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    i have a 67 Fender coronado antigua that doesn’t really get played. I just can’t get used to the feel of it although I already had it setup. So I’m going to trade it in for a Gibson 335. Only problem I have is that there are so many models I don’t know what to look for. I don’t really want a vintage one since their price is way above what I want to pay but I’m here to see what would be a good model to get. For example, are the new Memphis 335 good? Does the dot version really change anything? Thanks.
    Last edited by Omar562; 02-25-2018, 08:35 PM.

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    With a few exceptions I prefer P90s or Filtertrons on a 335 shape. I think they make the most of the semi-hollow design whereas humbuckers don't and can sound a bit flat and woofy by comparison.

    So a good option is to find a used HB model that someone hasn't bonded with and put hb-sized P90's or Filtertrons in it.

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    • #3
      That actually sounds pretty cool, p90s would be really rad. I’m looking for one at the moment. I should probably just buy a 335 that’s somewhat cheap and put p90’s

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      • #4
        Disagree, a 335 with the right humbuckers, ie unpotted buckers like Seth Lovers can be made to sound like so many different guitars.

        I love P90s and in a hollow body, semi hollow or solid body are hard to beat, but the best 335 with buckers will be the most versatile guitar you'll own
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          Great guitars for some stuff and there's no denying Kid Charlemagne.

          Most versatile? Not even close. The lack of versatility and ability to cut through a mix (compared to my Anderson) is what I don't like.

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        I have the Samick ( Epi) Dot version. Doesn't sound anything like a 335 or a Paul even.
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        • #6
          Originally posted by Omar562 View Post
          i have a 67 Fender coronado antigua that doesn’t really get played. I just can’t get used to the feel of it although I already had it setup. So I’m going to trade it in for a Gibson 335. Only problem I have is that there are so many models I don’t know what to look for. I don’t really want a vintage one since their price is way above what I want to pay but I’m here to see what would be a good model to get. For example, are the new Memphis 335 good? Does the dot version really change anything? Thanks.
          The stuff made in Memphis is lovely.

          I have a ES335 light flame top with dot inlays that is amazing. My 335 was made in Nashville.
          57 classic I dig a lot.

          If you find one with the MHS humbuckers it's a really nice pick up system. Zero tone changes when you dial down the volume. I think all the Memphis guitars are PLEK set up. You'll like that too.

          You get a lot of nice sustain with out pushing the gain on a ES335.

          The ES 335 that you will choose will be based on the aesthetics you like.
          I personally don't like faded finishes and they tend to polish themselves shiny.

          Good luck, happy hunting.

          I'm not sure what your budget is, but Wildwood has some really nice stuff. MF Private reserve., Sweetwater are great too.

          Brian at MF Private Reserve does a great job making videos.



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          Of all of the Gibson electric guitars I own, it was my favorite play, until the purchase of a ES 275 last year. The 275 is a full hollowbody and is even better imo.


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          • #7
            Originally posted by Omar562 View Post
            i have a 67 Fender coronado antigua that doesn’t really get played. I just can’t get used to the feel of it although I already had it setup. So I’m going to trade it in for a Gibson 335. Only problem I have is that there are so many models I don’t know what to look for. I don’t really want a vintage one since their price is way above what I want to pay but I’m here to see what would be a good model to get. For example, are the new Memphis 335 good? Does the dot version really change anything? Thanks.
            I've only tried a few of the Memphis-built guitars, but they were all quite nice.

            All other things being equal, a dot neck is going to hearken back to the visuals of the very earliest (and most coveted) vintage ES-335's from the late 1950s / early 1960s. Unless you're getting a vintage reissue, it's more of a visual / personal preference thing IMO. Some people like block inlays, some like dot inlays.


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              Mikeo, is that tobacco sunburst yours? (he says while he wipes the drool off of his chin... )
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              • #9
                I suggest looking for a Made In Japan model.

                The Ibanez and Yamaha versions from the '80s are great guitars. The best "335" I have ever played is a Yamaha SA-2200


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                • #10
                  I think that all these different model confuse most people/ buyers. What do we need 20 models of the guitar Les Paul are even worst. If it was up to me we'ld go back to 330,335,345&355 and LP JR. Special,Standard & Custom the only variation would be color.

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                  • #11
                    I'm going to suggest something even thriftier. Epiphone Sheraton II. Mines a Korean Samick made, from 1995, and plays as well as any Gibson I have tried.
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                      Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
                      Mikeo, is that tobacco sunburst yours? (he says while he wipes the drool off of his chin... )
                      I thought they called it Vintage Sunburst.

                      I think it's like what Gibson is calling there 58 burst right now.

                      http://www.gibson.com/Products/Elect...px#ES58168BNH1

                      I know last year when you were doing the ES 275 review, I just happen to be looking at some Hollowbodies. I have the Montreux Burst Flame top ES 275. I was gonna do a ES 175, just cause it's a classic and the L4 was on my list too. The ES 275 does a bit of jazz a bit of blues a bit of rock very nicely.


                      I usually pick out one desert Island instrument a year, and budget for it . Could be a guitar, could be and amp, could be nothing too.

                      Even still I have been playing a Taylor GS mini around the house at night, but is not a very costly instrument. It's an early model GS mini in mahogany and no pick up. Great living room player and something to pen out tunes on.




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                        Originally posted by jtr654 View Post
                        I think that all these different model confuse most people/ buyers. What do we need 20 models of the guitar Les Paul are even worst. If it was up to me we'ld go back to 330,335,345&355 and LP JR. Special,Standard & Custom the only variation would be color.

                        Me too.
                        There's 19 pages of Les Paul's with 12 of them on a page.
                        Back in the 80's when I got my first Gibsons, I had about 4 SG's pick from.
                        SG standard in cherry, walnut, sunburst or white and 2 other one were a custom and the firebrand.



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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Mikeo View Post

                          I thought they called it Vintage Sunburst.

                          I think it's like what Gibson is calling there 58 burst right now.

                          http://www.gibson.com/Products/Elect...px#ES58168BNH1

                          I know last year when you were doing the ES 275 review, I just happen to be looking at some Hollowbodies. I have the Montreux Burst Flame top ES 275. I was gonna do a ES 175, just cause it's a classic and the L4 was on my list too. The ES 275 does a bit of jazz a bit of blues a bit of rock very nicely.


                          I usually pick out one desert Island instrument a year, and budget for it . Could be a guitar, could be and amp, could be nothing too.

                          Even still I have been playing a Taylor GS mini around the house at night, but is not a very costly instrument. It's an early model GS mini in mahogany and no pick up. Great living room player and something to pen out tunes on.

                          I think you're technically right on the name - sorry for any confusion. She's a looker!

                          I remember when you got the ES-275.

                          I wish I could have afforded to buy the one I reviewed - it was a great guitar - but I did buy a GS Mini. I use it a lot - it's a fun guitar with a voice that's surprisingly big, considering its small size. Mine's an earlier one too - mahogany body, spruce top, no pickup.

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                          • #15
                            Interesting topic , well , to me it is . I obtained a few ES 335 things a while ago . I like the tea burst finish Epiphone the most of all 3. The Gibson is a little heavier than the 2 Epiphones . Hey , I do like the ES 335 pro things alot , I really don't know why , maybe I like the tea burst finish better . hmm

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