What's my next guitar? A semi-hollow question.

Discussion in 'Epiphone Guitars' started by Davis Sharp, Apr 7, 2021.

ES-339 or Uptown Kat

  1. ES-339

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  2. Uptown Kat

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  1. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    I've been looking for a small-bodied, semi-hollow with humbuckers. I thought it would be an ES-339, but but then I saw the Uptown Kat. Damn you Epiphone for giving me choices.

    So yes, the answer is to go play them both. But what are your experiences? How would you describe the minibuckers compared to regular sized?

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  2. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker

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    If €pi made the Uptown in Black I'd already own one.....
     
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    I'd probably go for the Uptown as well. I like the mini-hums. I prefer the slim taper C neck to the rounded C on the 339 but both are quite comfortable to me.
     
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    mini's in a semi hollow are great. To me, they are way more useful than in a solid body. Unless the mini is a firebird pickup.

    but both should be pretty great. Probably More of a pronounced es vibe with the Kat, and the trapeze tailpiece.
     
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  6. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    The red Les Paul ES is gorgeous, but it's in Malaysia and roughly $1000 US. So that's not an option. The other is in Switzerland. Also not an option.
     
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    Played a WildKat and didn't like it. Traded for the Casino instead. How much different the Uptown Kat is I can't say but I do like my ES339 P90 and also liked the ES339 Pro before it.
     
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    I really regret letting this beauty go.....

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    I have a Casino, and my personal opinion on trapeze bridges is that they must just exist for nostalgia, because there isn't a thing I like about them, other than their looks. They're noisy, cumbersome, and make string changes slightly more of a chore.

    I'd much rather have a 339 with minis and block inlays. (Or clearly an LP ES or Florentine) Ooooor, what I actually play which is the PRS SE Hollowbody.
     
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    That trapeze ring is a big part of the casino's sound. If there was a better way to anchor the strings on a casino I'd probably be down for it.
     
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    That’s a really thought call. I would have to find a store with both and try them back to back. Both are fantastic guitars.
     
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    Yes. I'll have to do that. I'm very curious about the minibuckers on the Kat. But @The Convert has a point about the trapeze tailpiece. I understand why it's on a hollow body, but not why it would be on a semi-hollow, unless the center block doesn't go all the way to the end.
     
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    I've never had any problems with trapeze tailpieces. Apparently some do. Some don't like Frequensators, wrap-around stoptails, string-through bodies or Bigsbys either.

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    What ? Rounded C on the 339 ? Where did you see that ? Epiphone says 1960's SlimTaper™ D-shape. If it had a C shape, I would have been lurking for one fo'sure.
     
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    Epi might make an attempt at making neck profile issues more consistent and less confusing. Seems you may have to actually play one to know exactly what you're getting on what model.

    The thread about my friend Neil's Casino is an example. Both MIC; mine a 2012, his a 2014. Same natural finish. Two totally different neck profiles. Mine is deeper and more rounded. His is shallower with more shoulder and a very flat spine.
     
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    the new 339's all have pretty full rounded C neck profiles. I've handled maybe 10-15 of them. all have been pretty consistent. same with the new 335's.

    They put trapeze tailpieces on semi or solid guitars for what it brings to the guitar. Extra string "ring". Lower break angle at the saddles, longer string length after the saddle break.

    The longer the string from anchor to bridge break: the wider the intonation zone and the bendier the strings feel. 10's might feel more like 9's etc.
     
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    I'm not sure I understand "intonation zone."
     
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    The Physics reasons are beyond me.

    But the longer the string after the bridge break point to it's final anchor the wider the zone for intonation. As in...it'll be easier to set the intonation, because the "sweet spot" where the string is properly intoned will be wider on the travel path of the bridge saddle.
     
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    When you say "new" can you be more precise on dating? Are we talking 2020 models only or from some point in the past forward? Maybe Epi is getting more consistent.

    For example my ES339 P90 Pro is a 2019. That neck profile is less rounded than my 2012 Casino although not as shallow or flat along the spine as my friends 2014 Casino.
     
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    Sorry, new as in, the new headstock. The new headstock guitars have the C shaped profile. it's a stark shift, and a seemingly fairly uniform one.
     
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