A Gibson ES-335 is a great all-around electric guitar!

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  1. MrGuitarhack

    MrGuitarhack Member

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    They are very versatile guitars. I fell in love with them back in the 70's when Robben Ford and Larry Carlton were sporting 335's. So I ended up with a 1981 dot neck.

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    Guitars come and go. If I was forced to pick only one guitar for versatility it would have to be my '71 ES-335.
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    Just for the hell of it.



     
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    Any differences amongst '16, '17, and '18 models?

    I think the body shape has slightly changed/evolved. The pickups have changed from burstbuckers to MHS humbuckers. Rounded C shape neck profile. All that sound right?
     
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    A 335 is on my bucket list.

    Also good lord every single musician in the OP is really great. Fantastic playing!
     
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  7. mcuguitar

    mcuguitar Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, Clapton's playing, and especially his vibrato, is just beautiful in this clip!
     
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    Am I allowed to post a pic of my 339 here? It's 4 "more" than a 335, and I am quite taken with it.

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  9. 70' s Tone

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    Nice!
     
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  10. blowery

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    Well... how about a 335 than ISN"T a gibson?

    Fantastic guitar here. For those not able to find a good gibson or wanting something different..try the Yamaha SA series. I've been playing this over my Am Deluxe strat for the past almost year since I got it. Very thick sounding guitars and just flexible. Some prefer them to Gibson 335's, but thats preference and not fact. Great built and sounding guitars.

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    Here's a small, non-guitar wizardy clip I recorded with the 335.


    Here's just a clip i was testing some Alice in Chains inspired tones with the 335
     
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  11. Mr. Bertha

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    Heritage H-535. Also versatile.

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  12. mcuguitar

    mcuguitar Gold Supporting Member

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    The Gibson DNA is strong with this beauty!
     
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  13. Mr. Bertha

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    Thanks! I'm quite fond of it myself. One curious detail about this guitar - the label inside the f-hole says "Heritage Guitar Custom Shop." I had no idea Heritage even had a custom shop. I bought this new sight unseen from Wolfe Guitars in 2006 and just noticed the odd decal a few months ago.
     
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    I agree.

    I have a ES-347 that had the historic humbucker called Series 7's. But they are Dirty fingers with a gold cover. These pickups are super hot with an output of 14kHz. 2 years ago I got fed up with the sound and replaced the neck with a Classic '57 pickup, and instant everything came out of the guitar. It sounds so good now even with the bridge Dirty fingers, which remains. With both pickups it sounds like a Tele. I play a lot of jazz fusion and funk, and occasionally use my Strat Ultra for the really funky stuff. But now I can do it all on the 347....It is my number one since the pickup change. It has graduated from so-so to OH.. MY...GOD! I know what you mean on the pickup change. It does sound like the OP 's guitar on the opening vid.

    The ES-335 is Gibson's best selling guitar, and longest continuous production guitar, likely due to its versatility.
     
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    Kinda missing something here, but I have never owned a 335.

    What makes them more versatile than a Les Paul? Same electronics and switching.....
     
  17. Mr. Bertha

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    The semi-hollow construction makes it a little brighter/clearer and less intensely mid-focused than Les Paul's tend to be. It can still growl similar to a les Paul, but the cleans are brighter and can twang a little more. Makes it a reasonable choice for country, jazz, rock or hard rock etc
     
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    Generally not the same electronics in most of the models I've seen. But it is clearly used by many professionals in their mix of guitars, and that means a lot to me. Tommy Shaw comes to mind, and he really knows his guitars. Has a black 335 gets regular stage time.

    Yes, and along with the "regular" ES-335s, there are '58s, '63s, '69s, etc. to consider.
     
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    I have a 2006 H535 also from Wolfe which also has a Custom Shop label. Mine is called a "35 Special" and has extra binding and inlay logo. I think Wolfe may have been ordering special batches that he spec'ed out back then. There is no special Custom Shop at Heritage, all made by the same guys in that old factory at the same work stations from years and years ago as far as I know.
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