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Is the Gibson 335 The Best Guitar Ever Made?

fakejake

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IMO close second to the Tele. These two and a Martin 000-18 are really all I need to cover 99.9% of the sounds I want. :peace2
 

Swild904

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It’s hard to argue that point... I was always of the mind the tele was the most versatile..... I find myself picking up my 64 Custom Shop way more than my teles.
 

AA00475Bassman

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My vote if it's a ES a ES 345
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Leee

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My ES-335 is my Cold Dead Hands guitar.
I even had a truss rod cover engraved to that effect.

It’s a run-of-the-mill 2002 Dot Reissue in Cherry red transparent.
Bought it new.

A couple of years ago, I added a Bigsby via the Towner adapter kit.
Until then, the only mods I had ever even considered were the Schaller straplock pins.

Only thing I could imagine that would be better is possibly an old school ES-330 set up the same way.
 

Midnight Blues

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Hard to argue for sure. The 345 and 355 (which I have) might be slightly more so, since they can have a varitone switch, which gives you more tonal options.
 

brandtkronholm

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The ES-345 works for me! "The Burst Killer" as they are called.
The "'Burst killer" moniker is traditionally reserved for "first-rack" ES345s from 1959...but indeed, just about any ES335, ES345, or ES355 are extraordinarily versatile instruments.
 
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mdubya

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My ES-335 is my Cold Dead Hands guitar.
I even had a truss rod cover engraved to that effect.

It’s a run-of-the-mill 2002 Dot Reissue in Cherry red transparent.
Bought it new.

A couple of years ago, I added a Bigsby via the Towner adapter kit.
Until then, the only mods I had ever even considered were the Schaller straplock pins.

Only thing I could imagine that would be better is possibly an old school ES-330 set up the same way.

I can confirm that an ES 330 is an excellent companion to the Dot Reissue ES 335. (y)

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Leee

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Ooooooooohhhhhh!!!!!

HELL yeah!!!!

I’ve owned several other hollow electrics over the years, experimenting when I stumbled across one at a decent price.

Different brands.
Trying to find something with big single coils that might replicate the ES-330.
I’ve sold them all.

I’ve had several 330s in my hand over the years, very nice but pricey.
Each time, I decided against it and kept my wallet in my pocket.

The prices on them keep going up and up and up…
 

Keefoman

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I'm very happy that I got to buy a new 335 in 2013 when the dollar was at it's all time low against the Norwegian Krone, and I will never sell it if I can avoid it. However, I don't think a 3xx can do very much more than any other guitar from Gibson with an H-H PAF-like setup could do. And it certainly can't do what a really nice and traditional Strat or Tele can do... or a P90 fitted Gibson etc. That's why we always want more guitars, isn't it?
 
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