Epiphone Casino Coupe vs ES-339 P90 Pro

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Bucksears, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Clayton, NC (just east 'o Raleigh)
    Anybody compared these two?

    Other than the weight, is there a difference in the tone?
    The bodies are pretty much the same size/shape, just the Casino being fully hollow. Didn't know if the hollow-ness in something that small made a difference.
  2. ferrell

    ferrell Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    ive had both-still have the 339 p90.i wanted the guitar to use in all applications.the casino with the full hollow body just fed back to easy.plus the pickups seemed to squeal real easy when used with high gain pedals.no such problems with the 339.just a better more practical guitar for my STAGE needs.but both are great players and more than worth the money.
  3. MissoulaGriz

    MissoulaGriz Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Missoula, Montana
    I've played both and ended up with the ES39 PRO P90. It's just a smokin guitar. Not to take anything away from the Casino Coupe. My GAS for one in natural is pretty strong.

    I think what you'll find in terms of tone difference is that the Casino Coupe (CC) will probably have a little thicker or "woodier" tone due to the full hollowbody structure. Also, I'm not 100% sure on this one but I think the CC pickups are wound a little hotter than the PRO P90's which are a 50's wind in the low 7.6 to 7.8k range for neck and bridge. I believe the CC's are wound up into the 12k range which would also give it a little darker sound.

    Playability wise they are very similar and really comfortable to play. I did enjoy the neck on the CC. It felt like it had just a smidge more beef to it than the ES339. However, I've got to say that other than my '65 Gibson Melody Maker, the neck on the ES339 is the favorite out of all my guitars which include the Melody Maker, a Gibson Les Paul, '87 American Strat and US G&L ASAT.

    Build quality on both are absolutely outstanding. The last three or four years Epiphone has been knocking it out of the park. I've been a hardcore Gibson/US Fender guy my whole life and this little ES339 is getting just as much stage and recording time as the "big guys" in my line-up. Just doing a very minimal set-up (which you'd already do on any guitar you purchase no matter where it came from) of some fret cleanup, intonation, truss rod and height adjustment, clean up the nut (or replace) and some updated wiring/pots and you're good to go.

    You just can't go wrong with either choice in my opinion. Oh yeah, the Pelham blue on the ES339 PRO P0 is also what sold me. Here she is.

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  4. airportbar

    airportbar Member

    May 8, 2009
    The ebony 339 pro is $299 right now at MF.

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