Replacement for my Stolen Gibson '72 ES-335

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  1. Digitalman

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    Hey Guys,

    So, I'm in the unfortunate position of shopping for a replacement for my beloved '72 335. A week ago today my house was robbed. 14K worth of music gear was stolen, as well as photography gear, macbook, TV, etc. It was all loaded up in my SUV and driven away. I'm completely devastated. I've already filed the report, hit the pawn shops and music stores, checked craigslist, ebay and all that.

    In the time being, home owner's insurance will replace the stolen items with new items, which works in my favor as far as the macbook and camera stuff goes. But the 335 will be replaced with a new one - not a '72. I can deal with this, as attached as I was to it. The replacement budget is around 3K.

    The other electrics lost are no brainers. '08 American Standard Tele, '06 Epiphone Elitist Casino '65 RI. '06 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion. But the 335 was as old as me and has been my main guitar for the past 10-12 years. I'm not familiar with all the latest Gibson models that would be comparable.

    I suggested this one to the insurance guy. I think I'd be happy with it. I was hoping to get some feedback on this model from some fellow TPGers. I'm into the slim 60s tapered neck, coming from the narrow Norlins '72 neck. I like the dots, because the original 335s came this way and I think it's the 335 in purest form. Just wondering if there's other models I should check out.

    I've done searches for the past few days on this and I've come up with a lot of Gibson bashing threads and a lot of why Heritage or cheap over seas copies are better threads. I know many will fight for whatever brand that they own, because they're convinced it's a worthy substitute.

    So let me be clear - I'm interested in a GIBSON 335 because that's what was lost and I know what I'm missing. I'm not interested in other brands or models, 336, 339, Studio, faded, etc.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Beng2040

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    Wow, that really sucks. I feel for you, man.

    Is there any chance you can use the insurance money to buy a vintage 335?
     
  3. Peteyvee

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    If you can get a check from them, you can probably find a '71 or '72 for around 3K or a little more. OTOH, I've played a few new ones are they are really nice, but different. Obviously, no trapeze makes a big difference. If my '79 335 CRR got stolen, I'd probably get a new one. Try playing a few and see what you think. Explain to him that guitars are like shoes and you have to try before you buy. Any insurance guy in Austin should understand that. And good luck.
     
  4. Calloway

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    I was just at Austin Vintage guitars and they had a bunch of gorgeous Gibby 335's behind the counter, I would talk to them about buying one. I'm sure you probably checked around over there, but I was real impressed with what they had.
     
  5. Digitalman

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    Yeah, I just dropped my theft list with them last weekend. I wasn't in the frame of mind to shop though. I'll go back this weekend when I'm there - I've got a part to drop off for a pedal they're repairing for me. The only pedal I have left, it wasn't on my board at the time. Retro Sonic Chorus. I do need to get out and about and play what's in town. This whole ordering and shipping sight unseen is unnerving. Never bought a guitar that way. I've considered that some of the custom reissues may actually be nicer than my '72. I know I liked the wider neck on my Howard Roberts at least.

    Thanks.
     
  6. RJLII

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    I'm kind of qualified to respond.............

    Had all my gear (plus lots of other stuff) stolen a couple years ago, including a Strat, Tele, and Les Paul I'd had for 20+ years. It sucked in a big way.

    I purchased a figured gloss ES-335 with the insurance settlement and it was a fantastic guitar. Sounded great, played real nice, and quite a looker too.

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    The downside for me is I bought an R8 at the same time and was completely smitten with the girthy neck. The 335 never got any attention due to the thin 60's neck. I've got big mitts and the R8 neck fits like an old friend. Regrettably, I sold the 335 with the idea that I'd find a Fat Neck 335 as a replacement. No luck yet but I'm on the hunt.
     
  7. tquig

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    post some pictures of your stolen gear--never know where it might turn up
     
  8. Bob Pollock

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    Sorry for your loss, that's awful! I have a 2011 Dot plaintop, and couldn't be happier with it. The build is flawless, and the neck is quite comfortable, not skinny either. I purchased mine here http://www.gbratsguitars.com/Gibson.htm. Excellent price and first rate customer service.
     
  9. Fitzer

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    You could snag a 70's 335 for 3k pretty easily if you keep your eyes peeled.
     
  10. Digitalman

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    Thanks for y'all's responses, I appreciate it. I would have posted last night - if I still had my F***KING MACBOOK!

    I guess I'm going to shop around this weekend as well as hit more pawn shops looking for my gear. It took me a while to find a 335. When I got mine, I found it at a guitar show for a decent price and I didn't have money for a reissue. It didn't have the original hardware or pickups and had been converted to a stop bar. I replaced the tuners and hardware with tone pro stuff. I put some Seth Lovers pickups in it too, a lot of work went into it making it nice again. I think finding a decent vintage replacement is going to take me a while and I want a 335 back in my hands now. I'm a musician and it hurts not to have a single guitar in the house.

    I make it a point to only support local Austin shops and rarely wonder into a guitar center anymore. But I know about Gibson's relationship with GC and if I want to play a dot reissue first before I buy, that's my only option really. This insurance guy will probably order me one off of the MF website anyway.

    And yeah -RJLII - that's exactly the one I'm looking into. I'm not into fat necks and was really comfortable with the Howard Roberts. The HRF was really kind of a back up for my 335, so I'm not going to replace that one immediately. There's some sonic crossover there. I'm more interested in replacing the humbucker / single coil / P90 tonal palette first. 335 / Tele / Casino - Covers all my bases. The rest of the settlement goes into home security.

    Thanks again guys, I keep y'all posted.

    Here's the missing crew - :cry: I just recently sold the Strat.

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  11. Digitalman

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    I had the chance to play a dot RI at a guitar center on Friday and I really liked it, the neck was great. The Howard neck made my 335 feel cramped sometimes and this one reminded more of that, 60s slim taper. It was a scratch and dent and had a fairly nasty hole in the finish down to the wood on the back. It's a shame because it played great and was really resonant. The discount was alright but if insurance is replacing this, I'd want one that's in perfect shape. I also found a early 70s 345 at Austin Vintage today, close to my price range. I didn't play it though, because I was busy running around to all the pawn shops. I hit another 14.

    I'm going to check out that 345 before I make a decision. I'm not all that into replacing it with another vintage one, and to be honest, gold hardware turns me off.
     
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    I'm crying for you man. All that awesome stuff just jacked, like that? If I ever got ahold of that guy, boy would I be sent to jail for what I'd do to him.
     
  13. Digitalman

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    Yep, as bad as it gets. I'm not a violent guy, but they'd be surely be hobbled for life if I found them.
     
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    I feel for you and all I can say is thank God you had insurance! I have never had anything like this happen to me so I am a bit confused at the way you are breaking down the insurance settlement. If you were covered for 14K in gear shouldn't you just get cut a check for 14K? Why would the insurance agent order you a guitar off of MF? I would take the check and go search out for a few instruments that I connected with, as you can get a couple of really nice axes with the settlement.
     
  15. Digitalman

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    The Insurance company works with a vendor that oders replacements for everything, which if fine for cameras and computers, but guitars are more personal. If a replacement can't be found then I can get a payout. I'm just debating whether I should go through the trouble of hunting down an exact replacement for my 72 or get them to order a reissue that I can play now. I currently have zero guitars.
     
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    So what's a guitar like this worth now?


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    ^ Is that a 76? I'd say somewhere around 1300-1500. Anyway, sorry to hear about that. I think some of the new 335's are awesome guitars and have a very similar feel to the 70's models. A new Dot will run you just under 3K.
     
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    I've got a 2010 Larry Carlton Gibson ES335 which is wonderful - if you do not mind the slim 60s neck. I purchased it a year ago for 2900 from Sam Ash online. You may want to take a look.
     
  20. dconeill

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    Sorry about your loss. I have an '86 Custom Shop ES-335, I don't remember what neck profile it has, but it gets the most playing time of the 3 electrics I have. I understand completely how you feel about what you lost.

    Given your neck preferences I think you've probably zeroed in on the appropriate model.

    As for the Gibson-bashing, I really like my ES-335, but I've never considered what I'd do if mine were stolen. If I were to buy a new semihollow I probably wouldn't buy a Gibson because I think they're overpriced; but if it were an insurance replacement I'd be happy to have the Gibson.
     

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