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What are the differences in the Gibson 335/355 and Epiphone 335/355/345 necks?

g335

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Hello

I am wondering what the differences are between the Gibson 335 and the Epiphone 335/355/345?

I noticed that the fret wire is bigger on the Gibson. Is this true?

What are some other differences?
 

cheapgtrs

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As far as epiphones, I just sold a studio that I couldn't get along with. It had a big baseball bat neck. The one I have now much thinner. Also the studio had a raw feel, the standard is poly. Can't speak for Gibsons as I've only played a handful.
 

Phletch

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I've got a Dot, and the neck is a bit thicker than my mate's mid 60's 335, but I've played them back to back, and after a few minutes with either I'm not conscious of the difference. The fretboards feel very similar (ie, flat).
 

GCDEF

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My singer has an Epiphone 335. Huge neck. I like it, but it's one of the fattest necks I've ever seen on an electric. No binding either.
 

treeofpain

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Are you talking about current models, new guitars, or what era? The neck shapes have changed over the years.
 

pitbull45

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How are the frets on the Epiphones compared to the Gibson?
Gibson USA uses Jescar FW55090 .055 tall x .090 wide

Gibson Historic uses Jescar FW45100 .045 tall x 0.1 wide

Don't know what Epihone uses but to my fingers it definitely feels not as tall as even the Historic Gibson, I'd say it is closer to Dunlop 6150 .042 tall x 0.102 wide
 

simon_62

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Interesting feedback - virtually all of the Epiphones (335 or other) that I've played over the last 10 years have had slim-D profile necks?! They're reasonably wide at the nut (1-11/16" I guess), but definitely not chunky.

The only exceptions I can recall are a '58 flying vee I owned, and a firebird studio I played once?
 






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