ES-339 Pro or Wildkat Royale - Which one?

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    Importer in OZ has kind of a monopol
     
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    It's not tariffs? I'd think a single source importer that is just price-gouging could be relatively easily bypassed, as long as the gouging isn't at the government level.

    I'll start buying every CL Epi and get them sent over. :)
     
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    Ok guys, it is done. Thank you Pop, for the advice on letting the guitar choose yourself rather than picking your favourite. After examination, the Wildkat was no longer in stock and it was questionable whether they would get more due to lack of sales. So Wildkat was eliminated.

    It came down to two, the ES-339 and the Casino, and the winner was the 339. The Casino was truly awesome and was actually my intended choice prior to walking in the store and I even slept on it too. I played it for a while and made the decision that the Casino was the one, but there was something about the 339 that was calling me. Almost as if my gut was saying "you'll regret this if you walk away". So I decided to play it one more time and it felt right, I like to think that she was choosing me.

    As expensive as this shop is, the staff are incredibly friendly, patient and gave me extra discount due to me being a regular now. The high costs are a mix between high tariffs, the shop's natural profit margins and other factors from our state Gov (high payroll taxes and other crap making prices through the roof everywhere) but they are pretty much my hometown's biggest retailer so sort of Monopoly going on there.

    When doing some number crunching the price at $749 ended up being around $576 USD - I can't say whether by comparison that is good for a fresh guitar, but I'll let you lads in the States decide that! :eek:

    So anyway, thank you to everyone for you responses and insights, I will be sure to ask again when I buy my next Epi. The next one will be an Emperor Swingster that they just stocked up and can use some feedback :slash:
     
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    I'm usually not a walk in and leave with it type. I like to agonize over the decision. My 339 P90 Pro was one that when I walked in, picked it up and played it, I knew I was leaving with it. I hear you. You made a great choice. I think you did OK too. A little high by American dollar standards, but considering where you are, I'd say you did fine.

    Until you have the decency to show us a pic, you could at least tell us what color it is! :laugh2: :thumb:
     
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    Hahah sorry mate, I did post a picture but obviously it didn't upload. I'll try again. It's a sexy Cherry finish :lol:
     

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    Nice. The price actually seems quite reasonable.

    Click-free pic:
     
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    It's interesting how that works. A while back I went to the shop to order a different guitar and discovered the Epi 339 Pro P90. I played it and liked it so much that I almost decided to take it instead. I wish I had because I wound up not bonding with the other guitar and sold it fairly quickly.
     
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    Unless you are just wanting a smaller-bodied guitar, you might also want to consider the Epi Dot or ES-335 Pro. Both should be about the same price as either the ES-339 or the Wildkat.

    I’ve toyed with the idea of a ES-339 or a Wildkat myself for a while now… have played several in stores trying to decide. Generally liked them both, but kept finding that both were so similar feeling to my LPs that I couldn’t justify making the purchase.

    Then I tried an ES-335 Pro and was immediately smitten by it. It has a genuine 335 vibe to it for 1/10 the price of a Gibson version, is very well made and even the stock pickups (Alnico II Classic Pros) are outstanding (and this coming from a guy who has zero problem ripping out pickups and putting in something else—in fact, neither of Gibson LPs even have their stock pups).

    Anyway, I did eventually snag an ES-335 Pro and of all the Epis I own, it’s probably my favorite (or at the very least a tie with my Epi LPC Pro). It’ so versatile and just has tons of swagger! :D

    Not trying to muddy the waters for you… but something to consider. ;)
     
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    What's with the anti- Bigsbyism ??? It's a pretty simple system, works just fine (as do other trems) if yer nut is proper .... love it on my Wildkat, although it makes changing strings a tad more a PITA, but, not major. Glad OP found the guitar that wanted him
     
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    Is the 339 equipped with P90s or Humbuckers these days? If it's 'buckers then I'd say go for the Wildkat (assuming your LP has humbuckers ....) for more flexibility.

    Of course - there's also the Casino and Casino Coupe to consider ...
     
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    Nice choice on the ES-339 Pro in Cherry!

    When you next find yourself with a case of GAS, give the EPI Les Paul ES and EPI Les Paul Florentine a try; both are partially hollow and have Epi ProBuckers. They are really sweet! A blend of the Les Paul's grit and growl combined with the resonance, chime and bell like qualities of a 335 or 339.
     

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