How are Gibson 335s from the 70's?

pickslide

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I always hear that Les Pauls from the 70's can be really iffy, so how are 335s, 345s, 339s, ect...
 

pickslide

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Hmmm no beating around the bush here....I like that.

Why are they so bad?

How about the onese from the 80's?
 

gadzooka

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Early 80's ES-335DOT models are very well-made. There's an '82 for sale near me that's very tempting.

I had a '71 ES-355 that was very bland in tone. Then again, I tried out a '74 ES-345 that seemed to really sing.

1970's ES guitars seem quite a bit different than any others. The specs were unique to those years. I believe center block became two separate blocks at either end of the body, one maple, the other mahogany. The neck tenon became very short, ending before the end of the fretboard (the main reason I'd be wary of 70's ESs). The pickups...may have changed a couple times too...I'm not too sure. The neck became 3-piece maple. Not all of these changes are absolutely negative (shortening the tenon is, IMO).
 




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