Epiphone Jim James ES-335 review

Another example of ’70s chic, this walnut-coloured Epiphone aims to clone the Gibson version for considerably less cash

Epiphone Jim James ES-335
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The Epiphone translation of Jim James’ signature ES-335 is a good all-rounder with an impressive build, a wide range of tones, and a classy yet muted workingman aesthetic.


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    Very tidy build.

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    Good weight.

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    Versatile voices.

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    Workingman vibe.


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    It’s quite an upcharge from the standard Epi ES-335.

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Just over a year ago, we looked at Jim James’s signature Gibson ES-335. With its calibrated T-Type pickups and light weight, it proved to be one of the most playable and vibrant-sounding 335s we’d encountered for a while. 

The signature guitar for My Morning Jacket’s frontman came across as a real journeyman ES thinline, a guitar that sits comfortably in pretty much any musical genre. And if this new Epiphone version comes anywhere near close, it’s game on.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.