Another 'I'm impressed with new Epiphones' thread (a little long)

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Bucksears, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Clayton, NC (just east 'o Raleigh)
    I commented on the ES-339 P90 Pro I played last night at GC in this thread, but played a couple of other Epis that really got to me as well.

    The main other one that I stared at more than once before leaving was the LP Custom Classic PRO (all black, no pickguard, uncovered 'buckers, gold hardware, aged binding). I've always loved that look on the Gibson version, but this is the first time I've seen/held the Epi one. I've always shied away from Epi LPs due to the perceived low-cost/'budget version' stigma, but I would have walked out with this one, no problem. That is a gorgeous guitar.
    I know it sounds cliché/obvious, but it FELT like a Les Paul. Played very nicely, finish was fine/no obvious flaws (but I wasn't looking for any), but the pickups seemed a little loose/wobbly in the rings. I didn't plug it in (was short on time), but man I'd love to hear it through my home rig.
    (Are those REAL Gibson 490R and 498T pickups in there?)

    They also had the Epi ES-175, in black and vintage sunburst. A guy was playing the black one, and the sunburst was high up on the wall. I must say, for all of the construction and tone of that guitar, the only real mark against it is the flat/matte finish. I much prefer gloss, but I'd still like to play one myself.

    Went across the street to Sam Ash (inventory was not nearly as impressive) and played a natural-finish Casino briefly. Again, it looked great and had no complaints about the appointments. Another comfortable player, but was a little out of tune. MUCH fatter sounding (acoustically) than the 339 P90, but that's not necessarily a good or bad thing. The 339 P90 had a much more control-able sound, but again, wouldn't turn down the Casino in its current form. I would love to check out the Casino Coupe; I imagine it's the best marriage of the 339 size, yet has more of a hollowbody tone.

    In short, I'm sold on the Custom Classic PRO and the ES-339 P90 PRO, and have been won over by the fit/feel of newer Epiphones. For years, I was looking at Ibanez instead of Epis, but that has definitely changed.
  2. Crossroads

    Crossroads Member

    Jun 25, 2013
    Madison, WI
    For me, it's all about the limited edition ES-335 Pro.

    They are putting out some great stuff.
  3. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Bethany, OK
    trying to keep up with the Squier success, I'd say.
    I spent the fall gigging a Squier VM Tele special, and just last week picked up a new Epi DOT. I am not ashamed to say these 2 guitars are great. Any tweaks and changes I do to them I am considering customizations rather than "upgrades." For example, I am swapping caps and wiring in the DOT. Not that there is anything wrong with the harness as is, but I just am more comfortable with lower value caps in a 50's scheme.
    The Squier, admittedly had budget Alpha mini pots.

    Both the Squier Tele and the Epi DOT are made in Indonesia.

    Next thing you know, we will all be touting the quality of Boss effects and Peavey amps (oops... Too mate)
  4. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string Member

    Aug 22, 2005
    I think the surprising thing is how not just how good they are, but how deep down good they are, to the point of excitement.
  5. Tall Dark N Dirty

    Tall Dark N Dirty Member

    Dec 16, 2014
  6. IbanezRokr

    IbanezRokr Member

    Dec 19, 2013
    Carman, MB
    Nothing wrong with that.

    My brother rocks an ES-1275 and a black beauty from them. They've been amazing over the years but have suffered from electronics issues. One of the pick-ups went dead on the custom and switching issues on the double-neck. However, electronics on them are so simple that it's really not a big deal.

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