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I picked this up yesterday. I promised myself that I would not buy another guitar.

But it was red. It was a bargain that had to be had.

It plays very nice, and it sounds better than OK.

In time it will be awesome.

Some tweaks here and there, and she is coming more, and more alive. The coil taps are a bonus. I can't believe how sweet this bargain, offshore guitar is.
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Nice! Very underrated guitar IMO. I have a Casino coupe with p90's...deadly with slide. Better than my LP or Strat
 

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I was just working on one a while ago (what's on the bench thread, I put up a video) in Black Royale. They are pretty sweet guitars. The one I worked on had a high fret that was easily fixed. Great little guitar! Congrats!!!!
 

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does the upper access seem cramped to you?
 
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does the upper access seem cramped to you?
I usually don't venture much beyond the 12th position. To me and my fat, arthritic fingers, it does feel slightly cramped vs. other guitars that I own.

I have over 30 guitars, and need to thin down some day. However, the Epi 339 is lightweight, and very familiar feeling with respect to the neck. I have several expensive guitars, but some of the lower buck ones have me questioning how long they will stay with me. I have already played this Epiphone more in a couple of days, than my best Gibson Les Paul (and I have had it for several years).

I have owned several semi acoustic guitars in my 50 years of playing guitar. My 1973 Yamaha SA 60 with improved wiring and Seymour Duncan's from the 80's is still my favourite of this genre. The Yamaha rocks and squawks in the most appealing ways. If I am lucky, I will figure out how to achieve this with the Epi, without changing the pickups.
 

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Congrats on a great guitar! Its not often we see great guitars and great legs all in one photo%h(*&
 
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Congrats on a great guitar! Its not often we see great guitars and great legs all in one photo%h(*&
Thanks for the compliments, but that leg in the photo is compromised. I am lucky to be standing on it, and walking. I wound up getting a skil saw blade, just above the knee, a year ago, June 17. That accident has greatly messed up my lifestyle and abilities. The scar is like a shark bite. I try to keep a positive outlook.
 

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Well, like you said, it is red. Enjoy!
 
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Congrats! The Epi 339 guitars are very underrated. I have the p90 version in ebony and it rocks. :)
 

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Excellent, I have one just like it. What "tweaks" are you making?
Up until a while ago, I would have just changed pickups after a few months of trial and error with pickup adjustments.

The stock pickups are OK, and not offensive. They are just not totally wowing me, as they were set by the last owner, and perhaps the factory.

I did my kind of pickup setup and it is marginally better; still no wow to it, no squawk from the pickups when pushed hard, like my 1973 Yamaha SA60 is set up with the aftermarket Duncans. I also don't want to replicate the Yamaha, but try to enhance the stock guitar and electronics as much as I can before replacing anything. I have a hunch that I don't like the tone pots, or is there too much wax in the pickups. I am looking for smoother transition, and fuller range. The tone pots seem a little stagnant (for lack of a better word).

I also noticed the pickups do not sit flat, and are angled, due to how the pickup rings are beveled. I felt the neck pickup ring could be turned around and perhaps prove my theory. I did do that and feel it opened up into a more blooming tone, more vintage, more pleasing to my ear. Reversing the pickup ring, puts the adjustment screw side of the pup, slightly higher and actually while still not level/more perpendicular to the strings. I still need to get the bridge pickup to shine at little more. It is actually really nice driven when driven hard by a pedal or tube amp, when I roll back the volume and tone, I just keep wanting something more. It is OK and works, but lacks what a hotter wound pickup would do.

It is a nice guitar for what it cost me, and it still might cost me some different tone pots. I will keep working on the guitar a little at a time.
 

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Up until a while ago, I would have just changed pickups after a few months of trial and error with pickup adjustments.

The stock pickups are OK, and not offensive. They are just not totally wowing me, as they were set by the last owner, and perhaps the factory.

I did my kind of pickup setup and it is marginally better; still no wow to it, no squawk from the pickups when pushed hard, like my 1973 Yamaha SA60 is set up with the aftermarket Duncans. I also don't want to replicate the Yamaha, but try to enhance the stock guitar and electronics as much as I can before replacing anything. I have a hunch that I don't like the tone pots, or is there too much wax in the pickups. I am looking for smoother transition, and fuller range. The tone pots seem a little stagnant (for lack of a better word).

I also noticed the pickups do not sit flat, and are angled, due to how the pickup rings are beveled. I felt the neck pickup ring could be turned around and perhaps prove my theory. I did do that and feel it opened up into a more blooming tone, more vintage, more pleasing to my ear. Reversing the pickup ring, puts the adjustment screw side of the pup, slightly higher and actually while still not level/more perpendicular to the strings. I still need to get the bridge pickup to shine at little more. It is actually really nice driven when driven hard by a pedal or tube amp, when I roll back the volume and tone, I just keep wanting something more. It is OK and works, but lacks what a hotter wound pickup would do.

It is a nice guitar for what it cost me, and it still might cost me some different tone pots. I will keep working on the guitar a little at a time.
Good stuff. I reversed the neck pickup ring and also put some low density foam in both cavities to get the pups as flat as possible and it helped a lot. I suspect the real culprits here are the pots and caps but I may wait until winter to tackle that. I'm not unhappy with the general tone of the pups at all.

 

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@ davetcan, thanks for your experience and input. I have only had the guitar for a few days and those were the few things that seemed to surface.

I saw the angled pickups when I bought it, and played it a couple of days, before I did what my brain and gut told me to do. Last night I did a search online to see what others had to say and did. Several others did the same neck pickup ring mod. Someone said that the caps used in the 339 were a good quality cap. I also found where some claim that the pickups were made in Nashville. Some say '57' Gibson pups are pretty much the same tone. I have the '57' and Burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups, but don't feel the need to try them.

I basically bought the guitar because it seemed so right for the dollars spent. In the past, I paid more for wiring, pots, caps, and labor. I felt that I truly got a good guitar that needed either nothing, or some subtle tweaks. The better the voice that it produces, the more that I will play it. I find it very comfortable. It is lighter and better balanced than my Yamaha, or Gibson Les Paul's.

What are you using for strings? I would like to try half rounds if I can find them.
 

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