Gibson ES-333 vs. Heritage 535

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  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan Member

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    Which would you get? Is it wrong that I would rather own a guitar that has the name Gibson on it?
     
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    Yes, it is terribly wrong.

    No, seriously, whichever one sounds/plays good to you is the one you get.

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  3. slider313

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    If you want a Gibson then buy the 333. If you want a better made, better sounding guitar then buy the Heritage. The Heritage is closer to a Gibson Historic 335, and we all know what they cost.
     
  4. yellowecho

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    Personally, I'd get the 535.
     
  5. squeally dan

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    I'm starting to see a pattern develop here!

    OK, I need to learn more about the Heritage company. I'm not real familliar.
     
  6. B Vance

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    Are we talking new or used???
     
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    I owned both a 1997 lefty ES 335 and a 2000 lefty Heritage 535, I wasn't satisfied with either....about a month ago I purchased a lefty MIJ Tokai ES 120...it completely smokes the Gibson and Heritage, better craftsmanship, better tone both acoustically and plugged in and the guitar intonates and stays in tune better then either the Gibson or Heritage. It was $1,140 shipped from Japan (four days to Atlanta) with a Tokai hardshell case.

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  9. Lawn Jockey

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    If you're buying used I'd definitely go with the Heritage. The loss will have already occurred and you'll essentially play for free if you ever sell it.

    I don't understand why Heritage and G&L lose so much of their resale value.

    Good luck!!!
     
  10. GCDEF

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    Heritage. I like my 535 quite a bit better than the three ES-335s I've owned over the years.
     
  11. Tadams

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    I just picked up a used Es-333 Blonde w/case from Daves Guitar for $950. It was an impulse buy because I already have a 335. Other than than the faded finish, which I like, it is very similar to the 335. The pickups are a little too hot for this guitar.
     
  12. Chicago Slim

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    The last 335 that compared well with my 535, was a '67. I hope you have a lot of money and time, if your looking for a good 335.
     
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    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    The Tokai always get good reviews and are built much like a Gibson.
    I have and have had many 335's.
    I've also had two 333's.
    They are good guitars mainly 335's without the frills.
    The pickups in them are good but the guitar would be even better with '57 Classics in them just like the 335's.

    Personally the Heritage doesn't feel anything like the Gibson to me.
    Defineatly play both if you can so you can know for yourself firsthand.
     
  14. AshlandBump

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    I've owned a 535 and sold it because I found a 1992 ES-335 that I couldn't pass up. Between those two guitars, I prefer the 335 -- it just feels a little more solid. The 535 is a great guitar though, especially if it has Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers in it. If it were me, I would vet both guitars very carefully and, if you can, have a tech check them out to make sure the necks and fingerboards are in good shape, the truss rod isn't too tight, etc. The advantage of the 333 is the rear panel access -- makes it a lot easier to change out pickups and electronics, and the Gibson name, if that is important to you. The advantage of the 535 is that (if it has the Seth Lovers in it) you won't need to change out the pickups anyway.
     
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    Yeah, my Heritage's don't really feel like the newer (than 60's - early 70's) Gibsons to me. That's why I got them.

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  16. El Kabong

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    +1 on Tokai. They are simply superior and cheaper.
     
  17. Flyin' Brian

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    Play them and decide. Who cares what other people think and whether it's "wrong" to want a name. It's your money, pick what you want. I have Heritages but that's because it's what I wanted. When other people pay for my guitars, MAYBE they can decide which I should have. But you've gotta play them all for sure.
     
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    The number of recent 535's I've played that were worth owning greatly outnumbered the number of recent 335's I've played that were worth owning. But, I've played some 335's that have knocked my socks off. If you can find one of those, get it if you can afford it. Otherwise go with the Heritage, save some money and get a better guitar.
     
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    Where are you getting the new Tokais from these days? Was that a new Tokai?
     

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