Is the Gibson 335 The Best Guitar Ever Made?

BDW60

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First up - I believe you and am not disagreeing with you or your experience, I totally believe what you say.
I say that because I think it's important. My experience could not be more different, to the point that I have (on many occasions) got my guitar out of the bus storage area when doing a gig, took the guitar out, gone to tune it and it's already tuned in.
It's a running joke with the rest of the band at this point, there is always someone looking at me when I go to tune up for soundcheck waiting for a thumb up or thumb down off me depending on if it's in tune or not lol
Yeah, who knows why some act up and some don’t.
 

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Looks like you and I have a very similar right hand playing style. :yesway:

I play most of the time without a pick. The pick is in my hand tucked between the 1st and 3rd knuckle of my middle finger. Somewhere in time it just evolved that way.

Stay well.
 

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I’m a lifelong les Paul player and recently got a 339 and am in love with the sounds. Can pretty much do everything my Lester’s can do plus a lot more. I also picked up a heritage 535 and love it even more than the 339. I literally never played a nice es series until recently and now I’m considering selling off some of my Lester’s and picking up some more ES variants. So in my opinion if you can get along with the body size and don’t play the 21st/22nd frets too often they might just be the best vintage type humbucker guitar out there unless you’re into single coils more. At the moment if I had to pick one guitar it would be a toss between my heritage 535 vs my R6.
 

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Nope! Subjective like all this thread – but my point of view.

I can see the flexibility and recognize it has one, great sound – kind of what you would expect to hear if you put BB King (345) and Larry Carlton (335) together.

But on my wish list it is way at the bottom – meaning probably I will never get one unless some hitherto unknown uncle were to bequeath in his will.

What puts me off is the compromise – other guitar types are better.

For PAF style – get a Les Paul

For Gibson scale with upper neck access – get a DC Special or Junior

For Acoustic – get and Acoustic – unless your only acoustic playing is sitting in a hotel room trying not to disturb the neighbours

For Archtop sound – let’s be clear it’s not an archtop. If you like the format get an Epiphone Casino,

For Bebop, Funk – get an ES175, L5, Byrdland..

For Rockabilly - Falcon (or another Guild) or Super 400

For a Fender sound – Tele or Strat – forget it. Just accept you are going to blend into the rhythm section – that’s your job.
 

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If you like a lot of different kinds of music and you could only own one guitar, then a 335-style guitar would be a great choice.
I have always said, that if I ever had to get rid of my guitars but one, the 335 would be the last one I'd hold on to.
 

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I don't know about 'best' anything music related, but I've been reading up and watching videos about 335s all day today. I realised that I might be able to find one with a rounded 50s neck and that it wouldn't be as heavy as the Les Pauls I've tried, when looking to replace my 60s Tribute Gold Top with something 'better'.

When we're able to go out and visit friends again I'm hoping to have a meet up with a friend who has a '63 reissue and will let me try his against my SG and LP to see how I get on. In the meantime I'm searching up to find out what specs to keep an eye out for that will have the rounded neck I'd like, with a weight of 8lbs or less. I hope this is realistic as I'm really getting into the idea of a 335. :)
 

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Answer 1: Yes
Answer 2: some might say ‘best’ is subjective, so lets just go with ‘the greatest ever’ which should help clear things up ;-)
 

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I have played a few ES335's, and I admire both their sonic qualities and their legacy of wonderfulness.

Truth be told, I have never fancied owning one.
The body is a bit large for me, ergonomically.
And the shape of the horns has never turned me on.

I have owned, over the years, a number of Ibanez hollow-bodies/semi-hollows.
My current one is the best of the lot.
The AM53.
Smaller body, naked humbuckers, and just one each Volume and Tone knob.
(I don't care for the standard Gibson Volume/Tone knob situation.)

This Ibanez is perfect, in my opinion.

:)

Ibanez AM53.jpg
 

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If they did, it would be called the Ned Beatty or simply "the Bobby" because it would SQUEEEEEELLLLLL!!!
 


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