Should I buy an ES-335 0r______ ?

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  1. CNOTE

    CNOTE Member

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    I'm looking at acquiring a new Gibson Custom Shop ES-335. Should I be looking at another manufacturer who makes something similar or stick with the Gibson.

    I own Strats, Tom Anderson Cobra, Gretch Chet Atkins Nashville and others. So now I'm wanting to add a 335 to the mix.

    Just wanted to get your thoughts:AOK
     
  2. Mayflower

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    There are options as far as other manufactures go (Heritage, Yamaha ect..)
    I like the 335 Vintage Reissue in blonde myself. A classic look.
    I have only played Gibson 335's and not tried the others for a cost/tone comparison.
     
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    I always say stick with the manufaturer that orignally made the product as long as they continue good quality control that is.
     
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    I played a Heritage 335 made in Michigan.

    Sweetest 335 ("") I've ever played.

    That with a little dirt under a Twin Reverb is what tone is to me.

    Best part, only 1400 for a custom shop quality 335!!!

    -JA
     
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    try a tokai ES-155. if you go with gibson or tokai, change the pups
     
  7. enharmonic

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    When I was in the market, I couldn't find something that satisfied all of my wants, so I ended up going with a First Act Delia, which was fine-tuned by Kelly Butler. Kelly is the guy that builds 'em, and is a former Gibson CS luthier.

    If you're looking for an instrument that you can resell in a pinch, go with a 335 or 336. If you want something built as well if not better than, with playability and tone that rivals anything under $5k, you really should check out the Delia. The stock configuration is more affordable than similar Gibson offerings, and it's hand-made.
     
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    I'm super happy w/ my 81 Ibanez as50, cents on the dollar compared to a 335
     
  9. Scott Cioe

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    I don't have a Custom Shop 335, but do own a standard production model. They are great guitars, when, like anything else, you find the right one for you.

    I wouldn't discount any 335 or 335-variant. Play 'em all and see which one feels, sounds (is!) best.
     
  10. jazzrat

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    Lots of good thinlines out there. I've had Heritage and some of the others. Heritage 535's with Duncan pups or HRW's are terrific guitars. That being said...I just got a ES-335 Dot RI. Unreal tone! It has a particular vibe that other thinlines I've had were missing.
    I will say this.....I find the fit and finish on many of the production Gibsons to be suspect. The frets were horrible and needed a full dress and crown to be really playable. It's great now.
     
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    check out a CS336 if you dont mind the smaller size...i love mine and it sounds alot bigger than it looks...
     
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    I'm eager to see/play Ian A's take on the 336.
     
  14. CNOTE

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    I would like to thank everyone who replied. Your remarks are just what I'm looking for indeed.

    I will apprise you all of my next acquisition real soon.

    C
     
  15. BadAssBill

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    I originally started out with an Epi hollow body, Alleykat. It was ok...but eventually sold it.
    Then I bought and ES 137 at a bargain price to sell and make money on. It has since changed my mind, and I kept it. It's so great, that if it was stolen I'd get another one immediatly. I really, really love it. Be sure and play them all...
     
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    Don't forget the Hamer Newport. It's in the same ballpark construction and tone-wise to a 336, several different models to suit your needs, and of course you can't count out Hamer's incredible quality. Plus on the used market they're a downright bargain. I'm majorly GAS'ing for a Newport 90 in Jazzburst right now.
     
  17. Boogie92801

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    find a starfire IV to try before you buy a gibson
     
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    i got a natural flame maple top used and it just feels right! i think the neck may be a little bigger than a gibson 335 dot reissue. anyway heritage is gibson. the guitar impresses the hell out of me.

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    as a lefty player, good guitars are hard to come by. i have a 335 that i love. i also have a gretsch 6120 that sees a good amt of playing time. so i agree with some others and try a bunch of 335's if you know that is what you want. otherwise try some of the semi/hollow or hollow guilds, gretschs, heritages, etc. you might be surprised. the big hollow bodies like the 6120 take a while to get used to because they are thick bodies, but the tones are unreal. es 135's, 175's, byrdlands, L-5's are super guitars.
     
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    My second guitar was a sunburst '66 335. I played it for 8 years before I sold it (1 of 2 guitars I deeply regret selling in 42 years of playing). I had a custom shop 336 which was also a sweet guitar and that's probably what I would go with today.
     

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