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Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature

Reasons to Get
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 over Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature

Release Year
2023 vs 2021
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 1
More tone control
Bridge
Fixed vs Floyd Rose
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Scale Length
24.75'' (628.7mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone
Fretboard Radius
12'' (304.8mm) vs 16'' (406.4mm)
Easier to play chords without muting strings
Value Score
75 vs 65
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature over Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335

Country of Manufacturing
United States 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
Pickups Brand
Schecter USA vs None
Pickups from a renown brand
Body Type
Solid Body vs Semi-Hollow
Feedback free
Number of Frets
24 vs 22
Allows to reach higher notes
Bridge
Floyd Rose vs Fixed
Allows intense vibratos and techniques like Dive Bombs
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 24.75'' (628.7mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone
Fretboard Radius
16'' (406.4mm) vs 12'' (304.8mm)
Flatter fretboard makes it easier to play single notes and bend

Other Key Differences
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature

Bridge Pickup
Alnico Classic PRO vs Schecter USA Synyster Gates Signature engraved Humbucker Set
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Alnico Classic PRO vs Schecter USA Synyster Gates Signature engraved Humbucker Set
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Flame Maple vs Mahogany
Different Body Wood
Fretboard Wood
Laurel vs Ebony
Different Fretboard Wood
Nut Material
Ivory Tusq vs Locking
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature

Neck Wood
Mahogany
Same Neck Wood
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
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Decorative Top
5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer vs Quilted Maple
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Neck Profile Type
C
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Neck Joint
Set
Neck is glued to the body

Common Strengths

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

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

Price History Comparison

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    Which One is Better for Beginners?

    Both meet 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness. 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. If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, you can't go wrong with either of them.

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature
    • Comfortable shape
    • Locking tuners
    • Tall frets
    • Narrow nut
    • Comfortable neck
    • Comfortable fretboard
    • Short scale
    • Easy-to-use bridge

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature

    Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
    Ebony

    Ebony is a high-end wood, so it is not cheap. It's only used for fretboards because it's also very heavy. It does an excellent job as a durable material while looking elegant. Find out more about Ebony.

    Winner: Tie.

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature 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 Hard Rock and similar genres.

    Both use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

    Winner: Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature.

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature pickups switch and push knobs diagram
    Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature'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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature
    Pickups 85
    Sustain 80
    Versatility 64
    Tuning Stability 95
    Sound 81

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature.

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature is made in United States.

    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.

    The United States is considered one of the best electric guitar manufacturers in the world. A guitar made in this country is supposed to have world-class quality control. Nowadays, guitars made in other countries can beat some of the ones made in the US, but most of the time, this country offers the best you can get. Of course, that comes at a price.

    Winner: Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature comes with a Locking nut. Instead of a regular nut, this guitar has a locking system that will lock down the strings at the nut, preventing it from getting out of tune. It removes one of the disadvantages of tremolo bridges, tune 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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature 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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature.

    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.

    The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's brige is a 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.

    On the other hand, the Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature's is a Floyd Rose. This is a double-locking bridge system that allows you to perform techniques like dive bombs and pinch harmonics. The locking nut allows your guitar to stay in tune even after the most intense tremolo usage. The disadvantage is that it takes more work to change the strings and set up everything correctly.

    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: Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature.

    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.

    Both have 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.

    Winner: Tie.

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature
    • Stainless Steel Frets
    • Locking Tuners
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Locking Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Tremolo
    • Retainer Bar
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • 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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature
    Quality of materials 75
    Features 75
    Quality Control 100
    Build Quality 83

    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.

    Scale Length

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Scale Length
    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Scale Length
    Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature's Scale Length
    Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature'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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature 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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature Neck Profile
    Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature'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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature 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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature Fingerboard Radius
    Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature's Fingerboard 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 Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's fingerboard radius is smaller, which means it's more curved than the Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature's. This extra arc will make playing chords easier in this model. You won't be as likely to mute the strings, especially if you have big hands. However, playing single notes and bending will be easier on the Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature.

    Still, both tend to favor soloing over chords, so if you're looking for a guitar for playing rhythm, you might want something else with a radius closer to a Stratocaster's 9.5''.

    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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature. 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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature:
    Big Hands
    Small Hands

    Fret Size

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Frets Size
    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Frets Size
    Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature Frets Size
    Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature's Frets Size

    The Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature 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 Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
    Chord Playability 60
    Solo Playability 90
    Playability 77

    Specs Side-by-Side

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature
    General Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Schecter Synyster Gates FR QM USA Signature
    Brand: Epiphone Schecter
    Year: 2023 2021
    Configuration: HH HH
    Strings: 6 6
    Made in: China United States
    Series: Artist Artist
    Colors: Red Black Natural Burst
    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 Floyd Rose Original
    Neck
    Neck Joint: Set Set
    Tuners: Grover 502C Roto-Grip Locking Rotomatic Schecter/Hipshot Staggered Locking Tuners
    Fretboard: Indian Laurel Ebony
    Neck Material: Mahogany Mahogany
    Decoration: Pearloid Small Block Custom Syn Inlay
    Scale Size: 24.75" 25.5"
    Shape: 60s SlimTaper, Rounded C Custom Syn C Shape
    Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel
    Fretboard Radius: 12" 16"
    Nut: Ivory Tusq Locking
    Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'') mm ('')
    Electronics
    Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker / Passive) Schecter USA Synyster Gates Signature engraved Humbucker Set (Humbucker / Passive)
    Middle Pickup:
    Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker / Passive) Schecter USA Synyster Gates Signature engraved Humbucker Set (Humbucker / Passive)
    Switch: 3 Way 3 Way
    Knobs: Bell Dome
    Pickup Mods: Coil Split, Phase Out None
    Volume Controls: 2 1
    Tone Controls: 2 1