If it could be just one Gibson, which one would it be?

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  1. WilburBufferson

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    I'm a Fender guy, tried and true, so any Gibson would be a compromise, but if you were to single any one model of a Gibson guitar to own to expand the tonal palate, which one would it be?

    I'm actually looking for a traditional humbucker sound/guitar. I've got a T-type, a Telecaster Deluxe (with two WRHBs) and a Fender Jazzmaster. What would be your fourth?
     
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    ES 33whatever
     
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    Some P90 firebreather like a Junior or Special. But you said humbucker, so 33whatever will probably be the verdict.
     
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    Gibson ES-335. It is in my opinion the 2nd most versatile guitar to a telecaster. Jazz, rock, blues, shuffle country, funk. The only thing a telecaster can do hands down better is that wired bridge hot country (Marty, Gatton, Mason, Guthrie Trapp, James Burton) but an ES-335 even pulls that off close enough that it sounds fine.

    There is a reason you see a lot of the guys in Nashville playing teles and ES-335's. And it's been that way since the 50's/60's.
     
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    ES33x so long as it had a fat neck and a Bigsby
     
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    Probably one of these. I've had my eye on it for a long time. If ever I were to buy a Les Paul I would demand the back be transparent for the mahogany to shine through.

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    In fact I liked it so much I decided to build a Tele in honor of it, though that plan was scrapped in favor of a jazzmaster

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    a custon firebird III basically a non reversed righthanded Firebird with the control knobs on the bottom bout

    a black beauty in south
     
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    I’ll go outside the box and say an SG. Twin buckers, not sure which pg, but pure rock n roll a la Mr. Townsend.

    Edit:- probably fitted with a Bigsby.
     
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    A lighter weight Les Paul r8 with paf style or real paf pickups.
     
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    The guitar that made Gibson...the Archtop.
    L-5.
    ES-5 Switchmaster.
    ES-175
    You might rethink that after playing a well setup archtop.
     
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    Flat top L-1. My ultimate dream guitar.
     
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    Tough call between a Les Paul Junior and a 330.
     
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    One of these.
     

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    Junior/Special. I wouldn’t turn down an Explorer.

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    In that order and hanging on my wall. If only one, yeah, the 335 for sure.
     
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    Def. a 3xx type. Bright, Dark, Jangle, Funk, Jazz... super versatile. 345 is even prettier with the split parallelogram inlays and adds a varitone. I love mine. You can play the feedback and it does not howl like a 330 or Casino hollow.

    Les Pauls are great and can play like butter but the traditional neck heel is not great and they can tend to be wolly and bassy. Low wind, PAF style pickups brought mine to life.

    Not played a firebird V or VII enough but I could see one winning me over. I have a firebird styled guitar with 3x P90 as my current number one.
     
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    I couldn’t agree more. I’d probably pick a 345 though, but only because of the double parallelogram position markers. I’m usually not too hung up on cosmetics, but the DP’s just look soooo good on a 345, imo.


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