Semi Hollow Models Comparable to ES-335

jerry_arnett

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 26, 2010
Messages
842
Reaction score
507
I'm going to get some hate for this post I love gibsons and own several but if you want a 335 style guitar I recommend a heritage h535 I just recently was wanting a 335 and tried several Gibson's and a couple heritage h535's the h535 won hands down the fit finish sound playability if you close your eyes you'll think your playing a vintage gibson
 

Neffco

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2013
Messages
2,259
Reaction score
4,015
I hear great things about the Heritage 535. The headstock still makes me throw up a little. I bet if I actually got my hands on one that would pass very quickly.
 

Stinky Kitty

Premium Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2012
Messages
8,006
Reaction score
11,523
I have to agree that the H-555 has satisfied my itch. I've also got an ES 335. It's no slouch.

DSC_0176.JPG


The fit and finish of the Heritage is noticeably a notch above..

AND I lucked out by getting the HRW pickups in it. (The seller advertised Seth Lovers.) These pick ups rank up there with the ECP hallowed grounds, yet a little more defined.

They are the absolute most touch sensitive pick ups in my experience so far. I've since managed to scoop up three more sets of HRWs. They certainly bring out the best of any semi hollow, hollow and chambered body.

Cheers and happy hunting!

Edited to add a tip for the serious Heritage shopper: If you want the HRW pickups, look for the two color switch tip. They drilled out the end and inserted a side neck fret marker to indicate which units had them factory installed.
 
Last edited:

Stinky Kitty

Premium Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2012
Messages
8,006
Reaction score
11,523
I hear great things about the Heritage 535. The headstock still makes me throw up a little. I bet if I actually got my hands on one that would pass very quickly.
The reduced string splay, in my humble opinion, is an improvement in more than one way.
 

Neffco

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2013
Messages
2,259
Reaction score
4,015
I never look at the headstock when I’m playing anyway, so it would not matter to me. Only when it sat in the stand. I’m all 335’d up for the moment. I’m throwing money at the studio and PA. The OP has many great choices, Heritage should definitely be on the list.
 

Gtarzan81

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2010
Messages
7,161
Reaction score
21,303
Jimmy Wallace Guitars near me has several Heritage guitars. The 535s I've played have been fantastic.
 

Parabar

Senior Member
Joined
May 10, 2012
Messages
126
Reaction score
193
Samick Artist Series. The "plainer model" is SAN-450 (nickel hardware, plain top) and the higher-end is SAT-650 (gold hardware, flame or figured top). Mine plays and sounds as good as any Gibson I've ever played. They were made in the late 90's - early 2000's but still turn up used from time to time.
SamickSAT650.jpg
 

hbucker

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 15, 2007
Messages
3,799
Reaction score
1,465
View attachment 425733

Just got this Eastman T59/vintage amber. Outstanding guitar!
The Eastman guitars really do seem like an intriguing offer! It's hard to find a negative review of them. Made in China does trigger me a little... But dang, they look like rock solid guitars.

How do you like the neck on yours?
 

hbucker

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 15, 2007
Messages
3,799
Reaction score
1,465
Thx to all for the replies. Lots of good ideas here. Let the looking begin...
 

HCRoadie

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 29, 2014
Messages
1,016
Reaction score
845
The Eastman guitars really do seem like an intriguing offer! It's hard to find a negative review of them. Made in China does trigger me a little... But dang, they look like rock solid guitars.

How do you like the neck on yours?
I've done the research for you:wave:These are truly great instruments. I also could not find a negative review, The attention to detail is is awesome. The binding, fret work and overall construction are on point. EBONY FRETBOARD!!!! Cool inlays. Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups, tastefully aged hardware and finish....I'm gushing. I understand the Made in China thing can put some off, however, these are also 100% hand made (so it had been said) even the finish is applied by hand. All done with real human hands, attached to real humans, that happen to be Chinese luthiers. I recommend giving them a shot. Check this video Eastman
The neck is medium rounded. Keep in mind that neck size and shape are a good ways down the list of my priorities. I have a wide assortment and I play like poo on all of them. The fret work sells the neck for me.
 

Zoobiedood

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
1,032
Reaction score
451
My new Eastman T59/v with Antiquites can go toe-to-toe with any modern or vintage 335 I've played, and I've played a lot. It is a crime this company isn't more well known.

IMG_2448.JPG
 

HCRoadie

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 29, 2014
Messages
1,016
Reaction score
845
Once Eastmsn figures out what they are doing, they will add $1000 to the price tag
 

paruwi

Kraut-Rocker
Super Mod
Joined
Dec 24, 2009
Messages
21,875
Reaction score
31,401
Once Eastmsn figures out what they are doing, they will add $1000 to the price tag
then NOBODY would buy them over here....


they may be really nice guitars - though by now already expensive for being MiC
IMO - of course
 

rednefceleb

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 15, 2017
Messages
757
Reaction score
478
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!
Epiphone Elitist Casino Single P-90's though.
 




Top