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Unread 04-01-2009, 04:51 PM   #61 (permalink)
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The 339 is just like the 335 in the sense that it's supposed to be used for blues/jazz, not hard rock/metal. The LP is much more versatile, you can play anything on an LP from jazz to metal to classical to rock.

Try playing both in a store and see what you think. Whatever feels/looks/plays best in your hands is the one to buy.
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Unread 04-01-2009, 05:49 PM   #62 (permalink)
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The 339 is just like the 335 in the sense that it's supposed to be used for blues/jazz, not hard rock/metal. The LP is much more versatile, you can play anything on an LP from jazz to metal to classical to rock.



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Re: Les Paul vs. ES-339

As much as I like the 339's and how good they sound, the cramped treble horn for upper fret access was a dealbreaker for me. If my hands were a better fit, I'd have one.
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The 339 is just like the 335 in the sense that it's supposed to be used for blues/jazz, not hard rock/metal. The LP is much more versatile, you can play anything on an LP from jazz to metal to classical to rock.
No guitar is "supposed" to be used for any one thing exclusively. A guitar is as versatile as you make it.
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Jazz?...but it's a Jazzmaster?


This photo must be from Rush's blues/jazz days.


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I really dig the tone ... but it's kinda ugly
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The 339 is just like the 335 in the sense that it's supposed to be used for blues/jazz, not hard rock/metal. The LP is much more versatile, you can play anything on an LP from jazz to metal to classical to rock.

Try playing both in a store and see what you think. Whatever feels/looks/plays best in your hands is the one to buy.
Tell that to Frank Hannon ... he's using a ES335 sometimes, and it sounds killer
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I went to one of their shows once, it was panda-monium! I bear-ly made it out alive! I was underwhelmed though, all he could do was wank on the panda-tonic scale.
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Re: Les Paul vs. ES-339

I really like the ES-339.
IMO, it's the sweet combination between my B.B.King Lucille and my R8 Les Paul.

But my favorite version of the ES-339, is the ES-359
The Gibson Custom ES-359 is a semi-hollow electric guitar that adds gold hardware Grover tuners and an ebony fingerboard with large mother-of-pearl block inlays to one of the most exciting guitars in decades: the Gibson ES-339.

The ES-359 is part of the next generation of guitars from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. The Gibson ES-359 delivers bold semi-hollow tone that is rich with expressive even stinging overtones in a smaller solidbody-sized guitar. The Gibson ES-359 has some exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics the 30/60 slender neck profile, ebony fingerboard, and an AAA figured flame maple top, as well as reduced dimensions and weight.



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Re: Les Paul vs. ES-339

if i could only have 1 guitar, a 339 or a LP, i would take the LP for sure. buts thats because i am a LP guy through and through. i am liking my 339 more and more though.

but as i have noted several times before, i think the 339 is a good choice for a gigging guitar....it does the LP and 335 thing pretty well, but it's not quite like either instrument.
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Hahahaha...well, you know, Custom shop stuff for under 2 grand....
I think you may be over-impressed with the idea of "Custom Shop". Theoretically, the Axcess is a Custom Shop product, too. But what it comes down to is that it's essentially a production guitar with Custom Shop's CS stamped in the serial number. Besides, it makes it difficult when you order a custom-built guitar from the Custom Shop and tell them to make it a Custom. Thus, a black Axcess with MOP inlays on an ebony fretboard becomes a Custom Custom Shop Axcess Custom.

Most of the semi-hollows (let's NOT get those confused with true hollows or the big archtops) are essentially solid body guitars with hollow wings. The maple block down the center eliminates most of that feedback (which is not microphonic, by the way) that you'd hear from tops and bottoms vibrating. They don't. I've had my 335 since '67. They don't vibrate. The size of the 339 (which Gibson copied from an Ibanez guitar dating from the '70's/'80's, by the way) means that it's even LESS likely that you're going to get any meaningful top vibration (and certainly not in any register under what only a dog or cat can hear), and won't add anything to the bottom end. What happens is that a few of the highs get soaked up by semi-hollow body, and what's LEFT in the strings is lower end. Same thing happens with the chambered LPs. As semi-hollows themselves, they soak up a bit of the highs that would ordinarily be left in the string with a true solid-body -- so what's left in the string is devoid of those frequencies.
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Re: Les Paul vs. ES-339

Honestly, if you're looking at a 339, look a little further and find an Ibanez AM 205 Artist Super Edition MIJ from the mid-80's. It is SO much more guitar than the 339 (and for the same price or less).
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Honestly, if you're looking at a 339, look a little further and find an Ibanez AM 205 Artist Super Edition MIJ from the mid-80's. It is SO much more guitar than the 339 (and for the same price or less).
lol, but what if you're a gibson fanboy/snob like me?
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Re: Les Paul vs. ES-339

Wow - we dug up an old thread here!

Personally I loved the ES-335, but I'm more of a solid body guy myself. Certainly that is nothing against the ES - it is a great guitar - but I just prefer the solid body. I can't say exactly why, but I found myself wanting a solid body when I just had the ES. In the end, I traded it for my current PRS. That may or may not have been the best choice, but I'm happier with my current guitar than with just the ES. Okay, I still had the Strat, but the MIM just isn't in the same class in my opinion. (Apologies in advance to those who are big Strat fans and offended by that statement - it is just how I see it.)

That said, I can understand why someone would go for just the ES. True, it is more of a traditional blues guitar, but the sounds I could get out of the ES-335 indicated that it could do just about anything. I felt it was more versatile than the LP, though I'm not much into metal. It did hard rock just fine, and still would have a more acoustic sound when called upon to do that - something I never found with the LP.

For me though, if I had to have just one guitar and the choice was a LP or an ES, I think I would take the LP. It just fits me better. Others may choose differently, but that is how I see it.

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P.S. That ES-359 pic above looks like an awesome guitar. If it plays and sounds as good as it looks, I could see one of those coming home someday when I could better afford one. Just not before I get a LP back into the house.
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lol, but what if you're a gibson fanboy/snob like me?
Then you get to pay more money for a guitar that doesn't look as good OR sound as good as this '83 (this is mahogany burl, by the way, but not the Super Edition version):




Besides, what is it with the funky "Squared Off Burst" on these things?:

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Sounds awesome, but I prefer the looks of the Les Paul over the ES. I would definitely buy and play an ES, but the Les Paul would still be my #1. As great as the ES sounds, I bet it can't duplicate that raw powerful dirty Les Paul tone. I believe that unmistakable Les Paul tone, can only be achieved through a Les Paul.
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I'd love a 339, but they don't make a lefty available
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