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How good are the ES335s?

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Don't go in debt, but if you have the coin go for it. Are they worth it? Depends, I suppose on the meaning of worth. Gibson's are well made, nice sounding guitars. Are there better guitars? Sure. Will you sound like BB if you get one? Nope. But hopefully, over time, you will learn to sound like you. And then playing really becomes a joy. And isn't that why you play in the first place? Good luck.

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Henry knows he can get whatever he charges for his guitars. Nobody can tell anybody what anything is worth to them. If I want something and I can afford it, who are you to tell me otherwise.

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335's can be great guitars, but like any model it depends on how well it was made, the wood used, and your personal taste. I've seen some 335's that I'd love to have, and others I wouldn't want. Figure out what style neck you like (fat, thin, C, V, etc.), then get out and play a few. Used ones are a great option. I came close to buying a used custom shop 335 last weekend that had a great neck for $2800 in the US. You definitely don't want to only consider new ones.

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Hi,

I have been learning to play guitar for 12 months. I'm an average guitarist, still learning and hopefully getting better. I am passionate about all old blues and and 60's rock and roll. I'm looking at buying a guitar and out of all that I have seen the ES335 Block Neck appeals the most. I'm looking at buying one that is new and costs about GBP £2700 or US $4300. Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money? I would love to hear personal stories and facts about what makes this guitar better than others.

Thanks.

 

First, go out and play as many of them, as possible. They do vary, even within the same model!

Some will sound "alive" even unplugged, other's may be more "dead" sounding, with less resonance.

(Personally, I try to find the "live" one's, unplugged...even in Solid Bodied guitars, like SG's,

Les Paul's, Strat's, and Telecaster's. So, all things being equal (Fit, finish, playability), I

would pick the ES-335 with the most resonance, unplugged. But, that's just "me."

 

And, while you're at it, check out some Epiphone "Dot's," Riviera's (with mini-humbuckers), and Sheraton's,

as well. Serious "Bang for your Buck," guitars...when you find one you love.

 

Good Hunting! [thumbup][biggrin]

 

CB

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Personal 0.02 herewith...

 

The ES 335 is one of many iconic guitars...and the 'first' top quality semi-acoustic electric guitar...

 

IMO there are better ways to spend large money at the '12 month' music milestone...

 

IMX it is far more exciting to spend same money on a variety of interesting guitars eg...

 

Fender Tele and/or Strat

 

Epi Casino...Sheraton...Dot

 

Ibanez shredder(just for a laugh)... <_<

 

One or more good quality amps

 

Some lessons.... [biggrin]

 

Dig it...

 

Enjoy... [thumbup]

 

V

 

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If you love guitars, esp. ES-335s, and you stick with it, you will own a 335, sooner or later. May as well be sooner. [thumbup]

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I don't know what is available in the UK but a previously owned Gibson ES may solve your problem. Most collectors tend to take excellent care of their instruments. Way back when I played professionally I used a ES-335 and later a ES-345. I preferred the 60s neck on the 345 but I wasn't a fan of the varitone. I have both a 335 and a Lucille and enjoy them but I also love my CS-356 and my ES-175! As a new student I think whatever you get you will love. Don't go into a hole financially but get the most guitar you can afford.

 

 

I agree wit Rock and Reel on this one, why spend such a vast amount of money on a new ES whilst still in your learning infancey mate ( were all still learning, the day that stops your in deep trouble..lol)...Theres some great deals to be done out here in the UK, i see them regularly, theres some great second hand deals to be had and unless its been a regularly gigged example a majority of the guitars may well have had mostly home use...I wanted an ES 335 but found the costs prohibitive, i then found a really nice ES333, not too many if these seen for sale as werent produced for too long but its basically a 335 with a satin finish and different pickups, no pickguard..Mines had the pickups upgraded (before i bought it), a 335 pickguard kit installed and the body polished both by me, and it looks and sounds fantastic...many say these 333's were affecting the 335 sales because they were so good and cheaper and thats why Gibson ceased their production...Obviously i dont know the worth of this but its certainly a thought??? Anyhow mate, back to the point, go see some good second-hand models before you pay top dollar where theres no need....Checkout the private ads as well as some of the good UK stores that sell Gibsons ( Ive used Coda Music in Luton/Stevenage and found them excellent, their website shows new and seecond-hand stock)...Good Luck with your purchase and above all enjoy your guitar..

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I think one should get whatevever guitar they are excited about and can afford. It makes playing the guitar better. Many years ago when I had been playing for about 2 years, I bought a Martin d-18 (still have that old thing). I found playing so pleasurable that my playing time doubled -- then quality guitars became my hobby: buying a Guild d-35, Gibson Hummingbird, even a sweet Nagoya -- and on and on and on. I ended up selling, swapping, and trading every guitar from the old days expect the Martin. If I had stayed with my cheapy pawn shop guitar, my interst wouldnt have taken off like that I believe.

 

So, life is short: buy your dream guitar -- and then buy some more. Enjoy.

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Just as a quick note, there's a block neck es335 on British Ebay now for £1900, a few standard dots for less, so shouldn't be too hard to track down a 335 on a budget if you're worried about the cost of a new one. But I still think you need to try a few before making any commitments!

 

Since money is an object, why don't you try out the Epiphone 335 While not the Gibson, they sound darn good for the money. Epiphone sells an even cheaper version of the 339 -- I think they only want 350 or so. Tried the Epi 335 recently and on a decent amp -- this was a Mesa Boogie -- the guitar sounds great!!

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As a guy who's been playing for a very long time, and who also owned a guitar shop, go for the guitar you like. But remember this: a Gibson ES335 will still be going strong in 40 years time, if you look after it, I doubt very much whether the alternatives mentioned by others will be around in 10 years. And imagine what a 40 year old Gibson ES335 in good condition will be worth. The ES335 is excellent value for money and don't let anyone tell you any different. If you can afford it, go for it; if you can't save for longer, I don't know anyone who ever regretted buying quality. And, I'm sorry, but the Epiphones are worn out after 3 years. Trust me, I've sold 100's of them. The only real alternatives are the Heritage (Old Gibson factory) or the Yamaha SA2200 which is very nice, but worth peanuts the second you leave the shop. And DON'T use eBay, you MUST try the guitar first, as there are some huge variations in neck shapes.

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Thanks for all the responses everybody. It's very interesting to read how people interpret the original message. I guess I should have been a little clearer. When I wrote, "Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money?", I meant a lot of money for a guitar, not in life. Just to clarify, I'm not a teenager but rather married with the money to spare. Anyhow, some great answers and just to let you know I have ordered an es335 block inlay antique red which I'm waiting for to come into my local store. Providing it looks and plays nicely, I should have it within a few days. Feel free to keep the answers coming in. Thanks once again everybody.

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Hi,

I have been learning to play guitar for 12 months. I'm an average guitarist, still learning and hopefully getting better. I am passionate about all old blues and and 60's rock and roll. I'm looking at buying a guitar and out of all that I have seen the ES335 Block Neck appeals the most. I'm looking at buying one that is new and costs about GBP £2700 or US $4300. Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money? I would love to hear personal stories and facts about what makes this guitar better than others.

Thanks.

 

Thanks for all the responses everybody. It's very interesting to read how people interpret the original message. I guess I should have been a little clearer. When I wrote, "Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money?", I meant a lot of money for a guitar, not in life. Just to clarify, I'm not a teenager but rather married with the money to spare. Anyhow, some great answers and just to let you know I have ordered an ES335 Block Inlay Antique Red which I'm waiting for to come into my local store. Providing it looks and plays nicely, I should have it within a few days. Feel free to keep the answers coming in. Thanks once again everybody.

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Thanks for all the responses everybody. It's very interesting to read how people interpret the original message. I guess I should have been a little clearer. When I wrote, "Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money?", I meant a lot of money for a guitar, not in life. Just to clarify, I'm not a teenager but rather married with the money to spare. Anyhow, some great answers and just to let you know I have ordered an es335 block inlay antique red which I'm waiting for to come into my local store. Providing it looks and plays nicely, I should have it within a few days. Feel free to keep the answers coming in. Thanks once again everybody.

Nice one you, in view of the fact you can afford it and clearly arent a youngster whose likely to spend a lot of money only to lose interest i thinkk youve made the right choice..As the guy with the guitar shop so rightly says a genuine Gibson will only ever be an investment for you, with care it may well outlast you..lol...i certainly dont regret buying mine, any of them..Yes the Epi's are cracking instruments and the finish on first appearance is excellent but we all know its not just about the "bling", materials and build quality goes a lot deeper and i think i said as much in my earlier posting, despite the plainer appearance my ES333 and my 2 Les Pauls just felt perfect to me from the minute i picked them up and i have never had a moments regret thats why i immediately sold my Epi LP Custom Plus and my 1988 Sheratons now up for sale as i know it will never be played whilst ive the ES333 to hand...I hope the new girl proves to be everything you hope it will be, im sure youll not regret the purchase for a minute...Good Luck.

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Hi,

 

I think these guitars are amazing, I am lucky enough to own two, one a 68' Cherry Red with a Bigsby and another 2000 Dot, both are exceptional and cover almost all the bases I have ever looked for in a guitar. I think the ES series from both 'back in the day' and new off the production line are built to last with great tones available.

 

I also own a Epiphone Sheraton and I love playing that too, its a great quality guitar regards both tones and build, cant go wrong there either!

 

Im sure you will love your new guitar,enjoy it!

 

Andy

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Thanks for all the responses everybody. It's very interesting to read how people interpret the original message. I guess I should have been a little clearer. When I wrote, "Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money?", I meant a lot of money for a guitar, not in life. Just to clarify, I'm not a teenager but rather married with the money to spare. Anyhow, some great answers and just to let you know I have ordered an ES335 Block Inlay Antique Red which I'm waiting for to come into my local store. Providing it looks and plays nicely, I should have it within a few days. Feel free to keep the answers coming in. Thanks once again everybody.

 

Red is a really great color for the ES 335.

 

Here's my Nashville '59 Historic:

 

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Thanks for all the responses everybody. It's very interesting to read how people interpret the original message. I guess I should have been a little clearer. When I wrote, "Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money?", I meant a lot of money for a guitar, not in life. Just to clarify, I'm not a teenager but rather married with the money to spare. Anyhow, some great answers and just to let you know I have ordered an ES335 Block Inlay Antique Red which I'm waiting for to come into my local store. Providing it looks and plays nicely, I should have it within a few days. Feel free to keep the answers coming in. Thanks once again everybody.

 

Good Choice!! You're going to like that guitar -- Congratulations!!

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Hi,

I have been learning to play guitar for 12 months. I'm an average guitarist, still learning and hopefully getting better. I am passionate about all old blues and and 60's rock and roll. I'm looking at buying a guitar and out of all that I have seen the ES335 Block Neck appeals the most. I'm looking at buying one that is new and costs about GBP £2700 or US $4300. Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money? I would love to hear personal stories and facts about what makes this guitar better than others.

Thanks.

well myself as an example my 1st git was a LP std, iced tea, 50s neck, bought new dec. 2009 I always wanted 1 so did it!its a piece of art that makes you want to pick it up and let'r rip! [thumbup] so there is the inspiration thing that comes with that too from something so beautiful! secondly 335s are my favorite too but after payin for Lester, my next purchase was an EPI dot VS looks like a 335 and maybe some what sonicly less than a real 335 but pretty darned close! no regrets there either and its hard at times to choose which 1 to play! [cursing] but sound wise Lester and the Dot have there own particular sound!love em both! sooo don't overlook the inspiration part of it! you won't be sorry ;)

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IMO getting good gear early in your learing curve is really helpful, as it removes the "gosh if I only had a better amp/guitar/pedal" excuse that many players keep in the back of their mind to justify their limited progress. As soon as I got the my first Rickenbacker, I lost the excuse of "my bass is not very good" and had to admit that "my playing is not very good" This was really helpful in getting me to concentrate on the my fingers, rather than on the gear.

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Thanks for all the responses everybody. It's very interesting to read how people interpret the original message. I guess I should have been a little clearer. When I wrote, "Are they really worth what to me is a lot of money?", I meant a lot of money for a guitar, not in life. Just to clarify, I'm not a teenager but rather married with the money to spare. Anyhow, some great answers and just to let you know I have ordered an ES335 Block Inlay Antique Red which I'm waiting for to come into my local store. Providing it looks and plays nicely, I should have it within a few days. Feel free to keep the answers coming in. Thanks once again everybody.

 

Congrats. That'll be a guitar that'll last you a lifetime! Worth it? You bet. A high quality guitar is much more pleasurable to play than a cheaper guitar. Sounds better, looks better, plays easier and will hold value better than a cheaper ax. The end result? You'll play more, and will likely end up a better guitarist in a shorter amount of time than you otherwise would. [thumbup]

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