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Do certain ES-335's have a poplar center block?

C-4

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I have been reading on here that certain people feel that some of the ES-335's are now being built with a poplar center block, while others are built with the maple center block.

Where did this theory come from and is it indeed true?

Thank you.
 

plaintop60

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I've never heard of poplar center blocks on any es models. There's poplar in the core of the laminate material though. Es 137's have a mahogany center block. Es 135's have balsa wood. Thhe very lastest issue es135's before they discontinued that model had mahogany blocks and no F-holes. All es335's have maple center blocks as far as I know. Of course with Gibson there are often anomalies, but not nearly as often these days as back in the old days. FWIW, it would be very easy to determine if a guitar has a poplar block, just by looking through the f-hole or pulling a pick-up. Also, while poplar makes an, IMO, inferior laminate layer to maple, it would make a great center block. I've seen lots of mexican strats with poplar bodies that sound great, different from alder or swamp ash, but the soldid poplar body produces a nice resonant tone.
 

Godot

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My '72 335 has a maple block under the bridge - a gap under the bridge pickup - and a mahogany block up to the neck...

Norlin thing, I guess.
 
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Troels

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No! But many 335s have poplar as the blind layer in the maple plywood lamination in top, back and sides.
Some 135s had balsa wood center block.
 

Stevedenver

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actually i know that the early versions of the 137-the single cut entry level-had poplar blocks-

hadnt heard about poplar elsewhere, but who knows
 

skylabfilmpop

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I think the es 333's have a chromite (balsa) block too. I have never heard of the poplar though
 

vibro

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Interestingly I just demoed an ES 339 this weekend and the tag mentioned poplar. I had the same question as the author of this thread.
 

plaintop60

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That Gibson link says that the center block is soft maple. It's the laminate core that has poplar these days.
 
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