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Is the Es-335 satin finish transparent?


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Ive just recently ordered a Gibson Custom ES 335 with a black satin finish from guitar center. The website says its transparent black and I can see some wood grain in the pictures but when I ordered the guitar in the store I was under the impression that it was a solid black satin finish because I had played the exact same guitar in the store and it was not transparent at all. Has Gibson changed the finish options for this guitar recently enough for the in store model and the one you can order online to be different?

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Well thats odd because Ive never seen the red transparent satin finish online and Ive only seen the solid black on one website but In the store they had transparent red and solid black. Its like everything ive seen online is opposite from what I saw in person.

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Heres those pictures I promised :) they arent the best quality. I took them with my macbooks webcam.

 

<img src="http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a86/futurefreeksmeout1/DSCN0580.jpg"/>

<img src="http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a86/futurefreeksmeout1/DSCN0578.jpg"/>

<img src="http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a86/futurefreeksmeout1/DSCN0569.jpg"/>

<img src="http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a86/futurefreeksmeout1/DSCN0561.jpg"/>

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Yeah, its everything I was looking for. I didnt notice it at first but the sustain is amazing. Theres also an almost crisper quality to the sound of the guitar that I havent really heard before. It is not at all "muddy" sounding like my epiphone can be at times. Im very happy with it and will be keeping it for a very long time.

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Man that is sweet, congrats!

 

Since the neck is satin finished, it probably doesn't get all gummed-up like so many new lacquered Gibsons do huh? I'd love a gloss body with a satin neck, that would be the best of both worlds...

 

How's the weight? Would love to see some higher-quality pics if you ever get a chance, still trying to see what that finish *really* looks like. I've only seen the red one in person, and it looked better up close than it does in pictures IMO.

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Really nice, but I gotta say that when I got my 335 I was a little disappointed with the sound. I then took it

to my luthier and WOW what a difference, I had all kinds of buzzing from the strings to the internal wiring.

Just saying that I think it maybe a good idea to have a pro give it a once over.

By the was I really like the 335 TR cover I know it came stock but I really want one

Good job and hold on to it

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I have been thinking about taking it to a luthier to make sure everything is in check but so far I have had 0 problems. No string buzzing or feedback of any kind, and all the frets feel right. Also im having trouble finding a good place to take it to near me.

 

As for the weight, its pretty light. I am used to playing my gloss finished epi dot studio and my 72' telecaster deluxe and I can feel a huge difference. The first day I had it I stood and played it for almost 4 and a half hours which I never do with my tele or else my shoulder starts to get sore.

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As for the weight' date=' its pretty light. I am used to playing my gloss finished epi dot studio and my 72' telecaster deluxe and I can feel a huge difference. The first day I had it I stood and played it for almost 4 and a half hours which I never do with my tele or else my shoulder starts to get sore.[/quote']

You're lucky, my Tele is a full pound lighter than my 335 (8 vs 9). The 335 is my heaviest guitar, and my shoulder feels it the day after a gig. But it's also my heaviest guitar tonally, so at least it's consistent...

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