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#1
I'm looking for a good ES-335 copy to play the blues, but i dont have the money i would need to buy a Gibson. Right now, i'm intruiged by the Epiphone Dot Deluxe Archtop with a pickup change. I dont have a set price range, but if i could keep the guitar under $500, that would be preferred. Thanks.

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#4
Epiphone dot definetely.
Ibanez Artcore series offers some 335 rip offs, and they're pretty good.

Not sure about the Vintage, but Wilkinson hardware is good, and their pickups can't be that bad either.
#5
i liked the feel of the vintage i played....felt nice although the pickups on the guitar i played were a touch weak, it felt great.
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#6
tokai for sure bro
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tokai for sure bro


Do Tokai still make guitars? I thought there were only second-hand ones available for collector prices.

That doesn't stop them from being good, I just didn't know you could get new ones.
#8
^ i think they still do, but ive only played more recent les pauls (love rocks) and they suck ballsss

i have an older love rock (01) and it kicks ass and i played there 335 copy and it was a tank

try ebay
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#9
it's not the exact look, but Xavier guitars seem to have some pretty sweet stuff attached to them. GFS pickups, coil tapping, etc. Check out guitarfetish.com
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#10
Oscar Schmidt makes a good ES-335 copy.

It's called the Delta King. I have one of my own.

$149.99 from Musician's Friend. It's a great guitar.
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#11
http://www.epiphone.com/elitist/casino.htm

check out the Epi Elitist Casino

the elitist line is EXCELLENT btw

any Epi Elitist will give you a lot of bang for your buck they are made out of better wood than gibsons and have better necks their pickups just suck but they are an easy swap

you can do it yourself in like five minutes as long as you know how to use a soldering iron
#12
This thing is incredible. YEAH it costs a hundred fifty dollars and I was extremely skeptical but when I played it...jeeeeeeeeeeeeez. Try one out!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Oscar-Schmidt-OE30-SemiHollow-Electric-Guitar?sku=514013


Oscar Schmidt oe30. The red and sunburst finishes are gorgeous.

(note, i may have played a lucky good one, but it has good reviews on MF too!)


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Oscar Schmidt makes a good ES-335 copy.

It's called the Delta King. I have one of my own.

$149.99 from Musician's Friend. It's a great guitar.



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#15
Thanks for all the responses, guys.

EDIT: I'm interested in these Vintage guitars. Where can i buy one?
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Edwards?

www.katanaguitars.com you'll find one on there.

EDIT : they might be a bit above your budget though, but they're good guitars...
Yamaha makes an ES-335 shape too I think but it'll probably be too expensive.


well of course Edwards since theyre like the exact replica of their counterparts.
#18
Those edwards look nice, but are a bit pricey.
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i'd highly recommend the Oscar Schmidt Delta King, with a caveat:

stock, it's a pretty solid guitar - plays nice, sounds good. but there's a design flaw that causes the neck bolts to tend to strip out. all four screws are the same length, but the two screws closest to the body aren't long enough, as the neck angle gives them a little bit more body wood to pass through before hitting the neck. the easiest way to fix this is to immediately, before playing it for long, take the two screws out, take them to a hardware store, and buy two screws with longer shafts but the same diameter and head type. take em home, screw em in, and you saved yourself having to drill out and dowel the holes when they strip.

so, what i'm basically saying is, buy the Oscar Schmidt, replace the screws, and you've got 350 left in your price range to apply towards a hard case (any 335 case fits it pretty well) and new pickups and maybe hardware, although my impression was that the hardware on the guitar was solid.
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#22
Ibanez Artcore

I have an AS83 myself, it cost me about $450 and for that money, you get a whole lot of guitar. It's not an exact 335 clone, but there's very little difference. It has a really warm tone, good playability, it's well built and it looks great. The other Artcores i tried were quite good as well, they make a few other 335 type guitars.
#23
Epi Rivieras and Sheratons are they way to go!
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#24
Well my dad and i have become snobs (after i got my Gibby and he's getting his Fender) but both of ous love Epi Semi's (Sheraton II's are awesome) and could have one, just as much as a Gibby.
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#25
I'd recommend the Schecter Corsair, pretty nice guitar. Of course an Epiphone Dot is pretty good too, but I'd definitely recommend immediately upgrading the pick ups with them though. Oh and it doesn't have a bigsby if that floats your boat.
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#27
The Ibanez Artcore Series r great 4 the $. they play as good as plenty of much much more expensive guitars & look the goods 2. Ibanez usually put out a well finished guitar
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#28
I don't think you can get Vintage guitars in the US. I've got one and they are pretty good. I'm soon to order an Ibanez artcore bass.
#31
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Epiphone Sheraton II! (like mentioned earlier)
If you're going to play the blues, that's going to be a nice guitar.

Yeah. They're much better than the Dots, IMO.
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#32
Just buy like an old teisco copy of ebay or something, they are cheap as hell and fine guitars, at least when set up well. *Unique*
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Edit: I'm pretty sure you can only buy vintage guitars 'round the UK.




EDIT: It looks like i am leaning towards some sort of Epi. The dot deluxe archtop and Sheraton II lead the way, i'll have to go to GC and try to play them.
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Just buy like an old teisco copy of ebay or something, they are cheap as hell and fine guitars, at least when set up well. *Unique*

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#35
Just beat up B.B. and steal his....

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#37
I've got an Epi Dot Deluxe


[borat] It is very nice! [/borat]


But yeah, it needs a pickup change but stock it has some nice smooth sounds. Great looking guitar too. I'd go for that one
#38
Wow, i started this thread a while back, lol. I still want a semi-hollow guitar, but that has been put on the backburner for some more urgent G.A.S.
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#39
washburn semi-acoustic maybe?
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#40
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Wow, i started this thread a while back, lol. I still want a semi-hollow guitar, but that has been put on the backburner for some more urgent G.A.S.


you cant just leave us hanging, man.
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