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Gibson ES-335 versus ES-339…. What are your thoughts please?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by historicus146, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. historicus146

    historicus146 Tele-Holic

    Jun 28, 2010
    chicago area
    any input would be welcomed ....

    thank you

  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx

  3. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Aug 14, 2015
    I love the 335 and personally can't relate to a 339--I think its body is way off proportionally to the neck. However, I know a fantastic guitar player who's kinda on the short side, and he does great with a 339.

  4. blille

    blille Tele-Holic

    And more 9ish rather than 5ish.
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    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Holic

    Feb 13, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    I prefer the size of the 339, and can't really complain about the tone. It sounds as full bodied as any 335 I've ever owned. But I was able to get the P90 loaded model so we're sort of talking apples and oranges, tone wise.
    You really need to sit down with each and make the decision based on that experience.
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  6. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    I've played both Gibson models and I've owned the Epi version of the 339 and currently have a 355 Lucille. I find the ES339 to be more comfortable to play with very little difference in the tone or fullness between the two. It's there but subtle enough to my ears to not be of a concern to me. I believe both the 339 and the 335 use the same pickups as well.

    But as suggested when it comes down to a decision like this I would definitely spend some time playing each of them. The one you favor should be apparent after that.

  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    I watched this a day or two ago and I was underwhelmed by any differences (sounded the same) the pickups and electronics are the same between theses guitars -- they are Tokai guitars but given that the pickups are the same the review should have shown how the bodies might have changed the tones and ... nothing. Too similar. You have to skip around the video to directly compare neck vs bridge on each platform. I assume the Gibson 335 vs 339 pickup specs are the same vs each other but that would be the point to check out.

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  8. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2009
    Waubeka Wisconsin
    I've got short arms, I had a nice 339 copy, the body was too big to be comfortable for me.

    I'm looking into 339's.

  9. Stefanovich

    Stefanovich Tele-Holic

    Jan 27, 2010
    Kingston, Ontario
    My thoughts are that I would love to have either one. Not what you were looking for I know...

  10. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    339 looks like someone forgot to use woolite when they washed their 335.
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  11. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    339s are silly unless the player is really little. 335s are the right size. Differences in tone, given identical pickups, player, effects, and amp, will be miniscule.
    That is my opinion.
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  12. Milspec

    Milspec Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 15, 2016
    If you are in that market, do yourself a big favor and find a ES-333 first. All the goodness of the 335 with easy access from the back. To me, that was always the winner.
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  13. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal
    When it comes to 335's you also to factor in, from what era?
    335 been around for over 50 years, the 339 is about ten.
    So you need to compare a 2007 335 to a 2007 339.

  14. papa32203

    papa32203 Tele-Holic

    Nov 4, 2011
    Surprise, AZ
    339 looks too dinky.

  15. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2009
    Greeley Co.
    IMG_0302.JPG I bought a 339 a few years ago. It was a impulse buy at GC. It a very tiny scratch in the front and they were blowing it out for half price. I have a ES135 with humbuckers and a stop tail piece so I really wasn't in the market for another semi hollow. This litttle 339 has become one of my favorite guitars. I always thought they were funny looking but they are very comfy to play especially sitting down. I have lost all my gas for a ES 335.
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  16. Henry Mars

    Henry Mars Tele-Holic

    Jan 17, 2014
    Bucks Co. PA
    Besides comfort I don't see much difference. I prefer the 339 size when I have to stand and like the 335 when I can sit all night. Don't own a 339 but I have played them. The 335 was my main axe for a few years. If I could only own one guitar ( thank God that is not an issue ) it would be a 335. I also have and play a Midtown Custom which size wise is between a 339 and a 335. Weight is more of an issue to me these days than size FWIW. Which is one of the reasons I was looking at a Casino (different animal of course).

  17. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Afflicted

    May 23, 2011
    Alberta, Canada
    I think the fact that the ES339 is basically the same size as the LP Standard, was one reason the guitar became a favourite for folks who were not overly long in the arm. For many of us it was more comfortable to play. Less like a snow shovel, which I must admit was my feeling the first time I ever held an ES335.

    The fact that the 339 is equipped with the same electronics as the ES335 - which most of us will recognize as a very fine guitar - is another bonus.

    I own both guitars and love them both. Soundwise, what's the difference that a small tweek of the guitar or an amp volume knob can't remedy?

    The ES339 really is one heck of a guitar, and even though the ES335 has been labelled the best electric guitar there is by some, the ES339 does not give anything away. It's right there.......

    Listen to Jeff Pevar put one through its paces in the ES339 Youtube review. A great review to listen too. My this man can play!!

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  18. harleytech51

    harleytech51 TDPRI Member

    May 7, 2012
    United Kingdom
    One of the best Gibsons ive come across is the ES333, said to have been discontinued by Gibson as it was so good it was stealing the ES335 market, giving as good, some say better playing for a lot less money?? Don't know if its true but ive had two ES333's which come in a satin finish and they are awesome guitars. My first was a cherry red that had a few battle scars and came up cheaply so I decided to fit a 335 scratch plate and then polished the body 335 style. It looked and played brilliantly and was later sold on where it doubled its buying price. I later came across a mint condition natural blonde coloured 333 which I swore I would never sell, again bought in at a time when the market was poor an offer of well over double what I paid sadly enticed me to sell it on..I still regret passing that one up..Checkout an ES333 if you get the chance they are superb guitars.
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  19. lil scotty

    lil scotty Tele-Meister

    Jun 29, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    I love, love, love my 339. 335s are too big. I'm not "overly long in the arm" HA HA! Most of the criticism you will hear will be about it's cosmetics. Sound-wise there is not much difference, IMHO.
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  20. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Afflicted

    May 23, 2011
    Alberta, Canada
    ....... yes I totally agree with harleytech's love for the ES333. A great, and cheaper (mainly cosmetics) version of the ES335. Excellent guitars, but so hard to find these days. I have owned this one since 2013. This guitar is the only ES333 that I have actually seen since I lucked out on mine. Incidentally it came fitted out with Lollar "Low Wind" Imperials. A very nice find. I did hear of another one in the past year, but unluckily I missed out on that one.

    The ES333 and the ES335 are virtually the same guitar other than for some silk screening, a non gloss finish, some plain binding and the lack of a pick guard on the 333. The 333 also came with 490R/490T pickups against the '57 Classic pickups of the 335. Other than that they are basically the same guitar, with the same electronics and hardware. Structurally they were also the same beast - same woods, including laminates, etc. The ES333 however was considerably cheaper than the ES335, but could easily be converted into an ES335 by adding a pickguard and changing the pickups if so desired ....... but we were still ahead in the $$$ game.

    I guess Gibson soon caught on, and quickly ended the production of the ES333 guitar. Pity!

    Luckily we still have the ES335 and the ES339 to choose from.

    An ES333 (on the left) with it's fancier ES335 brother. Not too much to choose between them at first glance, except the ES333 does have a very handy control access at the back, which is always nice to have.

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