You can only have one - ES-335 or LP?

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  1. Castro

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    just sold my two Les Pauls

    335 for me
     
  2. musicman1

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    Similar yet different enough...there's a certain quickness in the way notes pop out of a LP vs a 335 which has a bit more bloom.
    I find this especially with using od or distortion. I think in playing dirty the LP has the edge.

    Personally, if having make to make a choice Id keep the LP over the 335 but the pros and cons of both are about the same.

    I suppose my biggest reason for favoring the LP would be the lack of feedback at higher volume.
     
  3. caspa

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    Les paul for compactness only.

    I think they're close enough that you can't go wrong. I think a 335 feels vastly more comfortable strapped on though
     
  4. Luke V

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    Without any hesitation a 335.
     
  5. wilblee

    wilblee Hack sans shame Gold Supporting Member

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    i still have my 335. All my LP's are gone.
     
  6. Bluesful

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    I have one of each and if I could only keep one I'd pick the 335. Just suits what I play better, plus there's the weight thing.
     
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    Im kind of surprised by how overwhelming the 335 vote in this thread has been.

    Im a Les Paul guy myself; for me with the really low output paf style humbuckers and a loud clean amp you you get "the sound".
     
  8. Frozen Rat

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    ES-335 is iconic, but I gotta vote LP all the way here.
     
  9. cal1024

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    Wow guys. This poll has gone completely opposite of what I predicted going in and it tells me I need to find a 335. I've played LPs, Teles, and Strats always, but have never owned a 335. I didn't think they were as well-loved as they are I guess.
     
  10. xjojox

    xjojox Tardis-dwelling wanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Hmmm...I've owned 5 LP's and 3 335's. And a 330 which should give partial credit.
    Currently have a LP but no 335 (why oh why did I trade away my '81 blonde with Shaws...) but could add a good 335 back to the stable at any vulnerable moment. I could really go either way. LP useful over a broader range of gain, and I mostly do rock, but 335 more versatile overall. So if it had to be my only guitar, I'd probably go LP just because it's more useful at high gain but still sounds nice clean. If I had to choose one or the other between the LP and 335 but could still have other guitars, I'd go 335 since other guitars could be used for higher gain stuff that the 335 wouldn't do well. Fortunately, I don't have the choose!
     
  11. Seegs

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    I hear the choices but what is missing from this thread is why did you choose the LP or 335?

    I started my musical journey with a 69 335 that I bought new in 1969...played it for 5 years and sold it!!

    I have since tried to work a 335 into my arsenal with an 87...a 339 and finally a 330 but to no avail...

    Tonally the 330 was it but I just could not get along with the longer distance to the controls as I sing and front my own trio...I was always fumbling to grab the right volume control and forget about the tone controls...if I only played guitar it might have made the cut but since I don't have any projects like that I decided to let my semi/hollow bodies go...

    In addition to the longer distance to the controls I could never seem to get enough twang on the neck pickup with the wound strings with my hum bucker equipped semis/hollow bodies...to me 335s are always a bit muffled and a bit indistinct on the wound strings with the neck pu...I have done wiring harnesses...hardware changes of all sorts and lets not get into pickup swaps...nothing helped that inherent quality that 335s have...that is a deal breaker for me...love the bridge pu and the unwound treble strings but I need twang...snap...pop and articulation on the wound strings...never happened with any 335s I have ever played except one...

    I have run across one 335 that twanged on the wound strings with the neck pu and that's my buds Rusty Anderson 335...a great guitar!!

    Otoh...my 330s wound strings twanged like a tele but the distance to the controls made it hard for me to navigate so it had to go as well...

    I also came close to finding what I was looking for on my 335/339 with a set of hum bucker sized Bareknuckle Mississippi Queens P-90s but they were not exactly what I was looking for...

    So when the chance to get into an R8 for a song and dance came along I jumped at the chance...a new wiring harness and a set of OX4s pickups and NYXL strings and my wound strings twang and I have a very versatile guitar where the control layout is within reach...

    It has become my co-#1 goto guitar...
     
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    335 for me.

    Had a les Paul deluxe reissue that was great but not really 'me'

    My early 70's 335 is my dream guitar and I love it.
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    I have both, my preference is the 335
     
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    I have one of each and I choose my 335
     
  18. Luva

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    Tough call, but I'd have to choose 335.

    I still have serious GAS for a good LP, to replace my early 90's Classic model. But, I love my red satin finish 335. It took a while to find a good one. I would have to be quite desperate to ever consider selling the 335. I love the versatility and the fact that I approach and play her much different than my solid-body instruments.
     
  19. daacrusher2001

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    My LP sounds awesome. I cannot imagine a 335 sounding better....that said, I played a 335 recently and I would say it sounds different from an LP, not better or worse, just different. I loved the way the 335 played...something about the neck and shape made it more comfortable for me than the LP.

    But I'd rather have my Suhr T-style than either one! :D
     
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    I see people saying that a LP can do everything a 335 can and more. To me this just isn't true. Based on the number of both models that I've played there is something in the sound of a 335 that just makes it so much responsive than a LP, like you just get more out of it. An LP has a fatter sound but it feels stiffer and doesn't seem to pick up every nuance of my technique like the 335 does. Harder attack maybe. This could all be in my head of course but I know others here have found the same thing and it seems noticeable enough for me to give favour the 335.
     

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