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Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar

Get the iconic look of a 1958-era 335 and the modern sound of Epiphone's Alnico Classic PRO humbuckers with coil-tapping. This semi-hollowbody delivers both. (4) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO brings a vintage workhorse into the future with Epiphone's Alnico Classic PRO humbuckers and coil-tapping. 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.

Now, Epiphone introduces the Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO, a new take on the legendary semi-hollowbody archtop with all the classic ES-335 features, but now with Epiphone's Alnico Classic PRO(TM) pickups with coil-tapping along with the superb build quality and great sound that you've come to expect from Epiphone. Finicky vintage models (with vintage problems) can't compete with the Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO, which is simply one of the best deals going today for guitar players who want the classic sound of an ES-335 at an affordable price.

The Birth of a Rock and Roll Legend

The original ES-335 launched in 1958 and kicked off an incredible era for the legendary Gibson/Epiphone factory located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Along with now-classic Epiphone semi-hollowbody designs like the Epiphone Riviera and the Epiphone Sheraton, the ES-335 quickly gained a following among guitar players of all ages. Though perhaps the original designers of the ES-335 imagined it might be preferred most by jazz players, the ES-335 was quickly embraced by rock, country, and rhythm and blues guitarists in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The original ES-335 has the distinction of inspiring not only artists from the early rock and roll era but the '60s blues revival, new wave, Britpop and Americana as well. The few vintage models that have survived are high-price tag collectibles that rarely get out of a glass case. Now, the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO goes one better than vintage by adding modern features along with Epiphone's superb build quality to go with that classic ES-335 sound.

The Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO is protected by Epiphone's famous Lifetime Limited Warranty featuring Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service which guarantees the Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO from defects in materials or workmanship. Every guitar player needs an ES-335 and now is your chance to get what might be the best one yet.

Classic Look with a Futuristic Sound

The top and back of the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO are constructed of five-ply laminated maple/birch and the side is made from three-ply laminated maple/birch with a mahogany center block. There is single-ply cream binding on the top and back of the Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO as well as on the fingerboard. The multi layer black pickguard features a classic silver Epiphone "E." The glued-in, 24.75" scale mahogany neck has a 1960s SlimTaper(TM) "D" profile, perfect for lead, rhythm and chord styles. The smooth rosewood fingerboard has a 12" radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, a 1.68" nut and pearloid small block inlays beginning at the 3rd fret. The Sloped Dovewing Epiphone headstock has '60s-era "Epiphone" script with a "pineapple" logo and a black Kalamazoo-era styled truss rod cover with "ES-335 PRO" in white. Tuning is a breeze with Wilkinson(TM) Vintage Classic "tulip" style green machine heads with a 14:1 ratio.

Alnico Classic Pro Power

Epiphone always finds a way to make improvements on classic designs and the Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO is no exception. Now featuring Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO four-wire humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions, the Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO offers a tonal palette that far exceeds any other guitar of its kind or of its era. The Alnico Classic PROs feature Alnico V magnets for terrific humbucker sustain with a huge dynamic range that can go from clean to crunch at a touch. And now, for the first time, the Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO features coil-tapping on both pickups via a push/pull control on the pickups' volume controls.

Hardware Built to Last

Like all Epiphones, the Ltd. Ed. ES-335 PRO features quality electronics including full-size 1" 500K Ohm potentiometers, black TopHat controls for volume and tone for both the neck and bridge pickup, Epiphone's all-metal pickup selector switch with a classic aged yellow top and a heavy-duty output jack.

And no Epiphone would be complete without Epi's solid nickel hardware, like the time-tested LockTone(TM) bridge and StopBar tailpiece, which yields incredible sustain.

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- Top and Back: five-ply laminated maple/birch
- Side: three-ply laminated maple/birch
- Neck: mahogany
- Neck shape: 1960s SlimTaper "D" profile
- Neck joint: glued in
- Truss rod: adjustable
- Truss rod cover: black Kalamazoo- era bell shape with "ES-335 PRO" in white and white trim on the edges of the truss rod cover
- Scale length: 24.75
- Headstock: Sloped Dovewing with "pineapple" logo and 60s era "Epiphone" script Fingerboard material: rosewood with small block inlays
- Neck pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic(TM) PRO 4-wire
- Bridge pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic(TM) PRO 4-wire
- Controls: -Epiphone all-metal 3-way pickup selector
- -Neck pickup volume with push/pull coil-tapping
- -Bridge pickup volume with push/pull coil-tapping
- -Neck pickup tone -Bridge pickup tone
- Binding: body top, 1-ply (cream), body back, 1-ply (cream), fingerboard, 1-ply (cream) Fingerboard radius: 12"
- Frets: 22 medium jumbo
- Bridge: LockTone(TM) Tune-o-matic
- Tailpiece: StopBar
- Nut: 1.68"
- Hardware: nickel
- Machine Heads: Wilkinson(TM) Vintage classics, 14:1, green 'tulip' style
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 22 x 5 in
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "I am a hard person to please. I'm grinning like a Cheshire cat"
Sound: This is what I bought this guitar for. That warm, comfortable, full, humbucker tone wrapped around you, at the other end of the pots is a sign that says "stand back, I bite". The Alnico Classic Pros are a wonderful voicing for this guitar. The single coil tone is no dogeared P90, but neither is any other single coil. They do add a quack to the arsenal of sound this thing produces, and it does a pretty good shimmer. Feature: The block fret inlays, black top hat knobs, yellow switch cap, Maple/Birch laminates, Wilkinson Vintage Classic tuners, and the glorious Ice Tea burst set this guitar quite a bit apart from the standard Dot offering. The 60's Slim taper neck is nice for aged arthritic hands. Ease of Use: The laminated Maple/Birch top and sides let this guitar ring out. Great clarity. All the tones I grew up hearing and loving. It easily achieves melodious clean tones, and dirt and grit are but a knob turn away. The push/pull pots work well and no discernible electrical noise when used. Quality: I found no flaws with any part of the instrument. Like I said earlier, I'm hard to please, and very picky. There was absolutely nothing I did not love about this guitar. Especially the price, way more product in your hands than you are paying for. Value: This product walks all over ANY competition at this price point, for a very classy electric Semi-Hollow guitar. I dare anyone to find one better for less. Manufacturer Support: I own 13 Epiphones, whenever I have reached out to Epiphone for support, they have been knowledgeable and helpful. The Wow Factor: The finish begs you to look at it. The contrasting light and dark around the rim is just beautiful. The Wilkinson Vintage Classic tuners add an air of distinction with their green keys. Maybe the best fit and finish of all my Epiphones, and I have a lot. Overall: I am impressed. The guitar arrived on time. After I unbox, I usually reach for my nut drivers and screwdriver, to tighten everything that didn't get it at the factory. They were not necessary. The finish is flawless, and gorgeous. The setup was the best I had gotten on a product from zZounds, it was playable immediately upon tuning.
Style of Music: Electric Blues
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Overall: I was hot to get one of these for quite a while but other necessities made me put off my purchase. When I finally got around to buying one the only people having them in stock was Zzounds and they only had Ebony. Alas .....I can live with that. The finish and fit at all glue joints is flawless. I actually think that the only differences these days that gives Epiphone it's price advantage over Gibson is the overseas labor costs. Side by side with my 66' Riviera , the 335 Pro is almost identical in weight and all other measurements. The electronics are a bit brighter on the Pro , but that is not a big deal to adjust for. I love the pole tapping feature too . The sounds available are really quite broad and happily enough in the single coil , single pick up position the amount of added static normally associated with single coils isn't a problem even at higher volumes. A few things left me a bit disappointed . I am not very keen on the supplied Wilkinson tuners. I would have preferred Grovers but I guess Epihone was going for the vintage authenticity . The set up on this instrument was atrocious. Not only was the neck not adjusted properly but the action was unacceptable for any electric guitar let alone a Gibson / Epiphone product.. The frets were poorly finished resulting in a "scratchy" feeling when bending a note . The string slots on the nut were also improperly cut resulting in some really hard first fret fingering . One would think that with an all black guitar they would use an all black nut ? Not here .....white all the way. Anyway I plan to do some fret polishing and neck adjusting as well as some nut adjusting and post my results here . Over all I'm very pleased with the guitar and can accept the minor adjustment flaws as just my personal preferences being different from the builders. Who knew they liked playing guitars set up like cheese slicers? If you have any desires to purchase one of these fine instruments I strongly suggest you do it quickly as they are discontinued and if possble purchase from Zzounds. They have been absolutely wonderful to deal with.
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