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Fireball XL5

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Bought this Blonde ES-335 Dot Reissue brand new in 1995 for a great price during a blow out sale at a local mom & pop Gibson dealer. It's the oldest guitar in my collection. I've kept it completely stock with the exception of a much needed refret several years back with Jescar 57110 stainless steel frets. Plays like butter with super low action. Over the years I've considered picking up a Custom Shop Historic ES-335 ($$$), but this one plays and sounds so good I really can't justify it.

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nl128

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I’m really sorry to hear about your friend. That’s nice you get to care for his 335 .

Here’s my ‘60 50th anniversary


I’m pretty sure I’ll be keeping it forever. It’s just got something going on with it that I really dig.
 

Benny

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Is that a blonde bassman I see in the background? Great combo.

Yes - it’s a blonde Bassman in that it’s from a run of Reissue Ltds. in the blonde get-up, with the p10r-F speakers, which to my ears are somewhat warmer and less loud than the normal p10r speakers that come stock on the tweed Ltds. I’m a sucker for non-standard Fender cosmetics (especially tuxedo brown-black era amps, brush painted or recovered tweeds), and this one just sounds “right” to me with the 335. Not sure if I’ve ever seen a real vintage 5f6a in blonde/pink/brown tolex.
 

romiso

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For a while, one of my biggest gear purchase regrets was not getting a Rusty Anderson model when it came out -- they're amazing guitars that ticked off every box on my "list" and, when new, didn't cost an arm and a leg (maybe just an arm).

I recovered nicely with my 58RI (pictured earlier in this thread), but wow I love those Rusty Andersons!
 

maplebaby

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I’m really sorry to hear about your friend. That’s nice you get to care for his 335 .

Here’s my ‘60 50th anniversary


I’m pretty sure I’ll be keeping it forever. It’s just got something going on with it that I really dig.


Thank you. It’s great to hear you like it - I can see why!
 

maplebaby

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Bought this Blonde ES-335 Dot Reissue brand new in 1995 for a great price during a blow out sale at a local mom & pop Gibson dealer. It's the oldest guitar in my collection. I've kept it completely stock with the exception of a much needed refret several years back with Jescar 57110 stainless steel frets. Plays like butter with super low action. Over the years I've considered picking up a Custom Shop Historic ES-335 ($$$), but this one plays and sounds so good I really can't justify it.

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I call this one pretty much perfect!
 

maplebaby

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So very sorry to hear of your friends passing! That‘s a very nice 335 and I’m sure you will keep it forever. May you Rock On Sir!

Here‘s a few of my 335’s!

Figured Turquoise, 70’s Walnut, Hand Select “63” Reissue

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Here‘s another “63” Reissue that I’m very fond of

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This is one of the most stunning 335‘s I’ve seen. Photos do it NO JUSTICE!

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I’ll toss this into the mix! It’s a 355 but reminds me a lot of my 335 “63” reissues with its MHS pickups.

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I bow down to you as king 335! Beautiful, hard to pick a fave!
 

edgewound

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Here's my only ES-335. It's a great value, but the neck is a bit chunkier than I like.

I could be convinced to part with it. I have a video somewhere of me hacking through Europa with it. Might be too embarrassing to post. Even more than my other videos I've posted...I know...Hard to believe.

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Here's my clam-filled rendition of "Europa" with this Epiphone Studio Dot ES-335, made in China. She was a pawn shop rescue, China Girl, hanging on a wall for 5 years of a bankrupt pawn dealer in Fontana, CA. I think her previous home was a meth lab, judging by the corroded strings and frets. Judicious application of Old English Lemon Oil with a terry cloth towel on the body, and a green Scotch Brite pad on the fretboard followed by a new set of D'Addario XL 10-46 strings really brought her to life. The gold dots on the fretboard are courtesy of Sharpie, since worn away. I don't understand the "Studio Dot" nomenclature since there are no dots on the fretboard? Whatever. It's a respectable player, for sure.

 
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David M.

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When I purchased my 335, it made me feel like I had finally arrived, but I was scared to play it The tone was phenomenal at every setting, but the neck always got sticky, which made me play it less. About 6 months of this and I finally committed to playing it daily and within a week the neck became super smooth. There is a clarity to the ES’ tone that I did not expect from a semi hollow, but I love plying it now.
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