Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 review

The latest Epiphone release from the collection of Joe Bonamassa is based on the ES-335 he used on his first album. But what happened next?

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

While $1,299 is hardly pocket change, this new release is a very nicely detailed piece, but it’s the sound, playability and tuning stability – the things that really matter – that make it very credible. We’d rock this one any day of the week.


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    Very good build.

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    Versatile sounds from the Gibson Burstbuckers.


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    Fret tops could do with a little more smoothing.

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    It’s no lightweight.

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According to Epiphone, the story goes that in 1996 Joe Bonamassa bought a ’62 Gibson ES-335 that he used on his debut album, A New Day Yesterday

In 2001, he sold the electric guitar to help finance his move from New York to Los Angeles, and then, nearly 20 years after that first record, an unexpected phone call led to a reunion with his ol’ thinline.

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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.