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Want to scratch your 335 itch on a budget?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by nojazzhere, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I was just browsing on Guitar Fetish, and came across a batch of ES 335-style guitars for only $130. Yeah, they're blemished, and no telling exactly what quality, but that price is better than a Firefly or Grote, even if you have to have a little "touch up" work done.
    Just passing on information.....I have NO affiliation with GFS. ;)
    https://www.guitarfetish.com/B-STOC...d-Two-Humbuckers--BAD-VOLUME-POT_p_38210.html
     
  2. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I had one of those in black a few years back, it was put together very well, I was impressed...

    I gave it to my nephew, 335 bodies are too big for my short arms... ;)
     
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    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

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    Hmmm
     
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    That's a nice opportunity for sure.

    The guitar pictured at that link has a "feature" in common with my cheap Trini kit that I thought I'd point out.

    The set neck's heel is not the same depth as the body, due to the simplified neck pocket and tenon design of these inexpensive "335"-like guitars.

    For my kit, I addressed this by removing the strip of binding that runs beneath the heel and adding a heel cap, then shaping it. This is more like what a "real" 335 or Trini looks like. If you wanted to do this on an already-finished guitar, it'd involve a small area of finish repair.

    Here's a couple of pictures of this modification in progress so you can see what I'm describing. I smoothed the heel cap a bit more but I don't seem to have a picture of it at the end of the shaping process.
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  5. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    They look like Jay Tursers. I had a Turser 335 knockoff in Blonde, not a bad guitar.

    - D
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm somewhat the same. I have lusted after an ES 335 since the sixties, but never owned one. Last year, on FenderGyrl's recommendation, I got a Grote 335-type on Amazon. Amazing guitar, especially for the price. But....I guess I've played a Telecaster for so long, the big (and heavy, 8 lbs) Grote is just not my thing, now. I'll keep it, and will probably play it out some, but mostly I'll stick with the Tele-style I built last year. The Grote, in cherry red, sure is beautiful, though.....
     
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    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    No Thanks, I've had enough "fun" with their wood products in the past. I can get a good deal at Rondo that I don't have to fix.
     
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    All gone already!
     
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    8lbs is heavy?
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    YEP!!!!
    My previous #1 is a 1993 Korean Fender Squier Telecaster that I modified extensively (and repeatedly) over a twenty year period. It was basically ideal for me, except its 8 lb weight. I took the knowledge I had gained over that twenty years, and built my NEW #1, a Paulownia bodied partscaster that weighs in at 5 lbs......almost too light, but much more comfortable on gigs.
     
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    I've got their almost-Casino copy, the XV-910
    (it's semi hollow instead of fully hollow) and love it. It's a great guitar. I once let one of the guitar teachers that gives lessons where I work and he said it felt and played better than most $3000 guitars before even plugging it up!
     
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    Ibanez AS-80

    I paid less than $300 for it about 10 years ago. Picture 64.jpg
     
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    The AS-50 is akin to the 339 it's a early 80's Japanese guitar and is one of my favorites these days. I play it all the time. Picture 151.jpg
     
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    I bought a 335 style about 7-8 years ago from Rondo it was an SX. I don’t remember the model number.
    It was a decent guitar totally stock.
    But I like to rework guitars that are cheap and have several flaws, like fretwork , tuners, nut, pickups.
    This one has 6 ply binding on the body, 2 ply on the neck, 4 ply on the headstock.
    I totally reworked the frets and it plays as good as any guitar could be expected to play. The tuners and nut were a relatively quick fix.
    The pickups and wiring harness were a nightmare do to the small F holes, this is something I found out as I tried to install the new electronics.
    I abandoned the first attempt after much frustration.
    I let it sit for a week or so then plan my next assault by accessing the front pickup cavity. This was not a cake walk either, the size of the hole to accommodate a full size CTS pot required a very aggressive rasp to expand the size of the hole. Once the hole was completed I mentally planed the installation of the wiring harness. Anything with me that requires mentally anything is doomed from the start. It wasn’t always like this but it is now and has been for some time.
    After fishing the components to their proper hole, I felt a sense of relief or accomplishment or something, but it was short lived. Somehow the harness got twisted and I ended up with 4 volume controls. It has stayed this way for several years because I don’t have the ambition to sort it all out. But it looks good and plays good, but it is among the heaviest of all my guitars and frankly I’m not strong enough to wrestle with it anymore.
     
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    in the late 80s I used to go to see a blues band, and their guitarist played one of those small bodied ibanez 335ish guitars. He sounded great, but he was a great player so it figures.
     
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    My #1 is a GFS Xaviere XV-900... just a great guitar! I saw it glowingly reviewed in Vintage Guitar Magazine, and took a chance. I feel like I won the lottery for $279. :) xvsehoflmaal2.jpg
     
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    I got this one, lovely guitar. Selling today at €170. Screenshot_20200923-084057.jpg
     
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