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  1. I am in a "gear desert" where I live. My question could easily be solved by picking up the guitar in question, which is a Gibson ES 335. I am exploring this potential new guitar purchase remotely. I have a question about 335's but it also involves a question about the only Gibson guitar that I own, which is a 2019 Les Paul HP. The nut of the 2019 Les Paul HP is 1.745" and end of board width of 2.31". The width of the neck of my 2019 Gibson Les Paul HP seems to taper quite wide as you get towards the 12th fret (i.e, from 9th fret upwards it gets uncomfortable for playing chords with my thumb wrapped around). My other guitars do not have such a pronounced widening of the fretboard. Of course, the fretboard width of my other guitars (2017 Clapton Strat production line, 2019 PRS Silver Sky, 1996 Fender Tele, 2019 American Original 60's Tele) do have somewhat of a taper as you go up the neck, but nothing as pronounced as the 2019 Les Paul HP. I've tried to find discussions of this issue online but I am striking out. Do you know what I am talking about? My question whether the "super wide neck at the 12th fret thing" is something typical of Les Pauls only, as compared to say, an ES 335. Does the ES 335 have such a pronounced taper in neck width? Is this a Gibson thing? I ask because for my purposes of being able to wrap my thumb around chords up the neck, the Les Paul does not allow for that. Does an ES 335 have a "narrower" taper more in the style of a Strat or Tele? The nut on the 2020 ES 335 is 1.69, so it's a bit smalller, but it's not the nut I'm concerned with. I'm concerned with the fretboard width at the 9th fret and above. Thank you so much.
  2. Hi friends! Current Strat and Tele owner here - love them for their cleans, and occasionally overdrive them, but I've been looking over my shoulder at Epiphones/Gibson's for years to get an overdriven tone I'd love. I grew up on 90s punk rock, Marshall+Les Paul bright/present/high gain sound. I once had such a set up, but had to sell the rock and roll gear when my kid was born 8 years ago out of financial necessity. Well, I've been a good boy and taken care of our finances for a while, so I'm looking at rebuilding my rock gear stash. So I've been shopping and watching lots of YouTube reviews, and I'm in *love* with the Epiphone 335 Pro - it sounds fantastic clean or distorted, it's big and airy, it's a beautiful cherry color, and that semi-hollow body style just feels so cool to play - makes me want to buy a suit and play nothing but "That Thing You Do" for an hour. It's already wired for coil tapping (which saves me the pain of rewiring a semi-hollow myself). I see folks using 335s overdriven, so, hopefully that means I'm not insane for thinking I can use it that way. If I can get it to work for me it would also be nice in my clean arsenal next to the Fenders. But I have one problem with it that I can't over-look: when playing overdriven, it gets muddy and noisy when you hit a power chord below the third fret on the low e string (open e, f, f#). It looses definition/clarity in a way that a Les Paul will retain when you go that low. I tried 3 different 335 Pros, different amps - all had the same problem. Tried for a long time to EQ it out by lowering the bass and gain, and fiddling with every other knob/button/setting, but to get to get close to a fix, I had to cut things so far I lost the tone that I liked in the first place. Is there any hope for fixing that muddy low sound? Pickups? Tuners? Intonation (which is why I tried 3)? ...Or am I asking the 335 to do something it is just not meant to do, and I should just *settle* for a nice Epiphone LP for those solid, compressed driven tones? (They have gold top traditional pro 3's on sale this weekend, and they were very nice....) If you have any friendly advice, I'd love to hear it.
  3. I'm looking to buy a 2011 ES-335TD Dot Cherry and it is being billed as a custom. The serial number, 13431712 seems to indicate that is is not a custom. Seller says that he is the original owner and has the certificate of authenticity. What do you guys think?
  4. Hi everyone! I'm going to purchase a second-hand ES 335, so I went try some and I came across this curious circumstance: this guitar is sold as '99 ES 335, the internal label is yellow with handwritten serial and model, BUT it's not stated anywhere that it's a "335" (only "ESDT"). I made some search on the web but not found any information about this marking or 'incomplete' labelling. Could someone explain it please? Wondering if it could be a (excellent) fake. Thank you all, Maurizio
  5. Hello Everyone, I'm a self taught guitar tech and a huge Epi ES-xxx Fan. My passion is to take certain model Epiphones and make them into their full potential. The payoff is huge and the cost is modest.
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