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Best 335 Sig. Models

JL75

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I was going to ask how the feedback was on the Warren Haynes model, but Im guessin its too soon, so out of all the 335 sig. and Anniversary models, what are your experiences? Pros and cons?
 
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Simto

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DG-335
Everything about that guitar is massive. The feel, the look, the tone.
No cons about that guitar.. unless you get overwhelmed and die from the pretty colour, but other than that, no cons
 

Nighttrain

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The Bonamassa 335 is still the best I've played -- even compared to some original 58's and 59's. A great guitar.
 

JL75

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The Bonamassa 335 is still the best I've played -- even compared to some original 58's and 59's. A great guitar.
Granted we all have differences in what sounds and feels good to us, but to say you've played 58s and 59s and still favor the Bonamassa is pretty huge.
 

kracdown

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My 335 Rusty Anderson is an amazing guitar on every level - looks, playabilty & sound
This. The closest to a real '59 I've tried yet. However, the Bonamasa and Luther Dickenson are incredible.
 

JL75

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Well, Ive been looking around for a Bonamassa (which raises more frustration) but it seems these are discontinued??

That's gonna make it even harder to get a hold of one, and the other frustration, Ive called 7 music stores ( Guitar Center, Sam Ash, etc) in the central N Carolina area,(Charlotte, W.Salem, etc) and between ALL of them they have a total of 5 335s on the wall. I'm the type of player that doesn't buy anything with out puttin' my hands on it first so I guess its a daydream to think there's a place where I could go, sit down with a bunch of 335s and test drive till I find what I want.:bkw
 

Krohn

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+1 for the Luther Dickinson. Tried it yesterday at a local shop and i can't get it out of my head. Fantastic guitar!
 

bikeracr

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Well, Ive been looking around for a Bonamassa (which raises more frustration) but it seems these are discontinued?? That's gonna make it even harder to get a hold of one, and the other frustration, Ive called 7 music stores ( Guitar Center, Sam Ash, etc) in the central N Carolina area,(Charlotte, W.Salem, etc) and between ALL of them they have a total of 5 335s on the wall. I'm the type of player that doesn't buy anything with out puttin' my hands on it first so I guess its a daydream to think there's a place where I could go, sit down with a bunch of 335s and test drive till I find what I want.:bkw
If you can, get to NYC and spend a day in the city. You will find something among all of the amazing stores. You can do the same in the LA area, as well. Not practical, but will get you what you want.


(I'm spoiled, as I get to travel for work and get to do this from time to time.)
 

Nighttrain

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Granted we all have differences in what sounds and feels good to us, but to say you've played 58s and 59s and still favor the Bonamassa is pretty huge.
I agree -- but that's how it worked out. Granted, I only played the vintage ones briefly (one at a store and one that a friend owns and brought for me to check out), and at low volume (and I was nervous as Hell holding something that expensive:). The Bonamassa played easier up and down the neck, rang louder acoustically and felt great. I'm not saying that I'd turn a real vintage piece down for the Bonamassa, but in terms of taking a few minutes, simply picking up the individual guitars and playing them -- the Bonamassa spoke to me more. I'm willing to admit that setup may have had a lot to do with it, but that was my experience. Great guitars.
 

XKnight

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My Bonamassa Es-335 is the best I've ever played out of the three other 335s I've owned. All were setup similarly, but the Bonamassa just feels better and sounds better to me. The neck is just the right thickness and has a wonderful broken in feel to it. It's a killer guitar.
 

blujaz1

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The Bonamassa's were a limited run. From what I understand there were only supposed to be 100 guitars in the run but orders kept coming in so they kept making then until a total of 365 were made. Does anyone have more info on this? It's interesting that the 3 sig 335s discussed here involve a sunburst, natural and cherry finish. I have a Bonamassa. I love this one but I still play my '82 antique natural more. It's like an old shoe I guess.
 

TJNies

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The Bonamassa's were a limited run. From what I understand there were only supposed to be 100 guitars in the run but orders kept coming in so they kept making then until a total of 365 were made. Does anyone have more info on this? It's interesting that the 3 sig 335s discussed here involve a sunburst, natural and cherry finish. I have a Bonamassa. I love this one but I still play my '82 antique natural more. It's like an old shoe I guess.
Actually this 335 was only supposed to be a 50-unit run to promote the Keeping the Blues Alive competition. I bought #35 and had it signed by Joe.

But then it was expanded to 100 units, then Gibson just kept cranking them out until JB himself said "enough". Finally they agreed on stopping at 366 (365 for the world, 1 for Joe).

I was surprised how light this guitar is; it is surprisingly my lightest electric! Sounds phenomenal too.
 






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