My unmodded Epiphone ES-339
Band practice has taken priority over blogging last few weeks, need to rectify that, starting now.
It’s not easy to find info about modding specific guitars, and I recall searching for info on what pups to use from a forum thread on 335s and 339s. And my original post generated comments from others searching for info (thanks for commenting, btw!!).
Well, the experiment worked very well. As noted in the earlier post, here are the mods:
- New bridge (Gotoh Nickel Tunematic; #GB-0525-001)
- New tuners (Grover, stock from Rudy’s NYC)
- New nut (made by Rudy’s NYC)
- New pickups (Seymour Duncan Seth Lover Humbuckers)
What a difference in tone — creamy, strong, edgy when you need it, especially with two volume knobs, you can crank the treble and the volume does not go up to much if the bass stays where it was, sweet.
Not sure what difference the bridge makes, but the techs say it is huge. Same with the nut. Then two weeks ago, in a fit of laziness, and because I’m inept at changing strings, I had Guitar Center take the Grover tuners out and put in self-locking tunes from Planet Waves. Whew, a relief.
Overall, I’m loving the Epi 339 with the mods. Makes it feel like a unique guitar of sorts.
Not sure how much was spent on all the mods, but I think it was an extra grand so it tripled the cost of the ES 339. The guitar has now become a part of my new band’s act. Easier to bring two guitars than try to change tunings, so I use the red 339 for one song only, tune it to open G, use a capo at the fourth fret and wail on Thorn in My Pride (Black Crowes)!
New Gotoh bridge