Good, cheaper 335

Paul Conway

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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
 

martyncrew

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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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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).
 

daddyo

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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.
 

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.....
 

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.
 

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.

535lh01.jpg


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.
 

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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