NGD ‘17 Epiphone ES-335 Pro Cherry

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Had to reluctantly send one back from Musician’s Friend a couple weeks ago that I got on sale for $400 — couldn’t justify the cost at the time when the thing had a couple very minor (but frustrating) blemishes/issues (e.g., some rough frets, tuning instability, pau ferro fingerboard). Nevertheless, I was quite disappointed because, while it had some less-than-ideal quirks for me, the thing sounded *incredible*! I mean it kicked ass! Versatility through the roof.

Anyway, much to my chagrin, I sent her back. Then, a couple of days ago, I stumble on this craigslist posting for a 2017 model in nearly new condition. But this time, it’s $50 cheaper and comes with a hard shell case thrown in (and the rosewood fretboard; not a huge deal, but I still would prefer rosewood on this particular instrument).

With some sage advice from a fellow member, thanks @endial, I decided to check it out. Went today and it did not disappoint. It’s previous owner had clearly taken wonderful care of this guitar, and he obviously had this thing priced to sell! So, she’s mine now and while I haven’t been able to fully test out the sound, just about everything else here is at least the equal of the 2019 I sent back, and it’s often superior. Here’s some pics:
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Had this exact model, but sent it back - the fret buzzing was unacceptable to me.
 

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Man, that's sweet. Have you noticed any difference in the neck from the returned one? I'm curious.
 
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Man, that's sweet. Have you noticed any difference in the neck from the returned one? I'm curious.

actually the neck is remarkably similar -- maybe a bit more girth.

and I have to correct myself, I actually do have some fret buzz on the g at the 1st fret. Though I suspect this is caused by the nut slot being cut too deeply.
 

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