- Nov 11, 2012
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First time posting on the forum but you've been a great source of help and info over the years.
I feel the need to share with you the virtues of my latest purchase and hopefully give a bit of knowledge back to this excellent resource.
So I noticed a 1980 335-S Pro Deluxe Silverburst on the website of a local shop here in northern England. At first I thought it was ugly as sin, then after a while I liked it for that reason. I always sway towards the stranger guitars. I went to check it out this weekend - and tried a 1980 The Paul and an Ibanez AR350 Special Edition.
At first I slightly preferred The Paul but when I plugged them in - no contest. The Dirty Fingers and coil tap of the 335-S blew them all away. You can't believe the range of sounds available. All of them great.
It has: brass nut, bound ebony fretboard, greening silverburst, zebra exposed Dirty Fingers, very stable tuners, coil taps and a bomb-proof feel to it.
About the looks: It's funny, as soon as I stopped seeing it as a solid ES 335 and more as a better SG (which is essentially what it is) I loved the looks. I also think that some really bad marketing in the Norlin era robbed this jem of the great reputation it deserves.
Sound-wise it sits somewhere between an SG and Les Paul. A very articulate but brutish sound. I got it primarily for playing rock but the clean sounds available are making me consider selling my Am Telecaster. I'm playing it through an Orange Tiny Terror and a 1962 Fender Tremolux Blonde head.
Just thought I'd give the thumbs up to a sometimes misunderstood great axe.