Who would take a Collings I35LC over a '65 or later 335?

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  1. deech54

    deech54 Member

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    I'm a tele guy and kind of a one guitar kind of guy. That being said, I've always loved vintage 335's, 345's etc.... So if I ever buy a second guitar it would be like that. I'm never going to have a $10k and up guitar so that pretty much rules out '58 through '64. I have no interest in the 70's Gibsons so that leaves '65 through '69 trapeze guitars (inconsistent), 80's Shaws (I hear good things) or newer Memphis, Nashville, or Heritage guitars. Or Collings? I know Collings may be the best made of the lot, and they're made in my hometown. What would you choose?
     
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    I'm on the same quest and I am leaning toward Collings, though I planned on only spending 2k and was initially leaning towards Heritage but it seems if a resell is a possibility it would be best to go with Gibson or Collings.

    I haven't played any Heritage or Collings so my opinion is pretty much useless, but just from audio clips the Collings makes me drool..

     
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    Tone Disciple Gold Supporting Member

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    I would. I love my I-35 and have never found a 335 that I liked as much.
     
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    Just head over to Hill Country Guitars then, and judge the Collings for yourself. To me, the Collings is vastly superior...
     
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    Yes, I would prefer the Collings. I actually prefer the Heritage over the Gibson (had both about a year and eventually sold my 335 as it just wasn't getting played), but the few Collings I have played have all been pretty special.
     
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    yucatown Theory-free noodling enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    I've never played a Collings, but I love my '66 ES335. It just feels...old, seasoned and worn, which I love.
     
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    You are aware the Collings is a smaller body, right?

    I had a Larry Carlton 335 and loved the sounds I got out of it, but it was just too big, couldn't get used to it (first 335 I ever owned).

    Played a bunch of I-35's (standards, deluxe's and LC's). I found a used I-35LC here on TGP and bought it. It quickly became my favorite guitar.
     
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    The answer is: maybe. It really depends on the Collings and the 335. Every guitar is so different that it is almost like choosing a girl, and that stuff takes time and effort. Collings makes a guitar good enough to say yes though. Old 335s are pretty bad ass too though.
     
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    Collings no question. They are immaculate instruments that play and sound great. Gibsons of all eras are hit or miss. Every Collings I have laid hands on was stellar.
     
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    I would take a Gibson. I've had an I35 and an I35LC and greatly prefer my Rusty Anderson ES335 and the '68 ES335 I stupidly sold.
     
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    The Collings is a great guitar no doubt. But this clip demonstrates why I would pick the Gibson. Not a perfect comparison, but I think it does illustrate the general difference that I hear. There's more "meat on the bones".



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    If money were no object I would take a big old cherry 60's ES-335 but to find one nice one that wasn't too worn out would be a feat. Seems like I have played many (stop tail / PAF / Pre-Norlin) that were just over $10K but the ones that were really nice were (looking and playing) were closer to mid-$20K so its a no-go.
     
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    I wouldn't trade my 2008 1958 50th Anniversary for a Collings, no. The deciding factor--neck profile. The Collings profile is too thin for me. Otherwise, very nice guitars and if they made one with a bigger neck I might well own one.

    A later 60s ES 335 or an I-35LC, most likely I'd take the Collings
     
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    There's no sense in picking a brand. Play as many as you can get your hands on and buy the one you like best.
     
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    I haven't played an I-35LC, but I do own a City Limits Deluxe and a '67 ES-355. The Collings is the finest guitar I've owned (lots) period. The old 355 is very cool in it's own way too. I doubt I'd part with either of them, but I'd have to choose the Collings.

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    There are superb specimens from both brands.
    BUT...the supreme examples I've had my hands on personally have been late 50s/early-60s Gibsons.

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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Those are really the benchmarks, too, right?
     
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    TNJ Gold Supporting Member

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    To me, they are simply the best!
    But salty as all get out! :D
    I have a good friend who has a '67 in Cherry that has had a few
    mods done...he wants big coin for it.
    One day I hope to get my hands on one.




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