Product Comparison: Epiphone ES-335 PRO vs Gibson ES-335


General Specifications
Brand
Epiphone
Gibson
Model
ES-335 PRO
ES-335
Origin
China
China
About the Product
The Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO brings a vintage workhorse into the future with Epiphone's Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers and coil-splitting. The original ES-335 was a breakthrough guitar design when it was introduced in 1958. In many ways, the "335" was every bit as revolutionary as the solid-body Les Paul. The ES-335 put classic guitar styling - like the iconic archtop profile and violin inspired f-holes - into the hands of kids who were hungry to play rock and roll and look cool. The ES-335 was light. It was loud. And it definitely wasn't a traditional jazz guitar. Best of all, it was a new sound.
The ES-335 has been a legendary tone machine since 1958. Our 2016 features a tubeless Historic truss rod, PAF-style Burstbucker 1 & 2 pickups, and redesigned neck shape for increased strength and enhanced playing comfort.
Key Specs
Guitar Type
Electric
Electric
Hand Orientation
Right-handed
Right-handed
Number Of Strings
6
6
Pickup Configuration
2 Humbuckers
Burstbucker 1 & 2
Pickup Type
Passive
Passive
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Epiphone ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar Ebony
  • Awesome instrument. Epiphone got it right on this one..good quality that's reasonably and responsibly priced..pickups sound great..small block inlays...other guitar makers should take notes on this one..
  • This guitar is so sweet, it plays really nice and for the price you can't beat it
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
Gibson ES-335 Traditional Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
  • Guitar came well packaged and in perfect condition as described. Looks great, sounds great. Thanks!
  • I have not found much this can't do, Les's and strats have their place but this is more of a do all for me. I can go from blues to heavy rock to country with just a quick flip and click.
  • Fit finish, feel, tone, you name it. I really like the coil tap feature; going to single coil from humbucker. Great versatiliy.
  • This guitar is perfect for leading worship music and eliminates the need most of the time to switch to an acoustic guitar because this thing sounds beautiful clean!
Size & Weight
Total Length
44 in.
41.5 in.
Lower Bout
21.8 in.
16 in.
Nut Width
1.68 in.
1.69 in.
Body Depth
5 in.
8 in.
Weight
11.25 lbs.
8.5 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Epiphone ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar Ebony
  • The large headstock is the only odd thing to me, I always notice its about 3" longer than it needs to be.
Gibson ES-335 Traditional Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
  • The quality on the finish was amazing as well. I feel truly fortunate to have gotten such a great guitar.
  • The neck was way too thin in profile for my liking, although others may find it comfortable.
  • The neck was quite thick, but not necessarily uncomfortable, but I think I prefer a slim taper neck and P 90s for their clarity. I
  • This is one good deal for a 335 style guitar. Body is comfortable with good neck action.
Materials
Fingerboard
Small block inlays
Rosewood
Bridge
Nickel
Nickel
Neck
Mahogany
Maple
Side/Rib
3-ply laminated maple/birch
Top
5-ply laminated maple/birch
Maple, Poplar, Maple
What customers say about "Materials"
Epiphone ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar Ebony
  • 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.
  • 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 feel and look of this quitar is great.
  • The instrument itself is very good in build (construction fit and feel).
  • The build quality and finish are nice and I expect the guitar to give many years of good service.
Gibson ES-335 Traditional Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
  • Brilliant finish color, neck profile, fingerboard radius. Playability is excellent .
  • The finish is flawless. Color never seems the same as light hits it from different angles.
  • Top quality workmanship. Seamless construction.
  • The neck mohagany wood grain is just so warm and beautiful. But the amazing this is this baby sounds as great as it looks!
Features
Pick Up System
Epiphone Alnico Classic™ PRO 4-wire / Epiphone Alnico Classic™ PRO 4-wire
Burstbucker 1 / Burstbucker 2
String Scale
24.75 in.
24.75 in.
Number Of Frets
22
22
Strap Included
No
No
Pickguard
Yes
Yes
Tuners
Wilkinson
Grover 'Milk Bottle' Tuners
Sound Controls
Epiphone all-metal 3-way pickup selector, Neck pickup volume with push/pull coil-splitting, Bridge pickup volume with push/pull coil-splitting, Neck pickup tone -Bridge pickup tone
Lead Volume, Rhythm Volume, Lead Tone, Rhythm Tone
Bridge Type
LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
ABR-1 with titanium saddles
Extras
Sloped Dovewing with "pineapple" logo and 60s era "Epiphone" script
World's most respected semi-solid guitar, Memphis Historic Spec pickups, Memphis Tone Circuit Plus
Neck Fixation Type
Glued in
Glued in
What customers say about "Features"
Epiphone ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar Ebony
  • 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 electronics are good: the pickups actually sound better than the Seymour Duncan '59 and JB on my LTD.
  • The tone is so nice! Honestly, you can only hear very minor difference between this Epi 335 and its Gibson counterpart. If you're considering the Epiphone 335, do it. I have zero regrets and didn't have to sell a kidney to add another great guitar to my collection.
  • This guitar with the Gibson 57 classic pickups sound exactly like my Gibson ES-335, plus I now have coil split.
  • My only complaint: there is some fret buzz on the A string. So the setup wasn't quite perfect out of the box.
Gibson ES-335 Traditional Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
  • Still adapting to short scale neck after playing certain California guitars ! Overall it's an excellent deal at street price.
  • Sustaining a single note or a full chord is effortless.
  • Plugged in, the pickups sound great to me as is. I can't see the need to swap them out. Fit, finish way above what I expect in a budget import guitar.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
3 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
3499.00 $


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