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Gibson ES-335 owners

shredtrash

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I've never owned a 335. What will I get from it that I can't from an SG or a Les Paul?

I still play rock but I also want a guitar that feels at home playing blues, country, rockabilly and jazz as well. Lately, I'm playing Gretsch's almost exclusively but I would still like a Gibson humbucker sound somewhere in my collection. Would a 335 fit the bill?
 

Arc Angel

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Versatility. I've owned SGs and Les Pauls, but think that the 335 and the Tele are the two most versatile guitars out there ....
 

skylabfilmpop

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554
More dynamic range from your hands, fatter tone, more complex tone, its a slightly slower guitar IMO so you become a more deliberate player
 

lpdeluxe

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Currently, I own a Les Paul, an SG and a 335. The LP has been my main axe since I got it in 1997, but it's being sold -- since I got the 335 a year ago October, Lester has stayed in his case.

The SG is cool because it has a Bigsby...but, if push came to shove, it'd be gone.

The 335 feels good, looks good, and sounds good with any material I play on it. I almost bought one in '82 when I got my '63 Country Gent, but foolishly went for the bling. Now Chester is long gone and the 335 has found its home.
 

indravayu

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I looove Es-335's - full/rich tone, great controllable feedback with a little overdrive, cool oversized (yet still comfortable) body, beautiful to look at.
 

Cado

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Great guitar, but I wouldn't use one for Country or Rockabilly. It has a really thick sound and imo, doesn't mesh with those styles. Something with P90's would do a better job of covering it all.
 

Russorama

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335's have a warm, woody resonance yet can still cut nicely on the bridge pickup. They are semi-hollow after all.
 

mad dog

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There's an "aliveness" to 335 tones I don't hear on solid body, dual HB guitars. I'm sure there is some trade-off in sustain and density of tone to get that quality ... maybe if I played heavier stuff, high gain, real saturated, higher volume tunes, then a Les Paul would make more sense. For the bluesy, more roots oriented stuff I mostly play, the 335 is perfect. The word "airy" gets overused, but that's exactly what it is.
 




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