Best budget ES-335 copy?

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  1. Super Locrian

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    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.
     
  2. musicmind

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    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
     
  3. wodka

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    Edwards makes a nice one.
     
  4. MichaelX

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    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.
     
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    Epiphone Sheraton
     
  6. Unburst

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    Used Yamaha SA2000, if you can fid one.

    For new check out the Hamer Echotone.
     
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    A big +1 on the Hamer Echotone suggestion.
     
  9. Tuberattler

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    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!
     
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  11. dewman

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    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$.
     
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    What is that?
     
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    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.
     
  15. Mullet Kingdom

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    +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.
     
  16. jay66

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    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.
     
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    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!

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  18. Fripperton

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    The Michael Kelly Duce. It comes in Natural and Lava Red. Made in China. Around $300.

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

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  19. gkoelling

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    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
     
  20. tone4days

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    +1 on the washburn for budget 335 .. played one with a set of seymour duncan phat cats and it was stellar
     

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