Small Company Luthier 335

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  1. rgsss14

    rgsss14 Gold Supporting Member

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    There's always a lot of talk on these pages about great Les Paul "style" guitars (JG), or great tele "style" guitars (Vinetto, Linhof) and many great strat "style" guitars .... but... who (besides Gibson) makes that ultimate 335?
     
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    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    Are you talking 335 shape and size (approximately), or hollow bodies?

    PRS makes some cool hollowbodies. I seen Ron Thorn make a few Stunners. Mr. Heatley makes a simply gorgeous hollow guitar, but it's not shaped like a 335 ... it IS a stunner though.

    Heritage, Ibanez, Yamaha (probably) make a pretty close to 335 shape.

    I'd be ineterestd to know too. I have been eyeing the Heatleys ... beautiful guitars.

    Dana
     
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    Koll SuperGlide Almighty ??
     
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    Chapin does an incredible Hollow / Semi Hollow (I don't think he links F-holes though). So it many not look just like a 335 but He make an incredible sounding one. Also, if you've got the coin, Stevens
     
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    He may have only done two, but they're stunners!!!!
     
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    Good point, Dana -

    I'm actually talking about the 335 size and shape. We've all played many hollowbodies but I think we'd agree that they most certainly don't capture (at least the ones I've tried) the 335 vibe.

    Will check out Koll and Heatley - thanks....
     
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    Collings Guitars is coming out with a 335 style guitar that is simply amazing. I got a chance to play one of the prototypes in April and they have a winner.
     
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    Wow - I guess Heatley is one great example (at least looks-wise)!

    That burgundy 335 style custom guitar with the 3 P-90's is something else! Thanks!
     
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    FWIW, Gibson has a trademark on the 335 body shape. It would be very risky for any small builder to copy this shape. :(
     
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    A Stevens Classic is unrivaled as a boutique 335. I grew up playing early 60's 335's, and recently got to play one of Micheal's 335 variants. It was the finest 335 I'd ever played vintage or otherwise. They're very close in shape, but only 16" wide.
     
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    John Bolin makes anything and everything but below one of his 335 style guitars. THe headstock, f-holes, basically everything is customizable.

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    These are just the kind of examples I was looking for - thanks guys!

    Now I just have to figure out which bank to rob... :)
     
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    A Koll owned by forum member TieDyedDevil:

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    I *do* love Saul's guitars...! :dude
     
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    I'm throwing the First Act Studio into the mix. Sure, there was a lot of bellyaching the last time I mentioned them in the small company forum, but PRS is hardly a small company, and they were mentioned. :D

    Check out the Delia. It is a limited edition guitar built by a former Gibson CS luthier.

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