Blind test of  ES-335 Gibson and Epiphone guitars. Both guitars has same weight, same woods, same shapes. Gibson has hotter pickups, Epiphone has vitage style pickups.

The guitars and amp (BOSS GT-100) are set up identical in this A-B comparison. Flatwound strings on both, same cable and pick. I played two quick solo’s, one on each guitar. In editing, I switched back and forth between them when there was a pauze in the melody.

GIBSON ES-335 guitar

When Gibson unveiled the ES-335 in 1958, it was an instant success. They made a few changes to the model in 1963 which took it from ‘really great guitar’ to ‘bona fide icon.’ Those changes are often referred to as ‘Clapton-spec’ in tribute to this variant’s most famous proponent (have a guess who. Hint: it’s not our Richard). The most obvious of those tweaks is the move from dot inlays to big chunky blocks. Gibson es 335 The Gibson Memphis division pays tribute to this version of the model with the 50th Anniversary ES-335. It’s available in two period-correct colours – ‘60s Cherry or Historic Burst.  Each of which is finished in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer and given Gibson’s VOS treatment for a gently aged look. This isn’t a ‘relic’ guitar by any means: rather it looks like it’s accumulated a few decades’ worth of natural ageing while being kept totally safe from dings and scratches. But it does feel nicely weathered. Read more:

  • Body: Classic semi-hollow construction with solid center block
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with small block inlays
  • Neck: Redesigned dimensions for improved strength and feel
  • Truss rod: Historic truss rod
  • Pickups: Burstbucker 1 & 2
  • Bridge: ABR-1 with titanium saddles
  • Tailpiece: Locking stopbar
  • Finish: High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer in more accurate vintage colors

Epiphone ES-335 guitar


The Epiphone ES-335 electric guitar is Epiphone’s immaculate rendition of the much-loved Gibson ES-335 “Dot”, which has itself been cherished by fans around the world for over four decades.

The Epiphone Dot is constructed using the finest laminated maple available. The body is built to a hollowbody design, with a mahogany centre block. The deeply resonant maple works wonderfully in combination with the body shape, to generate incredibly rich tones that are project with vigour through the gorgeous f-holes in the body top. The mahogany centre block tempers the signal, preventing the output from becoming harsh sounding at high levels of volume – essential for those who’re looking to play overdriven music.

epiphone es 335

A black pickguard protects the lower bout of the body beneath the pickguard, and around the lower f-hole. Strings meet the body via the LockTone locking tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece to ensure the sustain cultivated between the strings, neck, and body is well preserved.


Paired with the body is a glued-in 24.75″ scale length mahogany neck, providing the perfect support for the fingerboard and strings. Shaped to the SlimTaper “D” profile, the neck is an absolute joy to play along. Married to the neck is a rosewood fingerboard, which is home to 22-frets that are lovingly adorned with traditional “dot” position inlays – where the Dot gets its name from.

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