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« on: August 17, 2012, 10:41:49 PM »

Thinking about adding one to my collection. Wish Larrivee made one! 

Wondering what you guys own and why you like them.

The Gibson ES-339 looks interesting - smaller and lighter than the 335, which is just too darn big.

Looking for a jazzier, easy listening kind of tone.

 
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012, 12:01:39 AM »

I have an 85 Gibson 335 semi-hollow and a Gretsch 6196 Country Club Hollow body..  I love 'em both.  the 335 does not seem large to me at all.   the Gretsch is bigger but.. oh what a tone.     Try a few out at your local guitar store and see what you think.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012, 01:30:04 AM »

First of all I luv my 335

BUT

The 339 seems to provide much bang for the buck.The 339 is a smaller take on that classic

It's a matter of deciding which suits one's music best as there is a tonal difference but to say one is better IMO is ridiculous.

And the size/weight consideration may suit you fine. I know I have been considering a 339 to add a lil variety but am holding back awaiting for Larrivee to step up. blush

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 02:24:17 AM »

I've own 335's made by Gibson and Epiphone and other brands the size never bothered me.I have played the 339 wasn't really impressed the size just seemed off for.I have owned and played all sorts of Gretcsh's both the original full bodies and the Jr modals again the small bodies feel a little off.You might want to look at the standard jazz box's that are out there my favorite has always been the Epiphone Emperor Regent 15 inch lower bout with a floating mini humbucker great jazz box.I have a friend who checked out the Godin archtop and was suprise at how nice it felt but he didn't care for the tone of the pu's but that can always be changed.Best advice is go out and play every thing you can get your hands on.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012, 03:42:37 AM »


Looking for a jazzier, easy listening kind of tone.

Jazzier and if size doesn't matter

Do wish Larrivee would hurry up, gotta be only a matter of time
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2012, 06:26:14 AM »

Jazzier and if size doesn't matter

Do wish Larrivee would hurry up, gotta be only a matter of time

Andrew that Gibson Tobacco sunburst  s just like my es335.   Does that model have the neck-through / center-block construction like the es335 ?

That tailpiece is better suited to the jazzier tone in my opinion.       

Here is my un-official ranking of jazziness with respect to my own guitars

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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2012, 10:07:52 AM »

Heritage make the Prospect, a smaller version of their 535.

Prospect


With a 535 for size comparison


The 535 is a very popular Heritage model.



The amber 535 has SD '59s

Another 535 in sunset burst finish with Duncan P-Rails




Another semi hollow a 576 in natural finish, also with Duncan P-Rails




The Prospect has a floating centre block, i.e. the solid block is not attached to the back of the guitar, it is also available non floating and fully hollow. The 535 uses a solid centre block as does it's larger relation the 576 which is a deeper single cut version of the 535.

Another similar but different model is the Millennium, or Millie as it's known. It's constructed more like a semi solid body guitar. It has solid mahogany rims and centre with mahogany back and a carved  maple top. It sounds more like a solid body guitar than a semi hollow model but still retains some characteristics of a semi.





The Millennium has Heritages own HRW pickups.

I have previously owned a mid '90s ES-335, bought new, sold that one in eighteen months it just didn't do it for me personally. The Heritages are not going anywhere.

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2012, 10:14:28 AM »

More pics ...

Millennium with Prospect and 535





And with a fully hollow 575







The 575 is a true archtop, fully hollow. This one has SD '59s.

You could say I'm a big fan of Heritage guitars  
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2012, 01:37:59 PM »

Andrew that Gibson Tobacco sunburst  s just like my es335.   Does that model have the neck-through / center-block construction like the es335 ?

That tailpiece is better suited to the jazzier tone in my opinion.       

Nope she's a hollow-body ES-165 - it's a dream thru my polytone
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You could say I'm a big fan of Heritage guitars  
And with good reason!!!! Beauties  bowdown
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2012, 02:38:03 PM »

 ohmy ohmy ohmy PLEEEEEAAAAASSSSSEEEE STOP,your driving me insane with those pix...this forum has never been cruel but  ohmy ohmy those guitars are friggin beautiful     



 nice guitar's
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2012, 03:52:20 PM »

Wow.  an incredible array of  hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.  Between Andrew, SouthpawGuy and myself we have  q lot of beautiful left-handed guitars.   
SouthpawGuy esepecially.   That is truly impressive.
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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2012, 04:06:36 PM »

Wowzers!! All those beautiful guitars. I've tried and tried and tried to get comfy with a 335 and 339 style guitar. I just can't do it. I guess it's the arch top that throws me off. That's one of the main reasons I don't already own a les paul. Cant get used to the arch top.

I think the only option for a semi-hollow body for me at this point is a Thinline telecaster.

Keep the pics coming though.....beautiful guitars indeed!
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2012, 04:40:53 PM »

If your going to go the tele route go with the Bakersfield's but wait until they come with Matthew's pickups.I can't say enough on how wonderful the new bridge pickup is and can't wait to check out the neck pu he's working on.For that matter how much better the Bakersfield is over any other production tele is.OK I like mine better but I prefer the "V" neck over the standard necks.
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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2012, 04:44:10 PM »

Will do unclrob. Do you think they'll come out with a thinline version?
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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2012, 04:49:46 PM »

Not sure but the tonal difference between a thinline and the standard tele was never enough for me to own one over the solid version.
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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2012, 08:13:44 PM »

i've got an Ibanez AGS83-a semi- that is a smaller size- that sounds great and is a comfortable intermediate size. they're a little hard to find. weren't in production long. this one is all bubinga and is a real sweet player.
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« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2012, 08:26:26 AM »

Traditional







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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2012, 08:33:10 AM »

Unconventional

No sound holes, but both of these are hollow.


















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« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2012, 08:35:42 AM »

New take on traditional

Despite it's appearance, this one can really rock out, as well as be mellow and subdued.



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