Great guitar. I've had the guitar for two weeks. I play it every day and I'm very satisfied.

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