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

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  1. Whittlez

    Whittlez Member

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    I've never heard a LP that sounds like a 335

    Granted, my 335 is my 1980 AS200 but I A/B'd it with a few ES335's before choosing the AS200 and it's the oldest ANYTHING I own

    A 335, especially with at least somewhat microphonic pickups is going to have qualities a LP cannot deliver IMO
     
  2. johnh

    johnh Silver Supporting Member

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    I would go for the Les Paul, but I think that a 335 is the better choice. I think that the 335 would be more versatile; more of a desert island guitar. If you could only own one guitar, a 335 would be a good choice.

    But personally, I love the LP grunt and balls. Less versatile, but it just hits the spot when you want it to.

    Overall though, my vote goes with those who have voted to find some way to get both. I would rather spend the time looking though cheaper models or other brands to end up with a killer solid singlecut and a great semi. It would take a lot more time and effort, and you probably wouldn't end up with such an immediately impressive looking Gibson, but I'm pretty confident that you could get two killer "player" guitars.
     
  3. SackvilleDan

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    335 hands down.

    ...why no poll?!
     
  4. Buelligan

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    Let's all stop kidding ourselves here, must guitar players I know own a LP and a 335. Eventually the OP is going to own both too. So it's really about which one does he need right now.

    OP you can't just walk away that easy.

    Jazz,
     
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  6. JazzGtr

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    And you know what, you shouldn't have to decide. Nice guitars!

    Jazz,
     
  7. zztomato

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    335. A close second from the Gibson catalog would be the 59RI ES-330. The LP does its thing but a 335 will do more.
     
  8. JohnK24

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    PRS Singlecut Hollowbody II.
     
  9. gillman royce

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    Get a coil tap version 335 and you start to get into strat tones as well. YMMV depending upon the pickups
     
  10. Deed_Poll

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    As far as sound, I find they sound really very similar. 335s are a bit more nasally, LPs more vocal.
    But as a P90 guy myself, I'll keep my R4BB and '61 ES-330 thank you very much.
     
  11. Deed_Poll

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    HSS Strat?

    Versatile guitars are not for me. I need to attempt to justify having lots of guitars no matter how futile my reasoning!
     
  12. derekd

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    Easy for me. I don't like LPs.

    335 all the way.
     
  13. Colorado Mac

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    I own both and wouldn't choose just one. Two different guitars that do different things, so why just one?
     
  14. Londonbus

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  15. still.ill

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    what are the different things? ES-335 for jazz, Les Paul for rock?
     
  16. Don A

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    ES-335 all the way for me. I haven't owned a Les Paul in years and don't often miss having one.
     
  17. doesitmatter

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    I have an ES Les Paul. Problem solved.
     
  18. NewLeaf09

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    Solidbody Sustain, Semi-Hollow Tone

    Sold my 335 and lp awhile ago. This one just feels right.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. misterturtlehead

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    If I had to choose between having an ES-335 or a Les Paul I would choose my 1974 Les Paul Deluxe. I have a 1967 Epiphone Riviera which is somewhat ES-335-like. But if I had to choose between it and my Les Paul Deluxe I would choose the Les Paul Deluxe.

    But if I was to buy another guitar and it had to be an ES-335 or a Les Paul I would probably buy a mid-1950s single cutaway tobacco sunburst Les Paul Junior.

    I wouldn't mind having an old ES-335. But I would more likely look for a Trini Lopez. But if I had to choose between a 1950s ES-335 or a 1950s Les Paul I would want around about a 1954 goldtop Les Paul with the wraparound bridge.
     

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