Tom DeLonge Signature ES-333 review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (157 votes)
Epiphone: Tom DeLonge Signature ES-333
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Price paid: $ 500

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 9
I play a lot of punk, and alternative, mostly my own stuff. But I've covered everything from muse to dashboard confessional with this. Obviously it plays Blink-182 and Angels And Airwaves easily. I use a Crate amp, and have a DigiTech RP-250 or 200, not too sure. I can make all sorts of awesome sounds, and the guitar is able to handle them all easily. Even with a direct feed into the amp it sounds very nice. Also the guitar is semi-hollow, so you can go without an amp. However, it's a little noisy, since its a semi hollow.

Overall Impression — 9
I play a mixture of punk, space, and alternative rock. This guitar feels made for what I play, I've been playing 19 months now, and this guitar helped make me a lot better. If someone stole this guitar, I would buy another one, simply cause of the uniqueness that signature models have. What I love: The finish, the action, the shape, f holes, semi-hollow, the thin neck, grover tuners, and pick-up. What I hate: my strap has trouble staying on, its got a bit of feedback. I was either going to buy this or a Fender Jaguar. I chose this because it was 200$ cheaper, and the guitar seems very unused by most people. Its the best guitar I've had, and that I've played, and is perfect for someone who wants a different guitar, that still rocks.

Reliability & Durability — 8
It is a very light guitar, surprisingly, given it's size. Also, since it has one pick-up and knob, little can go wrong with the guitar, and for the 10 months I've had it, nothing has. My strap is very heavy for a strap, and it does tend to fall of when I'm sitting, or if I put the guitar behind my back. However, it does not fall off when I'm just standing and playing. I wouldn't use a back-up guitar bringing this one, and if I did, it would just be another ES-333. My only negative comment on this is the finish, since it is fairly matte, I can see the matte finsih wearing off and becoming shiny.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action is the best I've ever had on a guitar. Nice and low. The pick-up was ready to go, as was everything else. The only problem would be the grover tuner on the g-string, although even that is better than other guitars I've played. The Finish was perfect, no smudges or scratches, and no other flaws were noticed.

Features — 8
Made in China, 22 medium Jumbo frets with a laminated maple/birch top. I like the size of the frets, but wish there were 24, the neck is pretty skinny, which I like. The Finish is brown, with a cream stripe running down the middle. Its very unique, and I haven't seen any brown guitars other than this. It's basically an ES-335 with a Locktone Tune-o-matic bridge and stop bar tail piece. Also it has grover tuners that lock, my G string (ha) likes to drop a little low, but the rest stay in tune a long time. It only has a volume control, which is all I need, the rest I use the pedals I have for. The big thing it has is a Gibson Dirty Fingers pickup. It has just one, but it sounds great, and really accepts effects.

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