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'74 ES-335

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by charlie chitlin, Jan 8, 2021.

  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Some little coverings that leave a little something to the imagination are pretty hot.
     
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    I think all the Professionals were walnut - if it was a gold top could it possibly have been a Les Paul Signature, big 335 sort of thing with asymmetric cutaways?

    It's a cool guitar with a very unique sound - those pickups are very wide and flat response sell they sound quite bland with everything on ten, but you get a flexible EQ section (treble and bass roll-off plus a notch filter a bit like a varitone) so you can shape the sound with the EQ s ppart and get some great sounds out of it. The downside is the early ones require a transformer to plug into a standard guitar amp which is a passion - I often use mine straight into a mic channel of my mixing desk and use a plug-in amp in Logic. Oh, and the other issue, it weighs 15 1/2lb!

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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Then, yes...I saw a Signature.
    I wouldn't want to have to tell the difference between a Recording and a Professional in a pinch.
    Are you the one who said you'd guitar is so heavy it's even uncomfortable playing it sitting?
     
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    Yeah, that was probably me!

    Of the low impedance models, the Professional and Personal had the chunky, significantly larger than standard bodies, the Personal differing in having Les Paul Custom style cosmetics and a mic input. They were only made for a short time before being replaced by the Recording, which was more or less Les Paul shaped (it's still slightly larger but not as big or heavy as a Professional) and had a high/low impedance switch that activated an onboard transformer and negated needing an extra bit of kit between the guitar and amp. I'd guess Les wanted a bigger body but the Professionals were simply too heavy for most players, so the Recording was a compromise and it sold steadily if not in massive numbers through the early 70s.

    The Signature was added as a low impedance 335 alternative, although I doubt Les had much involvement beyond collecting the royalty cheques. I'd really like to have one but they've got too expensive for me to justify nowadays.
     
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    I hear you OP. I have a '78 and it is a fantastic guitar.
     
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    OK...it's not perfect...
    It has a ding. :eek:
    Now I can feel ok about continuing to gig it.:p IMG_20210110_134252.jpg
     
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    Not sure if you meant me or Dan, but yeah...mines 1 9/16.
     
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    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    NICE

    I had a ‘72 Les Paul Recording... it played like butter and i loved the low impedence pickups.. so clear and musical.

    i traded it for my Mesa rig (very stupid _ should have saved longer) but saw it again for sale years later... foolishly did not rescue it. Next time!
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    My '70 is 1.590" across the nut. I'm one of those folks who plays any width at the nut. Cowboy chords are fine on this one.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Those LP Professionals, and the bass version as well, are uncommon. I've never heard one.

    EDIT: Hmmm. I'm thinking about the Signature instead of the Professional.
     
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    That's not a ding!

    (Where's Crocodile Dundee?)
     
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    An old buddy and I went to see Les Paul and we brought our guitars that we'd had since high school.
    I pulled out my 71 Deluxe GT, and Lester couldn't have cared less. He engraved his name in the top between the tailpiece and strap button.
    Then my buddy, who always coveted my guitar because it was so much cooler than his, pulled out his Les Paul Recording. Lester lit up, said, "Now, THAT'S a good box!" and engraved the pick guard.
     
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    Is that somewhere between 9/16 and 5/8?
    I can't do that stuff in my head.
     
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    My 65 melody maker has the nut size between 1 9/16-10/16 on a nice C shape neck.
     
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    That’s a cool story... amazing guitars. The reissue did not have the same pickups. THIS video captures it - blend of tele, p90 and PAF.

     
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    That thing sounds freakin' killer.
     
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    Sweet guitar Charlie - I like the one owner guitars - that has the look!
     
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    It's one of those situations where the guy I got it from was briefly the 2nd owner.
    Probably got it cheap from a widow. :rolleyes:
     
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    They definitely got screwed up a lot less than SGs did in the '70s.

    They are from my ideal period for 335s. I like narrow nuts, trapeze tailpieces, T-Top pickups, small block inlays, witch hat knobs, and the high neck joint. I already have a 330 from the period of these specs (1968), and I'd love to add a 335 with the same specs.
     
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    Me too - I have an ES 330 from this time that is really a fun guitar, and not so expensive that you don't worry SO much about playing them. This was same situation as Charlie. One owner.
     
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