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Gibson NAMM '13 ES-335 Bass

#1 User is offline   BigSmokeBass 

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:44 AM

Recently watched the SessionMusicTV NAMM 2013 report on Gibson instruments, whole lot of guitars but a certainly nice reward at the end revealing the ES-335 bass guitar.
No specific specs have been released other than it has 3 versions; Ebony, Vintage Sunburst and "Dark dark cherry" and mounted with humbuckers, V/V/T/T configuration, 3-point bridge and vintage schaller tuners.
Looking forward to read up on these as well as give them a try.
I'll upload pictures and the video later.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

I really like it. If it had a mute like my EB-2d, it would be the king of thump, only new. If it has a long scale and a chunky neck, I really, really like it.
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:49 AM

the pickups are not the same as the vintage EB-2s. I'd hope you could get close to the sound of an older one as well as a more defined sound. they do look nice!

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:08 AM

View Postramone57, on 03 February 2013 - 07:49 AM, said:

the pickups are not the same as the vintage EB-2s. I'd hope you could get close to the sound of an older one as well as a more defined sound. they do look nice!


From what has been said, I'm assuming they're just making an ES-335 Standard rather to a 'reissue' instrument, something a bit more modern and upbeat whilst retaining the vintage look and sound of Gibson basses.




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I'd be impressed to see what they price it up as in regards to the sister Midtown bass, quite similar in ways for a Gibson bass what models but different nonetheless

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:13 AM

View PostBigSmokeBass, on 05 February 2013 - 12:08 AM, said:

From what has been said, I'm assuming they're just making an ES-335 Standard rather to a 'reissue' instrument, something a bit more modern and upbeat whilst retaining the vintage look and sound of Gibson basses.



Videos:

Premier Guitar
SessionMusicTV
Skip to about the 32:00 mark



I'd be impressed to see what they price it up as in regards to the sister Midtown bass, quite similar in ways for a Gibson bass what models but different nonetheless

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Thanks for the links. Wow - I really like the ES-335! I'm just not a fan of the 3-point bridge. With the arched-top, there would be no changing it. I've had a few basses with the 3-point bridge; they are functional and work just fine, but I much prefer the Hipshot Supertone. The bridge doesn't make me not want this bass though!

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

For a hollow body, it seems pretty flat?? I like it that way though, some guitars have too much depth they look massive, some acoustics for example.
Saving my pennies up but hoping to see the black cherry sooner than later ;)
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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:00 AM

If a 'burst finish one shows up in my local shop, my mental circuits will blow, especially if it sounds good. I was GAS free for a long time. Now I am not.
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Posted 24 November 2013 - 03:07 PM

Still nothing on the Gibson website about the ES-335 Bass. Recommended gauge strings? How many will be made? Where is the Gibson YouTube demo? Hello? Anyone hear anything?
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Posted 25 November 2013 - 05:20 AM

View PostShortscaler, on 24 November 2013 - 03:07 PM, said:

Still nothing on the Gibson website about the ES-335 Bass. Recommended gauge strings? How many will be made? Where is the Gibson YouTube demo? Hello? Anyone hear anything?


From what I've read online, it was a very limited run which has already been and gone. Still some sunburst models available in Europe, a quick Google shopping search reveals.

Umm, just use whatever gauge strings you like? I like 45-105 regardless of the type of bass I'm putting them on.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 07:21 PM

View Postneepheid, on 25 November 2013 - 05:20 AM, said:

From what I've read online, it was a very limited run which has already been and gone. Still some sunburst models available in Europe, a quick Google shopping search reveals.

Umm, just use whatever gauge strings you like? I like 45-105 regardless of the type of bass I'm putting them on.



Appreciate the feedback. Found a used one on eBay. Love the neck. Original strings appear to be lights, 45 - 105s. I'm a happy guy. Wish Gibson was a little better at providing specs. Thanks again, neepheid.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:08 AM

View PostShortscaler, on 12 December 2013 - 07:21 PM, said:

Appreciate the feedback. Found a used one on eBay. Love the neck. Original strings appear to be lights, 45 - 105s. I'm a happy guy. Wish Gibson was a little better at providing specs. Thanks again, neepheid.


I have one of these in cherry red and its beautiful and much better then the Midtown Basses (I had one of these too!). The output and tone is amazing and the neck is really comfortable to play! I have a slight problem with the binding and a little rattle from the pick-up selector switch which was a little disappointing considering the cost. Overall though it’s a great bass and more than makes up for the fact that I was unable to get my hands on a Les Paul Signature bass in the UK for a decent price.
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