Epiphone '59 ES-335 Dot Review

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  • Love my new limited edition Epiphone '59 ES-335 Dot

  • By Briguy, Traverse City, Mich on Jan 18, 2010 | 12 out of 12 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Beautiful vintage sunburst maple body, great feeling mahogony set neck, sweet pickups, nicely bound neck and nickel hardware.
  • Cons: The "aged" Kluson-like tulip tuners were a bit too green for me but seemed to work well. I swapped them out for a set of Tonepros/Klusons and now the look is complete, they work smooth and hold tune just fine
  • Experience: I own it
  • I think this is the best deal going if you are looking for an ES-335 DOT at a fraction of the cost of the Gibson version. It's only available through dealers who are a member of AIMM (Allience of Independent Music Merchants) so not everybody is going to have this...not even MF. It sounds like a million bucks, the frets were very nicely dressed rightoff the rack and the intonation was nearly right on. The mahogony set neck, bound fingerboard, nickel hardware and fit and finish had me wondering if I read the price wrong. I'd certainly recommend it to a friend and I'd buy it again in a minute if I could even find one. List was $499 but I got it for $418 without case...a screaming deal! I own probably 16 or so guitars of all kinds including the "real" Gibsons and I still go to this one more often than the others. Been playing for 50 years !! I play everything from jazz to blues to country on this thing and it does it all and then some!!!

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  • A Great Find!

  • By Les Ismour on Oct 19, 2010 | 8 out of 9 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Professional quality, playability and tone at a sane price. I agree with all the pros in the 4 reviews ahead of mine. The Gibson shaped pickguard is a nice touch too. Thrilled by the feel, sustain and rich sound of this instrument.
  • Cons: funky sunburst on the sides of the body (black to light yellow) instead of the all dark brown of the original Gibsons. Not an important point to me. The top and back are beautiful though. Poorly cut plastic nut.
  • Experience: I own it
  • I've been playing over 40 years, most of them professionally. I have a nice old Gibson Les Paul and several very nice Fender Strats among others. Wanted a 335 to cover B.B., Freddie, earlier Eric and Carlton sounds. Tried several new Gibsons and was not impressed, especially at $3,000 plus. I had never been too impressed with an Epiphone Dot either - until this one. Completely changed my mind. Absolutely plays better than the new Gibsons I tried. Love the fatter neck profile. Sustain is unreal, very solid feeling guitar. Hardware is good. Bound fingerboard and frets are flawless. The nut had to go, but at this price I did not expect a well-cut bone nut. The pickups are really much better than I expected. The rich sound of the guitar comes through, although the neck pickup could be a bit clearer. I have since replaced the pickups with Gibson 57 Classics (plus for the bridge and regular for the neck)and replaced the nut. That's it. So add the $250 for upgrades to the $449 I paid and I have a world class 335 for around $700 plus tax. I am picky about my guitars, and this is a beautiful instrument and an incredible bargain. I couldn't care less that it was made in China or what name is on the headstock. I'm NEVER selling it. Sounds so luscious through my Fender 57 Twin reissue...

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  • I LOVE IT!

  • By Pat in Florida on Apr 1, 2010 | 8 out of 9 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Very playable with a solid feeling neck. Nice tone
  • Cons: HATE the stupid little applique' E on the pick guard. It was peeling at the corners so I removed it with little problem
  • Experience: I own it
  • The store that I purchased this from had a real Gibson 335. The feel was exactly the same. Not sure why anyone would buy a Gibson when you can buy this at 1/10 the price ( I'm there are differences but nothing that remotely would require 10 times the price) Also was looking at the Ibanez 335 model but the feel was not even close. I am very happy with this guitar. I play Rock, Blues, Jazz and this guitar works for all styles for me.

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  • Dream Guitar!!! Lucky find on eBay! - Video Review

  • By quentin on Mar 5, 2011 | 5 out of 5 found it helpful
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  • Pros: This guitar is the real rock & roll deal. Sweet action, bluesy sound with fantastic sustain!
  • Cons: No problems
  • Experience: I own it
  • This 1959 LE ES 335 has an authentic design and sweet all black gloss body with the nickel hardware and the Gibson style pick guard. This is one cool axe!

    Funky Epiphone pick guard appliqué! I took the Pat from FL advice and out of the case, I pealed the protective plastic and the decal was already lifted on one edge. I gently raised it up and it came right off! Thanks Pat! Totally authentic now!

    I have been infatuated with this guitar since I started listening to authentic blues in 2005. My wife got me a full size poster of Eric for my office wall and in it he's playing the ES335. Last year she got me a BB poster and he's hugging Lucille which is a Custom Dot.

    I started looking for a black one about 6 months ago and kept my eye on eBay and Craigslist and while there were many coming and going, there were no black and no nickel hardware. Saw a ton of Sherton's but not for me.
    I was looking on eBay and stumbled across the 1959 reissue. I couldn't believe it when I learned that Epiphone had reissued a Limited Edition 1959 ES 335 complete with custom Gibson trim and coloring. The only difference is in the neck decoration of the Gibson. My Epiphone has dots while the Gibson has rectangles as inlays. Must admit I like the larger inlays but oh well! The custom Gibson style pick guard is a nice add.

    The feel of this guitar in my hands is awesome. I have been playing for 30 years and just last year started learning the major/minor boxes and I have to say that when I plugged Lucy in (that's right I'm naming her Lucy), I ran some minor scales and the tome and sustain were great with the action being so fine that it was like butter! Truly unbelievable!

    The volume knobs are confusing for me so I'll have to mess around a lot more. I read in other reviews that the leveling is a little weird as the 1-5 settings are light and 5 and over seem to be all full. I love the pickups and the toggle switch is an "aged" yellow which I could have been just as happy with white but again, oh well!

    All in all I am a 10 on a scale of 1 - 10 for personal satisfaction!
    BTW - check out this video of an awesome blues player who just got the same guitar and records himself on an extended 5 minute blues jam.

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  • GOOD GUITAR , VALUE FOR MONEY

  • By stratkat on Feb 5, 2011 | 4 out of 4 found it helpful
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  • Pros: fit and finish is better than some gibsons i've seen.sounds good ,looks good ,plays good.this guitar is lighter than the epi sheraton 2.hard to find these guitars,found it 2 georges music in pa.by accident. glad i did.
  • Cons: input jack loosens up after awhile. i had the same problem on the epiphone sheraton 2.
  • Experience: I own it
  • the main picture is the wrong guitar!!! it does not have a teardrop sunburst finish, nor are the sides sunburst.the gallery pictures are correct.

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