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ES-335 Club!

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

  1. telefan62

    telefan62 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 17, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    So you guys are picking up on exactly why I dig this guitar so much. The sticker inside says "es335 P90", so it seems likely it is a special run 335. I had never found the right combo of center block, TOM/STP, and P90s I wanted all in the same guitar that played and felt right to me. I played this at my bands rehearsal last night and it sounded killer....I can see having one with PAFs someday as well.
     

  2. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 16, 2005
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Here's a pic of my 3 ES guitars. 2 are pawnshop scores and one was a customer barter.

    Here's a pic of my '70 & '83 Dot with my '63 330 joining in the fun.

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  3. SquishyNotes

    SquishyNotes TDPRI Member

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    A new member here, I joined just for this thread! I've enjoyed looking at all of these beautiful guitars. Recently my wife and I were talking about me getting another guitar. I currrently play a Parker Fly Deluxe. It's an original when Ken was still making them; a really fun guitar, but definately a jack of all trades and master of none. While down in Chicago visiting family, my bride graciously took the kids and said, "Hey, take as much time as you need and go to Chicago Music Exchange".

    Yeah, she's the best.

    So, I knew I wanted to try 335s, Strats, and Les Paul's. I spent all day there (didn't realize I was hungry until I left). Mike at CME was great, spent all day bringing me guitars, including two wonderful LPs.

    In the end though, I couldn't get over that woody, midrangey "bloom" or "compression" or whatever you want to call it, a certain reactiveness unique to the 335s when compared to the Strats and LPs. It must be the semi-hollow body? Is this what you all hear and love, too? I would love to hear what it is about the tone that gives you all the eyes-closed-jaw-slacked face when playing. :)

    And the versatility!!! I wasn't necessarily looking for a guitar that tried to do it all, been down that road. I knew it would do bluesy jazzy classic rock sounds really well, but the way it chews up hard rock plexi type tones, even mark series mesa sounds... I was shocked. I spent a lot of time comparing the 335s and LPs with those type of tones, expecting the LPs to blow the 335 away. Yes, the LPs were obviously different sounding, more aggressive. However, the 335 wasn't bad different with higher gain, but good different to my ears. In the end, I liked the woody bloom of the 335 too much, and even two custom LPs that were VERY attractively priced lost out.

    They had several 335s that CME had custom spec'd from Memphis, a stock faded lightburst, and a nice stock satin finished cherry red. To my hands and ears, they all sounded and felt very close. The lightburst finish won the battle of the eyes though. CME also moved down from sticker significantly, which was really cool.

    So, here she is!

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  4. Dukex

    Dukex Tele-Meister

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    Nov 8, 2012
    SoCal
    Welcome aboard, Squishy, and congrats on the beautiful guitar.

    I think you have nailed it. 335s are very special in that way
     
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  5. Priddo

    Priddo TDPRI Member

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    1990 Dot. Lollar Low Wind Imperials. Tone heaven.
     

  6. Priddo

    Priddo TDPRI Member

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    IMG_1924.JPG A better shot of my 1990 Dot, Lollar Low Wind Imperials
     
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  7. SquishyNotes

    SquishyNotes TDPRI Member

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    Priddo, I like the subtle flame on that top. Very nice.
     

  8. tecelaster

    tecelaster Tele-Meister

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    Apr 11, 2015
    Glasgow, Scotland
    That is one beautiful guitar. I've been half thinking about a budget 335 type (particularly the Ibanez AM93), but the wood and finish on that Gibson has me GASsing. I'm sure it's worth the moolah :)
     

  9. SquishyNotes

    SquishyNotes TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Dukex. I haven't been this excited about a guitar in a long time. These guitars are almost as fun to look at as they are to play.

    I'm still totally digging the unique response of the 335. With the Parker, it responds very accurately, the whole wood and composite body really vibrates when you play it. But it is a very direct, immediate response.

    The 335s response is much more complex, which must be due to the sound waves traveling along the solid wood block and then bouncing around inside the hollow wings.

    Play the Parker, it stands at attention, salutes, says "Yes, sir!", and quickly and emphatically gives you what you asked for.

    Play the 335, it sits back, thinks about it a little bit, then says, "Ok, let's take that and jazz it up some..." and slowly gives you a little more than what you asked for.
     
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  10. SquishyNotes

    SquishyNotes TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Tecelaster. That was the only lightburst in stock that day, but I really liked the grain pattern on it compared to some others I had seen online. I think some of those tobacco finishes Ibanez has on their hollow bodies look pretty fantastic, too.
     

  11. Dukex

    Dukex Tele-Meister

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    Nov 8, 2012
    SoCal

    Agreed, every little push, pull, nudge, or caress brings out the tonal dynamics and complexities. No verb or trem needed.
     

  12. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Meister

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    1959 Blonde and 1964 Cherry 335s. 20170314_174005.jpg
     
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  13. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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  14. ce24

    ce24 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2008
    Idahoastan
    Here's my IBANEZ....I think they are a better build than the epis....I can say that as I've owned an epi and it didn't sound nearly as good as this ibanez.jpg
     
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  15. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

    If I every buy another guitar it will be a 335.
     

  16. SquishyNotes

    SquishyNotes TDPRI Member

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    Very cool. Original owner?
     

  17. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
    44 yr old all original & stock stereo... I'm weighing up a mono conversion.

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  18. Straydogger

    Straydogger Tele-Meister

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    I agree. My Ibanez AS73 with added Gibson 57 Classic/Classic plus pickups. Original wiring, pots, etc. It's a rocker! A "poor man's" 335. 100_2870.JPG
     
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  19. SquishyNotes

    SquishyNotes TDPRI Member

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    Beautiful.
     

  20. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Meister

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    No I'm happy not to be the original owner or I'd be even older than I am!! Had the 64 since 89 though.:D
     
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