School me on the ES335

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by ReggiedaDog, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. ReggiedaDog

    ReggiedaDog TDPRI Member

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    Hi all, in the market for a new guitar after selling just about everything except my two Teles. I owned an ES335 last year (cherry red with burstbuckers and block inlays) and didn't really bond with it and sold it after 3 months, it was the first ES335 I had ever played nevermind owned. I had decided that the model just wasn't for me.

    Then last night I went to a buddies house and played his, a 'traditional' model that had 'MHS' pickups. Oh my stars and garters, a beauty of a guitar that handled everything from plummy jazz through to snarly garage rock/Black Keys types tones to a nice clean strummy jangle- never seemed to get muddy or thin.

    So now Ive realised there must be some variation in models and the ES335 has been firmly (re)added to my 'must try' list- but there are a bewildering set of models- a gather the Studio are the lower spec ones but what about the Dot, Traditional, Memphis, Figured etc etc.

    After years spent firmly in Fender land I feel like it is a different language completely- I don't even understand their neck sizes!

    Im also quite keen on trying the models with p90s as well as I love P90s...

    Can anyone clarify things?

    (ps before someone says I should ask this on a Gibson forum I was hoping other Tele players could use words that I'd understand...)
     
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  2. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    OK, this is the only exclamatory phrase I'm gonna use from here on out, for the rest of my life. And for at least a month, I'm gonna find a way to work into every conversation. See what you've done...

    I've never had a true ES 335, but I've had Ibanez versions and they play wonderfully. The necks are different from Fenders, but great. I used to like hum buckers in 'em too, until I fell in love with P90s. Now I'm down to a strat, a tele, and I'm still trying to work out which P90 axe I'm sticking with. My current tele Modern Player thinline, another P90 tele I've been offered used, a Les Paul, a Firebird, an ES 339. I have a tele I love so I'm keeping, but I really only need a strat and something fatter sounding, which at this point in my life is P90s. A semi-hollow is as good a choice for that as any...

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  3. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Afflicted

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    there is an entire fleet of ES (electric spanish) guitar by gibson/epiphone.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_ES_Series

    I have an es-339 which is nice if you like smaller bodied guitars, its more les paul sized.

    also Yamaha has made a number of es style guitars

    including the ae 500

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    Cort makes some in that style as well.
     
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  4. ReggiedaDog

    ReggiedaDog TDPRI Member

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    Glad to have been of service Ray!

    Yeah I've never been much of a humbucker guy, I love playing them when noodling at home but for me they just don't cut through a band mix. There is a lovely used ES335 going near me with dog ear p90s or I might even buy a cheap used Dot and put an HB sized P90 in it.
     
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    I always heard that you should have to have at least one 335, so I've tried three ES335s over the years and could just never learn to love them. They make great "wall art" when you hang them in your collection, but you can't always love a pretty face. You can make any guitar sound however you want, but for me, the problem was about feel. I don't really play standing up, and the size and shape of the body just never balanced for me, while sitting. I've traded them all off for guitars that I really love. Being somewhat misguided, I bought a Johnny A, thinking it would be similar to the 335, but more LP size/shape, and it is, but not much "fun" to play. Thinking of getting rid of it and giving up on semi-hollow bodies.
    This was my last one, a dot.
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    McGlamRock Friend of Leo's

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    Cherry red, block inlays, and Gibson 57 pups. One of these should do the trick
     
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  7. ReggiedaDog

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    sadly GC links no longer work in the EU...
     
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    The most relevant thing I know about an ES-335 is that I want one badly.
     
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    Mark the Moose Tele-Meister

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    Can't afford a Gibson, but my Ibanez is really a great instrument. I rolled a ton of pickups through it until I landed on a DiMarzio EJ-Custom in the neck (much like the SD Jazz) and an SD JB in the bridge. Again, great playing guitar.
     
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    Try to try the Epiphone Casino Coupe with P90 pickups too. It's the 339 rather than 335 sized body. It sits and fits more comfortably ( to me ) than the full sized 335, sounds fantastic too.
    Ignore the name on the headstock.

    The Ibanez are very good too.
     
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    Try an ES-339.
     
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    oh man last time this came up..found one of these & almost..
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    I can't (and refuse to) afford the Gibson models, so I have an absolutely beautiful Korean Epi Casino (IBJL model) and a Epi 335 Pro. The Casino is obviously more resonant unplugged, but the K. Armstrong P90s I have on it are a way too powerful and growly. One of my projects is to unwind those pickups. The Epi 335 Pro was a really nice surprise - it looks great, it's easy to play, and the Epi Alnico Classic humbuckers sound great - not muddy at all. And they really shine when overdriven. That guitar is also coil-tapped which is a nice bonus. Got both guitars used on CL with a total investment of $950. Now I don't have to mortgage my house to buy Gibson.
     
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    :DI have the Epi Dot deluxe version with case. Immediately switched out the wiring and pups to a BCS Vintage ES335 wiring kit and two Seymour Duncan Antiquity HBs. Total cost about $750.

    It's one of the most fun, touch sensitive guitars I've ever played. And the tone...? :D:D:D

    Perfect companion to my Tele.
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  16. joealso

    joealso Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    While you're exploring the Gibson ES family of guitars, I encourage you to consider meeting one of it's cousins, the Epiphone Sheraton.
     
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    63telemaster Tele-Meister

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    The 335 killer!

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    Look at a used Heritage 535 too.
     
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  19. Martin R

    Martin R Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I love mine. Perhaps the issue with yours were the Burstbucker pups. Find one with Classic 57's.
    Like the one you played mine can go from cool jazz to grinding rock.
    And it's a perfect compliment to a Telecaster. This has both...the twangy opening riff is the Tele, the rhythm and chorus arpeggios are the 335.
     
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