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Old 05-04-2012, 06:53 AM   #1
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Affordable ES-335 alternatives

Hi,

I want a a guitar like a Gibson ES-335 to play blues, rock n roll, jazz etc on. But I cannot afford an ES-335. So what are some great, more afforable options? £500 and lower.

I know of the Epiphone Dot, and I know Ibanez have some thing, but I dont know much about those.



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Old 05-04-2012, 07:14 AM   #2
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Epiphone Sheraton II
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Epiphone Emperor swingster

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And epic bluesman Gary Clarke Jr plays one of these bad boys:

The Epiphone Casino
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All of these are awesome semi-hollows

The hagstrom and the Epi Sheraton are well renowned and are used by professional gigging musicians all over the world. Particuarly the Sheraton, which is used by the lads from Kings of Leon, was used by Noel Gallagher, who even had his own signature model in the late 90's.

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:18 AM   #3
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I'd get an used MIK Sheraton II from the 90's with perhaps some upgraded pickups and pots.

Brian Aubert from Silversun Pickups also uses one most of the time live
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:24 AM   #4
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I love the Epiphone Casino and the Gretsh for looks.

Btw, I should add I want a double cut-away.

The Sheritan looks great.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:38 AM   #5
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Yeah the casino is a wicked guitar, but if you don't like p90s then for obvious reasons it is not for you. The Sheraton would probably be the best bet if you like humbuckers.

In my humble opinion:

Sheraton>(Very Close)Viking>Gretsch>Emporer

and then there is the casino, which as i have said has p90's. It will have a different tone to the rest, but still a good one. Just depends on what sounds you're looking for
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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I have the Sheraton II... killer guitar!
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:51 AM   #7
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I have the Sheraton II... killer guitar!

Me too. It's a 1999 MIK and solid as a rock. Having a Sheraton has practically cured me of gassing for a 335. I look at 335s and think, bah, I know it's better but how much better really? I can spend that money on other things like a 137 or a Tele or a LP Custom Classic and so on and so on. Some of the guitars recommended above are fully hollow so TS should be sure he gets what he wants. Unless he doesn't care.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:21 PM   #8
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The Peerless Renaissance Custom was the best budget 335-alike I've played... The only thing I didn't particularly care for were the pickups (I believe they are epi '57s) but they weren't terrible. You will struggle at £500 though.. Chandlers has a peerless hardtail for £500, if it's half as good as the RC it'll wipe the floor with the offerings from epiphone or hagstrom.


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Old 05-04-2012, 12:25 PM   #9
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Just a note: the Gretsch g5120 and g5122 are fully hollow, not semi
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:34 PM   #10
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The Gretsch DC and the Casino only look like the ES-335, they're fully hollow and sound nothing like it.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:14 PM   #11
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The Ibanez Artcores are a good option for the price. And the Gretsch Electromatic- available as a singlecut or doublecut- is another excellent guitar.

I've heard good things about the Reverend Manta Rays, too.

A little higher up the price scale and you'll find the Carvin SH550.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:02 AM   #12
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Me too. It's a 1999 MIK and solid as a rock. Having a Sheraton has practically cured me of gassing for a 335. I look at 335s and think, bah, I know it's better but how much better really? I can spend that money on other things like a 137 or a Tele or a LP Custom Classic and so on and so on. Some of the guitars recommended above are fully hollow so TS should be sure he gets what he wants. Unless he doesn't care.

yep, i have a '98 Sheraton II and it's a superb guitar. at the moment it needs some fret dressing/levelling but it's normal for a guitar this old to need some work. other than some dodgy electronics and the pickups leaving a little to be desired i can't fault it - it served me well for years and i still want to keep it well maintained and playable even though i now have aquired much more expensively made guitars.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:25 PM   #13
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Step One to spending less money is buying used. Disclaimer: Of course that works a lot easier if you are not in a sparsely populated area.

Some used guitars a crap. Sometimes crap looks good when you first find it. Keep this in mind and spend only about half of what you think you can afford. If you are lucky and your first purchase is not crap, buy another one or two . Some people relate to their guitars like I do to my wife: One and only one. That's Nuts. Some people think I'm nuts for treating my wife like that, but they are nuts. I'm up to 19 guitars now. 7 of them are precious. Only 1 was over $200.

P.S. Anyone want to buy a not-so-good guitar for kinda cheap?

Oh yeah, to keep this specific to this post. I have one semi hollow. And I dont like it much.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:45 PM   #14
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I have an older Sheraton (MIK) and it's a beast!



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Old 05-05-2012, 06:48 PM   #15
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Used Artcore AS73. They sell on eBay and Craigslist for $200–$250 all the time. If you keep an eye open you can probably score one with a case for $300.
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I have Ibanez as73 with Gibson 57 classic/57classic plus pickups..that was money well spent....poor man's es335..;
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