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Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Archer, Sep 8, 2017.
Definitely Eastman 386. Yamaha previously mentioned, close second
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
"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.
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...
I've played a few Yamahas I've really liked.
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...
Greco would not suck..there's one in the Classifieds.
True, but the thread didn't mention budget or cheap!
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.
That is indeed what the OP is asking. Can't afford Gibson ES prices. Looking for feedback and experiences with a budget model.
My Epi dot KILLS IT! Totally stock and I can play Stray Cats to Volbeat on that SOB!
my vote is for the Hagstrom Viking Deluxe . definitely on my list for next year
under $1000 __ and they play like a dream
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...
MIK Hamer Echotone...