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The Limited Edition Ultra-339 Electric Guitar is the perfect semi-hollow guitar for solidbody players with it's reduced dimensions and weight plus fingerboard-mounted Nanomag pickup (with dedicated to... Read More

Overview

The Limited Edition Ultra-339 Electric Guitar is the perfect semi-hollow guitar for solidbody players with it's reduced dimensions and weight plus fingerboard-mounted Nanomag pickup (with dedicated tone controls and output jack) that produces shimmering acoustic tones, alone or in combination with the Alnico Classic Plus humbuckers. With the size and feel of an LP, it retains that distinct semi-hollowbody tone that powered so many hit records and landmark performances.

Features
  • Laminated maple body
  • Flamed maple top wood
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • D-shaped profile
  • Epiphone Alnico Classic Plus™ bridge humbucker
  • Epiphone Alnico Classic™ neck humbucker & Shadow NanoMag
  • 2-volume for magnetic pickpups
  • Magnetic/NanoMag blend control
  • Master tone with A/B switch
  • NanoMag gain control
  • NanoMag bass control
  • NanoMag treble control
  • Chromatic tuner with mute
  • 3-way pickup toggle
  • Nickel hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover 14:1 tuners
  • Polyurethane finish
Specifications
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • 12" fretboard radius
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3.5

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Innovative Electronics

A Gibby ES-339 clone with one single F hole, replacing the Memphis tone circuit with four distinguishing electronic features: built in pickup ring tuner, the nano mag pick ups, USB port,...Read complete review

A Gibby ES-339 clone with one single F hole, replacing the Memphis tone circuit with four distinguishing electronic features: built in pickup ring tuner, the nano mag pick ups, USB port, 1/4 jack for both or humbucker or nanomag only pickups. The built in pickup ring tuner is incredibly convenient and will likely become a standard feature for many other guitars. The ring also serves as a visual indicator for which pickups are in use. The nano mag pickup built in the 22nd fret does an INCREDIBLE job of producing acoustic guitar tones right down to changing the sound of your strings from nickle to bronze. There are 2 jacks for each pickup set, or you can use one mono jack for switching between nano and humbucker. When using both jacks, annoying ground loop hum is introduced into the signal. Using both jacks into sep amps does make it sound like there are 2 guitars playing together, an acoustic and a humbucker. I ran the nanos to a super reverb and the humbucker side into an egnater renegade head and it does sound very good. The normal neck tone knob is now a push switch to switch between pickups (HB only, HB+Nano, Nano only)and also serves as the nanomag volume knob. The bridge tone knob now is a master tone knob. I have not tried to use the USB port which allows direct connection to PC and DAW software using a downloadable driver and software provided with instructions. I am not certain if this is a non feature since this capability exists through existing hardware widely available and a normal 1/4 jack interface. The touted new epi humbuckers using the same specification wire as gibsons, with the same pole pieces, etc... eh, is close to my Les Paul(s). Paint job and color beautiful. No case, no gigbag, some sort of hum problem with both jacks in use at same time. Neck feels like a real gibby 30/60 neck but has no taper to it. If you like fat baseball necks, you won't like this. Very playable. I think more attention should be given to fret finish and polish. A little steel wool and some neck oil fixes that up pretty good. For a hybrid electric/acoustic guitar this hits the mark a lot closer than say a Taylor T5. Nanomag pickups are very good.

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Underwhelming Disappointment

I bought this guitar with high expectations. The innovative electronics, and pelham blue finish in a semi-hollow body seemed too good to believe at this price point. Well, lesson learned. If it's...Read complete review

I bought this guitar with high expectations. The innovative electronics, and pelham blue finish in a semi-hollow body seemed too good to believe at this price point. Well, lesson learned. If it's sounds too good to believe - it usually doesn't sound good all. Where to begin? How about the horribly rough, thin frets. Even after a proper setup, the frets on this thing were still very abrasive and felt stiff when bending strings. The machine-cut nut wasn't properly crafted. The nano-magnetic pickup on the neck plled the strings closer to the neck and created a nasty buzz when fretting chords in the middle of the neck. The neck itself was sticky. And to too top it all of, it was a struggle to keep it tuned. I couldn't get through a verse and a chorus before the guitar went sharp. Again, this was AFTER a proper setup. Did I mention the pickups were muddy when playing on a dirty channel?. After fiddling with it for about a half hour, I decided to return it. It's a shame, because I thin this model has the potential to be a game-changer. The pickup ring tuner was cool, but it's a touch gimmicky. I can't recommend this guitar to anybody until they up the QC at the Epiphone factory. The 8 minute factory setups these guitars typically get are killing their reputation.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

After a year, still my "go-to" performer

By John McMahon

from S. Lyon, Michigan

I've owned a Pelham Blue 339 Ultra for about a year. I can say that it has been rock solid and a pleasant guitar to play. I play stuff that's all over the realms of rock, country, rockabilly, blues, some progressive stuff and some folk. With the Ultra 339, I don't have to switch guitars very much when playing or practicing. When I first received it, it took a while to get used to having three inputs (passive, active and USB). I found myself experimenting a lot with the tones and integrating it with my MacBook driven Apogee Gio pedalboard. Now that I'm used to flipping between the inputs, I've found that the Ultra 339's versatility is it's strongpoint. The USB port is definitely a win. When I want to practice quietly or do some songwriting, I plug it into my MacBook and it gets recognized instantly by Logic and GarageBand. It makes some pretty unique tones when the Shadow Nano Mag is paired with the hum buckers. The blend of acoustic and electric allows for some interesting tonal blends. The Pelham Blue color is simply stunning. I wish my SG was the same color. The finish on mine was flawless. I get a lot of compliments on the color and look. Because it is very light, I don't end up with guitarist's shoulder. I would give it five stars but there are a few details that I find distracting. First, the pickup selector is not in what I would term as an optimal place. I sometimes accidentally flip it while aggressively strumming but that may be technique more than the placement. I had to get some straplocks for it as my leather strap kept coming loose. The nut on my pick guard fell off a couple times. When I lost it, I replaced it with a nylock nut. The second gripe I have is the Grover tuners, while they stay in tune pretty well, I think they look cheap. I may replace them with some chrome ones. Overall, this is a workhorse. It's attractive, versatile and well-built. The pro's definitely outweigh the cons and the Ultra 339 is solid value for the money.

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1.0

Very Disappointed

By Steven West

from Youngstown, Ohio

I bought this guitar online on Black Friday. There was severe fret buzz, and two different guitar technicians could not adjust it, so I returned it. The second one was worse, and there were numerous blemishes on the finish, and the arch top didn't arch the way it was supposed to, so the pickups were at an angle to the string instead of parallel. The third one was better - the finish was beautiful, but there was some sloppy filling on the neck joint, and the fret buzz was terrible. I took it to a guitar tech who said the neck could not be adjusted. I sent it back to Epiphone rather than returning it, and they adjusted it, replaced the nanomag pickup and send it back to me. The fret buzz was unchanged. I sent it back to Epiphone, and today I got a message that they don't have the Pelham Blue finish, just natural, sunburst or cherry. What is especially upsetting, is that this is one of the best sounding guitars I have ever owned - or maybe even heard. I absolutely love how is sounds. It is too bad that Epiphone didn't get this one right. I think I know why this edition is limited. Don't buy it!

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4.0

Loving It!

By Paul Duval

from Glen Gardner, NJ

I was lucky enough to get a bunch of GC gift cards for Xmas, so I pulled the trigger on the Epi Ultra Pelham Blue. I did not have ANY of the fit and finish issues mentioned in other reviews. The pelham blue finish is beautiful. As it was on the road in a cold truck for days, I did have some issues initially with it staying in tune. But after a couple of days to acclimate, putting some pencil lead in the nut groves and a string change (10's), it stays in tune perfectly. The neck takes a little getting used to, but overall the playability is great. The built-in bridge pickup tuner is ingenious as are the indicator lights for the pickup selections. The humbuckers and the nanomag sound great - I'm playing through a Fender Frontman and experimenting with the stereo out, using a PA for the nanomag. The tonal combinations are becoming really interesting. The ONLY reasons I am not giving it five stars are the lack of an included case and the Grover 14:1 tuners. The B and high E tuners hop a little bit and I was never a fan of the keystone plastic tuners. Just personal preference, but I do think they should have the Grover 18:1 Rotomatics. This is my third Epiphone - I also have a Flying V and an acoustic and they are all great. Epiphone is really raising the bar for innovation and quality in affordable guitars. Overall, I'm loving this guitar!

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5.0

Great Sound. Great Quality. Great Purchase.

By JEFFREY PALOMINO

from Los Angeles, CA

NanoMag = Great Humbuckers = Great NanoMag + Humbuckers = Beyond Great Quality of guitar is perfect. No complaints. Considering everything this guitar includes, the price is fair.

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4.0

satisfied

By Michael Roberts

from Wilmington De

After reading several reviews my main concern was the fit and finish of the Pelham blue model which I had to order. My guitar was delivered October 12 and had none of the problems that mentioned in earlier reviews. The construction, finish, electronics and playability were all top notch. IThe quality is above average for a guitar in that price range, all I had to do was lower the bridge a little and it was ready to go. It does everything it's supposed to do and my only complaint is the lack of a coil tap but I have found that playing the Nanomag through my Fender Mustang with some gain produces nasil Telecaster sound. It is versital and a great value.

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4.0

Excellent Guitar!

By Ian Moore

from Round Mountain, NV

I just got mine in today and after maybe twenty minutes of touching up the setup I was playing. I hooked it up to my Marshall MG15 MSZW, which will buzz like a swarm of angry bees when I plug my Fenders into it, and it was whisper quiet, so right away I was impressed. Then to playing, the sounds this guitar make are amazing, in acoustic it sounds very very close to my Takamine. When kicked over to the Humbuckers it sounds every bit as good as my Gibson Les Paul Studio, but maybe not as crunchy when using distortion, but it still sounds plenty mean. The real party piece is being able to run both the Humbuckers and Nanomag. I really don't know why Gibson doesn't offer this feature on their ES 339's. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is some small finish issues. There is nothing really bad about the finish, but it's just not what you'd find on a Gibson. The tuning knobs seem to be slightly off axis when you rotate them, but everything functions just fine. As for the paint, there are what appears to be a few flecks of dust under the clear, but you really have to look for them, which I thoroughly check when I order a guitar through the post. As has been mentioned in other reviews, the f holes have a bit of paint build up on the insides, but you aren't paying Gibson money. For what this guitar does, I'm extremely happy with it. I haven't messed with the Guitar Rig stuff that came with it, and probably won't for a while, but it comes with plenty of literature on how to activate your account. Another cool feature is the built in tuner, which is dead accurate according to my Korg tuner, and is powered by a 9 volt battery that is in the back access panel. All in all I'm very happy with it.

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3.0

Update - not all that glitters....

By Cris Rogers

from Roxboro, NC

I'm still in love with the range and flexibility of this guitar's tone and features; there is a cool factor that cannot be beaten. What could use some work is the "1 Guitar, 1 Customer, 1 trip" motto that some older models seem to have better luck. My first 339 due to a polarity/grounding problem; touch the bridge pickup with your hand and the buzz was off the charts. -1 for Epi/Gibson but they honor their warranty and I was off with my second 339. My second one is going back; there's a nice dent in the headstock and cracks in the neck lacquer by the nut (both sides) indicating a drop on it's head. No one, including me, noticed it but it's not something that can be ignored. The fit & finish are a 6 of 10 - around the neck joint, nut and nanomag pickup it's 50/50 whether those joints are clean & tight or messy with a gap. The only other negative I've noticed are the frets (1-5 mostly) are really tall and if you want to have in tune chords you have to use a really light touch or you'll bend the string out of tune. On a $200 rig I understand, but this is a different class of instrument. All said, I'll still have one because of that sound and the stretch of the instrument - it is an amazing range of sounds in a semi-hollow compared to others I've heard.

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5.0

What I needed; Just an incredible amount of...

By Cris Rogers

from Raleigh, NC

range in this little guitar - I sat in the Raleigh, NC store yesterday playing Gretsch, Gibson and other hollow bodies, and because this was in the same area, I picked it up and strummed along. First things first - the combination of the acoustic/electric has a similar amount of range as multi-tracking my acoustic Taylor - the electric pickups are capable of producing piercing bright screams to almost a muddy tone on the low end of the 'tone' spectrum, but when you push that knob to the position where both the fingerboard pickup and the alincos are active, well friends lets just say that all of the after effects in the world can't make this sound. I've yet to explore all of the USB functionality to this rig, but it's a bonus so far as I'm concerned. I wanted to get a guitar that could reproduce the largest tonal range I could find for under a grand; this was it for me. I've had the strings moving for about four total hours, so I'll update the review later should events warrant it.

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4.0

Good Value for a Unique Guitar

By DON WYSOCKY

from W. Covina, CA

I have this guitar for about 3 months and it has sounded great with no problems. And this guitar is unique in that by just a push of a button, you can switch between the acoustic and electrical sounds or a combination of both sounds. That is so cool. And there is also USB connection where one can take advantage of a variety of effects and amplifiers through the computer. Nice. I like the feel and the weight distribution of the guitar. For me, it is very comfortable once I changed the strings to my preference. And fortunately for me, I haven't had the problems that some others are experiencing through other reviews. But I had the opportunity to check out the guitar before buying it and loved it. And that Pelham Blue looks fantastic. There is a lot of guitar here at a reasonable price.

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1.0

Underwhelming Disappointment

By Tim Hardiman

from Nashville, TN

I bought this guitar with high expectations. The innovative electronics, and pelham blue finish in a semi-hollow body seemed too good to believe at this price point. Well, lesson learned. If it's sounds too good to believe - it usually doesn't sound good all. Where to begin? How about the horribly rough, thin frets. Even after a proper setup, the frets on this thing were still very abrasive and felt stiff when bending strings. The machine-cut nut wasn't properly crafted. The nano-magnetic pickup on the neck plled the strings closer to the neck and created a nasty buzz when fretting chords in the middle of the neck. The neck itself was sticky. And to too top it all of, it was a struggle to keep it tuned. I couldn't get through a verse and a chorus before the guitar went sharp. Again, this was AFTER a proper setup. Did I mention the pickups were muddy when playing on a dirty channel?. After fiddling with it for about a half hour, I decided to return it. It's a shame, because I thin this model has the potential to be a game-changer. The pickup ring tuner was cool, but it's a touch gimmicky. I can't recommend this guitar to anybody until they up the QC at the Epiphone factory. The 8 minute factory setups these guitars typically get are killing their reputation.

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