Earlier in the year I bought an Epihone Les Paul Custom Pro and was amazed by its quality. I've been hankering after a Gibson 339 for a while but looking at all the negative comments about Gibson build quality I decided to try the Epiphone too and today had the opportunity to try them side by side. The build of the Gibson really surprised me. You would think a guitar costing so much more than the other would be miles ahead in build quality but it really wasn't. I actually preferred the Epiphone and having bought it and got it home it really plays great. There's a great review of the Epihone on YouTube by an American guy not connected with the company and I agree with him....this is a great guitar.