Sheraton-II Pro >Nut Width 1-11/16" ES-335 PRO > Nut Width 1.68" Both neckshapes are described as '60s slim-taper D type' IIRC and all of those neckshapes vary, because different employees in different factories have different sanding skills You need to feel with your hands if it fits your taste or not By surfgreen, August 29, 2012 in Epiphone Electrics. The Sheraton’s are more expensive and not as versatile (no coil taps) thanks for reading . Having owned a Gibson ES335 in cherry many, many years ago that I loved, but traded for a Les Paul, I was somewhat apprehensive about the Epiphone being something I could get along with. You’ll get inferior pickups and electronics. The Machine heads hold it in tune well, and the bridge is stable. Epiphone DOT vs Gibson ES 335. This guitar is a dream to play, and so versatile benefitting from the addition of the coil tap feature. Must give Gibson a headache when their Epiphones turn out so well. Can't believe how versatile it is. These passive pickups have been designed by Epiphone. Epiphone: LTD ES-335 PRO. This guitar adds a new dimension to the sounds I have available from Strats, Teles, Jaguars, Les Pauls (now much too heavyweight to gig all night) and a myriad of other brands, by adding the open airyness of the semi-acoustic body that I have missed for so many years. One thing it did do was reduce the feedback experienced by hollow body guitars. Very interested in all things Paranormal! ), Your email address will not be published. So what do we have here? Epiphone stayed with the original lineup and rightly so. $690.00. Thanks for reading Jeff. Also on the hardware front, Epiphone have always been a bit clever in this area. To rub salt into the wound, John Lennon ditched his other acoustics and started playing the Epiphone EJ160E. And before the Gibson fraternity throws the old chestnut about, let’s remember one thing. It has been 50 years since Gibson did their thing with the original 335. Tough decision. Gibson included it on the Woodstock re-issue, but it wasn’t a Fender pick up. It feels right and feels good. You are taken back to about 8.30 pm on a Sunday night in New York. But Epiphone has got pretty close, and for the price point that is close enough for us. I just can't get along with that IMO ugly headstock. They were straight HH setups for the pickups. We are afraid those days are probably gone forever. What more do you want? The bridge is spikier compared to the much fuller neck, but again I have found more use for the neck pickup on the Epiphone, the Gibson’s always being too indistinct for anything other than a full blown delayed ballad solo. Single-ply body 2. Can’t imagine why? 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. Still can’t believe how much guitar this is for only £299. I will also eventually replace the plastic nut with a Tusq nut, but for now I have just re-cut the original very slightly to lower the action over the nut. ES-335 PRO is protected by Epiphone's famous Lifetime Limited Warranty featuring Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service which guarantees the Ltd. Ed. Dot Deluxe honors the immortal ES-335, the thin semi-hollowbody archtop with “Dot” inlays that brought archtop class to the rock era. Nowadays, Epiphone is still considered Gibson’s poor relation, but the quality of their guitars has risen dramatically. Hi Adam. Unbelievable value for money and for some reason, mostly thanks to Oasis, having Epiphone on the headstock is no bad thing either! It is simply one of the best deals today for guitar players who want the classic sound of an ES-335 at an accessible price. Or in other words, a laminated hollow body, with solid center block and glued in mahogany neck, bound rosewood fingerboard and block inlays. But even without that done it’s still a very sweet sounding guitar and quickly becoming my go to. The ES-339 is born from another fusion of Gibson models: the ES-336, which was launched in 1996, and the ES-335. I just thought a plastic nut wasn’t proper for this guitar. The hardware is all made of nickel. It weighs a little over ten pounds, which isn’t excessive but a little heavier than a Fender. Here comes the sacrilege. Our Epiphone Dot™ is no exception. I find Gibsons very unforgiving to play compared with the Epiphone. Now with this version by Epiphone, you can go some way to living it all again, or maybe for the first time. They had a 20% off sale this week so I was able to get a hard shell case included for the original $500.00 price and picked up a Fender 40 watt Mustang amp for the house and to travel with to friends homes. Maybe that is why Gibson made sure it would never happen again. Even backstage people were still singing “…don’t tell me I don’t give a damn, the next stop is Vietnam”. Used '80s Epiphone Casino Natural MIJ Semi Hollow Beige Label 335 Lennon . I have a natural finish ES335 PRO and, all in all, it’s a fantastic guitar for the money. If it all gets too much, the coil-taps can turn a mildly driven tone back to clean, and add some welcome snap into the proceedings (particularly good if you have a few retro/lo-fi numbers in your set for example). Also I never could get used to the feel, it had a sort of delayed attack in comparison to the immediacy I’m used to. They are not PAF’s by any stretch of the imagination, but they do a decent job. Good for the jazz players. Minus sides for me? It is given a gloss Vintage Sunburst finish. UFO’s! The perfect guitar for Blues. Loved it at first touch but it came with a couple issues. 1.68" nut width Binding: 1. This serves as a coil splitter, Coil tapping was added to the 335 in the 70s but is included here to give you a single-coil option to the sound. Thank you for wanting to follow my poetry adventures. The neck did have dots for that gig, but normally ‘Big Red’ did have the block inlays. And still get a classy playing experience. A nitrocellulose finish is very labour intensive and one of the main reasons for the Gibson’s higher price tag, along with the proper pearloid inlays. I wanted something as versatile as possible for what will probably be my only electric and found a new cherry ES-335 Pro for $399. You wont get the nitrocellulose finish. The standard of workmanship as with the body is good. Unbound f-holes Electronics: 1. The neck is a set-in glued design. But for £299, it’s a steal. To many, Alvins’ 335 was ‘the’ epitome of this instrument, but of course, there were other great guitarists as well. This formed two internal chambers and altered the sound drastically. and 2) The response isn’t as lightning fast as solid-body, with a slight “Delay” to the notes. Make a list of those using a Strat or a Les Paul, and the list fills pages. Body: 1. If that’s the case, check out our reviews of the Best Hollow Semi Hollow Guitars, and the Best Blues Guitars currently available. It has an arched Maple top, with laminated back and sides. 500k pots, great quality electronics and craftsmanship…lots of hand work went into these guitars. Thanks Howard and glad you liked the guitar. The ES-335 had a remarkable, unique sound. It was the first electric guitar that was a semi-hollow Thinline and had a unique design. Instruments that are good and affordable and well-worth owning. You get inferior hardware but again will you be able to tell the difference? Hardware then is basic but functional with no big surprises. This taper is reminiscent of the original 60s guitars and makes playing easy and comfortable. Great tones, very versatile, neck is a bit beefier so speed is gonna take some work. X. I'm looking at the Epiphone ES 335/DOT. And rewire it with old style capacitors Seymour Duncan 59 at neck and JB trembucker at the bridge. Thanks, Serenity. If you were an Artisan, we are sure you can probably find things that are not quite right. They have an edge, but when used clean, they do produce a very warm sound. The humbucker sound is thick with that raw edge that blues players love. The inlays and the head stock are different. The sunburst 330 was pretty, but as the rock n roll era forced up the volume, it wasn’t much good, nice as it was. A virtually unknown UK band in the US about to do their stuff. The brilliant BB King, for instance. PAF’s are long gone, and so is the sound, but if you listen to Alvin Lee’s 335, it was sharp and just different. But soon found it is better to listen and enjoy music than try to create it enjoy writing with music to help my thoughts. This is a dilemma for anyone recreating the ES-335…, Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Review, Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Pros & Cons. The Dot Deluxe has a Pau Ferro fretboard, while the ES-335 has "wood of the day" (unspecified on the website). Free shipping. Fender say it’s providing an instrument at each price point but I say they are merely maximising profits from 2 basic guitar designs (the Tele and the Strat). They look equal. And despite the fact it was a hollow body, had reduced feedback. Some people complained and said they had got it wrong. #TheFoureyedPoet. The frets were perfect right out of the box, the action was a little high, but soon adjusted by cutting the nut a little lower and tweaking the truss rod and bridge height. Note: If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we may receive a commission but at no extra cost to you. The Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO takes you back the heady days of what this guitar was all about. Amazing guitar, particularly at £299 price point. Manipulation of the tones,volumes and coil-taps can take you anywhere you want, from funk with coil-tapped middle and a phaser, to even a bit of country on the bridge. I was very fortunate to pick up one with natural finish at the £299 price point just before they all became unavailable as new stock. They have stayed to the original format with the controls but with one small extra. I didn't compare it to a Gibson 335 but I did compare it to a Gibson 339, an Epiphone Dot and an Epiphone 339. never had a problem with the electrics but it wasn’t regularly gigged. Comparing these two brands, they have a similar history. Classic Look with a Futuristic Sound The Epiphone’s Wilkinson tuners are smooth and keep the guitar in tune. These guitars are ridiculously cheap and superb value for money, They must be robbing Gibson of countless sales of their Memphis ES335’s. Keith Richards, Dave Davies of the Kinks, and others, but the Beatles were its biggest champion. Proudly Handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana by Gibson Acoustic Luthiers, the Made in the U.S.A. Epiphone Texan is built using a solid Sitka Spruce top, Mahogany back and … Someone in Kalamazoo had a serious hump! Great article and spot on. The two humbuckers, though, are quite good. For an attempt at recreating the replica of a great guitar, Epiphone has done a good job. Every guitar player needs an ES-335 and now is your chance to get what might be the best one yet. Even Gibson get confused about that on much of their advertising material on specifications. 22 frets 4. The pickup toggle switch was a bit hit and miss delivering sound when selecting the bridge pickup. Thanks guitarcongress. Epiphone have really upped their game with regard to electrics IMHO. And if you are thinking that this is just going to be another ‘poor man’s Gibson’ think again. The bridge and tailpiece lock to the body so they don’t fall off when you remove the strings. This Epiphone ES335 PRO has a few tricks up it’s sleeve. There is an original looking cream binding to upper and lower edges right around the body. On the lower position of the volume controls, it has a push and pull function. Welcome back to feedback boys. Country Joe and the Fish had just come off stage. or Best Offer. Good review on the ES335 PRO. Both jazz and blues players alike will appreciate the finer points, but as a guitar, it still rocks pretty well. For the price point, it is a great guitar. I think the Fender range is even closer together. Thanks for the review. like you say, the frets, but you can say that about most Epiphones. And Observing this crazy dangerous and unstable society! There is a truss rod for any adjustments that might need to be made. Coil split removes one of the pair of coils of the humbucker effectively making it a single coil pickup. Epiphone: Limited Edition DOT ES 335 PRO Cherry 2016 USED. Receive notifications of new posts by email. Do you think that Epiphone will change the ES 335 … IMO, this is THE Epiphone to buy, period. Good review. Quite rightly so. The gentle cutaways give you access to the full fingerboard. I never had issues with the hardware so left it be. Below is a table of the main differences between the two guitars. A 335, but with a hollow body. That’s par for the course and is something you should enjoy doing anyway. The below video is a comparison of The Epiphone ES 335 DOT vs a Gibson ES 335. Thank you. Having experienced what happens when you plug a hollow body into an amp with any volume, feedback. The neck is made from mahogany and has a slim taper ‘D’ design. yep it’s still a fantastic looking, playing and sounding guitar. Thanks Chaz. Thanks Tommy. The response is slower, with a softer attack, so it’ll take a while to get used to tight riffing and sharp chord stabs, but the pay-off is a wider, more expansive sound, and a better balance between the individual notes, making chords sounds massive, open and clear. Undertaking an Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Review is like going to visit an old friend. Writing a passion that keeps me sane and alive! Shop Sweetwater inSync SweetCare Events Careers Used Gear Marketplace (800) 222-4700 Talk to an expert! … And that’s what you get with the Epiphone ES 335 PRO. Look forward to reading your blog! Also contacts on the pickup selector switch seem poor quality causing signal to cut out or fade. It plays well and looks great. The chambers have violin style ‘f-shaped’ sound holes over them carved into the top. (The Epi 335 pros go new for about $450 here, which translates to $300 or under for a used one in good condition.). My last guitar, a Gibson Les Paul Studio, was predictable, nothing special clean and 90% of my time was spent on the bridge humbucker when overdriven. I’ve had it rewired, quality pots, caps, etc., no coil taps…wouldn’t use ..em. Should anyone reading this have any concerns about buying a Chinese built guitar (as I did), then have no fear. Epiphone has done a great job with their Epiphone ES 335 Pro. Required fields are marked *. I was wondering whether there was a substantial difference between them and, if so, whether it was worthwhile to upgrade to a Sheraton. Whilst maxing the gain can get you from full-solo, back down to clean(ish) using the coil-taps and backing off the guitar volume. Conspiracy theories! As for Epis, I really like the models with Pro pickups, such as the smaller-bodied ES 339 that comes in both a P90 or humbucker version. Obviously the cosmetics are different. But you will have upgraded pickups from the Epiphone ES 335 DOT, coil-taps (for the same price), and electronics that work. The Blogging Musician has grown from a personal hub into a valuable resource community for musicians and writers alike. It is though a big guitar and will take a little getting used to if all you’ve played is a Strat or Tele. Let’s see how close Epiphone is getting with their Epiphone ES 335 Pro. But to our eye, it looks very nice indeed. At the end of the day the Epiphone ES 335 PRO is less then a SIXTH of the price of a Gibson ES 335. Coil tap only works on a single coil pickup by tapping into the windings on the pickup to alter its sound by removing a portion of the full number of windings. ES-335 PRO from defects in materials or workmanship. The Deluxe's 18:1 Grovers are a step up from the 335's 14:1 Wilkinsons, and I don't like tulip knobs anyway. For more info, take a look at the vid. It is a nice guitar to play, and because it is well-constructed, it is easy. Something about the Sheraton II spoke to me. IMO, you can not do better (Gibson’s 335 is over $2500 more money, and does not have coil splitting. The tightening nut was just badly made, with threads that were way too loose. This sounds like a great alternative. Featuring Alnico Classic™ humbuckers, Grover® Rotomatic Machine Heads, and a Flame Maple Veneer top and body in new Aquamarine and Blueburst color finishes. Epiphone stayed with the original lineup and rightly so. This combined with practicing how to pick with less force has allowed a low action with very minimal to no buzz. Either way, welcome to New York in ‘69. Epiphone 63 ES-335 … The most useful of which are the Alnico Classic Humbuckers, not only are these upgraded from the Epiphone ES 335 DOT but they’re splittable via the volume pots, unlike the Gibson’s Burstbuckers (although you or your guitar-tech can carry out this mod later if you want to). Followers 0. As it was the ‘Woodstock’ version, this was correct. The neck is slick and very playable and has a sturdy fit for the body. The novelty will no doubt wear off eventually and it will then be rotated in use with the others. Agreed on the plating, it perished within weeks, but that’s just aesthetics. Yeah 2 years on and I still love mine. I agree with you entirely because I own an Epi Es-335 Pro myself and think they are excellent guitars. So I'd lean to the Dot. "Patent Applied For" '57 humbucking pickups 2. The thing we really like about it is that they haven’t tried to create an exact sounding copy. So Epiphone Dot Studio tends to get more favorable ⭐ reviews than Epiphone ES-339 Pro, as seen on the chart below. Hardware, pickups, electronics and finishing. I have played most of the Epiphone electrics except for the big body jazz guitars. You can’t do that. This instrument says a lot about Epiphone’s commitment to producing great guitars. That was until I picked up a Strat Plus in 1990. I was very lucky to find a new Epiphone ES335 PRO in the U.K. just recently in a natural finish that looks superb. Thanks for reading Howard. Even Gibson cannot copy it. I just recently got back into playing (at) guitar after a more than 20 year hiatus. 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. Clean is where the neck and middle positions really come into play, with full-bodied jazz tones the Epiphone’s forte. Great to meet you. Learn more. 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