#1
ok...i really want a 335 style guitar. i've been looking at the epiphone dots and sheratons but i keep looking back at the gibson 335.....so my question is would it be worth it to save up for a real gibson? i have to admit that part of it's my ego - you know, wanting to play a gibson. but are the electronics and hardware and construction on a gibson that much better? fyi i've also thought about getting an epiphone and customizing it with high quality parts and pickups and hardware. so what do you think i should do?

thanks for anything....
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#2
I've heard good things about the dot actually, I don't think you really need to even change anything on it if you want it, maybe the bridge bucker, that's about it though.
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#3
it is definitely worth it.

I have a dot studio, and i love it, but i've also had the opportunity to play a casino, sheraton, dot, AND 335.

there's just no comparison..even though the other guitars are all amazing in their own right
#4
Quote by LP51122
ok...i really want a 335 style guitar. i've been looking at the epiphone dots and sheratons but i keep looking back at the gibson 335.....so my question is would it be worth it to save up for a real gibson? i have to admit that part of it's my ego - you know, wanting to play a gibson. but are the electronics and hardware and construction on a gibson that much better? fyi i've also thought about getting an epiphone and customizing it with high quality parts and pickups and hardware. so what do you think i should do?

thanks for anything....


I will always suggest a Gibson over an Epiphone for two reasons.

There are two things that cannot be altered about a guitar.

1) its quality of build and materials
2) its value over time

Things like pickups, electronics, hardware can all be changed. Simply put, a Gibson will hold its value over time, an Epiphone will not.

But be sure to play before you buy anything, Gibson puts out some real lemons from their USA line (the standard production models). I went through 3 different guitars before buying my les paul because I didn't feel the first two were up to par quality wise.
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#5
worth is relative to what you are willing to pay for it.

If you want the Gibson and are willing to pay the price, then get the Gibson.

The upgrades over the Epi did not cost Gibson $2k, however.
#6
My friends dad has a real 335 and an Epi Dot and the Epi is no comparison its entirely worth it to go for the gibson.
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#7
Some people actually prefer epiphones over gibson. It's preference really.
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worth is relative to what you are willing to pay for it.

If you want the Gibson and are willing to pay the price, then get the Gibson.

The upgrades over the Epi did not cost Gibson $2k, however.


+1

You're basically paying for the name "Gibson". There isn't $2k worth of difference between the Epiphone and Gibson... not even close. The same can be said with pretty much any Gibson guitar vs. its Epi counterpart.
#10
Only if you buy it in person. I've played a bunch of them, and each one is different. If you shop around and take the time to find the one that's right for you, then it's worth it. If you buy it online the second you have the cash, you probably won't get one worth your money.
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#11
Hollowbodies especially are very picky. Play as many as you can before you buy, but I think you'll find that a good Gibson 335 is what you want if you can afford it.
#12
You don't need to go for the Epiphone if you decide not to buy Gibson, there are other brands in that price range, and some good quality too. What about Washburn, I haven't played any so I can't say much, but maybe it will be better to try different guitars and see which one you like the most. Good luck
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You don't need to go for the Epiphone if you decide not to buy Gibson, there are other brands in that price range, and some good quality too. What about Washburn, I haven't played any so I can't say much, but maybe it will be better to try different guitars and see which one you like the most. Good luck


Not very pricey but the Ibanez Artcore series are decent... they are actually the only Ibanez guitars that I have been pleased with lol.
#15
You need to play one. I really liked the 335 tone in my Variax so I went looking for the real thing. It was like $3200 in red. very nice looking and excellent build quality. Sweet tone, but i really didn't care for the neck and after playing on it for 20 or 25 minutes I just put it back. haven't felt the need to touch one since.
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#16
I was comparing the epiphone to my gretsch g5120 before i bought it, I tried out a casino, and the pickups I felt were too hot, although the neck was veryvery nice, and I tried out a dot, but the neck on the gretsch was better, so I got the gretsch.

Maybe if you aren't bound to a 335 shape, try out the gretsch g5120, it goes for 600USD, just a thought.
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