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I have a 2000 Memphis-built 335 that I found on craigslist for $1750 with case. It's a honey, and just this morning I installed a Bigsby B-5 with a Vibramate. Here's a picture:

335wBigsby.jpg?t=1309539280

 

Your question is pretty wide-ranging and you'll get a lot of answers. Some will tell you that this or that year or place of manufacture means it's junk, but look at each one individually and make up your own mind.

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Hey everybody iv been looking alot at the ES-335 and wondering what type/year/price should i get one for? Thanks for any help with this.

It depends completely on your budget. You can spend anywhere from $1600 for a late-model player to $25,000+ for an early 60's vintage ES 335. For around $2000 you should find a recent (2005 or newer) Memphis-built ES 335 in very good condition.

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WOW that thing looks absolutely amazing!! and yea I'd say im probably better off then looking at a newer one because i dont have 25k to handout aha xD

Budget $1800-$2K, and look for a post-Norlin ( say, 1990 or later) ES 335. There are plenty of people who know a lot more than I do about this who might respond.

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Take your time...and then follow your heart/ears....lol

 

The 335's coming off the line at the moment are great IMO

 

There are the basic matt finish Dots for low money...up to the more specialised Custom Shop beauties

 

Personally I like plain tops, although ended up with a flame top tri-burst

 

New in UK money around £1800-£2000 and rising....

 

A guitar to cherish and grow with

 

V

 

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thanks alot Versatile, i didnt know that the ones coming off the line now are good, I mainly play an old 1980's neck-thru BC Rich mockingbird and all i have heard about Gibson is that there quality has been dropping since like 2000

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thanks alot Versatile, i didnt know that the ones coming off the line now are good, I mainly play an old 1980's neck-thru BC Rich mockingbird and all i have heard about Gibson is that there quality has been dropping since like 2000

 

I wouldn't generalize on that one. It may be fair to say that quality is not always consistent. Gibson builds some of the best guitars now that they have ever built. Whether buying new or used, it pays to have the guitar in-hand to inspect and play.

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^ Yea very good point, but sadly the GC i go to has only one gibson and it is not worth the money there asking so that is the only thing i can go off of.

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I've spent around 50 years buying all sorts of guitars, apart from Gibsons. I seriously started looking at Gibsons around ten years ago, but never connected with one sufficiently to buy it. Most just weren't worth the asking price in terms of sound or build quality. However, I tried out a new 335 figured top natural last fall, and it had beautiful sound, and superb build quality. The price was more than I've spent for any other guitar, but it probably will be my last new guitar purchase, unless something truly unexpected shows up on my radar. So, if you've gotta cap a half century of buying lots of guitars, you may as well do it right. And so I did.

 

The moral of this story is that Gibson can and does build world-class guitars. You should examine several in person. Don't be in a hurry. Eventually, you'll find one that meets all the needs you have. That's the one to take home with you.

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The price of 335s is grossly higher at the online places than it should be. I'll give you an example.

 

I bought an ES-335 figured top in LightBurst a year and a half back. The price at Musician's Friend: $3,149. The everyday price at my local store: $2,299. MF sells the ES-335 Satin finish model for $2,249. I don't remember exactly, but I think my local shop sells that for around $1,799.

 

If you want to do a price check on a model you're interested in, give these guys a call. They carry the full line of Gibsons.

www.altomusic.com

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Yea i know what you mean Brian, its not something you can really rush when trying to find and to be honest guitarfish I didnt even know the MF sold gibsons aha i thought they only had like jacksons BCR's and like Ibanez' but thanks everybody for the help!! Its much apreciated :D

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My experience regarding local music store guitar pricing mirrors that of guitarfish (who owns an absolutely gorgeous 335, by the way). My local music store prices their guitars very well, lower than anything I've found online or in the big box chain music stores. Another great benefit of the smaller store is the infinitely better customer service usually found there.

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I have a 2000 Memphis-built 335.. Here's a picture:

335wBigsby.jpg?t=1309539280

 

I apologize that this post is a little off topic, but I noticed in this picture that the neck binding on the top-side of the neck, from this view, is thinner and appears to be inconsistent when compared with the neck binding on the bottom of the neck. Am I seeing that correctly? I have this problem a little on my ES-335, but on the bottom side of the neck. It in no way affects playability, but I was wondering if anyone else has seen this problem with neck binding on Gibsons.

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