Good, cheaper 335

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  1. Paul Conway

    Paul Conway Supporting Member

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    I have a good strat, but am thinking about a 335. Can't stretch to a Gibson or Heritage, so I'd appreciate suggestions.

    Criteria are:

    • Decent acoustic sound - happy to put in better electronics if warranted
    • A neck that isn't too thin
    • Doesn't require too much work IRO frets, etc
    Cheers guys
     
  2. JimH

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    Tokai, Edwards, Epi Elite, Upgraded Epi Korean
     
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    Used Heritage.
     
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    Used Hamer Newport. I'm still kicking myself for having sold mine. :'-(
     
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    Eastman 185mx or the 186mx. Can be had brand new for about $1400
     
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    Save some cash - find a Johnson Grooveyard (about $300) and then spend some money on the pickups and electronics. This guitar has a really well-done '59 profile neck.
     
  10. humbuster

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    Ya know, yesterday I played a friends Epiphone Elitist 335 and was blown away. I have owned Heritage 535, ES335s and currently own Historic ES335. Now my Historic is no slouch of a guitar, but I gotta tell you, the Elitist was pretty damn good and I am giving serious thought to selling the Historic and picking up an Elitist and socking away the remaing cash. This is coming from a guy, who only owns made in the USA guitars. So this Guitar snob's world has been completely disrupted.
     
  11. PKAZ

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    how about a used ES-333? You can find those pretty cheap. And it's basically an ES-335.

    Also the Epiphone Elitist series are fantastic. The ones I've played (including an "assembled in USA" Sheraton that I own) are as good as any Gibson. Really.
     
  12. 9fingers

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    I have a Washburn HB35 that is a really nicely made guitar with a nice full neck, great rock sold bridge and Grover tuners. Pots & switch could use upgraded tho it works fine as is. I was going to change pups until I did some amp tweaking & got some of the best blues sounds (THE best slide tone!) I've ever had out of it. The stock HB's are quite low output (around 8K ohms), which is how I like 'em. $300 used mint with a hard case - you can find them for less but I liked this one. Best 3 bills I have ever spent on a guitar (I do have USA Fenders, Hamers, PRS, Gibbies, Parkers, G&L, Ric etc., so the praise does not come lightly).
     
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    Ibanez Artstars-around $700 used; Ibanez AS 200 (essentially a Scofield) $1200 used. Both excellant guitars with good Super 58 pups.
     
  14. Jellecaster

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    The Ibanez Artcores are just awesome guitars for the money. I'm not a big 335 fan, but I have one of the larger jazz boxes and I just can't believe how nice it is. You can get an AS103 for around $700. I really doubt you can get anything that nice for less than a grand anywhere else.

    http://www.ibanez.com/hollow/guitar.aspx?m=AS103
     
  15. Redrum

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    I'm continually amazed at the playability and tone of my Epi Elitist 335. It could have any number of names on the headstock and it wouldn't matter a bit to me - I'm completely over my need for a "real" Gibson 335. My Elitist appears to be everything I could ever want from a quality 335 style guitar.

    For what it's worth.....
     
  16. Mark C

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    I too have an elitist. I used to have a 66' 335, and I don't really miss it other than the snob appeal that a vintage item commands. The elitists are winners.
     
  17. SouthpawGuy

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    Hi,
    Here's a 535 for sale in the UK, 1200 sterling.
    http://www.jamguitars.co.uk/heritagestock.htm

    Here's my own 535 with matched Duncan 59's that I bought two months ago from Wolfe Guitars in Florida. The guitar is a beauty and is a joy to play, the sustain and tone are magic. Unplugged it rings nice and loud.

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    I have bought a new Gibson ES335 dot in the past, it's gone now, I also owned an Aria semi, it's gone too. I have also tried an Epiphone semi lately but it felt very dead acoustically.
    This one's a keeper.
    Hope this helps.
     
  18. Alambler

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    I bought the cheapest Yamaha version of the ES-335 and put Duncan antiquities and RS Guitarworks pots in it and I love it. It plays fantastic and sounds amazing and the guitar, case, and mods cost around $435 total. The guitar was made in Indonesia and was set up decently well when I got it.
     

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