You can't be helped. ES335s are bastards to find and buy, they really aren't all the same. Quite a lot of them tend to be a touch "cloudy" - the good ones are clear all over the neck. Yamaha make a very nice one but it's....not....quite...the same, not as "smoky" - but they are good. Mine took years (literally) to find, I tried I-don't-know-how-many, the benchmark was one I borrowed for some months in the 70s. Never forgot it, tried to buy it. But it's a Gibson vos re-issue of a 1960, didn't cost anything close to 5K, bought used, perfect nick, case and candy. Huge sounds, not a bad sound in it, best 'lectric I have, easy and none of the too-shiny finish and chrome you mention. You know the neck you want, you need to know the p/ups too. Dirty Fingers and BBs 1&2 are absolutely criminal on 335s but Gibson bash 'em out just the same. You need underwound, unpotted Alnico PAFS to get the range of sounds these guitars can give. Everything but shred. Try buying the Guitar magazine to look for the ads put in by the smaller, more specialist dealers. The ones that deal in choice used stuff, look out for vos re-issues - they are generally made in a different factory and it shows. Once you've located those dealers you can keep track online but don't tell them what you're looking for, they'll sting you. Cash hungry, you can haggle the money if you have the stash ready and waiting. You should be able to bring it home for less than 3K. That's what I'd do. Peace.