NGD - The odd Epiphone ES-335/Dot Limited edition

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  1. DrakeZero

    DrakeZero Senior Member

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    I wasn't looking to get another guitar since I aiming to sell my gear, but I kept coming back to this epiphone and wanted it more and more.

    See:http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/my-...looking-epiphone-dot-but-called-es-335-a.html

    Since there weren't much offers going for my les paul and blue junior I traded them into long and macquade and still had $160 left over. Enough to allow me to get a hardshell case, and have $78 bucks on account.

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    The spec on it are the same as any other dot, but that ice tea burst is hard to ignore. I'll probably replace the pots and pickups down the road, but all and all a very nice guitar.
     
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    VERY nice Drake! I don't know why but I've really been wanting one of these (the natural one). I've never seen this color before but I really like it! How does it play?
     
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    Well the setup is good. It doesn't buzz, and the intonation was spot on, which is surprising as hell. However, the pickups have to go. I put it through my mesa express, and it sounds very harsh and brittle. Sure these pickups are good in a Les paul, but in a ES-335 body they have no warmth at all, and seem to be more affected by feedback from the guitar. Overdrive isn't too bad, but again the cleans take a hit.

    I just can't get over the top. I love the ice tea burst on it.
     
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    Oh forgot to ask for opinions. I'm going to go with a hardness from Jonesy, but haven't fully decided on pickups. I originally throught Gibson 57 classics, but they tend to be expensive so I am looking for good alternatives. I'm looking for a warm tone similar to BB king.
     
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    Nice guitar!

    GFS might not be a bad choice if you're looking for something cheap.
     
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    Nice score, it looks just like Larry Carlton's 335!

    A Seth Lover set will do wonders in that guitar... or get a '59 set and put Alnico 2 mags into them.

    Both options are excellent into that type of guitar. I don't like Gibson's '57 Classics, too dark.

    HTH,
     
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    Real nice guitar. I had a Korean Casino a few years back that was purdy cool. Kept nice it will hold it's value too I would think.
     
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    Been speaking with Jonsey a lot about different pickups, btw excellent guy to speak to, kind of either going towards Guitar Force Lord of Blues or Zhangbuckers' T-buckers. Still weighing them in. I'm swaying more to Zhangbuckers as I like to support members of the MLPF.
     
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    That's a stunner, congrats. :slash:
     
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    I have a set of GF pickups that aren't installed yet, and a set of Zhangbuckers on their way, so I can't comment on either yet, but I don't think you would go wrong with either based on the reputations they have. Those T-Buckers should be just the thing for the BB King tone :thumb:
     
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    Done deal, getting the Tonemojo 335 kit from Jonsey, and a set of pure handwound T-buckers from Zhangbuckers. It'll be about 3 weeks to get the parts, but look forward to doing that and changing "The Odd One" into a real tone machine.
     
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    Nice score!
     
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    Very nice! I had an Epi Dot with Seymour Duncan Phat Cat's that sounded amazing. One of the few guitars I regret parting with :(
     
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    Very nice and great colour! Congrats!
     
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    They are very nice guitars. I saw a black one at the mucic store yesterday evening, I never thought I would like it in that color, but it seemed really beautiful even in that! I didn't play it, but I will own a Dot one day! Congrats man!
     
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    I know you've already decided on the Zhangs, and he's a pretty cool guy from what I've seen. I just wanted to make it clear that Kevin, who owns/runs/etc Guitarforc Pickups, is also a member here.

    I've got a LOTB set in my Gibson Les Paul Standard, and they sound great.
     
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    Yeah I was really torn between the two sets, the lower pickup output on the T-bucker won out for me as Dave had specifically designed them for hollow body guitars in mind. I was worried the LOTB set would be too much or cause feedback.

    But if I ever get another humbucker guitar I will be putting a LOTB set in it for sure. It was a hard decision between the two.
     

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