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Lotus ES 335 Copy Specs?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Strowbri86, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Strowbri86

    Strowbri86 Tele-Meister

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    So I was at my local Guitar Center just now and spotted one of the infamous Lotus lawsuit ES 335 guitars. I've never played one so I thought I'd check it out. I figured it would be okay, maybe akin to an Epiphone pro or something. WRONG. It is amazing. It plays like butter. Perfect intonation. No fret ware, no scratchiness, no dead spots, and just so so smooth. And it sounds spectacular. I almost always switch out stock pups on any guitar, and I'll probably be keeping these in.
    I felt like Albert King playing it. I mean I can't say enough how surprised I was, and it was $299. So of course I bought it.
    So now I want to find out more about this specific model. I know it is from the Samick factory in Korea but I can't find any official specs online.
    Does anyone know offhand where to find them or know them already? I don't even know what wood it is made of. Mahogany I'm guessing?

    Thanks!

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    It should be maple for the body - I can see maple through the F hole - and quite likely the neck as well with Samick. The centerblock may be maple, as in a real 335 or it may be mahogany as with the Samick made Sheratons of the late 80s. If you look through the F hole, if the centerblock is the same colour as the back it's most likely maple and if it's a darker brickish colour it's likely to be mahogany.

    Those early Korean Samicks are generally very good guitars. I had one of their Sheratons for a while and it was very nicely put together.
     
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    Cheers!
     
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    Looks like probably a mahagony block then 1533708681010.jpg
     
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    Yes, that looks like mahogany.
     
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    If it makes you feel like Albert King, don't worry about the wood. I'm even a wood biased guy, but the end result is everything.
     
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    Very nice! I'd go for that.
     
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    My '97 Samick Epiphone DOT is really a good guitar, very nice mahogany inner block but most important it is really confortable and consistent to play.
    Enjoy it!
     
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    I'd really love to be able to find out what year it is and what kind of pickups they were using at that time. If only I spoke korean, I'd just call someone!
     
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