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    61 Reissue

    Me too. A 2012 one and it should be here on Monday.
  2. Wow guys I would like to thank everyone for their thoughtful and analytical perception of their take on the values of the players of ES-335/355. Some really good info there. Much appreciated that's for sure. The 355 I'm considering doesn't have a bigsby or varitone switch. Despite the 355 bling, I kinda like it in this simplistic form when compared to ones with bigsbys and varitones. To be honest, I would have just gone for a Lucille but I'd rather have a regular Gibson headstock. I don't know if the one I'm considering has mono or stereo. I'd likely require mono. Would a Stereo 355 pretty much be like a mono if used with a regular guitar cable going into one amp? Do these come with choices of different necks? Thank you everyone. Woody
  3. Hi there Why don't I hear that much love for the ES-355? Most people seem to dig the ES-335 more. Why is this? I found a retailer who has a nice new Antique Ebony ES-355 which is comparable in price to lots of the ES-335s they have. I'm considering going for it. They are a reputable dealer and I've bought lots from them in the past. The information on the guitar on their web page indicates that it has a curved maple body, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, 22 frets, gold hardware, 57 classic humbucker pickups, including a case. What other information should I seek about the 355 prior purchase? Don't these come in Stereo and Mono? Also, do they come with different necks (i.e. 50s or 30/60 etc)? Just thought I'd check. Thanks Woody.
  4. Thanks OldBlue&Blondie and IanHenry I'm hoping to try out a whole bunch of them in a week or two. by the way...the 356 and 359 both use '57 Classic Humbuckers, same as the bigger bodied 335, 345 and 355. Turns out my Les Paul may have Burstbuckers. Woody
  5. Thanks Rich Interesting article which gives a good deal of attention to details. Woody.
  6. Thanks Versatile Just checked out the guys website. Pretty cool stuff. Dunno about the ES-137. Although I've never played one, for blues and rock artists I'm trying to play like, it doesn't appear to be the natural choice of guitar. I thought this one leaned more towards the blues and jazz side of things? I'm just guessing mind you as I've never used one. Anyone any info on whether Gibson still make ES-355s? Thanks again Versatile Woody
  7. Thanks for measuring your 335 for me JO'C. Much appreciated. My father's old guitar is 15.5" and I played it for around 30 mins earlier and found it to be fine. Therefore, I'll be trying the larger ones too. Do Gibson still make ES-355s? Thanks for that clarification Mark2. I'm writing all this down in a word document to keep me right. All the models and builds can get a bit confusing. Woody
  8. Yep...what others have said and... Using a computer sound card's line in will always be a tall order for recording music into a DAW. As will its mic. Your friend is correct. You need an interface between your guitar and computer. Are you, as perhaps implied, merely using the recordings to enable your drummer and vocalist to practice or write their parts without the bassist and guitarist being there? If so then the Alpha Studio looks fine and is compatible with Cubase which you're already using. It will enable you to simultaneously record a guitar via DI (Direct Inject) whilst also recording a mic on a speaker cab - i.e. 2 simultaneous recordings of the same performance from different sources. You can mix the two to suit. Or, you and a buddy can simultaneously record bass and guitar (one via DI and one via mic). However, there will be headphone limitations here. Just be kind and record using a click track for your drummer's sake. :) You should be able to happily plonk a Shure SM57 on a guitar/bass cabinet and/or record DI and be fairly happy with your results and use gain plugins in Cubase to boost a little if required. If your aim to produce nice demos or finished tracks to put online and your budget will allow, then perhaps aim a little higher that the Alpha Studio. YMMV. The Alpha Studio does not have 48v Phantom Power. This is where it falls short in my opinion. Therefore, condenser microphones are out, leaving you just dynamic and ribbon mics to play with. Note that the Alpha's 50db of mic pre gain won't be good enough for several known gain-hungry dynamic and ribbon mics out there. The Shure SM7b being one of them Woody
  9. Wow...thanks everyone. That was all outstanding advice. Looks like I've got some decisions making ahead. I'm sure my Les Paul is chambered. When I gently knock the back of it at the very opposite end from the headstock, it sounds hollow...but as I continue to knock, moving up towards the bridge and pick ups it sounds solid without the resonance of the previous hollow knocks. My Les Paul has a curved top too. I can see where people are coming from regarding construction similarities being a factor in belonging in a certain family of sounds. Good advice too regarding "subjectivity" and "YMMV". So, let me get this right.... ES-335 and ES-355 (larger body size) have mahogany backs with sides and laminated curved tops glued to them. ES-339 and ES-359 (smaller body size) have mahogany backs with sides and laminated curved tops glued to them. CS-336 and CS-356 (smaller body size) have a mahogany back, sides and center block routed from a single piece of mahogany with a curved maple top glued to it. Midtown Custom has a body size somewhere in between the two previously mention types and, although constructed similarly to a CS-336 and CS-356, has a flat bottom, and flat laminated top. Les Paul (chambered) is constructed similarly to the CS-336 and CS-356 but slightly smaller in size. You know what? I'm now at the stage where I'll be trying out a ES-335, ES-355, ES-359 and ES-356. I might as well. It's a lot of ££$$ to put down and one must get it right. I drove the sales assistant at my local shop daft when I bought a Taylor acoustic. I got him to play it as I walked around the shop. I'm also a recording geek so these things matter to me. What is the dimension of widest part of the 335/355 body? The reason I ask is that I have my father's old Gibson style copy (Korean) and may have mess around on it for an hour or two to see how it feels. In relation to size, I'm thinking it must be close to a 335/355. Also...is the ES-355 a blinged up ES-335? Thanks...you guys are great. Woody p.s. Nice sounds in your Sig Clayville. B)
  10. Wow...thanks Danny and CR9 Your replies and the distinction between the various models are much appreciated. Two different schools of thought too. Yep...I reckon the best thing may be for me to try and find somewhere which has both and try them side by side. Can I impose with a few more questions? Can I ask...are all Les Paul models made the same way (similar to the 336 and 356 with routed back)? Mine is a Les Paul Studio with the partial nitro-cellulose finish in cherry. I was financially challenged when I bought it and wasn't caring too much about the bling factor. Although it doesn't look all that fancy, it has a certain appeal in its basic look which I've come to like and it plays and sounds an absolute dream. It's my best yet (and first Gibson) and I've owned lots of guitars over the years (strats, teles etc). I am aware it is a paired down (pitched as affordable) Les Paul regarding its looks. Will mine have been constructed the same as the other Les Pauls which are two or three times its price? In respect of construction comparison, how do the Midtown Customs compare? What is meant by 'plain top' in descriptions of these types of guitars? Thanks for the welcome. Woody
  11. Hi folks First post here. As the topic says, I'm torn between getting a CS-356 or a ES-359. Can I ask what the differences are between the two types? By the way, I'm already aware they're the "upscale" versions of the CS-336 and ES-339. I already have a Les Paul and wonder if a CS-356 or ES-359 would bring me much sonic difference from my Les Paul. Although I've tried an ES-335 before, I found it a little bulky but not too disagreeable. It may be something I can get used to - who knows? Would folks recommend I lean more towards the ES-335 side of things given I have a Les Paul? Or are the ones I mentioned different beasts and really groovy guitars? I play mainly blues and rock stuff. Thanks in advance Woody
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