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Why are Gibson ES-335's so expensive?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Neener, Dec 11, 2020.

  1. Rythameen

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    I also got mine during the 2017 CME blowout. 1958 Reissue VOS, I’ve seen these on Reverb for $3500-$4500, I got it for $2150 with case. Chunky fat neck, great quality and beautiful tone. Yes it was expensive and I hit all the music stores around me and tried Epiphones, Heritage and others, but in the end this is what I really wanted and I had no trouble affording it at the time, so I got it, no buyers remorse whatsoever. Plugged into my Princeton RI it brings a smile to my face every time I plug in and has made pandemic lockdown a bit more bearable.

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    My '78. Traded a rifle for it in 1978. My baby. 0783.jpg
     
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    That’s how long it’s been! Still impressive though. Good insight to the construction of the 339. I was there in 2012. I see it was April 2019 when they moved. I guess I just lost track of time. Wonder if Nashville does tours now.
     
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    You want a Gibson you pay for a Gibson. I never thought they were expensive or over priced but if you deliver pizza for a living it might take some time to realize your dreams.
     
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    I also find that the ES335 are too expensive. in the end laminated wood is just a fancy name for plywood. Yest it requires a bit more skill to assembe it than a solidbody. But the cost of the laminated wood is probably not the real driver of the price. Keep in mind that the flame maple that you have there is in the end a veneer, The press to make it in can be used for a lot of these guitars, besides, Gibson does not have one press but probably dozens that with the right mould can do all sorts of 335 175 etc guitars.
    I have a very nice Epiphone 2013 The Dot that I paid €250 5 years ago.

    I do not know if any here have seen this YT movie from Andertons in the UK where they reviewed a Gibson 335 against an Epiphone and at the end the where at a loss for words to justify the 10x higher price for the gibson.

    What is not to like there on the Epi? 18:1 tuners. good bridge, great pickups, a nice fat neck.
    Mine was 2 years old when I bought it 2nd hand but it was like new. At some time it developed a high fret and I had it fixed at a local luthier for €90. That is all I have done to it and since he fixed that fret and did a full set-up it plays really like butter and it is one of the most versatile guitars that I have.

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    It's easy to blame things on those evil "systems".

    But what's the actual driving force behind this situation? People who buy these products...like you.
     
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    Because they're that good.
     
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    Laminated top and back....so plywood eh (he said with a wry smile)....
     
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    Absolutely, Larry is probably the main reason i bought mine 20 years back - and they also sound like this...

     
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    Super nice and a good buy for sure!! Yes you paid some good change for it but if you had the $$ it that was actually an investment at that price IMHO.
     
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    Nice, I love the witch hats and that trapeze bridge!
     
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    Larry.....enough said...
     
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    That’s the way I look at it, also as something to pass on to my son and hopefully he will to his son
     
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    Indeed, Erwin... the Epi's are solid guitars. And while it's a momentary/temporary bit of a PITA, you can pop different pickups in there are really make them as you wish. (Worth the scratch, in my view.)

    And... you've got the ES-335 natural big sister to my ES-339! Sweet.

    My 2013 was 6 years aged when I bought it last year. I sought out the natural finish with rosewood board (Reverb). Here seen with the original ProBuckers, which sounded excellent, as humbuckers. I have since changed them out for Firebird pickups, which sound stunning!

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    I bought an ES335TD back in '83 for $225. That's pretty affordable!
     
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    1. Name on the headstock
    2. Cost of American labor
     
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    Too much dinero. Have an Epi, suits me just fine. Had one in the 60s. Can't afford it now.
     
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    I prefer what Gibson does, if the cost turns you off - look towards the Epiphone 335 Pro. Made is Asia -

    versus calling it a Gibson stamped MIA. That to me would be a Fake Gibson.
     
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    Gorgeous example!! Those CME deals during that time period for 335's, 330's and 175's were absolutely insane. I wish I had jumped on a 175
     
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