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ES-335 Club!

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Pickalittle, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. rze99

    rze99 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    The band I was with late '80s had a relationship with Yamaha at one point and I had one of these SA 2000s free for a while. A cracking guitar and on a par with Gibson, no question.
     
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  2. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I've been avoiding 335-type guitars since I started playing, just as I had avoided telecasters for decades. Now it seems I'm starting to develop an interest..... time to find an Ibanez Artcore.... Funny, I avoided Gretsch guitars for years until I picked up an Artcore that was similar to the Gretsch design - now I have a Gretsch.

    I really need to pick up an Artcore and just hang on to it instead of selling it off. Those are pretty decent guitars.
     

  3. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Or just buy the 335 to begin with, and hang onto that... ? :rolleyes:

    Incomparable, in my experience.
     
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  4. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I sold my Ibanez Artcore when I got my Gretsch - now I wish I had them both. There is no way I'm going to be able to afford a true Gibson; those days are gone. I don't like the Epiphone headstocks. Ibanez makes pretty decent hollow and semi-hollow guitars.
     

  5. Cheap Trills

    Cheap Trills Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    302
    May 11, 2016
    Brooklyn, NY
    Here's my SA2000 - lawsuit 335 with an ebony board. I've had it for almost 20 years now and, although for some practical reasons it's no longer my main guitar, everytime I play it, it brings a smile to my face. Great sounding, well built instrument and probably the one I'd save if a fire broke out and I could only take one.

    [​IMG]
     

  6. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    I don't like the look of the 335 Studios, but I bet the play the same as the standard models. Saw those going for just under $1k new last week. And I wasn't even looking.

    If that's just way out of your budget, forever, then sure, I get it. We all have stuff we can't have. I guess my point is that the real-deal 335 is worth the reach, and/or the wait, if at all possible. IMHO.
     

  7. fenderville50

    fenderville50 TDPRI Member

    28
    Feb 4, 2010
    Ohio
    I'm finally able to get an ES 335 but had a question maybe you all can help answer. Chicago Music Exchange (with Amazon) is selling new 2015 Gibson Memphis ES 335 in Gloss sunset burst w/hardshell case for $1999. This seems like a very good price for an ES 335. Does anyone here have experience with these and is there anything I should look out for? Didn't seem to be many left so I put on order, will be shipping this week. If this is a bad deal I will return it. Here is Amazon link for description:

    https://www.amazon.com/Gibson-ES-33...ie=UTF8&qid=1482240207&sr=1-5&keywords=es+335

    Thanks for any comments.
     

  8. Zipslack

    Zipslack Tele-Meister

    229
    Jun 8, 2011
    Mississippi
    I may be setting myself up for some hate, but after 30 years of playing, I finally got a semi-hollow -- an Ibanez Artcore ASV10A tobacco burst low-gloss (335-sorta with "vintage" aged cosmetics).

    http://www.ibanez.com/products/u_hb...&cat_id=7&series_id=120&data_id=57&color=CL01

    I tried to like the Epi products (335, 339, Casino, Sheraton), but this just "felt" better. It feels like a guitar that's already broken-in and just feels comfortable. I originally didn't have any interest in a "relic" type finish, but this one doesn't look as hokey as most of the "sand it off and beat it with a chain" relics. Also, the ears don't get in the way as much on the dusty end of the neck. Oddly enough, I'm actually sort of liking the Classic Elite pickups that came in it even though I was prepared to not like them.

    Edit: Forgot the bonus attraction -- I don't have to worry about scratches or dings with this one!
     
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  9. cam.man67

    cam.man67 Tele-Meister

    136
    Feb 11, 2015
    Frederick, MD
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    Almost Merry Christmas!
     
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  10. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    That guitar looks really really nice.
     

  11. SemiHollowGuy

    SemiHollowGuy TDPRI Member

    25
    Nov 30, 2015
    Benicia, CA
    Zipslack,I have an AS73. Picked it up a bit over a yr ago. I also have a 97 Epi "Dot" (gotta love the semi hollows!) FWIW, I'm a 6'2" guy and had played Gibson 335 & 347 for decades before I (temporarily) took a break. I have to say the Ibanez being just slightly smaller at the large bout (I recall it being .5" or .75" smaller) makes it slightly more comfortable than the Epi which is the exact same size as the Gibson 335. The pups seem fine. Nothing to get excited about but I can't say they're specifically missing something in terms of tone or response. All in all the guitar works well. And it was only $325 brand new. Granted I've since put more than that into a Faber bridge, Gibson TP6 tailpiece and a full pro setup with Pleck. But certainly would have done the full setup with any guitar, new or used I had purchased and most likely would have done the TP6 also. All in all, a decent stable guitar for a learner or a pro.


     

  12. SemiHollowGuy

    SemiHollowGuy TDPRI Member

    25
    Nov 30, 2015
    Benicia, CA
    Zipslack,I have an AS73. Picked it up a bit over a yr ago. I also have a 97 Epi "Dot" (gotta love the semi hollows!) FWIW, I'm a 6'2" guy and had played Gibson 335 & 347 for decades before I (temporarily) took a break. I have to say the Ibanez being just slightly smaller at the large bout (I recall it being .5" or .75" smaller) makes it slightly more comfortable than the Epi which is the exact same size as the Gibson 335. The pups seem fine. Nothing to get excited about but I can't say they're specifically missing something in terms of tone or response. All in all the guitar works well. And it was only $325 brand new. Granted I've since put more than that into a Faber bridge, Gibson TP6 tailpiece and a full pro setup with Pleck. But certainly would have done the full setup with any guitar, new or used I had purchased and most likely would have done the TP6 also. All in all, a decent stable guitar for a learner or a pro.


     

  13. SemiHollowGuy

    SemiHollowGuy TDPRI Member

    25
    Nov 30, 2015
    Benicia, CA
    Zipslack,I have an AS73. Picked it up a bit over a yr ago. I also have a 97 Epi "Dot" (gotta love the semi hollows!) FWIW, I'm a 6'2" guy and had played Gibson 335 & 347 for decades before I (temporarily) took a break. I have to say the Ibanez being just slightly smaller at the large bout (I recall it being .5" or .75" smaller) makes it slightly more comfortable than the Epi which is the exact same size as the Gibson 335. The pups seem fine. Nothing to get excited about but I can't say they're specifically missing something in terms of tone or response. All in all the guitar works well. And it was only $325 brand new. Granted I've since put more than that into a Faber bridge, Gibson TP6 tailpiece and a full pro setup with Pleck. But certainly would have done the full setup with any guitar, new or used I had purchased and most likely would have done the TP6 also. All in all, a decent stable guitar for a learner or a pro.


     

  14. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Get it. These are a screaming deal. I've been posting about CME's 2015 stock ever since I got my 175 from them a few months ago.

    They bought over 600 semis and hollows from Gibson and they're trickling them into the market. You might just go direct to Chicagomusicexchange.com, for better selection. Or call.

    Edit: I was posting on the go and didn't realize you already bought it. Relax, you did good. These are the real deal.
     
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  15. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    58
    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    I (sort of) joined the 335 club for a week or so but returned the decent Epi 335 Pro.
    Trying really hard to dial in the Epi and amp I did get inspired to buy some PAF style pickups for my 71 LP that I never play.
    I'd buy another if there was a fat neck or maple neck Epi version, but I'd need to refret also because the Epi frets are too damn small for me.
    The Pro was pretty nice but the neck was thin and not stiff enough.
     

  16. deytookerjaabs

    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2015
    Nashville
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    Sold mine Sunday, I am no longer a card carrying member of this club, lol. I'll be back though..and those CME 2015 are AMAZING deals people.

    I think I'm going to join the Heritage club though.
     
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  17. fenderville50

    fenderville50 TDPRI Member

    28
    Feb 4, 2010
    Ohio
    Thanks so much for the reply. I am really looking forward to this instrument, should be here tomorrow. Glad to hear that this should be an ok deal. I'll post when this gets here and gets check out. Thanks!
     
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  18. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    It should be more than OK. I don't know the specifics of your model, but the general pattern applies.

    I was shopping for a 175, and generally choking on the prices. Regardless of how we feel about Gibson's pricing, fact is, to get the Historic VOS that I wanted, even a USED one was gonna run $3500, and new was closer to $6k. Then I noticed a few at CME (this was September), and called up to see why so "cheap". They were going for a flat $3k. There is no catch. Brand new, just that Gibson made more of them in 2015 than they could sell, I guess. So, CME bought a bunch, and is passing along some of the deal. I asked several times, and now in person I can easily confirm... there is nothing "less", or "special", or "budget" about these guitars.

    You know how you go to buy power tools at Home Depot, and they're so cheap because they use crap parts inside - just for Home Depot? Well, that's NOT what this is. :D

    I guess it's reasonable that whole crowds of people don't have thousands of dollars free at a moment's notice, but I'm still surprised how these aren't selling the minute they hit the website.

    If you EVER think you'll want a hollow or semi Gibson, and you can somehow swing it... now's the time. I really don't need a second 335 - I keep telling myself. I wish these things would hurry up and sell already. :lol:
     

  19. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Holic

    719
    Nov 21, 2016
    Rhode Island
    A backup is mandatory no?

     
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  20. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
    I've been on/off for weeks on mono-fying my '72 ES345. I need to repot the bridge pickup at some point. So can turn it to 335 spec with true bypass varitone while at it.

    I'm currently using a floor switch I made to give me the full clear tone without the loading of the varitone choke in stereo.

    It's partner is a '64 Casino.

    [​IMG]
     

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