Tried a Gibson 339...

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  1. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

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    I was expecting the worst but it really surprised me. Light, perfectly balanced and great rock/blues tones. Doesn't have much of a jazz tone but for a rock/blues/fusion guitar it's pretty damn good. Not going to move my Sadowsky out of the "goto" category but I'm very impressed. Quality is much better than any new Gibson I've played in quite a while.

    Not plinky in the least. I guess I need to eat some crow...
     
  2. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Glad to hear from you that it isn't neck heavy, as that assures me that it isn't. How'd they do that?

    Bryan
     
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    I heard they're chambering the necks now. :rotflmao
     
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    What do you think of Gibson's "cross between an LP and a 335" claim?
    True?
     
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    I don't think it sounds like a cross between a les paul and a 335. It sounds similar to a 335 to me with a little less bottom bloom due to the smaller body. In terms of balance, it's a couple LBS heavier than most semis.

    It also doesn't quite have the twang of a 335 for some reason. Incidentally, the 30/60 neck is very nice.
     
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    Interesting, thank you.
     
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    I saw that you'd won that es 339. How does it compare to the eastman?
     
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    Much more power and sustain (like a 335) than the eastman. A couple lbs heavier and balanced much better. Sounds better than the eastman for rock/blues/fusion tones but the eastman has more air to it's tone, more openness and a jazzier warmth to it. Eastman pickups aren't very good though. It'd probably do a lot better with classic '57 pickups. Eastman is also neck heavy which is why I didn't keep it.
     
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    The 336 sounded much too much like a regular LP for me...
    But the 339 sounds much improved in the sense that it's closer to a 335 sound ...
     

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