#1
Ok so... disclosure...I know nothing about guitars! with that said, i've been playing the ukulele for a while, an Epiphone Less Paul...and now I want to mingle with the big brother! So not knowing anything about guitars I've done some research and staying somewhat loyal to the brand I was looking at the ES-339 Pro, the ES-339 Pro P90 and the Casino Coupe. So the question is, knowing what you know now (assuming you do know something ) as a beginner which one of these would you go for?

I read some of the comments and have learned a bit from my research. I guess from the functionality purpose the 339 Pro would give me the most flexibility (in the sense of different combinations of tones) and from the "acoustic" point of view the Casino Coupe would be the more resonant but the 339 P90 is the least expensive of the three (at least thats what I have found)

So for you guys with experience, which one would you go with and recommend to a beginner. I understand there are many options but don't want to get into the .."why not this other or that" so lets say for this discussion these are the only models in the guitar universe ;-)
#2
I personally would tend to gravitate more towards P90's in a hollow body; that would rule the 339 pro out for me. Purely on looks, I'd get the Casino Coupe.

But, what I'd advise you most of all is to go to a shop that stocks them all and play them, plug them in and see and hear for yourself which you like more. Me liking P90's over humbuckers in a hollow body doesn't mean anything if you don't and it's what you like best (both in sound and playability) that really matters.
#3
Well, without info about what kind of amp you're using (or if you even have one), what kind of music you're playing, what kind of settings you're going to be playing in, and what kind of sound you're after I'm gonna say....It's personal preference.

It's one thing to say, "Hey, I'm doing this, that, and the other, my budget is such and such and I'm trying to choose between these options I've zeroed in on. What kind of insight can you folks provide?" Then a rational discourse can begin. With this kind of thread you're just asking us to rate 3 guitars with no standards to go off of. Really any opinion we can offer at this point is basically meaningless.

We could point out huge glaring problems if they did exist, but there aren't any glaring flaws or reasons to avoid or buy one of those guitars, in my opinion.

That was a kind of a long winded way of saying we need more info, but I'm bored.

Budget
Genres of music you're playing/what kind of tone are you after
Rough geographic location (for pricing and availability)
What kind of playing you're doing (gigging, bedroom, silent practice)
Whether or not you are willing to buy used gear
What kind of gear you already own.
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Last edited by Kevin Saale at Jan 15, 2016,
#4
Quote by Kevin Saale
Well, without info about what kind of amp you're using (or if you even have one), what kind of music you're playing, what kind of settings you're going to be playing in, and what kind of sound you're after I'm gonna say....It's personal preference.

It's one thing to say, "Hey, I'm doing this, that, and the other, my budget is such and such and I'm trying to choose between these options I've zeroed in on. What kind of insight can you folks provide?" Then a rational discourse can begin. With this kind of thread you're just asking us to rate 3 guitars with no standards to go off of. Really any opinion we can offer at this point is basically meaningless.

We could point out huge glaring problems if they did exist, but there aren't any glaring flaws or reasons to avoid or buy one of those guitars, in my opinion.

That was a kind of a long winded way of saying we need more info, but I'm bored.

Budget
Genres of music you're playing/what kind of tone are you after
Rough geographic location (for pricing and availability)
What kind of playing you're doing (gigging, bedroom, silent practice)
Whether or not you are willing to buy used gear
What kind of gear you already own.



Ha ha, I can see you are bored ;-). Fair enough...so lets give you a bit more info; At the time I just have a Fender 15G that I use with the Ukulele and its plenty loud for in home use which will be the same with the guitar at least at the beginning. The idea is to start playing around with it maybe take some classes at the local music store or even use Rocksmith with it, you get the idea.

As far as type of music it would probably be on the Roc&Roll vive (who doesn't want to be Marty McFly shredding Johnny B Goode), some blues and Jazz. If I could play something like this in the future I've be more than happy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDVRae_Vy6w


I do like Rock but would be more like the classics from Led Zeppellin, AC/DC, Dire Strait, the eagles, etc.
#5
I guess I missed this part...

Budget; Around $400 or so

Genres of music you're playing/what kind of tone are you after; Read above

Rough geographic location (for pricing and availability); Tampa Bay Fl

What kind of playing you're doing (gigging, bedroom, silent practice); Mostly for personal pleasure and jamming amongst friends.

Whether or not you are willing to buy used gear; Yes on used, there are a couple of offers on Craigs List locally on my price range.

What kind of gear you already own.; Just the Fender Frontman 15G
#6
My preference would be for the 339, especially if you are wanting to do Zeppelin and AC/DC rock, the humbuckers will be great, the 339 also has coil splitting giving you another layer of versatility that the P90s can't offer.
#7
The ES-339 Pro with humbucking type Alnico coil tapped pickups and Push/Pull Volume Pots' knobs have a broader pallette of tones than you will get from the P90s. The ES-339 body is also appreciably smaller than the Casino body style.

Depending on the Epiphone Les Paul you have, you may already be enjoying Epiphone's exceptional Probucker pickups with coil tapping push pull knobs. Unfortunately Epiphone has not yet updated the ES-339 Pro with the Probucker pickups. I hope they do so soon.

Two more Epiphone semi-hollow guitar models to consider albeit a bit more expensive are the Les Paul Florentine Pro and the Sheraton-II Pro. Each has the coil tapped Probuckers and sounds terrific!

If you like the sound of the P90's, as many do, the ES-339 P90 Pro is a great way to go. The Epiphone WildKat also has the P-90's, has a Bigsby setup and is of similar size to ES-339s!
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Epi LP Florentine Pro●LP Cstm Pros●LP PlusTop Pro●Sheraton-II Pro
Cstm Strat Vntg Noiseless●Guild D-55
So Creek Cables●BOSS RC-1●RS7500
D'Addario Strings●Vari-Grip●Planet Lock Straps
#8
Quote by I K0nijn I
I personally would tend to gravitate more towards P90's in a hollow body; that would rule the 339 pro out for me. Purely on looks, I'd get the Casino Coupe.

But, what I'd advise you most of all is to go to a shop that stocks them all and play them, plug them in and see and hear for yourself which you like more. Me liking P90's over humbuckers in a hollow body doesn't mean anything if you don't and it's what you like best (both in sound and playability) that really matters.

This would be exactly my answer.I'm actually fancying a Casino atm.
#9
Quote by MusicLaw
The ES-339 Pro with humbucking type Alnico coil tapped pickups and Push/Pull Volume Pots' knobs have a broader pallette of tones than you will get from the P90s. The ES-339 body is also appreciably smaller than the Casino body style.

Depending on the Epiphone Les Paul you have, you may already be enjoying Epiphone's exceptional Probucker pickups with coil tapping push pull knobs. Unfortunately Epiphone has not yet updated the ES-339 Pro with the Probucker pickups. I hope they do so soon.

Two more Epiphone semi-hollow guitar models to consider albeit a bit more expensive are the Les Paul Florentine Pro and the Sheraton-II Pro. Each has the coil tapped Probuckers and sounds terrific!

If you like the sound of the P90's, as many do, the ES-339 P90 Pro is a great way to go. The Epiphone WildKat also has the P-90's, has a Bigsby setup and is of similar size to ES-339s!


AFAIK, the Casino Coupe is the same size as a 339.
#10
Quote by I K0nijn I
AFAIK, the Casino Coupe is the same size as a 339.
Yup! See: http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Electrics/Archtop/Casino-Coupe.aspx

I look fwd to whenever Epiphone fits those size bodies with the ProBuckers!
Mustang v2 III/IV●EXP-1●FUSE●REMUDA●Yamaha THR10C
Epi LP Florentine Pro●LP Cstm Pros●LP PlusTop Pro●Sheraton-II Pro
Cstm Strat Vntg Noiseless●Guild D-55
So Creek Cables●BOSS RC-1●RS7500
D'Addario Strings●Vari-Grip●Planet Lock Straps
#12
Of the three, I suppose I would end up with the 339 with the humbuckers.
My first guitar was a Gibson 335 with humbuckers.
Nothing amiss with P90's; most recent guitar purchase was a P90 machine.

The 339-series guitars (including the Casino Coupe) were added to the Epi and Gibson lines after the AM series of Ibanez. I have an Ibanez AM205, over 25 years old now, that's a better guitar than the current Gibson/Epi offerings. The AM93 would correspond to the guitars you're looking at.