335 Clones

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  1. StevenA

    StevenA Member

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    I'm interested in purchasing a 335 type guitar and want to spend between 2500 and 3500. I know Heritage and Hamer make nice pieces(Collings out of price range) but can't find any prices or dealers. Are there any small guitar builders in this range?

    I appreciate any information.
    Thanks

    SA
     
  2. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    I got a Hamer on Ebay for 400 bucks.

    I trew some HD Z90 pups in there and woah-lah, a nice guitar.
     
  3. Deacon

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    If your heart's set on new, Jay Wolfe is about the biggest Heritage dealer in the U.S.

    http://www.wolfeguitars.com/

    I have my Heritage H-535 "35 Special" on Ebay. It's a very rare model that Jay Wolfe used to order custom from Heritage. Less than 50 were ever made. Great specs, awesome guitar for less than $1500.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Heritage-H-535-...oryZ2384QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
  4. Guitartim

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    Since you are familiar with Heritage, I'd recommend giving Wolfe Guitars a call for a quote on an H-535 or H-555. I purchased an '07 H-555 from them an couldn't be happier with it.

    http://www.wolfeguitars.com/

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  5. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Another vote for Jay Wolfe and Wolfe Guitars. I too have one of his 535 specials, but mine's not for sale! ;)
     
  6. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    Sent you a PM.

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  7. devilrob1979

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    Hamer doesn't really make a 335 clone. If you're heart's set on a 335 sounding guitar then your best bet is Heritage as far as US makers in that price range.
     
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    $3495 is the actual selling price. You can only find them for less if the are used.

    Roger
     
  10. MartinPiana

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    Dang. Wishful thinking....
     
  11. Guitar55

    Guitar55 Who was that masked man? Silver Supporting Member

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    Sometimes Rudy's in NYC will have a few Heritage 535's in stock if you want to play one. Give them a call. You can get them for less than the low end of your price range.
     
  12. JimmyR

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    I'd love to try one of those Sadowsky single cuts. Do they sound 335-ish?
     
  13. jbbusybee

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    I spent ages looking for a decent 335 style guitar, no Gibson ever did it for me and the used ones I played were even more 'variable' after a few years use.

    In the end I bought a Yamaha SA2200, fantastic guitar with faultless finish and surprisingly very hard to get hold of (certainly in the UK). Try one if you can you might be very surprised.
     
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    Buy one Ibanez AS-200 or 2630 and pocket the remaining $1,800 or so. You can't buy a better semi hollow.
     
  15. johan

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    Buy used!
    $2500-3500 should get you a Historic 335, no?
    That's a lot of money so...
     
  16. Vintage-tone

    Vintage-tone Gold Supporting Member

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    What are you looking for in that 335 ?
    Would you like one as close as possible to a vintage 59 dot neck ? a 60's with a flatter neck ? More modern options ? A custom built one ?
    Let us know cuz there s an 84 cherry in the Emporium and that is to me the best 335 you can get if you are into the 59's stop tail and it's only 2G's.
     
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    +1.
     
  18. Dave Wakely

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    +1 on the Ibanez AS200, especially the early 80s/late 70s ones. Gorgeous instrument, fantastic build quality and wonderful tone too. The Yamahas are very fine too - if you can ever fine one - but I think the Ibanez just edges it on tone. But there's always the pickup change option to bear in mind.
     
  19. Thor

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    I have a Heritage 535 with antiquites and love it (though I would have liked one with a 59 instead of 60 neck).

    Those Sadowsky's look mighty fine as well - a rare few pop up used and are within your generous budget.

    Happy Hunting,

    Edward
     
  20. boonhogganbeck

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    I think they make an imported clone. I think it's called the Echotone. Maybe they don't make it anymore, they did a couple years ago though. The ones I played were solid enough, could stand a pickup upgrade though. I believe they had "Duncan Design" pickups.
     

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