An es LP or an es339 will not satiate your es335 hunger .
You may be right that I haven't found THE 335 yet. Knowing my rampant GAS I'll still keep my eyes open and be on the hunt.I owned 4 ES-335s. I thought I was not a 335 guy - until I got an original '64 (recently sold to pay legal fees incurred by my vindictive ex). Too bad, because that guitar was exceptional and I'd still have it if I wasn't starting a doctorate in the spring.
You just haven't fount THE 335 yet.
However, I've played a ton of the ES/LPs and I'd love to own one. You're right - they have a vibe all their own. IMO they fill a void that's not necessary and unpopular if sales are a valid indicator.
Still, I think it's a fitting guitar for some, including myself. One in black with cream plastic would be welcomed among my small collection
I could not say no to an ES LP with tobacco burst finish, MHS humbuckers, VOS, fat 59 neck, for $1440 USD. Take out the whole debate between a ES LP and a ES 335... it's just a killer deal. This guitar goes for $3300 USD locally. Not to mention there were only 150 made, so... whether that means anything is to be determined but I like having limited run stuff.CME had a satin 335 up there this morning, but of course sold out as soon as the sale was announced.
They got me for 3 Gibsons in the last month with their blowout pricing.
Aahhhhh man you're killing me.... I've been wanting one of those 64' 345's as well... Had I found a good deal I would've bought it up so fast. That gold top with p90s was also calling my name. Similar tastes we have lol.Same one as yours (you'll love it), goldtop with p-90s (same deal), and my dream 64 ES-345 for just a couple hundred more than the ES-LPs. I'm done for a while.
Thanks for sharing! We may have the same model of ES LP. Does yours have the 59 neck? I think they only made 150 of them.I've got a 2015 ES Les Paul, made in the Memphis factory. Tobacco burst -- my favorite finish. I really like it. I've had several 335s, plus some 336s, an AS-200, and a few Soloway Goslings. And a few Les Pauls over the years. In hollow/semi-hollow guitars currently, I've got the ES-LP, a Gosling, a Ibanez PM-120, and a Gustavsson Dotmaster. It belongs in their company.
I particularly like the pickups. Neck and fit and everything seem fine. Maybe I got lucky.
The attack is softer than a solid body, as you might expect. When I miss that, I get out the DGT or a Tele.
I've only played a few, but I experienced the same thing. The Korean PRS guitars were leaps above those things in QC.I prefer lightweight guitars so I REALLY wanted to like the ES Les Paul. However, there were just too many that had terrible quality control issues so I've scratched that model and other new Gibsons completely off my list. If I'm spending $2500+ on a guitar, I expect a high quality instrument, not playing Gibson roulette with the fret leveling, binding, paint, nut, setup, etc.
I honestly have not had the same experience that I hear of with QC issues. I certainly keep my eye out for it because of the stories, but every Gibson I own has been beautiful (and I bought 5 new in the last year alone).I prefer lightweight guitars so I REALLY wanted to like the ES Les Paul. However, there were just too many that had terrible quality control issues so I've scratched that model and other new Gibsons completely off my list. If I'm spending $2500+ on a guitar, I expect a high quality instrument, not playing Gibson roulette with the fret leveling, binding, paint, nut, setup, etc.