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    Esseries Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    I have some serious GAS for good ES335 and these seem to be great for their money. Owners of them, how do you like them? How are their custom version of Custombuckers? Are they articulate and dynamic? I dont like muddy pickups on ES335s.

    Thanks in forward for experience sharing.
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    I gotta be honest bro... I'm seriously considering one of these to keep my WH company... No bullshit!
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    Esseries Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    I have RA and WH and the sound very different the WH is true early 60's neck, and more transparent sounding than RA. both are kick ass from Memphis the RA has a more warmer thicker tone IMO. big neck, I love em both, suits what I play: the blues and rock

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by nickster View Post
    I have RA and WH and the sound very different the WH is true early 60's neck, and more transparent sounding than RA. both are kick ass from Memphis the RA has a more warmer thicker tone IMO. big neck, I love em both, suits what I play: the blues and rock
    I have no experience with the WH model though, but my impression on the RA is just like your's. Wonderful ES and great bang for the buck

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    The RA's look like a fine guitar. Agree , for the $$$ , it should be a winner . I too am looking at 1 in the very near future .
    If you don't like a set of Pups enough , change them . The guitar itself and it's build are the 1st important thing. Memphis ,imo has bee making some fine guitars lately . Imo a good time to buy 1 .

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1jamman View Post
    Imo a good time to buy 1 .
    Or two...

    Can't speak for the RA, because it won't be here until Thursday, but the WH I own is really, REALLY good. In fact, it was the quality of the WH that convinced me to take a shot on the RA.

    Anxiously awaiting it's arrival...
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1jamman View Post
    The RA's look like a fine guitar. Agree , for the $$$ , it should be a winner . I too am looking at 1 in the very near future .
    If you don't like a set of Pups enough , change them . The guitar itself and it's build are the 1st important thing. Memphis ,imo has bee making some fine guitars lately . Imo a good time to buy 1 .
    Memphis made a huge step up in quality, totally different guitars now. Good move

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by KennyF View Post
    Or two...

    Can't speak for the RA, because it won't be here until Thursday, but the WH I own is really, REALLY good. In fact, it was the quality of the WH that convinced me to take a shot on the RA.

    Anxiously awaiting it's arrival...
    Congrats. Give us then the tone report and comparison.
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Progrocker111 View Post
    Congrats. Give us then the tone report and comparison.
    No problem... As soon as I get back to the state where my amps are...
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Had mine about a month and have been playing it non stop... Great Value for the money. I really love the custom pickups in it. Very balanced and more substantial feeling and sounding than I expected. Love the pressure that comes out of the F holes when playing through a cranked amp...

    Wildwood just got a beautiful one in (there are a lot of nice ones in the recent run)

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    While you're deciding, here's a little somethin' to feed the fire...

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    KennyF, you may be a special kind of evil. My wife could explain it to you much better than I could, though.

    I think those two guitars are beautiful......but what do I know?
    Last edited by chuckNC; 04-12-14 at 01:23 PM. Reason: Smiley :-)
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Kenny is that WH 199 from Sweetwater? That is one of the nicest ones I have seen

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Beautiful 335s
    My diagnosis is: Hiwatt and Norlinphilia


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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    From one NE PA resident to another, you got some classy taste my friend.

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckNC View Post
    KennyF, you may be a special kind of evil. My wife could explain it to you much better than I could, though.

    I think those two guitars are beautiful......but what do I know?
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by SimonBarSinister View Post
    Kenny is that WH 199 from Sweetwater? That is one of the nicest ones I have seen
    Yes it is...

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Progrocker111 View Post
    Beautiful 335s
    Thanks! Lovin' 'em...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dothedew View Post
    From one NE PA resident to another, you got some classy taste my friend.
    Thanks brother...

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Okay... A few quick observations, while putting these two 335's through the paces...

    Amp: Reinhardt 18 watt head into a Reinhardt 2x12 slant cab... No effects...

    The BurstBucker 1 and 2 in the Haynes are a little hotter than the CustomBuckers in the Anderson. Maybe a little too hot for my taste, but lowering the bridge p/up a tad and being a little conservative on the guitar's volume control, kind of reals them back in... However, slamming the front end of my Reinhardt with a full signal from the Haynes bridge p/up does get a little foggy... The neck p/up is pure Warren lead tone. Crank it, grip it and rip it...

    The CustomBuckers in the Anderson are really, really NICE! From clean to crunch, they really shine in this guitar... No matter how hard I push them, they deliver nothing but sweet tone and zero mud...

    Clean... Both guitars do exceptionally well... The Haynes does more sparkly cleans... The Anderson does Richer cleans. Even through an 18 watt Marshall-esque amp...

    At the end of the day, they're both great sounding guitars...

    By the way... I went back a forth between these two guitars for nearly 8 hours today, and never once thought about the neck profiles... They both just feel great!
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Thanks for observations. Im leaning a bit more towards RA so far.
    My diagnosis is: Hiwatt and Norlinphilia


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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Progrocker111 View Post
    Thanks for observations. Im leaning a bit more towards RA so far.
    Yup... It doesn't suck...
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    I agree the Pickups in the RA are special. The neck Profile is just about perfect as well...

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by SimonBarSinister View Post
    I agree the Pickups in the RA are special. The neck Profile is just about perfect as well...
    Yup!!! I'm really diggin' it...
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Are the finger boards laminated or solid ?

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old crow View Post
    Are the finger boards laminated or solid ?
    Solid, 1 piece...
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Poconos here

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

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    Poconos here
    Me too...
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    I played one yesterday. The neck isn't nearly as beefy as my flamed-out '99 blonde Historic '59 or a couple of real '59s I've played. Considerably less shoulder wood. Not sayin' that's a bad thing...just sayin'...
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Mine is almost exactly like the old Gibson USA Les Paul Rounded 59 profile circa 2004. It is very close to the LP STD LE I owned...

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    I've played my RA a lot the last days and I am more than surprised and happy how easily it plays. Whatever is different to a Les Paul, bendings with the same 10 - 46 gauge strings I use on all my guitars are so much easier

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Tried one of these out yesterday (Acoustically, didn't plug it in).

    I've been GASing for a 335 lately and man, the RA was A LOT better than I expected. Great neck profile, pretty light and resonated like crazy. I should have plugged it in but didn't really have time.

    I've been wanting a vintage 335 but a 65 and below is way beyond my price range so its between a late 60's or one of the Memphis 335's. I had been leaning towards a late 60's but the RA has me re-thinking that. I wonder how the Rich Robinson compares.

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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Sent you an email, Kevin.
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    Re: Rusty Anderson ES335s, do you like them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin James View Post
    Tried one of these out yesterday (Acoustically, didn't plug it in).

    I've been GASing for a 335 lately and man, the RA was A LOT better than I expected. Great neck profile, pretty light and resonated like crazy. I should have plugged it in but didn't really have time.

    I've been wanting a vintage 335 but a 65 and below is way beyond my price range so its between a late 60's or one of the Memphis 335's. I had been leaning towards a late 60's but the RA has me re-thinking that. I wonder how the Rich Robinson compares.
    For what it's worth... I've been searching for the right 335 for two decades... The current Memphis guitars, and certainly the the RA and WH, fit the bill... Find one that works for ya and pull the trigger... You won't be disappointed...

    P.S. The RA is "ALL That", no bullshit!!!
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