NGD: Epi ES-335 PRO Iced Tea

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  1. 1all's Pub

    1all's Pub Senior Member

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    Okay, admittedly I have been on a guitar buying bender the last 4-5 weeks. :D

    But this should be my last NGD for a long time. ;)

    I actually got this 2 weeks ago used online from GC. It's a 2015 Epiphone ES-335 PRO in Iced Tea. The color in particular was/is a huge attractant to me (love Iced Tea bursts), so I when I saw it online for a very reasonable price I decided to take a chance. When it arrived it was aesthetically beautiful and in excellent condition, but the nut had been replaced by a rookie with a TUSQ nut and they ruined the nut in the process. I was tempted to just return it and get a new one... but Iced Tea is only available from certain online retailers and other than the bad nut the rest of the guitar was outstanding and it sounded great (even with the botched nut). So I decided to keep it and just go straight from GC to my favorite luthier and have him make me a handmade bone nut for it (and give it a proper setup). Well, he was quite busy so it took him a couple weeks to get to, so I got it back today (first day I've actually had it for more than a few minutes).

    Anyway, now that she's got a nice bone nut she's quite a nice player indeed. And as the pics show, a real beauty too. :)

    Stats-wise she's a relative lightweight at 7.63lbs and has a neck that measures 0.829" & 0.922" at the 1st and 12th frets respectively. The neck profile, while not super skinny, is fairly "D" shaped (like many Epis) which generally tends not to be a neck shape I care for, but because if has a little general girth to it, it's actually not bad at all... and I'm already warming to it's easy playability.

    In keeping with my tradition of naming my guitars are actresses/pinup girls/sex symbols, I've chosen to name this one "Claudine" after French beauty Claudine Auger (who is most famous for being a Bond Girl in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball [she played Domino Derval--girlfriend of the villain and eventual love interest of Bond] ;)).

    Anyway, here's pics! :D
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  2. Gary

    Gary Senior Member

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    That's a beautiful guitar! Congratulations!

    But, I do wish that Epiphone would dump the green tuners. I have them one one of my Epiphones and they will be replaced soon.
     
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    Nice!!
     
  4. Victek

    Victek Senior Member

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    Congrats on the nice guitar. I like the Iced Tea Burst too and would have preferred it over the Ebony Epi ES 335 I have, but Iced Tea was unavailable at the time. I think the stock pickups on these sound great :thumb:
     
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    1all's Pub Senior Member

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    I kinda like 'em. ;) But I do hear ya. Ironically, the Iced Tea finish seems to make them look even greener than they really are. Same thing happened with my Iced Tea Gibson LP Trad. When I got it I thought the tuners looked greener than did the tuners on my Honey Burst LP Trad, but when I had both sets of tuners off their respective guitars to age them, they were actually the exact same shade... the Iced Tea finish just brought out more of the green. Weird.

    Agreed on the Epi Classic Pro pickups... so far, fairly impressed. They'll stay put for now for sure... but I may venture off and get some Manlius Fat Dianes eventually. ;) But maybe not... we'll see.
     
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    I have such bad GAS for this exact guitar. :(
     
  7. Victek

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    Family Man Senior Member

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    You're not helping!!! I could order one today and still pay all my bills, but I'd rather use the money for a vacation with my wife. I just need to keep saving up and hopefully I'll get one in the future. :)
     
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    Yeah, I know, sorry. As a married man I'd go with the vacation too :)
     
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    I'm still impressed with the Epi Classic Pro pickups. I have abandoned any notion of changing them out. They sound really good.
     
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    I got a chance to play it quite a bit today, both clean and dirty... and, man, I gotta say, these pickups are pretty spectacular. I don't think I'll be changing them either unless it's just to do because I'm bored. I've played Epi Alnico Classic Pros in other solid body Epis and wasn't much impressed, but dang, in this 335 they are something else entirely. Maybe it's the semi-hollow body, IDK, but I dig 'em!
     
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    Y'all are making my casino fever flare back up!
     

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