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  1. I've found that wiping down the metal parts with a dry cloth after I'm done playing helps a lot. Use a separate cloth than the one you use on your finish, of course. My '88 Les Paul Standard took a beating on the nickel hardware because I very rarely wiped it down. With my ES-335 I've been wiping it down, both metal and finish, after I play and it seems to be working well so far, and I consider myself to have fairly corrosive sweat.
  2. Completely agree. I play very hard rock and heavy metal infused instrumental music as my primary form of personal satisfaction and I do it on a Memphis ES-335. Or should I say have been for the past few months since I got the 335. For a long time I played a combination of Les Paul and American Standard Strat trying to cop the tones I had in my head and was never satisfied with the results. I pursued my sound with those guitars because all of my peers and most guitarists I would talk to would say things like "you can't play heavy metal on a 335, it's not what it's built for" or something li
  3. So it goes back to at least 2012 with the TonePros bridge? My 2014 Memphis 335 came with one, and I was a bit surprised by it since it came directly from the factory through my dealer I figured it would be a standard ABR. I have a Callaham bridge and long studs that I want to try out, but I've been very happy with my stock 335 and don't know when I'll get around to swapping the bridge at this point.
  4. Absolutely love my 2014 Memphis plain top ES-335. Best electric guitar I've owned, one of the best I've played. It sounds fantastic stock. It's so fun to play I have a hard time putting it down, and it's cutting into my J45 playing time.
  5. I have a 2014 ES-335 and I can confirm it came with a TonePros AVR-2 directly from Gibson and it has the 60's slim taper neck. According to my digital caliper it is almost the same thickness from the first fret up to the 12th front to back with a bit more meat (back of the neck) about halfway from center to the edge, top and bottom. I really like the neck a lot. I was very surprised to find a TonePro's bridge when I changed the first set of strings. I've not asked around, but it sounds like that's new for this year. It's a pretty nice bridge, although I have had a little bit of buzz a
  6. Oops, I should read closer, you mention it's an Anniversary model. Did they do a bound neck on the anniversary?
  7. Awesome looking guitar. Is it really a '58 RI? It looks like it has a bound neck and I thought '58's were unbound.
  8. I have two recent experiences with brand new Gibson guitars, my 2014 ES-335 and my 2013 J-45 Custom. In terms of fit and finish, I'd put the J-45 ahead of the ES. Not to say there is anything wrong with my ES, but the J-45 I got is an amazing guitar. I've been amazed with the quality of the J-45 since the day I picked it up in local guitar shop. I think Gibson is putting a lot of effort into the Acoustic lines. Having said that, I do love my ES-335. The quality of my ES is very high, but there are a few things I will pick on. The first is that the nut had some dark substance on the s
  9. I use Dunlop dual design strap locks for years on my all of my electrics. http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/dual-design I just put them on my 335 and this is what I had to do: 1) The neck/body button was removed and a 7/64 drill bit used to deepen the existing hole just a little bit, then installed the strap lock button with the screw that comes with the strap lock. 2) The body button was removed and the stock screw head was filed down until it fit inside the strap lock button, and the existing hole was deepened just a little bit (the stock button is thicker than the Dunlop), installe
  10. Thank you. I have been putting quite a bit of time in each day with it. Such a fun guitar to play, the clean tones are fantastic, and I love the growl it gives with some gain. Sweet, sweet sounding leads with lots of gain using the neck pickup, and this is the first guitar where I have found myself primarily playing with both pickups (middle switch position). I find for clean tones in particular that having both pickups selected, after dialing in each on it's own, is providing a very nice, warm, wide tone with nice highs great mid range and good tight lows.
  11. I am the proud owner of a 2014 plain top dot neck Memphis ES-335. I've had the new baby for a couple of days, and have only a few hours playing around with it, but I have to say it's a fantastic guitar. I have 10's on it right now as I do a lot of very wide bends (3 and 4 semi tones), and I wanted to see how it felt before considering a move to 11's. I've got a replacement harness from Martin Six Strings with the 500K pots and bumble bee caps that I intend to swap out down the road, but I'm going to give the stock electronics a roll for a while before deciding to change anything. I will li
  12. That's cool. Glad to hear they were above board on it. I agree with Jayyj on this one. I'm a huge Satch fan, but I still don't think I'd buy this 335 if I was looking for Satriani memorabilia, or something I thought might add resale value down the road, personally I'd be looking for examples of the evolution of the JS model Ibanez guitars (especially the Black Dog, Chrome Boy, Rainforest, JS1, etc.). If however, you played and it felt like it was the one, that's really all that matters. I think you can get some excellent examples of 82/83 335's, in natural, and the Shaw pickups for somewh
  13. Did you find that on Craigslist SF? It looks just like a 335 a shop in Marin is selling. They claim it was owned by Joe Satriani and he supposedly used it on some recordings. I thought about inquiring, but I felt the price was a bit steep, and they aren't' saying up front that they have any way to prove it was owned by Joe. If they can produce some documentation on it, I'd say perhaps worth it, but you could do some searching and should be able to come up with a brand new figured top for around 2500, maybe a shave less. Natural might be a touch more expensive. I just bought a plain top b
  14. This is a fun question, and my answer is probably going to seem odd in the acoustic forum. Jimmy Page got my ear into guitar, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen blew my mind, but Alex Lifeson inspired me to actually learn to play, and it just so happens that he was a Gibson man when I first stumbled onto Rush so of course I had to have a Les Paul. Today there are so many amazing guitar players that light a fire for me, but nobody has had so much impact on me as Lifeson. Even today after 40 years of recording and touring his playing is always improving; that's still inspiring. I've seen
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