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    Les Paul Forum Member Bluuzman's Avatar
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    Esseries Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Could anybody describe the sound difference ES-335 vs ES 350, both with P-90 pickups?
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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Apples and bananas.

    Why the question?

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    I didn't know there were any ES-335's with P-90's made.
    I play a Trini Lopez Reissue through a Fender Blues Jr. Sunburst.

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Quote Originally Posted by Axel View Post
    I didn't know there were any ES-335's with P-90's made.
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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Quote Originally Posted by keef View Post
    Sweet!
    I play a Trini Lopez Reissue through a Fender Blues Jr. Sunburst.

    Quote Originally Posted by camohoyt View Post
    I'm sure only Axel knows if they have wax potting. He knows stuff that Gibson don't even know about there own guitars. Like an angel from Les Paul Heaven!

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Quote Originally Posted by keef View Post
    Why the question?
    I believe the OP had another thread recently where he said he had been bit by the hollowbody/semi-hollow bug and wanted to get educated on 335s.

    Bluuzman - I am familiar with 335s, but have no first hand experience with the ES-350. Still, based solely on the specs, I would expect these to be very different sounding guitars, with different advantages/disadvantages in different situations. Structurally, they are very different guitars, especially if you are talking about the full depth 350 and not the thinline version 350T. Which one is a better choice for you depends on what you want to use it for. I'm sure people more familiar with the 350 will chime in and be more helpful than I can be on the sonic differences.

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    I used to have a '56 ES-350TN (just like Danny Gatton's with the spruce top). While it looked really cool (REALLY cool), it wasn't very good for playing leads. Not as much neck to work with as an ES-335 and the bridge kept moving around when I really tugged on the strings (floating wood bridge). Plus as I recall it had a shorter scale than the Gibson standard 24.75. I think it would be okay if you're mostly playing chords, but if you do a lot of leads, I would recommend the 335.
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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    I'm a big fan of 350Ts but they're a weird creature indeed. But hey, it's the first Chuck Berry guitar! The only way to make them play well is to use very heavy strings, which won't end up feeling so heavy with the short scale. That's probably why your bridge was moving around. You've got to use 12s or 13s or higher.

    But to compare with a 335, well that's just apples and giraffes. Did the OP mean to write ES-330? Because that's a more sense-making comparison.

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Quote Originally Posted by keef View Post
    Apples and bananas.

    Why the question?
    I have seen that some guitarists used an ES-335 to get the T-Bone Walker sound. Others used an ES-350 to get this sound. Especially, the ES-350 version with the push/pull potentiometer for the Bridge pickup shall deliver the T-Bone Walker sound.
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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    push-pull on a 350 pot? Huh?

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Sorry. Can't let this thread go any farther without a photo of my departed '56 ES-350TN. Last time I saw her, she was in a box headed to Belgium.

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Even the thinner ES-350 is going to sound very different from an ES-335 due to the completely hollow body of the 350 versus the center block 335.
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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    I've had several 350's. One was pretty good. I much prefer the sound of a 330 with a more "Gibson-like" spacing of the pickups and the tone of the more traditional placement on the harmonic scale. 350T's never sound as rich and sweet (to my ear) as 330's. If I was going to pick from a pair of hollow vs. semi-hollow thinlines it would definitely be a 330 rather than 350. I do like 350T's but the bigger body with small, skinny neck is awkward to me and a 330 feels just right.

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    The best thing about 350T's is the looks IMO. One of the most beautuiful guitars ever. This one was the prettiest I had but my '59 330 laid it completely to waste in every way imaginable:






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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluuzman View Post
    I have seen that some guitarists used an ES-335 to get the T-Bone Walker sound. Others used an ES-350 to get this sound. Especially, the ES-350 version with the push/pull potentiometer for the Bridge pickup shall deliver the T-Bone Walker sound.
    T Bone used various Gibsons. On his most famous T Bone Blues album - essential listening - he is pictured with a ES-5.


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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Quote Originally Posted by bizzwriter View Post
    Sorry. Can't let this thread go any farther without a photo of my departed '56 ES-350TN. Last time I saw her, she was in a box headed to Belgium.

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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluuzman View Post
    I have seen that some guitarists used an ES-335 to get the T-Bone Walker sound. Others used an ES-350 to get this sound. Especially, the ES-350 version with the push/pull potentiometer for the Bridge pickup shall deliver the T-Bone Walker sound.
    later on, t-bone used a kessell to get t-bone sound. which proves how important the guitar is,
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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    It take "very dry" fingers to get the T Bone thing going on.
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    Re: Sound difference ES-335 vs ES-350?

    Whet do you mean by very dry fingers to get the T Bone thing going?

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