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Small bodied versions of ES-335s: 339?, B&G?, Other?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cpb2020, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. Cpb2020

    Cpb2020 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Greetings, thoughts/suggestions for a smaller bodied ES-335 that is relatively modern (1980s+) to keep an eye out for on the used market? Not something as high end as a Collings. Think $1k or under on the used market.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. El Marin

    El Marin Friend of Leo's

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    At that price, the Midtown I a good guitar

    I had a friend's for a while, changing the pickups and would have one (Custom in sunburst) if I would find one with 50's neck but all I played where SLim Tapper and I cannot stand that profile

    BUT I know there are some with chunky neck
     
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  4. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    Something a bit left of centre:
    Yamaha AEX520 (mini hums) or AEX502 (P90s). My 520 has possibly the best pickups of all my guitars incl Gibson/Fender.
    They aren't high end Yamaha quality, and bolt on neck might be a deal breaker, but are worth a look if you see one. I paid AU$380 for mine.

    Same as mine


    I do have an Epi 339 with humbuckers, it's very nice, pickups are slightly hot but it's a killer guitar, especially in split coil mode which to me sounds better in a band situation than it does alone.
    I would LOVE to try the P90 version (esp in Pelham Blue that a member here owns)

    The B&G is one of my dream guitars, the Crossroads version with P90s would do me just fine
     
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    The Ibanez AS73 and others from the series are only 3/4" or thereabouts smaller than an ES-335, but they feel different.
     
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    And the Eastman T386/486/186




    ..I almost bought a 386 but hung out for something full 335 sized
     
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    Dropped some 490R/498Ts into mine and added Gibby witch hats/switch chip. Call it my poor man's 339. It's a blast to play. You can get a new one for less than half of that $1K (case and frivolous Gibson accoutrements not included).

    Zep Gretsch.jpg
     
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    Great, thanks all for the suggestions. There are several suggestions that I was unaware of at all. I’ve got some research to do on these.
     
  11. Peegoo

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    Check out the Guild M75 Aristocrat. About the size of a Les Paul and a whole lot lighter.

    I have a Gibson ES3399 CS and a Guild M75, and the Guild, at quite a bit less than half the price of the Gibson (which is superb), plays and sounds just as good.

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  12. DADGAD

    DADGAD Friend of Leo's

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    My Gibson Midtown is smaller than my ES335 but bigger than a ES339. Great upper fret access, like an SG. Sounds like a Les Paul.

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    Gibson did have an ES-Les Paul from a few years back. Never played one and, well, a bit above your budget. A 339 seems just right size to me.
     
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    Ibanez AM153 and AM93 are 339-ish, AS153 and AS93 are 335-ish. Both sizes are excellent. Epiphone Wildkat? Never played one but I’ve heard you get a good build with terrible electronics...so a wiring job and your choice of pups. Epiphone also makes a 339, might be worth playing.

    Another idea is the PRS SE Hollowbody II.
     
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    Gibson es-339. They are a little smaller and easier to play.
     
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    Epiphone 339..

    Great guitar. Well mine is anyway.
     
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    As the Ibanez AM is already mentioned, I'd like to throw in The D'angelico Excel Mini DC.
     
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    Have you ever played an original Aristocrat with the floating bridge? Maybe the most resonate guitar I have ever played. I've had the opportunity to play two of them over the years, and they were both astounding. I almost bought the second one (at Carter's Vintage Instruments). Next time I come across one in person, I will probably buy it.
     
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    I have.

    I also have this luscious little beast--a Guild M65, from 1960; the single-pickup version of the M75. It's a true archtop (no center block) and it is the bee's knees for jazz tone in a small package.

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    That's the Midtown with the P90's? I didn't know they made them that way. Nice! I bought a brand new Midtown soon after they came out (I think) and the quality was so bad I returned it immediately. maybe they've gotten better. Among other things the finish was terribly orange peeled. How something obvious like that gets out the door makes you wonder..
     
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