Semi Hollow Models Comparable to ES-335

hbucker

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I'd like to get a Semi-Hollow in the not too distant future. ES-335 is an option and a bit of the standard I'm considering.

I'm wondering what suggestions people have for other Semis that represent well against the 335? I know there are a plethora of Epiphones, less expensive Yamahas, etc. I'm not looking for the cheapest "giant killer". Just a worthy, comparable model from builders other than Gibson.

Thanks!
 

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I owned a MIJ Vantage VSH-445 that I some days regret trading for my Gibson Les Paul Special. When I made the trade, I thought I made out like a bandit. However, I do at times really miss that guitar. Had a brass nut and other than a poly finish, seemed every bit a solid guitar as the Gibson it tried to copy. Only cost me CDN$400.
 

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Pete's showing off his beauty again! LOL The amount of incredible guitars that have already come out of that factory is mind blowing!

I wonder if Yamaha uses FujiGen for their SA2000s, SA2100s and SA2200s? Also very capable semi hollows adhering to 335ish specs.

But dive deep into MIJ guitars. Also research JDM versions.
 

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And like Northernguitarguy said above, I have friends with Vantage semis that all love them. They're in the UK. Not sure if they sell them in the USA.
 

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Greco is worth looking at. I've see a lot of talk about Eastman lately
 

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I looked up FGN guitars for sale and they don't seem to be sold new in the US. :hmm: What's up with that? Trademark infringements?

Edit: I found that they are available on Reverb from West Coast Guitar Distribution, inc. located in Corona, CA. There are ONLY 18 guitars available though.

 
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Edit: I found that they are available on Reverb from West Coast Guitar Distribution, inc. located in Corona, CA. There are ONLY 18 guitars available though.
I'd try to get one directly from Japan
 

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The Heritage H-535

Built in the old Gibson factory in Kalamazoo Mich. Models built up until a few years ago used the same machinery as built the original Gibby 335's.

I have 2000, and it is a dream to play
 

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Many MIJ ones, Heritage and Eastman all make wonderful 335 replicas. I have a Greco SA-900 that I don't see myself parting with.
 

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I looked up FGN guitars for sale and they don't seem to be sold new in the US. :hmm: What's up with that? Trademark infringements?

Edit: I found that they are available on Reverb from West Coast Guitar Distribution, inc. located in Corona, CA. There are ONLY 18 guitars available though.

I did a search on Reverb for "FGN Guitars" and got around 200 listings, from different shops. I didn't look just for 335 types, however.
https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=fgn guitar&make[]=fgn&make[]=fujigen
Al
 

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These are all good. Be aware of tight nut spacing on some of the older Japanese 335 types. Edwards has the widest nut spacing of these. The Eddies are great bang for the buck. I have been playing the Navigator most lately. I kinda got lucky and stumbled on it.
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Ibanez.
Anything above the 103 will be a VERY nice guitar.
 




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