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    Default Decent ES-335 copy?

    I've played the Epiphone version the other day and just didn't like it.

    Anyone know of any decent alternatives, hopefully one I can get in a similar burst?

    I know Agile makes a ton of 335 copies to choose from, so what'd be closest to the actual 335 neck profile, as I'm unsure of what it's considered. Wide, thin?

    What should I be looking for? (Besides a Gibson, obviously. )
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    Default Re: Decent ES-335 copy?

    Old Ibanez, Grecos and Yamahas can be top notch and not too expensive. Prices fluctuate.

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    Default Re: Decent ES-335 copy?

    Ahhh, yeah, forgot about those. What do you think I'd be able to pick one up at around? I'm guessing around $300-800, last I checked.
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    I played a very good Tokai 335 copy a couple years ago, it was one of the newer ones that they're making. The Epi Dot is a solid little guitar once you ditch the pickups. . .

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    hagstrom

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    I've heard that Washburn HB-35's are really great guitars!
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    Two words- Hamer Echotone.

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    Well, I already know Tokai's are gonna be out of my range, thanks to the price of all Japanese guitars going through the roof.

    The Edwards model of ES335 I was lookin' at a few years ago that was $800 is now asking $1300 on Ebay. I could PROBABLY find a used Gibson for that price!

    I'd love to find an older Ibanez copy, so I'll get to scouring
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    Er, can I ask, exactly which Epiphone semi-hollow model did you try? There are several variants available, some costing a good deal more than others. I am not going to pretend that any of the SE Asian guitars is on a par with the American article but it is hardly fair to compare the most basic Dot Studio with either the BB King Lucille model (one of which I own) or a genuine ES335.

    The neck profile issue is tricky. There is no definitive Gibson ES Thinline neck shape. I found the neck of my Epi Lucille unpleasant until I matted the polyester finish. This made it thinner, less lumpy and more grippy.
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    Seriously. Hagstrom. Check'em.
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    Heritage probably puts out the best IMO, but they won't be cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatshisname View Post
    Two words- Hamer Echotone.
    +1. A good mid-price choice. Also Epi Sheraton, Dot, and Dot Deluxe. Upgrade the PU's and they sound pretty good. Mine sure do.

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    I love my Ibanez Artcore AS73,especially for the price of $237.50 shipped and new...Just got a case for it new for $70...I've upgraded everything on mine though..JazzN,59B A2,New Pots,wiring,caps,new bone nut,string saver saddles,Gotoh bridge...I'd like to stick some better tuners on it down the road a bit...Great guitar,love the feel of the neck too..

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    Hofner Very Thin CT ?
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    Save your money and get the real thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guitarkid View Post
    I've heard that Washburn HB-35's are really great guitars!
    Perluss Whun. I was planning to buy one when I bought the Ibie from Odie.

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    Ibanez Artcore is a good option but also try a Cort Source. They are very good quality ES335s for ~$500
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    Tele, SG, LP Jr & Tokai LS92 into FUZZ boxes into a '66 AB165 Bassman & 2X12 (55Hz Greenbacks) / block letter 5150 & 2X12 (V30 & SwampThang) / Thunderverb 50 & PPC212 (2x V30's) / Marshall Class 5 combo


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    Quote Originally Posted by SirJackdeFuzz View Post
    Very nice and lots of color selection...
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