#1
Would love to buy a Gibson ES 335 but the price is way too much. I'm looking to stay in the $500 and under range. I've looked at the Epi 335 pro and Ibanez AS models. I think I like the feel and look of Ibanez overall but I wanted to ask the forum what you think. Are there other brands in that range I might not be aware of?
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#2
It's not really a 335 copy, but the Gretsch Electromatic G5422 is an excellent guitar & is probably within your budget (unsure of $$$ prices).
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#3
Quote by GaryBillington
It's not really a 335 copy, but the Gretsch Electromatic G5422 is an excellent guitar & is probably within your budget (unsure of $$$ prices).


And it's a full hollowbody with completely dfferently voiced pickups... Not really interchangeable with the dual PAF rock-machine that is the 335.

A Hagström Viking is one example of a 335-clone. (The originals were different and hollow, but the "reissues" are 335-clones all through.)
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#4
Epi and Ibanez are good choices. Some of the Lawsuit Era no-name Japanese knockoffs were also excellent. Find a 70s JP from Ibanez, Aria, Memphis, Burny, Tokai or other brand. If it plays well and sounds good it is good. They also have some mojo from a time when JP guitars rivaled those from the Gibson factory.
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Quote by HomerSGR
And it's a full hollowbody with completely dfferently voiced pickups... Not really interchangeable with the dual PAF rock-machine that is the 335.

Exactly why I suggested it. It's a good guitar in it's own right, without having to try & be a copy of something else.
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#7
Not positive about this, but I bet Agile makes a pretty good 335 copy. All of their other guitars are pretty on point. I think their 335 copy is called the AS-1000? I'd look into those. They probably make a couple different models at varying build qualities.
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#8
Danny, that Manta Ray is a pretty sweet looking guitar. A bit out of my range but worth considering. I would love to try it out somewhere but I don't remember seeing it in any guitar store I've been to.
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Danny, that Manta Ray is a pretty sweet looking guitar. A bit out of my range but worth considering. I would love to try it out somewhere but I don't remember seeing it in any guitar store I've been to.

You might not- they're a small company. But I think they've recently negotiated deals with Sam Ash and/or GC.
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#11
The Schecter Corsair is excellent but you have to mail order one as pretty much nobody stocks it.
#12
The Epi Sheraton ll are nice guitars in the 335 mode. Catch a 15% off sale at GC or elsewhere and you can pick one up for a hair over $500. Enjoy finding your new guitar.
#13
I've seen plenty Epiphone and Ibanez that were good, played a couple of Oscar Schmidt I liked too.
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