Why would I want an ES-335?

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  1. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

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    Just silly post due to random GAS as there there is a ES-335 for sale at a good price.


    Anyways I've got a nice Les Paul .. (and a great ES-175 too)


    Why in Gods name would I want a ES-335?


    My Les Paul
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  2. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Everyone NEEDS a 335 (though I still haven't got mine yet.. Soon i hope, soon....my Avatar guitar was close, my Epi 339 closer still, but the 335 gas is still overpowering)
     
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  3. Matthias

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    I will have one... eventually. They’re amazing.
     
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    I'm a solid body guy. I can't say I've spent a lot of time with a ES-335, but I owned a Heritage Prospect (ES-339) for several years. I don't see the advantage of a semi hollow body. I think a solid body is more durable.
     
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    The way you worded above, do you NO longer have a Les Paul Signature?

    ( I'm the guy who's first electric was one in 1976, stolen later)
     
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    I've had a 330 and 335. However, after stupid decisions as a young man they are gone. But to prove there is a God and he loves me, I am enjoying an Ibanez AS53 that keeps me happy. Get a semi hollow, you'll love it and it need not be a Gibson.
     
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    ...when you could have the same guitar only cooler? Beats me.
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    Why wouldn’t you want one?
     
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    This makes a pretty good case for owning one:



    So does this:



    Or if you’d prefer....

     
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    Because you can Duckwalk with it of course
     
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    I have an Ibanez AS153 that I love. Here are some reasons:

    1) Works for any genre of music. Dave Grohl has shown it even works for very hard rock.
    2) Has an interesting "bloom" to it that is different from a solid body like a Les Paul. It doesn't howl like a true hollowbody, but there is enough extra vibration that you get a nice variant of feedback that sounds really good, IMO.
    3) When noodling at home, unplugged, the semi-hollow design makes it a lot louder. When practicing electric guitar I mostly play unplugged and the extra volume level is nice. But still plenty quiet to not annoy wife and son.
    4) The shorter Gibson scale makes for a bit less string tension (for the same gauge strings), and I like that.
     
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  12. Asmith

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    Nah you don't want an ES-335 but you do want a Epiphone Riviera

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    I have a reissue that the previous owner had doodled on

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    I’d much rather have an ES-345.
     
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    I had a 1966 ES 335....one trick pony, but it's a good one trick....
     
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    It is my signature sound, but more importantly, I find it to be the most versatile electric and you can probably toss the LP after owning one.
     
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    I had an Oscar Schmidt Delta King ES-335 clone that was a great playing guitar. It got sold due to downsizing for a move. As much as I like my Baja I really missed that 335 feel. So I bought a Epiphone Dot about 6mos ago and it has more than made up for the loss of the Delta King. I only a ‘need’ 3 guitars, a Tele, a 335 and a decent acoustic :)
     
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    Why would you want an ES 33 ?
    If you have to ask you wouldn't understand
     
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    Oooo Hot question. I feel like you don't? I never connected to the semi hollow body 335 and variants. To me they never sounded as "solid" as a solid body or as live as a hollow body. I feel like something that big should have a louder acoustic zing.

    It was only in the last year that I got the Les Paul thing. Still too heavy, headstock issues, and I think the binding over fret ends is weird but give me a Studio and I'd be pretty psyched!
     
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    I have a Memphis ES335 in Walnut.
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    But if I had to choose, I'd take my Ibanez AG95QA over it.

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