Cherry Gibson 335 or Goldtop Les Paul

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by collinsman, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. collinsman

    collinsman Tele-Afflicted

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    First, thanks for all the input, the best obviously would be to have both but you know the drill $'s/ What Jack said struck me a little, 90% of the time I'm sitting on my duff and maybe once every two months jam with some buddies in a band setting. I'm not a real big guy, but sitting with the 335 is very comfortable, that is if I'm on a chair and not the couch. Maybe the other option is to get an Epi in either a Lester or Dot then go w/ the Gibson on one, maybe I can swing it/thx again mates;)
     
  2. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

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    I absolutely agree with your Epiphone, have both idea. Take it as a challenge, hunt a good one of each. Would be a fun excercise and you should end up with two lovely, iconic guitars.

    I just bought the Epi limited Edition 60's V3 Les Paul and LOVE it. My friends Gibson has a slight bit more rawk but then mine has gibson burstbuckers his has the 59's (or whatever they are, not the burstbuckers anyway)....which I think accounts for most of the difference.

    A good Epi Les Paul and the Elite Epi 335 (or dot for more saving). A nice, cost effective combo!

    However I also agree with AC15, the more versatile comment has always struck me as baloney too.

    MAYBE a 335 can play hollow body stuff more convincing (maybe) but on the flip side a Les Paul can do a lot more heavier stuff than a 335. I just don't find the 335 more "versatile" at all....certainly not with my copy.

    Plus I find the body shape of the Les Paul a lot more comfortable to play....
     
  3. Dawg

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    I'd go for the LP '56 Goldtop with P90's - i've had 3 335's in the past and have a LP Custom and a Custom Shop ES345 and it wastes both of them...

    As great as they are the Gibson 300 series are trying to be two things at once - and they don't do it convincingly enough to my ears. They don't sound like a Gibson hollowbody (got a couple of those too) and they don't have the sustain, punch and clarity of a solid body Les Paul. You can make LP's sound incredibly versatile; they aren't one trick ponies and work incredibly well away from that over done overdriven sound - but since getting a P90 Goldtop I find that it's my 'go to' now....

    I remember seeing a fairly well respected blues man playing a blonde 335 - his second guitarist with a LP Standard just tore him apart tonally...
     
  4. Bernie

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    Not cherry, but....

     
  5. Stuco

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    If it were me I'd choose the 335.
     
  6. collinsman

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    Just a quick question, why the P90's over the humbuckers for the LP _ I had one of those tribute LP's very briefly w/ P90's and traded it for an American strat about two yrs ago I think, but compare the two if you will, +'s and - 's
     
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    Mercy, notice the Gold top in the backround :lol:
     
  8. BradL

    BradL Friend of Leo's

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    the ES 335 is IMO Gibson's finest guitar. Cherry Red is my fave colour. Job done.
     
  9. Califiddler

    Califiddler Friend of Leo's

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    I would go with the 335. More versatile than a LP, and better suited to playing with a thumb pick, which you are interested in doing.
     
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    I'm really not into humbuckers, haven't been for the last 30 years. I traded a tobacco burst 335 in 1970 for a 69RI Gold top and could not believe the difference. There is nothing wrong with the 335, but for the sound that I was looking for, the P-90s really did the trick.
    There are more solid lows and screaming mid-range available with the P-90s. And, when I paired the Gold Top with my 65 Tele, there was just no sound that I could not get.
    By the way, I play pretty clean, R&R, country rock, gospel. Nothing that really need over the top distortion.
     
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    Yup, I've got the 54 goldtop and I'd sell my only Tele before I'd sell that one.
     
  12. RubyRae

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    Bernie, that 335 is a very rare P90 version. Awesome no doubt, but will sound different than a standard 335.

    This is a tough question, and both are great guitars. Really comes down to playing them both and deciding which feels, sounds, and plays better for you. I have played 335's that were not so great, and same with les Pauls. I own a 335 and absolutely love it. Good luck
     
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    I Feel that both are great guitars and I own four Les Pauls and one ES 335.

    You need to go try some differant ones and make your own choice.
     
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    335
     
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    I don't envy you right now. WAIT I do envy you! Hard choice. How about a Goldtop 335?
     
  16. Colt W. Knight

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    That was an amazing sound clip. WOW!

    I love the looks of those 335s. When I wanted to start playing electric guitars, that is the guitar I wanted, but couldn't afford. So... I got a tele.
     
  17. Del Pickup

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    I have an LP copy that was custom made for me with a lot of the body chambered to reduce weight and it is a lot lighter than any other LP - Gibson or Epi - that I've ever picked up. It sounds pretty damn fine too. However, after playing it for a whole gig you know you've been standing in one place for a while with a considerable weight round your shoulders.

    By comparison, any 335 I've picked up feels as light as a feather and I can see how that factor alone could influence some people's choice between the two instruments.

    Just as another thought for you to consider, how about a 339? It's a smaller bodied semi-hollow body which is even more ergonomic than a 335 and much lighter than an LP. The sound is somewhere between LP and 335 territory as far as I can tell.

    Food for thought???............
     
  18. Badabing

    Badabing Friend of Leo's

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    Must have Both!

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    Here is my Gold top and my ES 175t. It's not a 335 but my favorite Hollowbody.
    Maybe go with the Epiphone versions so you can purchase both guitars!!
     
  19. Bernie

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    I thought I'd throw it out there as an interesting cross between the LP/P90 that was mentioned earlier in this thread and the ES335. Rare, yes, but still a pretty killer combo. And there's always Phat Cats, Lollar, and Fralin P90s that fit in the humbucker hole. Just trying to make the OP aware of a different option if you like the P90 sound.
     
  20. tomas83

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    I'd go with Midtown most likely. Here is my chart.

    1., Midtown
    2., 335
    3., Gold-top (P90's only)

    I'm pretty sure Les Paul would win just 6 months ago :)
     
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