I believe this instrument is well built with excellent fit and finish. I tried out Gibson ES-335 reissues and ES336's of the latter there is no comparison my next purchase will be a ES-336 when I have the money.
My only only complaint was the lack of tonal control but I have bee advised by my electrinic wizzard that the higher quality pups may just do the trick. Dan did a blusekaster mod for my Strat and its a real tone monster now. I believe 335 type guitars are for old school styles and not intended for high gain/volume amplified playing due to the hollow body. If high volume is required it is probably best to Mic it through a PA.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $1150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Showcase
Japan built USA parts
5-ply maple back, sides, and top
Cherry color polyurethane finish
One-piece mahogany neck
Neck set at the 19th fret
1-11/16" bone nut
50SR USA humbucker rhythm pickup
50ST USA humbucker treble pickup
2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle
Price included hard shell case
Very playable action is sweet, easy and silky smooth
The neck is slightly wider than my Telecaster and Stratocaster. There is a minor flaw in neck stain other than that this axe is tight if you know what I mean.
I use a Fender cybertwin and a Blues Jr. Deluxe
I have just begun electric guitar but I am learning mostly Blues some Rock (all types)and a little Jazz.
The sound is warm but a little muted but close to the Gibson 335 reissues I tried at the same time they have 57's I believe (It's the pups) The tone controls hardly responded like I desire (It's the pups) but for a grand less this is what I expected.
I am changing the pups to S.duncan 59 humbuckers or Pearly Gates or possably have them custom rewound this will add a little more chime to the sound and allow more tonal control. I might try a split and or a phase mod on the bridge and/or neck position later.
Epiphone's claim is that the Elitist series is intended with professional qualities and there is no doubt. This axe is new and it only travels between my house and guitar lessons. It needed no adjustments at all but I will have to if I go to .011-.049 strings.