Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22

Thread: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

  1. #1
    Mojo's Minions 75lespaul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    New Joisey
    Age
    50
    Posts
    5,184
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    56

    Default Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guita...71865000001000

    I'm wondering how this would compare in sound to my 68 Casino? I have to assume that since it is a semi-hollow, and not hollow, the feedback would be much less, especially with a Brobucker in it. I'm already adding up how much I'd get for stuff I would sell to pay for this, ha ha. I would probably wait for them to start selling used with the case locally or on eBay, but with since this is limited, I'm wondering if I'm better off just selling an extra thing or two and buying it new--if I can do it. I know, I know, it's an Epiphone...but that's my world now. Plus, I simply love my Pro/Fx Les Paul, even if the action is a bit high. Got used to it quickly.
    My songs....enjoy! (hopefully )

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...?bandID=652921
    or for older stuff too, but slower downloads
    http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp...=301569&T=7414

    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    700 watts is ok for small clubs, but when you play with a loud drummer or at a medium-large sized venue, you really need 1,500-watts at least. no one should be left alive.

  2. #2
    So Plebeian Aceman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    I came from outer space - that's how I know your name!
    Age
    47
    Posts
    25,473
    Likes (Given)
    467
    Likes (Received)
    3208

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Man...when one of those comes around used.....
    Quote Originally Posted by jon the art guy View Post
    Aceman, your advice was a rich tapestry of hard-fought research, blood, sweat and tears and the homespun wisdom we've all learned to expect and relish from our itinerant face-painted lunatic. I would like to award you a internet trophy for "best comment on a proco rat discussion". Let it be written in the annals of history; Aceman sure as heck helped.

  3. #3
    Cheesesteakologist phil_104's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    7,779
    Likes (Given)
    51
    Likes (Received)
    210

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    The 339 body shape is going to give you a tad less feedback, but the major difference is going to be the overall tone, which I can describe as more focused and percussive, versus a more open and airy tone in a casino or 335. It's got some of the sweetness of a hollow, but some of the weight in sound that you'd associate with a solidbody. I'd suggest trying one if possible.
    - Gibson CS ES339 - Gibson Les Paul Trad - Gibson J-200 Standard - Fender Hwy1 Strat - Gibson Captain Kirk Douglas SG - Takamine E-series Acoustic - Fender Blues Deluxe - Fender Excelsior -

  4. #4
    John Mayer's Mankini ImmortalSix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    The Commonwealth of Virginia
    Posts
    21,984
    Likes (Given)
    310
    Likes (Received)
    937

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    I have the most grohly boner right now

    edit: nm, saw that it has more output jacks than my VCR, and the thrill is gone
    Last edited by ImmortalSix; 01-05-2012 at 08:56 AM.

  5. #5
    Cheesesteakologist phil_104's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    7,779
    Likes (Given)
    51
    Likes (Received)
    210

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Quote Originally Posted by ImmortalSix View Post
    I have the most grohly boner right now

    edit: nm, saw that it has more output jacks than my VCR, and the thrill is gone
    I had to look after reading your post. Just asking; is that an EQ at the back of the guitar? If that the case, it's rather inconveniently located...
    - Gibson CS ES339 - Gibson Les Paul Trad - Gibson J-200 Standard - Fender Hwy1 Strat - Gibson Captain Kirk Douglas SG - Takamine E-series Acoustic - Fender Blues Deluxe - Fender Excelsior -

  6. #6
    Mojo's Minions 75lespaul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    New Joisey
    Age
    50
    Posts
    5,184
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    56

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Quote Originally Posted by ImmortalSix View Post
    I have the most grohly boner right now

    edit: nm, saw that it has more output jacks than my VCR, and the thrill is gone
    LOL, yeah, right? Go wireless with THAT! I still dig it.

    Quote Originally Posted by phil_104 View Post
    I had to look after reading your post. Just asking; is that an EQ at the back of the guitar? If that the case, it's rather inconveniently located...
    Yes it is. It's like a set it and forget it EQ though. It is a weird place for it though, even so.
    My songs....enjoy! (hopefully )

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...?bandID=652921
    or for older stuff too, but slower downloads
    http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp...=301569&T=7414

    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    700 watts is ok for small clubs, but when you play with a loud drummer or at a medium-large sized venue, you really need 1,500-watts at least. no one should be left alive.

  7. #7
    Gear Ho Gearjoneser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Palmdale, Ca.
    Age
    43
    Posts
    35,481
    Likes (Given)
    1
    Likes (Received)
    1911

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    In Epiphone's history, they've never made guitars better than they're doing right now in China's Gibson/Qingdao factory. Their workers seem much more skilled and the wood selection is much better than anytime in the past. The new Chinese Epi's are great. The 90's Korean ones were only OK, and the new Indonesian ones are crap.

    If you buy an Epi, pay attention to the serial number.

    DW = DeaWon
    EA = Gibson/QingDao
    EE = Gibson/QingDao
    MC = Muse
    SJ = SaeJung
    Z = Zaozhuang Saehan
    BW = China

    YYMMFF12345

    YY year
    MM month
    FF factory-code
    12345 production#

    FACTORY NUMBER CODES -- for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers
    [NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]
    11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt
    12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
    15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric
    16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic
    17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E
    18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass
    20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
    21 = Unsung, Korea
    22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)
    23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)
    I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia
    If you play guitar chest-high, you play from your heart.

    If you play guitar waist-high, you play from your guts.

    If you play guitar low, you play from your huevos.

  8. #8
    John Mayer's Mankini ImmortalSix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    The Commonwealth of Virginia
    Posts
    21,984
    Likes (Given)
    310
    Likes (Received)
    937

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    In Epiphone's history, they've never made guitars better than they're doing right now in China's Gibson/Qingdao factory. Their workers seem much more skilled and the wood selection is much better than anytime in the past. The new Chinese Epi's are great. The 90's Korean ones were only OK, and the new Indonesian ones are crap.

    If you buy an Epi, pay attention to the serial number.

    DW = DeaWon
    EA = Gibson/QingDao
    EE = Gibson/QingDao
    MC = Muse
    SJ = SaeJung
    Z = Zaozhuang Saehan
    BW = China

    YYMMFF12345

    YY year
    MM month
    FF factory-code
    12345 production#

    FACTORY NUMBER CODES -- for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers
    [NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]
    11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt
    12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
    15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric
    16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic
    17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E
    18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass
    20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
    21 = Unsung, Korea
    22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)
    23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)
    I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia

    Great info Gearjoneser, thank you!

  9. #9
    Mojo's Minions 75lespaul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    New Joisey
    Age
    50
    Posts
    5,184
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    56

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Awesome GJ, thank you! Looks like my Pro/Fx was make in Deawon or Unsung (China). It has a made in China sticker on it. When I got it, it was unplayable and sounded horrible. Tech setup and pickup swaps made it a killer axe. No Gibson mind you, but killer just the same.
    My songs....enjoy! (hopefully )

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...?bandID=652921
    or for older stuff too, but slower downloads
    http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp...=301569&T=7414

    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    700 watts is ok for small clubs, but when you play with a loud drummer or at a medium-large sized venue, you really need 1,500-watts at least. no one should be left alive.

  10. #10
    Mojo's Minions Quencho092's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Age
    26
    Posts
    3,551
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    19

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    don't like the eq and all the funky stuff, but these epi ultras are fantastic players. Very refined feel, if i needed to buy a gibby-esque guitar these would be it right now+seths
    2004 50th Anniversary Deluxe American Strat, SETH-N BRIDGE, ANT 2 SURFER MIDDLE, ANT 2 DLX MINI HUM NECK

    280K RS guitarworks volume pot, 250k cts tone pots, .047uf paper in oil Jensen aluminum capacitor, running D'addario Chromes 13's with wound g > Analogman Orange Juicer>Acoustic 200H Bass head> Alesis Picoverb> unknown 12'' JBL Orange car speaker

  11. #11
    Gear Ho Gearjoneser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Palmdale, Ca.
    Age
    43
    Posts
    35,481
    Likes (Given)
    1
    Likes (Received)
    1911

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    The main point of posting that is because I think the new 339's are Gibson/Qingdao.

    I've played a few of the new Epi 339's, and the quality was right where it should be.
    Think of it as Gibson workers making Epi's to Epiphone specs with good wood.
    If you play guitar chest-high, you play from your heart.

    If you play guitar waist-high, you play from your guts.

    If you play guitar low, you play from your huevos.

  12. #12
    Mojo's Minions 75lespaul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    New Joisey
    Age
    50
    Posts
    5,184
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    56

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    The main point of posting that is because I think the new 339's are Gibson/Qingdao.

    I've played a few of the new Epi 339's, and the quality was right where it should be.
    Think of it as Gibson workers making Epi's to Epiphone specs with good wood.
    That's good to know. I know I'm going to get one of these, I just don't know when. Six months? A year? I wonder how many they're going to make. I had an Epi Lucille a few years back that I swear had the feel of a Gibson. It sounded very good as well, but not as good as it could have, so I was about to swap pickups when finances called for a sell-off.
    My songs....enjoy! (hopefully )

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...?bandID=652921
    or for older stuff too, but slower downloads
    http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp...=301569&T=7414

    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    700 watts is ok for small clubs, but when you play with a loud drummer or at a medium-large sized venue, you really need 1,500-watts at least. no one should be left alive.

  13. #13
    Tone Member Sykes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Age
    49
    Posts
    288
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Does that serial number stuff apply to all Epi's or just the 339?
    I've got a Lp Epi s/n U6091386. No idea.................
    Bridge pups: Full Shred-Custom-DD
    Neck pups: '59-Aph1-DD

  14. #14
    Mojo's Minions ItsaBass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    U.S.A.
    Posts
    8,533
    Likes (Given)
    500
    Likes (Received)
    1059

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    I'd change "in Epiphone's history" to "in Epiphone's post-USA history." Before they moved overseas, their guitars were made by the same people who made Gibsons, and they are exactly the same quality. Take a Casino and a 330, or a 345/355 and a Sheraton, or a Melody Maker and an Olympic, and put them side by side, and the only differences are slight cosmetic things, and perhaps some features (e.g. mini hums on the Sheraton vs. regular HBs on the 345/355). Construction quality is identical. And before Gibson bought them, they were highly respectable in their own right.
    Last edited by ItsaBass; 01-08-2012 at 04:33 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    Yogi Berra was correct.
    Quote Originally Posted by JOLLY View Post
    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

  15. #15
    High Voltologist Wattage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Rocky Point, NY
    Posts
    11,132
    Likes (Given)
    37
    Likes (Received)
    231

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    So what factory is "10"?

  16. #16
    Administrator Scott_F's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    The Republic of Texas
    Age
    53
    Posts
    1,624
    Likes (Given)
    48
    Likes (Received)
    287

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    In Epiphone's history, they've never made guitars better than they're doing right now in China's Gibson/Qingdao factory. Their workers seem much more skilled and the wood selection is much better than anytime in the past. The new Chinese Epi's are great. The 90's Korean ones were only OK, and the new Indonesian ones are crap.

    If you buy an Epi, pay attention to the serial number.

    DW = DeaWon
    EA = Gibson/QingDao
    EE = Gibson/QingDao
    MC = Muse
    SJ = SaeJung
    Z = Zaozhuang Saehan
    BW = China

    YYMMFF12345

    YY year
    MM month
    FF factory-code
    12345 production#

    FACTORY NUMBER CODES -- for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers
    [NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]
    11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt
    12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
    15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric
    16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic
    17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E
    18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass
    20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
    21 = Unsung, Korea
    22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)
    23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)
    I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia

    Which ever group built those Casinos I tried a while back should all be shot. Never had a worse experience on 4 different samples of the same model. Complete lack of attention to some very important details, no chance of intonation, warped pick guard. I'll never even consider a non-Japanese Epiphone again. And, I had a very OPEN mind to it when I was buying and returning.


    www.CelticAmplifiers.com

    When I'm posting here, I'm not picking or soldering.

  17. #17
    Mojo's Minions blueman335's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    15,739
    Likes (Given)
    578
    Likes (Received)
    465

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    I've been impressed by the Chinese Epi's I've seen and own. I prefer them to Koreans.

  18. #18
    Mojo's Minions 75lespaul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    New Joisey
    Age
    50
    Posts
    5,184
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    56

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Wow. Even if I had the dough for it, it wouldn't matter; they aren't shipping any more until May 28th! The other colors are all still available.
    My songs....enjoy! (hopefully )

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...?bandID=652921
    or for older stuff too, but slower downloads
    http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp...=301569&T=7414

    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    700 watts is ok for small clubs, but when you play with a loud drummer or at a medium-large sized venue, you really need 1,500-watts at least. no one should be left alive.

  19. #19
    High Voltologist Wattage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Rocky Point, NY
    Posts
    11,132
    Likes (Given)
    37
    Likes (Received)
    231

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Saw one at Ash the other day which I meant to say in my other post. They had it right next to a Pelham Dot and 2 Pelham LP Jr's, flavor of the month I guess. Good choice IMO.

    $799 for an Epi is starting to get a little spendy for my thinking but it was very nice.
    Last edited by Wattage; 01-10-2012 at 06:25 AM.

  20. #20
    Super Toneologist SamusChief's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    The Dena, MD
    Age
    19
    Posts
    1,028
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default Re: Epiphone Ultra-339 in Pelham Blue has me gaaaaaasin'

    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    In Epiphone's history, they've never made guitars better than they're doing right now in China's Gibson/Qingdao factory. Their workers seem much more skilled and the wood selection is much better than anytime in the past. The new Chinese Epi's are great. The 90's Korean ones were only OK, and the new Indonesian ones are crap.

    If you buy an Epi, pay attention to the serial number.

    DW = DeaWon
    EA = Gibson/QingDao
    EE = Gibson/QingDao
    MC = Muse
    SJ = SaeJung
    Z = Zaozhuang Saehan
    BW = China

    YYMMFF12345

    YY year
    MM month
    FF factory-code
    12345 production#

    FACTORY NUMBER CODES -- for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers
    [NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]
    11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt
    12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
    15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric
    16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic
    17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E
    18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass
    20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
    21 = Unsung, Korea
    22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)
    23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)
    I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia
    I saved this as a .txt because of how useful it is. Thanks a ton for the info!
    Quote Originally Posted by jmh151 View Post
    I'd hit that so hard that whoever could pull me out would be the King of England
    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    like if we were walking down the sidewalk and you said "hey check her out" chances are i already saw her and mentally sodomized her
    Quote Originally Posted by grumptruck View Post
    Media only reports on what the sheeple wanna see/hear/read.
    Sometimes not read.
    dats hard

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •