Epiphone TV Pelham Blue Comparison

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Now in Pelham Blue

Epiphone’s been laboring away on more than just a new Thunderhorse. Coming in June of 2013 is the limited edition of TV Pelham Blue guitars. Epiphone was even nice enough to make one of each of their most famous models, so we’ll have a new Firebird, a Les Paul, an SG, an ES-355, an ES-339, and an even an EB-3 bass for the treble-free musicians out there. For your convenience we’ve plopped all five guitar models side by side to see what they have in common and what sets them apart from the others. The results might shock you… or they might not. It just sounds more dramatic to say they might… so be ready for anything.

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Les Paul Custom ProSG Custom with MaestroES-355ES-339Firebird Studio
Les Paul Custom Pro
SG Custom with Maestro

ES-355
ES-339
Firebird Studio
Price: 549Price: 449Price: 699Price: 399Price: 549
Body: Maple veneer top wood with a mahogany bodyBody: MahoganyBody: Laminated maple top and bodyBody: Laminated maple top and bodyBody: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany set neck with a 1960s SlimTaper shape. 22 fret rosewod fretboard with Pearloid block inlaysNeck: Mahogany set neck with a 1960s SlimTaper shape. 22 fret rosewod fretboard with Pearloid block inlaysNeck: Mahogany set neck with a 1960s SlimTaper shape. 22 fret rosewod fretboard with Pearloid block inlaysNeck: Mahogany set neck with a 1960s SlimTaper shape. 22 fret rosewod fretboard with Pearloid dot inlaysNeck: Mahogany set neck with a 1960s SlimTaper shape. 22 fret rosewod fretboard with Pearloid dot inlays
Headstock: Clipped-ear Dovewing a split diamond inlayHeadstock: Clipped-ear Dovewing with a split diamond inlayHeadstock: Clipped-ear Dovewing with a split diamond inlayHeadstock: Sloped Dovewing with the vintage Epiphone logo and a pineapple inlayHeadstock: Reverse Firebird
Scale: 24.75”Scale: 24.75”Scale: 24.75”Scale: 24.75”Scale: 24.75”
Radius: 12”Radius: 12”Radius: 12”Radius: 12”Radius: 12”
Pickups:
Neck: Epiphone ProBucker-2,
Bridge:Epiphone ProBucker-3
Pickups: Neck: Epiphone ProBucker-2, Bridge:Epiphone ProBucker-3Pickups: Two Alnico Classic HumbuckersPickups: Two Alnico Classic PRO HumbuckersPickups: Neck: Alnico Classic humbucker Bridge: Alnico Classic Plus humbucker
Electronics: Two volume knobs with push/pull coil tapping, two tone knobs, and a three way toggleElectronics: Two volume knobs with push/pull coil tapping, two tone knobs, and a three way toggleElectronics: Two volume knobs, two tone knobs, and a three way toggleElectronics: Two volume knobs with push/pull coil tapping, one master tone knob, and a three way toggleElectronics: Two volume knobs, two tone knobs, and a three way toggle
Hardware: Black tophat knobs with silver inserts, nickel LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, nickel LockTone stopbar, and Grover Rotomatic tunersHardware: Black tophat knobs with silver inserts, nickel LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, Maestro vibrato, and Grover Rotomatic tunersHardware: Black tophat knobs with silver inserts, nickel LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, Bigsby vibrato, and Grover Rotomatic tunersHardware: Black tophat knobs with silver inserts, nickel LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, Bigsby vibrato, and Wilkinson tunersHardware: Black tophat knobs with silver inserts, nickel LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, nickel LockTone stopbar, and Steinberger Gearless tuners

EB-3 Bass

Just to round things off and offer some insights on the EB-3. Its body and neck are both mahogany with a rosewood fretboard featuring Pearloid trapezoid inlays. It also uses a sloped Dovewing headstock with the vintage Epiphone logo and that stylish pineapple inlay. The electronics include two volume knobs, a master tone knob, and a three way toggle switch; and by those powers you can toy with the tone of the Mini Bass humbucker in the bridge position and the Sidewinder Bass humbucker in the neck position. As far as the hardware goes it uses premium open bass tuners and a three-point adjustable bridge. The EB-3 holds a price of $299.


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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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