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Super Locrian
08-05-2006, 11:58 AM
This may have been covered before, but I'd like to know if there's a decent ES-335 type of guitar available for, say, less than $600? I'd be prepared to change the pickups if necessary.

musicmind
08-05-2006, 12:10 PM
Yeah, its been discussed quite a bit :)

I've played Epiphone Sheratons which I thought were very nice. There is also the cheaper Ibanez ES-335 copy which is also a bargain.
I think these are better than the Epiphone Dot Studio.

I havent played one myself, but the Yamaha ES-335 copy is well spoken of, maybe give that a try too.

Hope that helps

wodka
08-05-2006, 12:13 PM
Edwards makes a nice one.

MichaelX
08-05-2006, 12:19 PM
I have an Epiphone Dot (not studio). I picked it up for $300 used. I am actually using it for jazz studies at school here in Tokyo. This one has Gibson pickups and neck. I'm not sure if the new ones come with gibson or not. Mine says gibson on the neck but the newer ones don't I believe.

It sounds really good for jazz. Not good like a nice L4 or something but good for only spending 300 bones. Most of my classmates think it is a real 335.

The pickups sound pretty good. They have balls. Just kinda stale sounding though. But it is a really strong sound with a lot of presence. I played some of the Ibanez jazz guitars in the same price range and the pups on the epi won. It is hurtin a bit in the "fit and finish" department though.

rockinlespaul
08-05-2006, 01:40 PM
Epiphone Sheraton

Unburst
08-05-2006, 01:47 PM
Used Yamaha SA2000, if you can fid one.

For new check out the Hamer Echotone.

warren0728
08-05-2006, 02:57 PM
for real cheap has anyone heard of or played one of these?

http://www.rondomusic.net/shm91so.html

ww

KRosser
08-05-2006, 03:32 PM
A big +1 on the Hamer Echotone suggestion.

Tuberattler
08-05-2006, 04:19 PM
I have a Douglas from Rondo music absolutely killer guitar, I sold my 345 after I got it. I did replace the pups with PRS McCarty's..

Guitar $175 to the door Pups $90 for a total of $265 kick ass budget!!

Kills my buds Epi!

Roe
08-05-2006, 05:00 PM
es-155

dewman
08-05-2006, 10:21 PM
hamer echotone..get the one in aztec gold, it has an unbelieveably flamed maple laminate top on it..drop in a better set of pups than the stock duncan designed, and you're off. killer necks on these babes..I bought one for 350$.

Cokeman
08-06-2006, 12:21 AM
es-155

What is that?

michael.e
08-06-2006, 12:29 AM
Here are two.....

http://www.yamaha.com/guitars/products/productdetail/0,,CNTID%253D60169%2526CTID%253D600012,00.html

and

http://www.fernandesguitars.com/lexl.html


I would dig the Yamaha.

M.E.

go7
08-06-2006, 12:48 AM
Played some Yamahas of that style and had to keep looking at the price. Good value,used you could move up the ladder a bit. Be wary of cheap bigby`s.

Mullet Kingdom
08-06-2006, 01:34 AM
+1 on the Epiphone Dot. :AOK

I haven't tried the other models mentioned -- save the Sheraton -- but the next guitar I buy is going to be an Epiphone Dot. They sound great and they've got nice fat necks on them. :drool

Definitely gotta have one! :crazy Understand, I don't get G.A.S. very often. Last time I did it was for a Regal square neck dobro.

jay66
08-06-2006, 07:54 AM
I have an Epiphone dot that is a very nice sounding and playing guitar. Its best if you can try a few of them though. When I bought mine I had 3 to chose from. The other 2 I thought sounded muddy where the one I bought had alot better sustain and sounded better unplugged than the other ones. I don't know if they use too much glue on some of them or what.

CitizenCain
08-06-2006, 08:00 AM
Surprised no one's pitched for Washburn yet. I've got a sweet little HB32 that cost $260, much better build quality than the Epi Dot I replaced. Dropped in a set of DiMarzio pickups and it's a total tone machine!

http://www.visi.com/~sstolle/hb32_dimarzio.jpg

Fripperton
08-06-2006, 08:13 AM
The Michael Kelly Duce. It comes in Natural and Lava Red. Made in China. Around $300.

http://www.guitarsandaudio.com/extras/05GASpictures/MK/DuceN/zDuceN.JPG

http://www.guitarsandaudio.com/extras/05GASpictures/MK/DuceN/zDuceNedge.JPG

http://www.guitarsandaudio.com/extras/05GASpictures/MK/DuceLR/zDuceLR.JPG



http://www.guitarsandaudio.com/extras/05GASpictures/MK/DuceLR/zDuceLRbody.JPG


For around $500 there's the Korean Made Duce Phoenix in Tiger Eye.

http://www.guitarsandaudio.com/extras/06GASpictures/MK/DucePhoenix/zDcPhnx.JPG

gkoelling
08-06-2006, 11:02 AM
I had a Tradition 335 style for a while. Very nice guitar and I found no need to spend extra cash on replacing pups.

Tradition doesn't use off the shelf Korean pups in their guitars. Their pups are their own. They did a lot of back and forth with the factory before they were happy with the tone.

Definitely worth considering.

www.traditionguitars.com (http://www.traditionguitars.com)

tone4days
08-06-2006, 12:33 PM
+1 on the washburn for budget 335 .. played one with a set of seymour duncan phat cats and it was stellar

MikeT
08-06-2006, 01:46 PM
I like the headstock on these:

http://www.guitarjapan.com/edwards/spec/e-sa-130ltc.html

They're a bit over $1000 at that place, but I think you could get a better deal through ishibashi or another japanese store.

Never played this model.

Mike

Roe
08-06-2006, 05:09 PM
What is that?

a tokai with honduras mahogny neck, brass saddles, aluminium tailpiece, sprague orange drop condensers,cts pots etc.
tokai has also made a limited edition model , the es-260, with jacaranda/brazillian rosewood fretboard

KRosser
08-06-2006, 05:11 PM
In typical Gear Page fashion, I think we've now succeeded in recommending all of them.

Janine
08-06-2006, 05:23 PM
I have a cherry Washburn Oscar Schmidt OE-30 - they also come in black, tobacco sunburst, & blue burst (it seems that some blue burst look better than others, so be careful if ordering the blue - I sent one back & got the cherry instead). For the budget price it is quite remarkable & all I need. If you do a search on the net (web & groups) you will find zillions of rave reviews. MF still has these for $149 (they were $159) - they have been closing them out for 2 years now! Thought they would be gone by now - they can't last forever - so anyone considering one shouldn't wait too long.


http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n104/JanineRobin/cb3a9cb5.jpg

Marcello
08-06-2006, 07:31 PM
Get a peavey JF, very nice guitar ! needs a pup swap though.

mdog114
08-06-2006, 09:36 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v35/mdog114/IbanezAS80.jpg

Ibanez AS80 is a good choice among the many.

Jan Folkson
08-06-2006, 10:00 PM
I just picked up a beautiful gibson es-333 for $700 with a hsc. Feels and sounds way better than my epi dot.

LTE
08-06-2006, 10:27 PM
One time I traded a guy a Sheraton and a JCM 800 head for a Samick (he said he wanted to do it).

Well, I sold the guitar to a customer, who put it on layaway. The layaway went bad, then I sold it again to another customer, and the layayway went bad.

The remaining amount was something like $80. I offered the store $100 and my boss said no, but he would sell it to me for $400.

:BITCH

777
08-08-2006, 07:45 AM
I have a cherry Washburn Oscar Schmidt OE-30 - they also come in black, tobacco sunburst, & blue burst (it seems that some blue burst look better than others, so be careful if ordering the blue - I sent one back & got the cherry instead). For the budget price it is quite remarkable & all I need. If you do a search on the net (web & groups) you will find zillions of rave reviews. MF still has these for $149 (they were $159) - they have been closing them out for 2 years now! Thought they would be gone by now - they can't last forever - so anyone considering one shouldn't wait too long.


http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n104/JanineRobin/cb3a9cb5.jpg

+1:AOK

RickC
08-08-2006, 07:57 AM
In typical Gear Page fashion, I think we've now succeeded in recommending all of them.

:D :D :D

megatonic
10-01-2006, 11:01 AM
Xaviere XV-900:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/apico/IMG_0089.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/apico/IMG_0093.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v731/apico/IMG_0102.jpg

mge80
10-04-2006, 12:23 PM
I have an Epiphone Elitist series '63 Resissue Dot that I fell in love with immediately. I put some WCR Goodwood pickups in it, and it is now my #1 guitar. I can't find a single negative thing to say about this guitar.

Miles
10-04-2006, 02:37 PM
Yeah, its been discussed quite a bit :)

I've played Epiphone Sheratons which I thought were very nice. There is also the cheaper Ibanez ES-335 copy which is also a bargain.
I think these are better than the Epiphone Dot Studio.

I havent played one myself, but the Yamaha ES-335 copy is well spoken of, maybe give that a try too.

Hope that helps

+1 for the Epi Sheraton, fantastic guitars.

bluesmain
10-04-2006, 02:52 PM
some cool ideas for that style ax. I'm gonna have to look into this action. thanks guys (great another guitar my wifes says) lol!

Johnny

go7
10-04-2006, 04:15 PM
Also really like the Ibanez new AGS83B. Plays and sound way more expensive.

Troubleman
10-04-2006, 07:27 PM
This may have been covered before, but I'd like to know if there's a decent ES-335 type of guitar available for, say, less than $600? I'd be prepared to change the pickups if necessary.

I've a blonde Epi Dot with Schaller tuners, bone nut, and CTS Pots/switche in route. There's a set of Duncan Antiquity humbuckers waitin' for it when it arrives. I'll let you know how it works out

Peace,

jb

Seawardson
10-04-2006, 08:21 PM
Schecter makes a guitar called the Corsair that looks interesting. I've never played one, but they are semi-hollow with duncan designed humbuckers (w/coil tapping), and it comes with a Bigsby. Its around $600 new. The Epiphone Elitist intruments (Casino, Riviera, Sheraton, ES-335) are very nice but a bit more pricey. You might be able to find a used one in your price range.

Jimi D
10-05-2006, 08:18 AM
Edwards makes a nice one.But it will cost you a lot more than $600... :rotflmao

gkelm
10-05-2006, 09:29 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v35/mdog114/IbanezAS80.jpg

Ibanez AS80 is a good choice among the many.

Had one, nice, Korean made. Not sure if they make that model anymore but the Chinese Ibanezes are pretty good. I'd suspect many of these are all comparable, give or take.

Anybody try a Galveston 335?

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-CS-335-HOLLOW-BODY-ARCH-TOP-GUITAR-GIBSON-STRINGS_W0QQitemZ200031953431QQihZ010QQcategoryZ23 84QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

So cheap! And I like the styling...335-ish with it's own spin, but not far enough off the mark to provoke a "yuck" reaction.

Greg

Sarg_29
10-06-2006, 09:39 PM
I'll also +1 on the Epi Sheratons, the II model.

Mrjoelv
10-07-2006, 01:51 AM
I have an Epiphone Sheraton Elitist with mini humbuckers. It's more expensive than the Sheraton II but cheaper than a Gibson 335, It's worth the extra cash. It's made really well, looks great and has some great tones. The mini's have their own sound. Very nice guitar.

My friend has an Ibanez AS-200 from the 80's that is wonderful, if you can find one in good condition for under a grand it's worth considering.

:AOK

Mike9
10-07-2006, 08:00 AM
I got a "black out" Dot Studio 2nd from MF for $199 delivered and it's a nice guitar for the money. It needed little in the setup dept., but the strings blow so change those right away if you get one. The neck pickup is surprisingly nice, but I'm swapping out the bridge pup, or putting in a set of Burny VH-1's I have and swapping the hardware to nickel, or chrome.

I was toying with the idea of doing a 5150 paint job on it - :D

Troubleman
10-07-2006, 11:11 AM
I've a blonde Epi Dot with Schaller tuners, bone nut, and CTS Pots/switche in route. There's a set of Duncan Antiquity humbuckers waitin' for it when it arrives. I'll let you know how it works out

Peace,

jb


I always feel guilty quoting myself, but the guitar arrived. The blonde finish (no flame) is really pretty. I might tweak the set-up since it did travel a great distance, but that's about it. After playing with it at rehearsal last night, I see no real reason to swap out the pickups that are in it (apparently Gibson humbuckers). With the Schaller tuners, bone nut, CTS pots and new 3-way switch this guitar absolutely rocks. I can't believe I'm saying that, but really - there's nothing else that needs to be done. It's actually better than some Norlin-era 335's I've come across.
I'm not up on my "Ephiphone-ology" - are the Epi's with the "Gibson" truss rod cover a special series or anything?

jb