335 Types.....

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  1. gainiac

    gainiac Senior Member

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    I have a frined looking for some 335 types alternative of Gibson.

    I recommended Heritage but I'm not to familiar with the hollow body side of things.

    Who are some manufacturers/ luthiers that fabricate toneful high quality 335 type hollow bodies other than Gibson?

    Thanks!
     
  2. whoofnagle

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    Heatly Standard

     
  3. Lerxst2112

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    I think Collings is doing some 335 styles now.
     
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    I don't understand. How does a 335-style guitar cost $8,500, but a chunk of wood (Flying V) is $15,000.
     
  5. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll suggest a look at the First Act Delia again. It doesn't have the same cosmetics as a 335, but it's a tone monster, and at $2200 for the base model, very competitive with similar instruments of this design.

    I have one and love it. The neck is a bit small for my hands (I need a jumbo profile to be completely comfortable), but everyone else who has played it has been blown away :). They're made in Boston by a former Gibson CS luthier.
     
  6. gainiac

    gainiac Senior Member

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    Man! I just got a hard-on for a Heatley!!!

    Gorgeous stuff. How do they sound? (Nothing like PRS right?)
     
  7. gainiac

    gainiac Senior Member

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    Yeah, I have a hard time looking at that page. I also have a hard time looking at Matte's 7-string. Simply gorgeous but hurts the wallet-maximo!
     
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    I just picked up a Yamaha SA2000 circa 1984 for a lot less than the equivalent Gibson. It's not here yet so I can't really comment but everything I've read indicates these are great guitars. Hope I got a good one :)
     
  9. matte

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    as the proud owner of a 7 string split hs korina explorer, i would find whatever $$$ was required to secure ownership of said guitar.
     
  10. SGFan

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    Doesn't Koll do a 335 type guitar? I seem to remember seeing a picture of one here.
     
  11. Radax

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    OLd factory Guild Starfire IV. Direct competition to the 335. Superb quality and the slim & tapered neck is easy to play.

    Good Hunting,
    Mike
     
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    Are these semi-hollow? I was under the impression that they are solid bodies. I have my first Stevens coming next week and I almost ordered one of these. Are they very heavy? I know the dimensions are smaller than a 335.

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    I have a Heritage H535. While I haven't had extensive experience with Gibson 335's, I love my Heritage. It's my number one guitar, if that counts for anything. Also, from what I've heard, the Heritage is slightly thinner, so the sound is supposedly a little brighter/snappier than the 335.
     
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    I would email Scott - he is a great guy to deal with - he can give you the lowdown on the Standard - nothing like a PRS.

    Also - do a search there are lots of threads reviewing his work. Personally, I own one of his T style guitars with a standard (korina) on order.
     
  15. riverastoasters

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    I don't care what anyone says. The Fender Starcaster

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    is NOT a guitar you should consider for this.
     
  16. gainiac

    gainiac Senior Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I forwarded quite a few links to my bud.

    Someday I just may contact Mr. Heatley about building a 12 string.
     
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    This is a "Julian" Guitar, I honestly dont have much info on it, But it is a killer Guitar. Walnut Body with Super Flame top. I found her on Ebay for a song. took a Chance and have been happy ever since.....
    Has a Thorn type body with some stunning inlay work on the neck and headstock.
    I did some mods like installing a Tonepros Wraparound bridge. Replaced the Pickups with WCR Fillmores and Put Angela Oil Capacitors in her. She has a Really Fat/Big Neck and Barks some BIG Tones.
     
  18. edwarddavis

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    How about a nice old Ibanez Copy from the 70`s
     
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    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Here's a pic of my Delia. Granted, this one isn't stock, but it will give you some idea :)

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  20. G-Money

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    +1... and even the early 80's Ibanez AS models (50, 100, 200 etc.)... these guitars are exceptional in quality and are great values.
     

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