Are Chinese copy guitars any good?

Just because a guitar is Chinese made does not mean it is poor quality. Far from it. The factories these guitars come out of have quality control and that is something many of the knock off outfits don’t have. I have seen and tried a fair few Chinese replica guitars in my time.

Are Gibsons made in China?

No. At present, all authentic guitars that have ever borne the Gibson brand name were made in the United States of America. That said, there are guitars made for Gibson’s sub-brands like Epiphone and Kramer that are made in China. But those guitars do not carry the Gibson brand name.

How much does a Gibson ES-335 cost?

The ES-335 is not a cheap guitar, scoring anywhere from $1,350 to $30,000 depending on the year, finish, and specs.

Where are Gibson ES-335 made?

Gibson Nashville
The ES-335 is currently manufactured at the Gibson Nashville facility. It was also produced at Gibson Memphis from 2000 until 2019, when the Memphis facility was closed.

Where is the Gibson USA factory?

The Gibson USA factory in Nashville takes care of the solid-body builds (Les Paul, SG, Explorer, Firebird, etc).

What makes the Gibson ES-335 unique?

Just as the Strat created a universal template for a versatile solid body guitar, the ES-335 did the same for semi-hollow guitars. First produced in 1958, the 335 was game-changing in taking the benefits of hollowbody construction (resonant, woody tone) and eliminating the drawbacks (vulnerability to feedback).

How much does a 335 guitar cost?

While the market for 335-style guitars is tiered, just as it is for Strats, the price gaps between the tiers are much wider. A genuine made-in-Memphis ES-335 is a lot less financially accessible than an American-made Stratocaster, on the order of $1600 versus $700 when looking at the most affordable used specimens.

Are modern Epiphones made by Gibson?

Modern Epiphones claim to be nothing more than Eastern built Gibson style guitars – made under licence. What I object to is those guitars that appear branded as Gibson, but in quality and playability and tonality are no where close to what they claim to be.

What makes a Gibson Memphis so great?

Greatness exists at the margins, and this is where the Memphis models shine. The longer you play it and push its abilities, the more you get it. Analogous to Fender’s Squier Stratocasters, the Epiphone Dot is Gibson’s own made-in-Asia model for those looking for an affordable 335.