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Gibson 339 - Should I or shouldn't I??

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Del Pickup, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. franchelB

    franchelB Friend of Leo's

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    53
    Sep 25, 2005
    Irving, United States of Texas!
    I like both guitars, but what's wrong with getting another 335...this time with P90s?
     

  2. Del Pickup

    Del Pickup Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 24, 2008
    New Zealand
    Well, yes, that would be nice but have you seen the price on the 330's? They're about NZ$1000 more expensive than a 335! And they're expensive enough.......
     

  3. Flash1909

    Flash1909 Tele-Meister

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    Mar 11, 2015
    USA
    NGD
    I just did $339 for a new Epiphone version at GC
    :D
    my first p90, and first semi hollow body guitar.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2015

  4. King Fan

    King Fan Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Salt Lake City
    Del, sounds like you left the field wide open to shop for a P90 dream machine. Brilliant strategy! :)
     

  5. Del Pickup

    Del Pickup Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 24, 2008
    New Zealand
    Yes. The P90 dream machine would be a Gibson 330 for me. There's one in another local store but it's $5000!

    I've played it and loved the tones but, apart from the price, it's a sunburst finish which is very similar to my 335 and if I got one of these I'd want a natural finish - if for no other reason than it'd be a different look to the 335.

    But I'm not ruling anything out at the moment.......

    Watch this space.......
     

  6. deytookerjaabs

    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2015
    Nashville
    ES330/Casinos are a WHOLE different animal, not just any P90 guitar. They won't sustain/resonate the same as a solid body or even a 335.

    They're full hollow with a tailpiece (no adjusting your break angle), I had to sell my US made special edition Casino last year and I can say with certainty it was perfect for some things and not for others. Nailed the Grant Green sound though...

    That said, the 339's are awesome. Almost like a Les Paul that has a bit more volume unplugged, not as deep a tone as the 335. I played one a year and half ago through some little champ amp and it just played like butter. Might have been the longest time I spent in a guitar store because I can't stand to be in those places for more than a few minutes.

    You know what you should do..Buy it. The 339's have the classic Gibson fretboard which just shreds and they resonate well too, thus adding a humbucker sized P90 will solve all life's problems.
     

  7. PumpJockey

    PumpJockey Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    New Joisey
    In addiction treatment circles, this is known as "enabling". :D

    I just bought used 339 Traditional Pro and over and above the "new guitar gets played a lot" syndrome, I am finding it to be the perfect partner to my Teles and Strats.

    The body size is much more comfortable for me than the full sized 335s I have played. By the time it gets through my signal chain (which is fairly uncomplicated) I notice little or no tone difference between the 339 and 335. I think the split pickup pots are great, although the Classic 57 and Super 57 pups sound really good as is. I have no real need for the 10db boost and don't use it.

    I see now why guys like Herrington and Ford gig with just a Tele and an ES. What more do you need? (He said knowing full well the answer...)
     

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