335 and 535 living togther

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by 1radicalron, May 25, 2015.

  1. 1radicalron

    1radicalron Member

    Sep 10, 2004
    Fog City
    On the left is a Heritage 1998 535
    On the right is a Gibson 1999 335


    The Gibson 335 appears longer, but only because of the Guitars are hanging off wall hooks. Because of the different headstock shapes, the Gibson hangs slightly lower. Notice The controls and switch are in a slightly more forward on the Heritage by about 1/2 inch. The Gibson has the output jack on the front, the Heritage is on the side. I am not crazy about the Heritage 535 pickguard, so I removed it.
    Both have had the standard ABR bridge replaced with Tonepros locking bridge. Both have had all
    internal pots replaced with CTS 500k, and wired 50's style.
    The Heritage has Lindy Fralin PAFs. and the Gibson has the original 57 Classics.
    The Heritage is 3 ounces lighter than the Gibson
    The Heritage neck has slightly larger frets, and is just slightly rounder.

    Sonic Comparisons:

    The Gibson has a bit more low frequency energy. Has a tighter more focused and compressed classic
    335 type sound. Loves to be played clean, and handles overdrive well, but in a more polite kind of
    way. Chords ring very clear, and notes seem to linger just a tad longer.

    The Heritage is a bit looser, and sounds slightly less compressed. Notes seem to bloom and breathe just a bit more. The Fralin Hums have more upper mid freq 3D zing-ness, and vintage PAF Character.

    = They are both keepers!

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  2. gkoelling

    gkoelling Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    In The Basement
    It's rare that we see a side-by-side comparison of these two models by the same owner while they're both still in the house. Yes, it's that particular H535 and that particular ES335 but it's nice to read the positive attributes of each and that they're both keepers.

    Nice guitars, BTW and thanks for the thread!
  3. Morgancograve

    Morgancograve Member

    Dec 31, 2014
    Ballarat, VIC, Australia
    I'm. Urgent,y on the hunt for a well priced example of either of these. Looks like you have two beauties!

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