antwhi2001 Posted February 7, 2012 Report Share Posted February 7, 2012 Got my new Ultra 339 in Pelham Blue today. Never thought I'd pay this much (£599) for a Chinese Epi, but the spec sounds great and this is a great limited edition colour and will be rare in the UK. I knew you get a warranty, so thought I'd take a risk on buying online. As far as I know this is one of just 2 to make it to the UK. Generally, looks great cosmetically. Set up ok but a bit of the usual buzzing/rattling on bass E. I sort of expect that with Epis. The Grover Deluxe tuners are nice and firm. Neck is not a slim 60s, the "D" profile makes it chunkier than that. No serial on headstock. My first impressions were generally good. However, plugged it in and found that the sound level drops and tone becomes thin in middle switch position, like single coils out of phase. Definitely a wiring or component problem. Also found a tiny nick in middle of 17th fret which the G string catches when bending. For £599 I hoped for better: this is a Chinese poly finished guitar which comes with no case or gigbag. For the benefit of our USA friends, that's $950. I still think it was a good move by Epi to bring out a 339, it's a good design and the Gibson is unaffordable to most of us. However, selling at that price point and screwing up on quality isn't going to do their reputation any good. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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