Epiphone Tom Delonge Signature ES-333 Guitar Detail Specs And Reviews
Tom Delounge is an American musician, author, and entrepreneur. He is the guitarist and one of the two lead vocalists for the American alternative band Blink-182 as well as the guitarist and lead vocalist for the alternative band Angels & Airwaves. In 2003, Delonge began a signature guitar contract with Gibson. The first prototype guitar featured a satin brown finish but had bright orange racing stripes instead of the more commonly seen cream. The intention of the guitar was to be a simple, durable and fashionable modern ES-335 / 333 Gibson.
Epiphone currently offers a Chinese-made, lower priced version of the guitar with all the same specs (minus locking tuners). The production version features the standard satin brown with cream stripes. The Epiphone Tom Delonge Signature ES-333 is built to the exact specifications of Blink-182’s guitarist, Tom Delonge. This cool new archtop combines semi-hollowbody design with the raw power of a USA-made Gibson Dirty Fingers humbucker pickup in a one-of-a-kind signature model. Let’s see what the detail specs of this guitar.
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||SlimTaper “D” Profile
||rosewood with pearloid “dot” inlays
||Gibson USA Dirty Fingers humbucker
||1-volume “Cream Speed Knob”
This guitar is a semi-hollow body. The body is made of arched, laminated wood, with the exterior and interior laminations being made of maple with 2 f-hole. There is features a mahogany center block in the body, to which the top and bottom, and neck are attached for robust sustain. It has a Standard Gibson style hollow-body shape with a matching cream single binding is set around the edges of the top and the back.
It features a 1960’s slim-taper neck, but its still bigger than a Strat neck. The neck is one baulk of mahogany, joined at the 17th fret and the unique and instantly recognizable Tom Delonge “paintjob” featuring an eye-catching cream-colored racing stripe down the center of it’s brown gloss finished body makes a bold statement. It is not a very husky neck, and it feels like a slim 60’s profile to me. On the neck it has 22 medium jumbo frets on a rosewood fretboard with a one ply-binding. The fretboard is adorned with Dot inlays and the neck has a 24-3/4″ scale length.
Aside from the head-turning color-scheme, all the electronics are passive, and it features one lone volume control potentiometer, topped with a matching cream knob. The real horsepower is under the hood and powered by one Humbucker pick-up. But it’s not just any solitary Humbucker mind you! As Tom Delonge prefers for himself, this semi-hollowbody has one super-HOT Gibson USA Dirtyfingers Humbucker pickup right there at the bridge for sound that’s guaranteed to cut through. Its a monster, and has massive output. It has a great dirty crunch more akin to old rock records than todays over processed, over compressed hard rock sound. Turn it down with the lone volume knob and turn your amp up for a clean, vintage tone, with a hearty breath of smoke. It sounds so good. It has so much more clarity and volume and a much wider sound.
It also features chrome hardware including premium 16:1 ratio Grover machine heads for superior tuning stability and accuracy. Also included as standard equipment on the Epiphone Delonge Signature ES-333 are Epiphone’s exclusive LockTone locking Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. This is a slight redesign of the classic Gibson set-up that includes little springy clamps to fit around the posts so that everything does not fall apart during string changes. When everything is assembled the appearance is the same as before.
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Overall the guitars tone is pretty sweet. It’s a rich sound, and the bite out of it is really tasty. Of course, this was built for the kind of music Tom makes, but that doesn’t mean it’s a one trick pony. This guitar is the best guitar for mostly punk/emo/screamo. You get a rich sound when you have distortion on it and you get a nice smooth tone when you play it clean. Comes with a nice hardshell fitted case. Strap buttons are good but, would replace with strap locks if you’re playing shows. Because the strap tends to slip off because of the strap button location behind the guitar. The price of Epiphone Tom Delonge Signature ES-333 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar is about $499,00
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