Best ES-335 Copy?

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  1. twoheadedboy

    twoheadedboy Member

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    Hey guys. I'm looking for a really nice ES-335 copy in the $500-700US range. Who makes a really nice one?
     
  2. DrPCR

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    the epiphone dots are actually really good.
     
  3. twoheadedboy

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    I haven't had good luck with the Dots I've tried. Very dull sounding with poor fretwork.
     
  4. DrPCR

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    really? I haven't tried them in a long time since I own a few Gibson ones, but a friend of mine had a few about 6 yrs ago and they were real nice and for 300-400$ it was a steal I thought. Worse case is put in new pups and your still way ahead vs a Gibson.
     
  5. twoheadedboy

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    I was hoping somebody could provide input on one of the Japanese builders.
     
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    I'm trolling for an Orville 335 currently. I have an Orville Les Paul that I'm very pleased with. They're getting harder to find in your price range. I'll post a review if I score one.
     
  7. gassyndrome

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    Heres my Japanese Tokai ES-120. Ordered from Ishibashi Japan in 2004. Fantastic guitar - nitro finish, open book headstock, killer quality. It has a lower, easier action than my PRS. I love it. :)
    Not sure if its within your price range though.

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    I have a 1982 Ibanez AS50. It's like an ES335 but a little bit smaller. It's a great guitar, and I don't think they go for too much. Definitely would recommend it, the only thing is that the stock pickups aren't great so you'd want to change them if they aren't already.
     
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    The imported Hamers get great reviews and are super affordable...
     
  10. Trandy

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    Look for an Epiphone Elitist ES-335. I own a Gibson ES-335, Gibson ES-333, and the Epiphone Elitist ES-335.

    After a pickup change the Epiphone is now the best of the three.

    Keep an eye on Ebay...I've seen them got for $700.00 to $800.00
     
  11. AshlandBump

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    I bought a used Heritage 535 last summer for $850. That was a good price, but if you look around and are patient you could find one. Great guitars.
     
  12. twoheadedboy

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    Look at all these options! Thanks guys! I am interested in the Tokai ES series.
     
  13. xroads

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    I had a Hamer Echotone; was a really nice guitar for the money.
    I was partularly impressed with the resonance and sustain across
    the fingerboard. none of the Epis I tried (3 of them) had that.
     
  14. Lex Luthier

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    The early 80's Aria 335 copies were also really nice, and are usually cheaper than similar era Ibanez or Yamaha 335's.
     
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    Echo on the Yammys...had both an 800 & 2200.
    Greg
     
  16. joeh77

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    I picked up one of these a few months ago.

    http://store.guitarfetish.com/xaxvseholedr.html

    I'm trying to decide what upgrades to make to it, or if I should just leave it. I got a 2nd, so it only cost me $250.

    Probably not the best 335 copy. But it's pretty good, especially for that price!

    I had an early 80's Ibanez AS200. I was the original owner and it was mint. I traded it at GC because I needed a PRS. Took far less than I should have and basically this is one deal I will regret for quite some time. Those go for about $1,200 - $1,500 now, and they are really good!

    Joe
     
  17. aoguitars

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    I've never seen or heard any better copy than this Electra 335 (which I bought for $400 in '96). You can find them on eBay every once in a while and they smoke--and you can't beat the price. My buddy has the same one but with a vine inlayup the board and cream binding. This one is all tortoise shell. Amazing guitar from the late '70s-early '80s.

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  18. Srini

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    I owned a Yamaha SA-2000 for years, and finally sold it in a moment of madness - all because Larry had started playing his Valley Arts Strat. I honestly don't think I've played a better guitar - and that includes the SA-2200 I owned for a couple of months before selling it.

    Can you really pick up a 2000 for 850, though?

    Srini
     
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    I've been tempted by the Washburn HB35. They usually go for about $600-$650 new on ebay.
     
  20. twoheadedboy

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    Those Yamahas are looking very nice, and I have had very very good luck with Yamaha guitars. Yamaha makes incredibly durable instruments for great prices.
     

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