NGD! - EDWARDS E-SA-138LTS "ES-355 Black Beauty"-ish..

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  1. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Finally, I've been jonesing for a decent 335/355 for years now.. I really want it specifically in ebony/black! and I've been wanting to compare my 330 in feel and tone.. today was the day!

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    Its nice and solidly built. I got surprised on the weight.. man, I didnt know 335's weigh this much. LOL mainly because I've been using the 330 for a year exclusively, so picking this one up was definitely a bit shocking.
    The weight is manageable. and it's not as heavy as a Gibson Les Paul.. heck, my MIJ Fender Japan Tele is heavier!

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    Build quality is good, very solid. the feel of the neck is amazing, the Gotoh hardware as stock for sure is a bonus.

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    There are just some weird areas where the yellowing didnt make sense, like the edge of the fretboard where the yellowing stops, but all good, I can live with this, but overall finish is absolutely flawless.
    neck is a bit chunky, it feels similar to the Gibson Rounded C that my 330 has, but just "Rounder" at the back and thicker on the nut while the Gibson is slimmer on the nut.

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    I can say, the build CAN compare to the Gibson. I know apples and oranges, 330 vs 335/355.. but Im talking about the fit, finish, the overall feel of the guitar under your hands, when you play it, strum. It DOESNT feel cheap despite costing a fraction of the real deal.

    I also know that this isnt comparable to 335/355 in terms of tone, mainly because the top and back are solid carved maple and not laminate.. but it should be in the parking lot of the ballpark, so to speak. LOL

    Pickups are Seymour Duncan SH-2n on the neck and SH-14 on the bridge. and Ebony fretboard.

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  2. jayyj

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    Very cool, and looks great in black! The ES355 is my favourite guitar design, probably because I grew up on Bernard Butler and Johnny Marr, and I've never played an Edwards version but my bandmate has an Edwards Double Cut LP Special which definitely has the edge on my 90s Gibson Special.
     
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    Wow!
     
  4. dreamingtele

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    thank you! And yes, I really wanted a 335/355 in ebony! This one of my top 3 color on an ES guitar! Ebony/Black, Gibson Natural and cherry red!

    it was also a toss up between a Yamaha SA-50 and this one. I chose this. Hehe
     
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    thank you sir!
     
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    So beautiful!
     
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    It looks very nice. You could name it 'The Bee' due to its black and yellow appearance!

    Is it an old guitar? I assume it is due to the yellowing of the finish, but I'm not familiar with the manufacturer so don't know.

    That's interesting about the weight. I have a 335 that's just under 8lb so wonder if yours is just heavy in comparison to the 330, or heavy for a 335.
     
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    thank you sir!
     
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    thank you sir! Its a 2013 made guitar. They just put something on top of the nitro to make it look yellow-er. Sort of aged look. Hehe.

    and yes just a wee bit heaviee than my 330. It weighs 8.6lbs and my 330 is 6lbs flat.
     
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    As far as I'm aware Edwards is a brand made by ESP for the Japanese home market. I have an Edwards Tele - good materials and Gotoh hardware, well finished though a little heavy. The feel and profile of the neck sold it to me. I've played several and liked them all. It's my second favourite Tele.

    Here's a link to an Edwards LP which has a little info about the brand:

    https://www.whitstableguitars.co.uk/edwards-esp-e-lp-98lts-mij
     
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    Don't they make a lovely couple!
     
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    Ah, I see. The aged look works great with the black.

    I understand now why it's heavy in comparison. 6lb is very light for an electric guitar! I'll have to try out a Gibson 330 or USA Epiphone Casino one day as I bet I'll like the sound.
     
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    yes sir.
    There’s also clarifications from ESP japan that Edwards are made in the ESP-owned factory in China. Bodies/necks, probably finishing as well is done there and shipped to Japan for assembly, hardware/parts, set up and QC.

    I actually am very impressed on the quality. Ive tried a few before and this is why i got this, even sight unseen and untried, they’re all VERY consistent.

    i probably have the EASIEST time setting this up, no fret buzz, I did the same action/measurements with my 330, and played very smooth, all in 15mins.
     
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    yessir! I do agree!
     
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    you should sir. Everybody needs to try a Casino/330. The love affair started with a humble Epiphone Casino. And the rest is history.

    i actually sold ALL my gears, except my amp. To fund this 330. Its been my one and only guitar for a year and been playing it exclusively. Never regretted one bit. Even if it came to selling my number 1 tele. Hehehe.
     
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    That's a tough thing to do, but when you find the right guitar, it makes it worthwhile. I've sold quite a lot of gear over the years to do the same but have still somehow ended up with too many guitars!

    Have you found that only using the 330 has made you get to know it better than you otherwise would with multiple guitars? I imagine you get to know exactly how it responds to different playing technique, and the variations between the pickups and where to put the volume and tone knobs for the best sounds. I swap between guitars too much and don't feel I ever get to know any of them particularly well!
     
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    yessir. The 330 has its own quirks and unrivaled in tone. The P90’s are really my desert island pickups and these did not disappoint even if it’s my only guitar at the time. It can do anything! Neck and bridge!! Middle position with the neck volume rolled back gives me a bit hollow quack type, not straty, but nice fat chimey tone.

    i’m planning to use this Edwards the same, maybe around 70-80% more than the 330 so i can get to know it too, and share the wear and tear of my 330. Hehehe
     
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    Wow, very nice, congratulations.
     
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    Very Nice
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