Epiphone ES-335 review

The sleek, sophisticated feel and tone of the legendary ES-335 without the eye-watering price tag

Epiphone ES-335 review
(Image: © Epiphone)

Guitar World Verdict

For some players, versatility is of the utmost importance when it comes to a guitar, and we believe there’s a strong argument to be made that the humble ES-335 is among the most adaptable instruments out there – and this stunning Epiphone proves why. With its smooth, extremely playable neck and warm, articulate mid-range, this guitar really sings, and frankly, we couldn’t put it down!

Pros

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    Very comfortable neck

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    Well finished

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    Extremely versatile tone

Cons

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    Only two color options are available currently

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    The brilliant EpiLite case is an optional extra

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Ever since its debut at the tail end of the 50s, the ES-335 has wowed guitar players and gig-goers alike with its singing sustain and harmonically complex tone. Beloved by blues-loving, retro-tone chasers, as well as modern riff rock aficionados, the ES-335 delivers a bell-like chime that other guitars simply can’t replicate. There is one pretty sizeable downside, though – a Gibson will set you back a pretty penny! 

Luckily, Gibson’s sibling brand has our back with the Inspired By Gibson Epiphone ES-335, which brings the effortless elegance of Gibson’s golden boy to the masses with this extremely affordable semi-hollow axe. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and MusicRadar.com.

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.