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Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

I am pondering another gas attack, that being one of the epiphone 335 imitations, and wanted to know if anyone had one. the price is just unbeatable and they play so fine, i caint resist the urge. the epi semi hollow studio dot or whatever they callit looks just as good too, any comments?

Jason
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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

4/22/2008 5:56 AM

Victor Abad (963) wrote:

The other guitar player n my bnad owns an Epiphone 335. It played and sounded well, but he has just changed the pickups and the bridge, for a bigsby type. Now it's better looking (except for the two holes left from the old bridge.
I would surely go for that epi...

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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

4/22/2008 6:37 AM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

I own a '68 ES 335 since it was new and have played quite a few Epi's along through the years.

The Cassino model is right up there with the best of the Gibsons. The dot RI's do quite well as far as fit and finish are concerned, but the switches seem to wear rather quickly and the pickups are a bit muddy. Dave Mackie makes a good observation about the difficulty of replacing these parts in relation to solid body guitars.


Don't overlook the Heritage brand of guitars when shopping around. These are excetionally well built by ex-Gibson employees in the old Gibson Kalamazoo plant.

Just my $.02,
Bill~~~

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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

4/23/2008 11:56 AM

Robert De Groot (4781) wrote:

Many thanks to all who replied. I am assuming that the Epi is made in Korea rather than Kalamazoo, interesting that the very first guitar my brother and I had was a Kalamazoo. The Chinese Squire, upon which my talented wife painted the word Fender, and which cost only 99bucks, is actually a very fine guitar. Of course we expect the hardware to be a bit lower in quality than the USA manufactured guitars. So, getting new hardware is not that expensive, really, considering that I can get the imitation 335 for probably less than $350. The main thing to me about any guitar is whether it "sings to me", whether it comes to life in my hands, and the imitation that I played for just a few minutes definately sang to me.

Thanks again

Jason

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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

5/21/2008 9:25 AM

Robert De Groot (4781) wrote:

OK: So after playing many guitars, all sorts of the Epiph, one 335 copy, and the Ibanez, I am getting one of the cheap Epi ones next week. The cost is only 269 plus 89 for a hard shell case. If I don't like the pickups, I'll probably go for the Gibson 57 classic ones. I have not checked out the Heritage line of guitars at all, just the Epiphones and the Ibanez ones. I'll probably be replacing the switch. The whole point is that these are very finely crafted guitars, made in china, and very much like the real thing. Sure, if someone wants to give me a Lee Ritenour model, I would love it. But the price on a real Gibson 335 is way too high. The Ibanez as73 was a nice solid tool, and I may just get one of those as well, for 350 it's an excellent buy. Thanks again for all the advice on this thread.

Jason



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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

5/25/2008 4:10 PM

Bob Williams (7) wrote:

I wanted a Les Paul Custom for years. I played ones friends of mine had, at the music store, etc. Then i seen the exact one I wanted on Ebay, only it was an Epi. I decided to take a chance on it and am I glad I did. It plays better than most Gibsons Ive played and sounds just as good. The craftsman ship does not show a flaw anywhere. For a fifth of the price, yeah, I'll take a chance!



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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

6/3/2008 9:30 PM

Robert De Groot (4781) wrote:

Exactly my point Bob. I am getting a $269.00 epi dot studio 335, made in china, and a hardshell case, and with a little fine tuning, perhaps a stronger nut, better pots, I will have a damn good guitar for less than a fifth of the price.

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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

6/3/2008 10:30 PM

Jeff Rice (3314) wrote:

I bought a 335 a few years ago and it was still under 2000. If I were going to do it today, I probably would go with the Epi today. Don't get me wrong I love my Gibson (I have a J-45 too). But for the money involved I played some fine Epiphone Les Paul's and Squires for that matter. Just a thought.
-Jeff

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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

6/6/2008 2:15 PM

Mark Collins (3026) wrote:

one of my students has the Epiphone "Lucille" model. It is very nice, a good bargain for the price. Sounds good, easy to play & looks fantastic! However, it is not a Gibson. I prefer the Gibson 335 myself, but the Epi is much cheaper! Also, the Epi will be much "safer" to play at gigs, etc. Much less worries over it getting stolen, or something happening to it. It really depends on your financial situation & what you intend to do with it.

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Re: Is the Epiphone imitation of the Gibson 335 just as good?

6/18/2008 9:50 AM

Robert De Groot (4781) wrote:

I got the Epi, and for the price it can't be beat. or it can be beat, depending upon the mood.

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