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  1. Well, I like Epiphone a lot when you get into their higher end stuff. I like my Epiphone LP far better then the lower end Gibson LP 60's tribute I had previously. Biggest things to me are the pickups and the finish. Epiphone uses a poly finish where Gibson uses a lacquer. Lacquer is easier to fix if (when?) it wears but not as protective as a poly. Poly tends to dampen the vibration of the guitar so the sound may be suppressed a little and it has a plasticky feel. Epiphone has gotten a lot better with their poly finishes and they are pretty thin on the higher ends stuff but still thicker then a lacquer is. Far as the pickups go, really that's for your ear to decide. Some people are fine with Epi, others swear by Gibson pickups. My Epi is a special edition that has Gibson USA Burstbuckers and they sound nice to me. Gibson may appreciate over time, but that is not at all guaranteed, modern Epiphones can only depreciate (with the exception maybe of the Japan made models). I like this video, it's a great apples to apples 335 comparison: https://youtu.be/fBmABxBcSGw I know, it's something of a cop out but really I've heard some great sounding Epiphone Dots. I haven't heard any bad Gibson 335s or 355s yet. I have read about needing setups and things like that for both but I kind of think that you need to do that on any guitar you buy, it's just a maintenance thing to me not a negative. If you are looking to save a bit of cash and want a players guitar, Epiphone is your winner. If you are looking for the better guitar overall, Gibson is the choice. Neither is a bad option, just depends what you are looking for and what you are willing to pay. I wouldn't hesitate on an Epi if that is what fits your budget. JMHO -Jim
  2. I really like the ES Les Paul shape and the Burbon Burst is really beautiful. When I first got it I just stared at it for a while because the flaming in the wood just looks amazing. The MHS pickups are very sweet too. I play a lot of older blues stuff and they sound really spot on for that. I still want a 335 or 355 just because they are cool but this does a pretty decent job emulating both a standard LP and a larger hollow body. Though a 335 size has a little something extra that the smaller body doesn’t to the tone. I hear a difference but can’t quite put it in words. There’s a good video out there by Anderton’s UK that they do a blindfold compare of the 335, 339, and Es LP with and without f holes and even though iPad speakers you can hear there is a difference. Good luck with yours, I think it’s a great guitar. I am not sure Gibson is going to make them any more with the current issues and downsizing, they may focus on more traditional models so who knows might be a rare model in a few years. -Jim
  3. +1 ^this^ Plus maybe a Peavy Delta Blues amp...
  4. I want the non-ego spec one without his name on the fretboard. Especially if it has the Gibson pickups... The gold top Les Paul JB edition I have is excellent.-Jim
  5. I bought a set of TonePro Kluson “upgrade” tuning pegs to replace the ones on my ES Les Paul but I haven’t swapped them out yet. A lot of people say the TonePro Kusons are better then the Gibson Deluxe ones. The seem smoother without any play in them but I have to see how they are when I put them on. I thought about getting locking ones but like the classic Kluson look and most of the locking ones break the classic look to me.Let us know what you end up with.-Jim
  6. Dropped an email to Gibson Monday about the set screw just asking where I could get them and they replied yesterday that they are going to send two out to me! Great customer support -Jim
  7. Thanks for that info. Mine is missing one of the set screws. I have to see if I can find a replacement set screw for one side...-Jim
  8. I ended up picking up a set of TonePros Kluson “upgrade” tuning machines that Stewmac had on clearance. I had a $15 reward from them over the holidays so I ended up spending $15 including shipping on them. For that price, I’ll take a chance http://www.stewmac.com/Closeouts/TonePros_Kluson_3and3_Longpost_Tuners_with_Pressfit_Bushings.html At the next string change I’ll see about installing them. They looks like a drop in fit so, I’m hoping for no drama Hopefully that’ll take care of my issue.-Jim
  9. My 2015 is the same. I wonder if the inlay is on a separate piece of wood and they just do a simple route in the headstock on drop the whole piece in rather then route the script and inlay in the letters directly on the headstock? Either that or it’s a thin inlay on a piece of wood laminate glued onto the headstock. Like a wooden sticker so they can say it’s an inlay and still have the easy application of a decal at the factory. Just a guess...-Jim
  10. Thanks for the reply. I’ll take a look at the nut but it seemed ok when I changed the strings. I used a little stewmac guitar grease in the slots too just to make sure but you never know.... -Jim
  11. So a few months back I picked up a NOS 2015 Gibson ES Les Paul in Bourbon Burst. http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2015/Memphis/ES-Les-Paul-Bourbon-Burst.aspx It’s a very nice guitar and I love the feel and sound but the tuners they chose to use are a bit of a pain. They are Kluson style but have a lot of play in them and once you get past the play they are stiff. It’s really tough to get in tune and they seem to slip out of tune more often then my Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul with standard Grover 14:1 tuners. I figured I’d play it a while and see if things got better with use but they don’t seem to be. I’m a little disappointed that on a premium guitar they went this route on the tuners but maybe I just got a bad set. Anyway, does anyone know a good, drop-in set of tuners for this guitar? I’d like to keep the look of the Kluson’s if at all possible but just a better functioning set. Any ideas on this would be appreciated.Thanks-Jim
  12. Congrats on the 339, definately a good choice. Let us know how you like it...-Jim
  13. I actually picked up a 2015 ES Les Paul between my first post on the thread and now. Sorry I don't know much about how Gibson is on delivery dates. I will say I like the 2015 a lot with a few things I am not thrilled with. My two main gripes are that 1st it doesn't fit snugly in the case. The headstock can move right to left because the body is loosely fitted in the case so I am concerned something may happen to it carrying it around, or at least it might get wear marks or scratches. 2nd the tuners are very imprecise. They look good but it's tough to get it in tune because they are stiff and it's tough to tighten or loosen them by small increments so it's always "just about" in tune. I'll probably need to get them replaced with locking tuners because other then those two things I really like the guitar. Hope they are able to get you fixed up soon. -Jim
  14. I just picked up an 2015 ES Les Paul in Bourbon Burst a few weeks ago. http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2015/Memphis/ES-Les-Paul-Bourbon-Burst.aspx I play a lot of acoustic blues and am learning electric stuff (BB King, Albert King, Hound Dog Taylor, etc) I was in the same scenario between the 335, 339 and ES LP. The 339 has a more mellow sound closer to a 335 then the ES LP but the ES LP definately has a good portion of the ES hollow sound to it. Basically if you want the 335 sound, the 339 is going to get you closer. However if you want something that can do a very good impersonation of a Les Paul and then turn around and do a pretty decent impression of a 335 the ES LP might be the ticket for you. I suspect the lack of f holes will help with high volume feedback but it probably sounds pretty similar to mine, which sounds excellent doing everything from basic 12 bar shuffle rhythm through BB King type leads up the neck. I chose the ES LP because I think it's a little more versatile and I like the LP shape but I don't really think you can go too far wrong with either choice. -Jim
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