#1
I've been playing guitar for the last six years on my Gibson ES335 and I am selling the Gibson for a Hollow body. I am thinking of getting these listed below.

guitar 1
guitar 2
Guitar 3

I play mainly Jazz.
#2
Dude do not trade that gibson for an ibanez. Please, please don't, and if you do, you better get 2k or 3k US for that gibson. You have the god father of semi hollows - I just don't understand why you would downgrade so much. I would not replace it with an Ibanez though, there's gretsch, epiphone, and a whole bunch of other brands that will make a much higher quality hollow body.

In my opinion, a real gibson es-335 is the best sounding semi hollow/hollow body out there.
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Last edited by guitar nubsauce at Jul 29, 2010,
#4
No, because I will not influence you at all to trade that gibson for anything.

You have my dream semi hollow guitar.
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MIJ Fender Contemporary Stratocaster '85-'86 HSS System I DiMarzio SD Bridge
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Line 6 IV 75w (lol)
#6
Does the neck feel good to you? If so it seems you've lost your "honey moon era" with the guitar and are getting bored with it. I can't think of any other reason otherwise unless it's got a problem or you don't like the neck.

You need to renew your vows and feel that love again. Upgrade the strap locks or something.

If you really don't like the neck I'll help you find another guitar, but realize your 335 is worth 2 or 3 thousand us dollar, so your options are limitless and I'd make sure I played each guitar myself personally.
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MIJ Fender Contemporary Stratocaster '85-'86 HSS System I DiMarzio SD Bridge
Epiphone 2010 Les Paul Tribute
Ibanez AW30ECE Acoustic
Line 6 IV 75w (lol)
#7
If you're looking to go to full hollow body the only thing I'd consider trading that gibson for is a 60's vintage casino or a gibson 330

imo
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MIJ Fender Contemporary Stratocaster '85-'86 HSS System I DiMarzio SD Bridge
Epiphone 2010 Les Paul Tribute
Ibanez AW30ECE Acoustic
Line 6 IV 75w (lol)
#8
Do not get rid of that Gibson. Look at the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin, or the Kingpin II, before you purchase an Ibanez!
#9
It's matter me getting bored with the tone of the Semi hollow and wanting a more tradition hollow body tone.
#10
prs hollowbody ii or spruce. don't get an ibanez.
if you got a lot of money rolling around a prs scj limited edition. that'll give you all the hollowbody tone you'll ever need.
Prs se Holcomb is the answer
#11
Quote by ComradSputnik
a white falcon would be nice


This, but only if you MUST get rid of the gibby.
Godin LG Signature
Samick UM-3
Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Acoustic- Burled Maple
Ibanez Artcore AWD-82
Ibanez ART-300
G&L Tribute series S-500
Squier Bullet special
Cameo Hollowbody
SX tele with neck p90

Peavey XXX Super 40 EFX
#12
I've reconsider selling the ES-335 and I'm open to other Gibby's.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
#14
Godin's are hard find where I live so I can't try one out.

Edit:Forgot to mention I'd prefer something with humbuckers though it's not required.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
Last edited by jazzboxer at Jul 30, 2010,
#15
That's a shame. Maybe find a dealer with a good return policy? I've played several of those and they've all been incredible, at least by my standards.
Godin LG Signature
Samick UM-3
Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Acoustic- Burled Maple
Ibanez Artcore AWD-82
Ibanez ART-300
G&L Tribute series S-500
Squier Bullet special
Cameo Hollowbody
SX tele with neck p90

Peavey XXX Super 40 EFX
#16
The nearest dealership that carries Godin's is a good 450 miles from where I live.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
#17
I mean online dealers. Take a shot in the dark. I love those things, and if you do as much as I do, it would be worth it. Neck is somewhere like more contoured gibson with a fender like finish.
Godin LG Signature
Samick UM-3
Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Acoustic- Burled Maple
Ibanez Artcore AWD-82
Ibanez ART-300
G&L Tribute series S-500
Squier Bullet special
Cameo Hollowbody
SX tele with neck p90

Peavey XXX Super 40 EFX
#18
Hmm never really messed with the online dealers before.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
#19
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Godin-5th-Avenue-CW-Kingpin-II-Archtop-Electric-Guitar?sku=584109

they have a return policy, I believe within 30 days you get money back minus shipping.
Godin LG Signature
Samick UM-3
Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Acoustic- Burled Maple
Ibanez Artcore AWD-82
Ibanez ART-300
G&L Tribute series S-500
Squier Bullet special
Cameo Hollowbody
SX tele with neck p90

Peavey XXX Super 40 EFX
#20
Thanks I never thought Musicianfriend sold godin electrics.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
#21
apparently they do. =P Let me know what you end up doing.
Godin LG Signature
Samick UM-3
Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Acoustic- Burled Maple
Ibanez Artcore AWD-82
Ibanez ART-300
G&L Tribute series S-500
Squier Bullet special
Cameo Hollowbody
SX tele with neck p90

Peavey XXX Super 40 EFX
#22
I actually made up my mind on keeping the ES-335 since I can use it as a backup guitar. Though I'm thinking of ordering it tomorrow.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
#23
The ones I played I think were actually a lower down version of that model with only one pickup, so this thing is sure to be top notch.
Godin LG Signature
Samick UM-3
Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Acoustic- Burled Maple
Ibanez Artcore AWD-82
Ibanez ART-300
G&L Tribute series S-500
Squier Bullet special
Cameo Hollowbody
SX tele with neck p90

Peavey XXX Super 40 EFX
#24
I hope so since normally dislike P-90's though this maybe the only time I may love to have them.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
#25
why do you dislike them?
Godin LG Signature
Samick UM-3
Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Acoustic- Burled Maple
Ibanez Artcore AWD-82
Ibanez ART-300
G&L Tribute series S-500
Squier Bullet special
Cameo Hollowbody
SX tele with neck p90

Peavey XXX Super 40 EFX
#26
P-90's imo lack some low end smoothness. though I may make exception to the Godin if they sound alright.

Edit: My experience with P-90's are with epi's.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
Last edited by jazzboxer at Jul 30, 2010,
#27
Worst case scenario you could put in some p-90 sized humbuckers.
Godin LG Signature
Samick UM-3
Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Acoustic- Burled Maple
Ibanez Artcore AWD-82
Ibanez ART-300
G&L Tribute series S-500
Squier Bullet special
Cameo Hollowbody
SX tele with neck p90

Peavey XXX Super 40 EFX
#28
I could do that if they didn't have a smooth low end.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
#29
My main guitar for gigging is my 5th avenue, one of the older models with no cutaway and a single p90. It has alot of clarity and natural warmth. Actually it's one of the most resonant electrics I've ever played, to the point that I often mic the acoustic sound of the guitar itself to blend with the sound of the amp.

It has bite to it, and it doesn't sound quite as full as humbucker equipped hollowbodies when plugged in, but in a full band setting the cut it well worth it. The tip with P90s I find is that they don't produce the warmth for you, you have to rely on your fingers, your picking attack and where you pick on the strings (over the neck or body). The P90 is incredibly reactive to small changes in touch. To get a good feel of the sound of that you could try checking out some of the early Jim Hall albums, especially the duets he did with Bill Evans which in my mind is the quintessential P90 jazz sound.

I would suggest right out of the box sticking some flatwounds on it though, that really smoothes out the tonal register of the guitar.

Other guitar I could suggest if you are willing to look used or pushing your range up higher is the Gibson ES 137. I've seen them at least for 1500-1700 at various points. I'm pretty partial to 24 3/4 scale length guitars personally, and moving from the 335 to that would be really simple for your hands, and as well it would be a great upgrade in tone (for those searching for a jazz tone).
Last edited by TimmyPage06 at Jul 30, 2010,
#30
Get a cheaper Ibanez hollow body or something but please dude, don't sell the Gibson.
Gear:


Squier Tele Custom ii (p90 version)

Orange Crush 10

Fender CD140S
#31
If you don't want the Gibson, you could always get an Eastman. They're really nice guitars, but they go for cheap if you look in the right place.

EDIT: And by "cheap," I mean "cheap for a really nice jazzbox." It's still not pocket change.
Last edited by Flying Couch at Jul 30, 2010,
#32
^ Yeah Eastman is another brand I often forget about when talking about jazz guitars. I've never had any personal experience with them, but a few of my fellow music majors own them and they sound great with them and really bond with them.
#33
If you play any classic rock with distortion, I would suggest staying away from a full hollow body and p90's. More specifically if you're gigging and plugging into random setups or PA's. You have to really play with the settings to get rid of feedback compared to a typical electric guitar setup.

Even if you don't play that stuff right now (distortion), you may need to one day so why not be ready. The p90's have a VERY specific tone. The guitar will have limited versatility, but is going to nail that vintage tone for you.

Semi hollow and humbuckers is the way to go like that 335 imo. I really like the prs I've played and seen and were also mentioned above, but they are expensive for my wallet.
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MIJ Fender Contemporary Stratocaster '85-'86 HSS System I DiMarzio SD Bridge
Epiphone 2010 Les Paul Tribute
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Line 6 IV 75w (lol)
Last edited by guitar nubsauce at Jul 30, 2010,
#34
Uh, he clearly states "mostly jazz" which obviously doesn't mean "only jazz".

Maybe the op has never really experienced full hollow body feedback issues or p90 issues, so I'm trying to make him aware.

PRS is not "rock style" It can do jazz just like any other guitar, and will be awesome at it.
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MIJ Fender Contemporary Stratocaster '85-'86 HSS System I DiMarzio SD Bridge
Epiphone 2010 Les Paul Tribute
Ibanez AW30ECE Acoustic
Line 6 IV 75w (lol)
#35
Quote by obeythepenguin
Frankly, I think the "full hollow body feedback issues" have been blown vastly out of proportion by people who don't know how to set their EQ. I'm not denying that they're quite prone to it, but it's pretty easy to tame if you have some idea what you're doing.


Adding drive and distortion to achieve classic rock tone will cause feedback. Cleans and a small bit of drive is the only way to make p-90s work well.

You're assuming the OP knows what he's doing. He originally stated he wants to trade his gibson 335 for a freaking ibanez artcore, so I'm going to assume he needs some series guidance.
Fender Stratocaster USA Deluxe 2005
MIJ Fender Contemporary Stratocaster '85-'86 HSS System I DiMarzio SD Bridge
Epiphone 2010 Les Paul Tribute
Ibanez AW30ECE Acoustic
Line 6 IV 75w (lol)
#36
As I stated before I don't stray from jazz often.

BTW I'm keeping the ES-335 as back up to the Godin.
Gibson ES-335
Martin D28
Takamine G360S
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
Last edited by jazzboxer at Jul 31, 2010,