gibson es-335 vs lucille

LesP

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Hi everybody!

I'm really keen to get a 335 this christmas after years of thought. My two local guitar stores have the two gutiars that I always wanted but could never decide between. A black gibson 2010 es-335 plain wood in ebony and a black 1994 gibson lucille in very good condition with just a few small marks here and there. Can't come even close to a decision.

I've played them both and love them both. They seem very similar. The lucille is perhaps very very very slightly sweeter/bluesier and less twangy/woody/raw. Then again it could just be the different amps.

Anyone have any advice? Anyone owned both?
 

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The Lucille is far easier to mod with the backplate access and the pups/ebony board yields a sharper attack.Loud volume control is easier with Lucille due to no f holes.Lucille for me.
 

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Having owned a vintage ES-340.... I'd go Lucille too.

But I'm a bluesier kinda guy anyway.
 

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thats interesting, i went and played them both again today and am still torn between them...
 

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but they're out of my price range sadly.

The tone description made no sense to me.

"The lucille is perhaps very very very slightly sweeter/bluesier and less twangy/woody/raw."

And always A/B through the same amp.Then move to the next amp.
 

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When you close your eyes, which one has the better tone? Which one has better playability? Color comes dead last after tone a playability.
 

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I have to say I've not seen or heard a sweeter or more bluesy sounding guitar than my '91 ES 335, it is a bitch to work on though. You can get a 20-25 yr old 335 for under 2K you just have to be patient.
 

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