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Peegoo
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Feb 26th, 2012 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a mid-60s 335 for many years. Sounded fantastic, but I sold it because it had a fairly thin neck; I like bigger necks. I miss that magic tonal vibe. The 339 is available in a fat 50s neck profile. I've played a few in shops since they came out, and am leaning toward the buy. How does your 339 hold up after the honeymoon? Could soon be a NGD for Peegoo. Thanks for your thoughts on this.

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Feb 26th, 2012 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Gibsons are very nice. I have owned two and I keep getting rid of them not because they aren't great, but because I can't justify owning such an expensive guitar.

Enter the Epiphone version (as soon as they are in from backorder).

Peegoo
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Feb 26th, 2012 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you, Counselor! I have also played the Epis and they are fantastic.

The fatter neck is really nice on these.

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Feb 26th, 2012 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 50s neck on my 339 is really fat. And the body shape is much more comfortable than my 335.

If you like fat necks, you should definitely have one!



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Feb 26th, 2012 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What's the weight on the Gibsons?

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Feb 26th, 2012 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played both extensively before I bought my ES-335 Plain Gloss Red. The 339 felt more like a lighter Les Paul to me than a smaller 335. They sound similar, but not the same. The 339 is less expensive than the 335. I think there is a model or two of the 335 with a fat neck for those that like a fat neck. Like a '59 shape.

Like this one

(This message was last edited by jhawkr at 10:02 AM, Feb 26th, 2012)

Peegoo
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Feb 26th, 2012 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks jhawkr. I've played the fat-neck 335s, and while they do sound glorious, I am leaning toward the 339 because of the reduced weight. The tone of these 339s is, I think, somewhere between a 335 and a Les Paul, which is okay with me. The '57 Classic pickups do sound fantastic too.

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Feb 26th, 2012 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maybe I am still in the honeymoon phase -- but my natural finish Epi 339 Pro is totally a keeper.

Feels good, looks good, sounds great (I am not a big gain tone player -- mostly centering on tweed and blackface tone with modest overdrive).

The Epi has a quality build and finish, good fret work, nice neck -- not 70's Fender-y thin -- not Gibson 50's baseball bat big.

All in all -- a delightful instrument for a primarily Fender guitar player.



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Feb 26th, 2012 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The fatter neck is really nice on these."

All a matter of preference. I prefer a thinner neck and the 30/60 neck was perfect for me. The '59 neck felt too big to me.

Awful nice of them to make the 339 with a choice of either, so that all can be happy with one.

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Feb 26th, 2012 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also had a 335, late 60's, and my 339 really reminds me of it. Of course, it's been a long time since I sold the 335, but still, some things you just don't forget. The 339 is a great guitar and I don't care whether or not it sounds exactly like a 335; it's close enough!

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Feb 26th, 2012 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had my ES-339 for almost 5 years and it's still my #1.

The one I have is a 30/60 neck. The feel of the neck combined with fret size is the biggest reason why I enjoy playing it over my other guitars. It's very easy to play. I'm a fan of the Classic 57 pickups and think they are a great match for this guitar and the sound I want to get from it.

The one and only thing that bugs me is the cramped feeling when playing the upper most frets. I don't play up there often at all so it's just a minor gripe for me.

Anyway, it's kept me quite happy long past the honeymoon.

Peegoo
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Feb 26th, 2012 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excellent, thanks man!

Clarence

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Feb 27th, 2012 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had mine since Christmas. I'm a Fender Tele guy but have really fallen for this one. I'm like everyone else in that I really like the '57 classic p/u's. Clear, clean great tone! The fit/finish is spot on. The cherry stain & aged binding is classic. Just a joy to play.



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Feb 27th, 2012 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I breifly picked up and played the EPI 339 at a local shop. I like fat necks but this one felt oddly shouldered, like a 2x4. The setup was laughable and the guitar virtually unplayable.

archtop52

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Feb 27th, 2012 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Professor - My 339 with 30/60 neck weighs in at exactly 7 lbs

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Feb 27th, 2012 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the 359 ebony fretboard block inlays grover tuners-sounded a little more like a 335 than the 339 I tried at the same time. I hae no issues with upper fret access--easier than my les paul

Peegoo
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Feb 27th, 2012 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All good news...thanks guys. I have a Les Paul with the 57s, and these just may be the best modern humbuckers Gibson has ever shipped as factory equipment. I do like their tone and responsiveness.

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Feb 27th, 2012 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"All good news...thanks guys. I have a Les Paul with the 57s, and these just may be the best modern humbuckers Gibson has ever shipped as factory equipment. I do like their tone and responsiveness."

Agreed. That's why I put them in my Epi doubleneck, and why I'll probably put them in an Epi 339 if I buy one.

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Feb 27th, 2012 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love 57's. Put them in my Dot & they sound great.

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Feb 27th, 2012 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have a Les Paul with the 57s, and these just may be the best modern humbuckers Gibson has ever shipped as factory equipment."

Another fan here. A friend of mine had an LP with 57's and it compared very favorably to one that I had with Seth Lovers in it.

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