I have been playing for 6 years. I started playing jazz last 4 years ago and I always dream of a hollow body guitar. I'd tried my lecturer's Gibson 175 and it's a way too far from my dream financially. Some other Korean made hollow body like Cort and Sammick didn't impress me as well. When the first time I saw this model played by my friend, it was just a "click" to my objective. So it's like a feel to our first love. If it was stolen, I'll buy it again in a same finish and make sure it's the kind of same touch. I wish on that time they come out with silver finish.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: SweetWater Sound
97 year Korean made. Mine is in Ebony finish with cream
binding. Everything looks exactly like an original 335 except the ugly pickguard. It is a tortoise shell with a big "E" on it. I hate to take it away because I don't want to scratch this baby. I'll prefer a silver hardware if Epiphone had one but they don't. I just hate gold instinctly. Please have a look at Epiphone Homepage for the full specs. I minus 1 point for the ugly pickguard and the gold hardware. So it's 4.
Everything works fine. The neck is super solid. I just need to change the strings to .12 flat wound, raise the action to higher place and set the intonation.
Generally play standard jazz when I'm gigging. So this baby sings beautifully in clean tone with the neck pickup (although it's a stock pickup). It has the nice full sound with rich overtone. It's not like those solid body sounds when you turn the tone control to 0. You can't get those sharp and crispy sound with the neck pickup. This is not the purpose for playing a semi hollow body. 10 times quiet than my Telecaster. I change the string to .12 gauge flat wound and still can manage to play it
easily. I give 5 for the neck pickup.
Now's the main problem for this ax, the bridge pickup sucks a big time! It's twangy with you can't get any playable material. It doesn't strong and clean enough to get those overdrive sound, and I just can't think of what I can play with this kind of sound.
With two pickup on together, you'll get some plastic kind of plucking sound. And again I just can't think of what I can play with this kind of sound. I asume it's the bridge pickup problem. I'll replace it with Gibson classic '57 later. I give the stock bridge pickup a 2.
I use this regularly live, and I think it will withstand just about anything except violence. It seems well made, strong, good solid construction. I use it without backup an it never let me down, except for the few broken strings accident.