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  • Best Cheap ES 335 Clone?

    What's the best value ES 335-make guitar?

    I'm interested in what Hamer has. . . and wish G & L had something!
    Guild GAD 50 clenched in my fists

  • #2
    Methinks GFS has some. Never tried them, but all the Xaviere guitars have gotten good reviews.

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    • #3
      Epiphone dot. Or if you can go that high a Sheriton

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      • #4
        What's your budget?...that will help determine how "cheap" is defined...

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        • #5
          Epi Dot
          Epi Sheraton
          Eastman
          Hamer
          Ibanez Artcore

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          • #6
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            • #7
              There are really tons of good quality, budget semi-hollows out there. It really comes down to finding the right one for you. But the ones I'd be sure to try would be the Epiphones, Washburn HB35, the Artcores and the Hangstrom Viking.
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              • #8
                Ibanez AS80
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                Were you doing better when "rich" people were makin' money, OR are you better off now?

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                • #9
                  The Epiphone DOT is my favorite.
                  "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans..."
                  - John Lennon
                  Videos of me playing guitar!

                  My original music


                  Stupid, meaningless HC clubs I'm a PROUD member of:
                  Epiphone Empire
                  F-Holes (Semi-Hollow and Hollowbody owners)
                  Marshall Circle of Tone
                  SG ARMY

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                  • #10
                    Never owned one but the Dot has a lot of followers. I have owned the three following.

                    Sheraton is top of the heap of the cheaps. Washburn HB35...sweet, sweet, guitar that responds really well to upgrades... as does the Sheraton too.

                    Hamer... stay away. Nice but too overbuilt. Way too much like playing a solid body.

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                    • #11
                      Try to find a Peavey JF-1 ex.

                      Strikingly beautiful and well-made for the price.

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                      • #12
                        Epi Dot, Artcore, Agile, OS/Washburn will be your best bets.
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                        • #13
                          Try to find a Peavey JF-1 ex.

                          Strikingly beautiful and well-made for the price.
                          This is the one that has caught my eye recently. Never touched one in person, but looks like a pretty decent guitar for the money.

                          I've owned a Dot and put some 57 Classics in it and it was frickin amazing. Had to sell it unfortunately. If push came to shove I'd probably have to go with the Dot, but I would love to give the Peavey a run through first.
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                          • #14
                            I'm not a fan of the pickups on either the Agiles or the Artcores. My nod would go first to the Peavey then to the Epi.

                            (BTW: I play a JF-2 and absolutely love it.)

                            Of course, if money is not a major consideration, your BEST choice for an ES-335 style guitar is.... an ES-335.
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                            • #15
                              My Peavey JF-1, now with Classic 57's :

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