335 vs. 345

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New 2021, the differences are all cosmetic. The biggest being, the 345 hits you with block inlays, the 335 - dot.

Forget the couple hundred difference in price, do you prefer the dot or the blocks? Also, would a 345 not sell as easily down the road because it’s not a 335???

Going to pull the trigger, just cant decide.
 

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Block is nice. My '70 ES335. I prefer them over dot. Block is like leather seats and dot is cloth seats.

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split parallelogram for me, I've actually got my 335 out to Desert Star for that very job. I hope it turns into a build thread, because I love those.

I don't mind dots, but I've got plenty of guitars with that inlay. I could have gotten small blocks but I don't think it looks nearly as nice as the split P. Before anyone asks, they DID make a 335 with that inlay in the past, so I'm not trying to make a pseudo-345
 

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Plus the original ES345 had a stereo jack option and had the Varitone knob. If I couldn't get the ES345 without those, why buy it new? Save up and buy one from the 2000s.
 

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Are you talking about the current standards?
The standard 345’s come in mono without varitone, with nickel hardware.

If you like extra binding, and split blocks then go for the 345.
If you like simplicity go for the dot 335.
 

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If you want a vintage 335 you can get the 60s block inlay a la Clapton for £10k GBP. A dot neck 335 will set you back £50k+ so dots have more gravitas...

I think that dots look classier on a 335 and I'm not a fan of the split Ps on the 345 but they look better than the small blocks on a 335.
 
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I've loved the split-paras all the way back to the Southern Jumbo.

But there's something so "Rock n' Roll" about the dot 335. So "Dave Edmunds".

Either way, it's a great friggin' guitar.
 

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I think the recent 345 is a punch in the face to 345 lovers. It’s more like a semi original mix for 335 players who dig the split parallelogram inlays. Why chrome hardware??? No Varitone? Just wrong..
 

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split parallelogram for me, I've actually got my 335 out to Desert Star for that very job. I hope it turns into a build thread, because I love those.

I don't mind dots, but I've got plenty of guitars with that inlay. I could have gotten small blocks but I don't think it looks nearly as nice as the split P. Before anyone asks, they DID make a 335 with that inlay in the past, so I'm not trying to make a pseudo-345

And you're just about up in rotation, Jeremiah.. :)
 

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I think the recent 345 is a punch in the face to 345 lovers. It’s more like a semi original mix for 335 players who dig the split parallelogram inlays. Why chrome hardware??? No Varitone? Just wrong..
Agreed 100%

I had to wait for a used Freddie King to show up to get Mickey Mouse ears, the extra hardware and Varitone.

The current production model is a joke for people who like the traditional specs.
 

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I've always been a block guy, even on 335s.

A lot of 345s have Varitone switches too like Rufus'.
 

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the 345 also has 3ply body binding while the 335 has 1 ply.
other than the 3ply binding and parallelogram inlays I think the current model 345 and 335 are basically the same.
not sure about neck sizes between the 2 though either.
 

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I think the recent 345 is a punch in the face to 345 lovers. It’s more like a semi original mix for 335 players who dig the split parallelogram inlays. Why chrome hardware??? No Varitone? Just wrong..
Can't say much about new production stuff but back in the day had a buddy that had a 345 that could eat Les Paul's for lunch. It was a rock machine
 

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