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Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid

Reasons to Get
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 over Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid

Decorative Top
5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Release Year
2023 vs 2020
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs XL Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Pickup Mods
Multiple vs None
Body Type
Semi-Hollow vs Solid Body
Lighter and allows more gain than a hollowbody
Volume Knobs
2 vs 1
More volume control
Tone Knobs
2 vs 0
More tone control
Nut Width
1.693'' (43mm) vs 1.654'' (42mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Scale Length
24.75'' (628.7mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone
Pickups Power
Passive vs Active
Cleaner sound and no battery needed

Reasons to Get
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid over Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335

Country of Manufacturing
South Korea vs China
Built with higher quality standards
Fret Material
Stainless Steel vs Nickel Silver
Best fret material that will last forever
Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
XL Jumbo vs Medium Jumbo
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Compound Radius
12" to 16" vs 12"
Balanced playability for chords and single-notes
Pickups Brand
Fishman vs None
Pickups from a renown brand
Neck Joint
Neck-Through vs Set
Stronger neck and easier access to upper frets
Body Type
Solid Body vs Semi-Hollow
Feedback free
Number of Frets
24 vs 22
Allows to reach higher notes
Nut Width
1.654'' (42mm) vs 1.693'' (43mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Luminescent Sidedots
Yes vs None
Assists you when playing in dark environments
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 24.75'' (628.7mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone
Pickups Power
Active vs Passive
More output
Value Score
78 vs 75
Better price/quality relationship

Other Key Differences
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid

Bridge Pickup
Alnico Classic PRO vs Fishman Fluence Keith Merrow Humbucker
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Alnico Classic PRO vs Fishman Fluence Keith Merrow Humbucker
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Flame Maple vs Mahogany
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Mahogany vs Maple
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Laurel vs Maple
Different Fretboard Wood
Nut Material
Ivory Tusq vs Compensated
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid

Headstock
3-3
Same Headstock
Strings
6
Same playing style
Switch Positions
3
Same pickups versatility
Pickups
HH
High output without hum
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Fixed
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Neck Profile Type
C
Comfortable neck that works for most people

Common Strengths

  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality Nut
  • High-Quality Frets
  • Expensive Wood

Common Weaknesses

  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

Price History Comparison

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Which One is Better for Beginners?

The Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 meets only 5. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

New Player Friendliness

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

New Player Friendliness

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Narrow nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Short scale

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Sound Quality Comparison

The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

Woods Used in Both

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany

Mahogany is a fairly rare wood nowadays. It's used mostly for bodies due to its relatively lightweight. Gibson popularized it with their Les Paul guitars during their golden years, so this wood has a lot of good reputation behind it. The most expensive type comes from South America and it's still used by Gibson even today. Find out more about Mahogany.

Woods Used in the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335

Laurel wood pattern used for guitar building
Laurel
Flame Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Flame Maple

There are many types of Laurel, but East Indian is the most common for guitar building. Its color can vary from dark to light brown with black lines. Many people find its tonality similar to Rosewood, which favors the warmer frequencies. Find out more about Laurel.

This wood has beautiful patterns only found in specific types of maple.

Woods Used in the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America. Find out more about Maple.

Winner: Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335.

Pickup Configuration

Both pickup configurations are HH. Double Humbucker (HH) is the choice for people who want a fuller, more round sound with tons of mids and lows. Humbuckers also get rid of the hum noise that plague single-coil pickups. They can work out for almost any genre going from Djent to even Jazz.

Pickups Quality

The Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid pickups from a more specialized brand than the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335. Its pickups should give you a fuller, richer sound, although it all depends on what type of music you're going to play. We recommend these pickups for Heavy Metal and similar genres.

The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's pickups are Passive while the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid's are Active.

Passive pickups are what most guitars use. These have a normal output that works well for most genres. However, Active pickups are the preferred choice of heavy metal players because they offer extra output thanks to their 9v battery, which results in a heavier, more distorted sound. Bear in mind that achieving a completely clean tone with them won't be easy. So if you want to also use clean tones, you might want to avoid Active pickups.

Winner: Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid.

Versatility Comparison

Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

Both are equal when it comes to the pickup switching option.

Only the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 comes with some kind of pickup modification: Coil Split, Phase Out.

Coil Split lets you disconnect one of the pickup coils. When used with humbuckers, it turns them into single-coil with lower output and cleaner tone.

When the Phase Out option is activated, the pickups will ''work against each other'', meaning that they will cancel out their shared frequencies. The result is a very thin sound, instead of a full, rich tone. This is an interesting sound for genres like reggae or funk and has also been used in classic Hard Rock.

The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 doesn't come with pickup switching options.

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid's switch options

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
Pickups 60
Sustain 75
Versatility 68
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 71
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid
Pickups 85
Sustain 85
Versatility 47
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 74

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 compares to the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid.

Country of Origin

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 is built in China while the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid is made in South Korea.

China has a bad reputation when it comes to building quality. However, times have changed and now respectable brands use China's cheap labor to build good instruments for a lower price. Don't discount a guitar only because it was built in China, but also expect more quality from countries like Korea.

South Korea was for many years the number one choice for mass-producing semi-premium guitars. They can build excellent guitars for a cheap price. Now, it's less common to find Korean guitars because Indonesia has proved capable of building guitars just as well, but likely for cheaper.

Winner: Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid

Nut Material

If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 has a Ivory Tusq nut. Ivory used to be considered the best material for guitar nuts due to its beauty, durability, and the rich harmonics and sustain you could get from a guitar with it. However, the way to obtain it is simply unethical. Enter TUSQ ivory nuts, which are made synthetically to imitate ivory. Technically, it's better than ivory because it is consistent piece-to-piece, while natural materials can vary a lot, even if they're made from the same.

On the other hand, the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid comes with a Compensated nut. Each hole where the string sits at the nut is cut at a different distance from the bridge, which compensates for the different amount of tension that each string is subject to. This fixes most intonation issues across the fretboard, so it gives great tuning stability.

Winner: Tie.

Fret Material

Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

In this comparison, the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid is the only one that has stainless steel frets. These frets will basically last for the entire life of the guitar. They will never need polishing nor replacement. And not only that, but some people also notice that bending and vibratos are much easier to perform when they upgrade to stainless steel.

Winner: Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid.

Bridge

The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

Both come with a similar bridge: Fixed. It's a simple bridge that is very beginner-friendly since it doesn't require any set-up. You can swap strings easily. It might also give more sustain since it doesn't have complex moving parts that make the strings lose vibration. However, it doesn't have the same versatility as a tremolo bridge.

Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

They both have locking tuners. They'll help to keep your guitar in tune because they allow you to tune it without wrapping the strings around the posts. This avoids variations in the tuning due to the strings changing position at the post after a bend. They come at the disadvantage of being slightly heavier than regular tuners. Also, it makes it a lot easier to restring.

Winner: Tie.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 has a Set neck joint. This neck is tightly glued to the body. They give you the least versatility because you can't swap them for a neck that fits your hand better if you want to, unlike bolt-on necks. Some people think this gives more resonance and sustain, but there's no real difference if the bolt-on joint is well built.

On the other hand, the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid comes with Neck-Through neck joint. This neck is a lot more resistant and lets builders give the neck joint a more comfortable shape for soloing at the upper frets. The disadvantage is that they're more expensive and that if you damage your neck, you can't simply replace it like with bolt-on necks.

Winner: Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Coil Split, Phase Out Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Made in China
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock
Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Compensated Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Made in South Korea
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Final Build Quality Scores

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
Quality of materials 68
Features 70
Quality Control 60
Build Quality 66
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid
Quality of materials 76
Features 85
Quality Control 75
Build Quality 79

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

Nut Width

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Nut Width
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Nut Width
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid Nut Width
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 has the wider nut with 43mm (1.693'') vs 42mm (1.654''). This is a 1mm (0.039'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Scale Length
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Scale Length
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid's Scale Length
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid's Scale Length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

The Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid has the longest scale: 25.5". The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 is only 24.75" long. This is a 0.75'' (19.1mm) scale length difference.

This longer scale means that the strings need more tension to get in tune. This is good if you want to avoid fret buzz, which can happen when the strings are too loose and touch the frets while vibrating. This is especially important when playing in lower tunings. This will also let you reduce the gap between fretboard and strings (low action) to make them easier to press down. However, this higher tension will also make it harder to perform bends and vibratos as the strings will feel stiffer.

This also means that the frets have a longer separation between each other, so this will make it harder for people with smaller hands when playing some chord positions.

Another characteristic of a longer scale is that it makes the guitar sound 'snappier' or brighter. This is due to the extra separation between harmonics and overtones produced by the tension. This influences tone more than any other factor (except the pickups).

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Neck Profile
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's neck profile
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid Neck Profile
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

Both the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 and the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid have a C-shaped neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

Fretboard Radius

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Fingerboard Radius
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Fingerboard radius
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid Fretboard Compound Radius
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid's Compound Fretboard Radius

Most guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

In this case, the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid is the only one with a compound radius. This is a huge win because it will give you the best of both worlds: a more curved radius in the first few frets for chords, and flatter as you come closer to the body for soloing.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 favors large hands more than the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid. But it's still more comfortable for people with small hands, as you can see in the score meter below.

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335:
Big Hands
Small Hands
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid:
Big Hands
Small Hands

Fret Size

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Frets Size
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Frets Size
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid Frets Size
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid's Frets Size

The Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid has XL Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Medium Jumbo frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 65
Solo Playability 70
Playability 73
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid
Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 100
Playability 82

Specs Side-by-Side

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid
General Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 Mk-III Hybrid
Brand: Epiphone Schecter
Year: 2023 2020
Configuration: HH HH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: China South Korea
Series: Artist Artist
Colors: Red White, Gray
Left-Handed Version: Yes No
Body
Type: Semi-Hollow Solid Body
Body Material: 5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer Mahogany
Bridge: LockTone Stop Bar Hipshot Hardtail w/ String Thru Body
Neck
Neck Joint: Set Neck-Through
Tuners: Grover 502C Roto-Grip Locking Rotomatic Schecter Locking
Fretboard: Indian Laurel Maple
Neck Material: Mahogany Maple 3-pc w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods
Decoration: Pearloid Small Block Offset/Reverse Aluminum Circles & Black Dots
Scale Size: 24.75" 25.5"
Shape: 60s SlimTaper, Rounded C Ultra Thin C
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel
Fretboard Radius: 12" 12" to 16"
Nut: Ivory Tusq Compensated
Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'') 42mm (1.654'')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker / Passive) Fishman Fluence Keith Merrow Humbucker (Humbucker / Active)
Middle Pickup:
Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker / Passive) Fishman Fluence Keith Merrow Humbucker (Humbucker / Active)
Switch: 3 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Bell Dome
Pickup Mods: Coil Split, Phase Out None
Volume Controls: 2 1
Tone Controls: 2 0