Is there a good quality 335 type guitar you recommend?

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  1. dissaffected

    dissaffected Senior Member

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    Definitely Eastman 386. Yamaha previously mentioned, close second
     
  2. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member

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    For new stuff on the shelf, some of the Yamahas are nice. I also had an older Dot that really was a gem. Some of you guys may have played it at a guitar show, even. The stock electronics were junk but it felt great and had a real nice acoustic voice. Wish I still had it. $199/used score for me about 8 years ago.
     
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  3. warmachine

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    If I was to buy something newer I'd explore the Eastman thinlines. Some of them are laminate and some are carved, but I really doubt there is a benefit to a carved 335 solid block guitar. The most famous Gibson 335's have always been laminate anyhow. Has anyone tried a T59 model? That looks gorgeous!
     
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  4. warmachine

    warmachine Senior Member

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    In the used vintage mij arena are Aria Pro II, Electra, Vantage. Better to get one in hand to determine if it's your thing.

    My Electra X420 is like a none f-hole Gibson 335 Studio, but with a bound neck / body / headstock. Turnoff for some is the narrow neck, like the pencil neck Gibsons. Quality build with tone for days!
     
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    twst1up Senior Member

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    I'm in the same boat, been eyeing the dangelico ex-dc. Made in Korea, about 1450 shipped. Good looking guitar too. Only thing that's tripping me up is the resale. I figure if the style suits me I can sell the dangelico and get a real 335. So I'm trying to decide on new or used
     
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  7. mad dog

    mad dog Senior Member

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    The closest to my old 335 was an Elitist Epiphone '63 335 I got for a friend. Crap tuners, but major quality everywhere else. The cheapest good semi I've owned was a Peerless made Riviera with full size humbuckers. Not expensive, that one was a real pleasant surprise.
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  8. VanR

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    I have 4 Ibanez Artcores Semi-Hollows. An AXD81, AXD71, TM71 and a TXD71. These all play fantastic and I would put them up against anything else. In fact I'm gonna put a couple of Les Pauls up for sale soon, because I've been bitten by the sem-hollow bug.
     
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  9. Gem23

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    "I've been bitten by the sem-hollow bug."

    Yes, it sure is bitey. There's something very special about the semi-hollows. I drooled over the art cores before, I liked the earlier ones with the Less large headstock tho. I didn't have to go shopping to get my semi-hollow tho, as my friend had one sitting in a case he gave me to try (epiphone sheraton) and I was happy enough to pay the going rate for it. It is much improved after a nut change and someone before had put classic 57's in it... I'm reluctant to compare it to my friends gibson 335, as I may get the bug.. but im definitely content with its quality. It's unbelievable that they are so cheap, compared to most other semi-hollows.
     
  10. Greg's Guitars

    Greg's Guitars Senior Member

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    I have recommended the Ibanez artcore series to a few peeps with a Jonesy Blues upgrade kit and all of them have been well satisfied...
     
  11. Crotch

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    I've played a few Yamahas I've really liked.
     
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  12. ehb

    ehb Chief Discombobulator Premium Member

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    Epi Sheraton II I played was about perfect....played/sounded as well as any 335...

    I've a Casino full hollow that I love....but it is full hollow, no center block......

    Never played a bad Yamaha anything...
     
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    Greco would not suck..there's one in the Classifieds.
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  14. sgt1577

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    True, but the thread didn't mention budget or cheap!
     
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    A guy I worked with forever ago had an Ibanez semi hollow body and I still remember how cool his was. It was ALMOST the same AS200 that became the Scofield model. But his had a different tailpiece. After looking online I think (Maybe vaguely suspect...?) that his was an Artist 2630. I found one on evilbay. but I can't afford it.
     
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    That is indeed what the OP is asking. Can't afford Gibson ES prices. Looking for feedback and experiences with a budget model. :yesway:
     
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    My Epi dot KILLS IT! Totally stock and I can play Stray Cats to Volbeat on that SOB!
     
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  18. artis_xe

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    my vote is for the Hagstrom Viking Deluxe . definitely on my list for next year

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    under $1000 __ and they play like a dream
     
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  19. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    I have owned a bunch...my 2 remaining 335 types are an Epiphone ES335PRO, and a older Hofner 35...The Hofner has very different sounding pickups - Kent Armstrong -
    and is a more smooth, jazzy player, and excellent quality.
    The epi 335 Pro is very versatile and probably Epiphone's best humbuckers. Good quality build, too. I have had many Sheratons and Rivieras, but these are the 2 I'm keeping...and I'm also looking at Guilds.
    ADDED: Long ago I had an older Dot with Gibson humbuckers installed, and it was just great for cheap...you might consider that...Bought it used for around $200...
     
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