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

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  1. Brown Rug

    Brown Rug Member

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    Man that is a tough choice. Love them both, but I grew up on LPs.
     
  2. scaryfoot

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    Les Paul. I have never even played a 335-type guitar, but I will always be a Les Paul-guy.
    Still, I think 335's look cool and they sound great. Two of my favorites, Carlton and Eric Johnson, play them.
     
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  4. ant_riv

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    Sorry, you don't have permission to tell me I can only have one.

    My wife said I can have both, and her vote counts for more than yours.




    J/k
    One? LP because I am more comfortable with the smaller body while standing.
    If I only played at home sitting, I might vote differently.
     
  5. jcarpenter

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    I started playing in my teen years in the 90's. I was a metal head/hard rock teen that was a close minded les paul player. I had nice 1994 honey burst standard and my dad had a B.B. King Lucile 345. At the time I thought that guitar sucked for the price he paid. I also thought it looked like an old man guitar and screamed uncool.

    Long story short my dad eventually retired from his career and music and gave me the guitar before he moved south. I would give up my les pauls.

    Can I still keep my SG? I grew to like those as well.

    Tony Iommi finally convinced me with all those great riffs but it took him awhile I didn't own my first SG until 2013.
     
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  6. gillman royce

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    Own both but will easily vote for a split coil 335 - so versatile .
     
  7. Sean French

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    Les Paul every day of the year. Every year.
     
  8. naveed211

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    335.

    A '70 335 I tried was hands down the best guitar I've ever played. It was special. Never played a Les Paul that made me feel quite like that when playing it, though I've played a number of cool LPs, too.
     
  9. Gallery

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    My Gibson Memphis 2013 ES-335 Dot and my 2013 R8 Les Paul actually sound quite different. The 335 has a brighter, more airy tone with more clarity. The Les Paul is darker, fatter in the bottom and thicker in mids with more sustain.

    It's totally personal preference. There's no right answer for everyone.

    My preference is for the Les Paul, but I would very greatly miss my 335.
     
  10. edward

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    I already answered. But frankly, I don't understand these kind of threads. I mean really, if it were fantasy stuff, like would you rather have this $100k guitar vs two of these $50k guitars, then ok, I get that kind of "fun" question where we get to beat the dead horse and repeat the old clichés; but all in fun!

    But as for a 335 or a Les Paul only? C'mon, it's not like having both is truly like owning unobtainium here. And no, I make no presumption that we can all afford whatever gear, but let's be serious here: neither of these guitars are "that" expensive used (or even new for the more well-heeled) that, if gainfully employed, one truly cannot budget for both; especially if music is one's passion, one makes choices.

    So I will recant my previous post and simply say get both and stop pretending you can only have one :)

    Edward
     
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  11. William Braddell

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    I believe at the time the OP was making this thread that he was looking at his first purchase of either and was trying to decide which one to pick with the funds available to him.
     
  12. David Garner

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    I have only one and it's a Les Paul.

    But if I knew I could never get a 335 I'd probably change my answer. It just seems to me to be a more versatile guitar, and it's a bucket list guitar for me.
     
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  14. Fu Schnickens

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    335 for sure. More beautiful in sound and looks, and that damned pickup switch is in the right place. Can't stand the LP switch placement. Oh, and LP's are like cinder blocks around my neck.
     

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