I love this guitar, Action on it is great.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $325.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tewksbury Music, Tewksbury MA
Solid black, chrome hardware
good for gigging
The only reason that I am looking for a different
guitar right now is because I like to play sitting down
in a classical situation and the size and weight don't
really allow that position. But other than that I hate to
put this guitar up for sale but I am. I am looking for
1000 USD for it if anyone is interested.
Model Year: 1978
Where Obtained: private dealer
It's a lawsuit model 335. It was built to the exact
specs of a 78 gibson 335. It is a flametop with
double cutaway with 22 frets. It has a master
volume, and then two volume and two tone knobs for
each pickup as well as a pickup switch. It has
passive electronics, two humbuckers. It has an
elevated bridge which is attached to the body of the
guitar with a bolting system. It has locking tuners.
I have a very low action for playing jazz on it and the
neck is a medium size. I love the feel and have used
it for any style in any setting and been happy with the
I use a boss me-50 effects board, mostly just for
volume control and a bit of delay for jazz stuff. But I
also use the distortion and chorus effects for the
rock and r&b stuff I do. It can go from a dark full
sound to a high tinny sound depending on what I
want it is very versitile. I use a polytone mini brute II
and a fender blues junior in stereo. I have done
numerous recording sessions and tours with this
guitar and have been happy with the sound
It is a very reliable guitar, some intonation
adjustments as the seasons change or when I've
taken it overseas but that's it. Only minor
I ve looked at hunreds of guitars over the years. many of which were charming in theyre own ways. I like this one because it has no really obvious tonal signiture but is , as I have said, rich and powerfull but capable of nuance.
The only way that I could improve this guitar would to make it lighter. It weighs a lot and can be a pain in the shoulder. I understand that the weight is partly responsible for its incredible tone and so I am willing to put up with it.
Where Obtained: used dealer
Made in Japan with mahogany neck and laminated mahogany body.
22 fret with four knob- vol tone, vol tone.upper switch has three positions between two humbucking pickups.
All passive with stock p-ups. Has black shiny with binding(white) finish. Double cutawaywith badass type bridge andstock tuners.
This is simply a great guitar. I have used it sucessfully in both jazz and rock situations. It is dependable, tunes easily needs no constant setup and has a very beautifull but slightly aggresive tone that is both warm and rich. Has a tendancy to sing harmonicly when the amp is overdriven which I use to my advantage.
I prefer a slightly high action and use rather stiff strings, 10 or 11 at high "E". I like to not roll over the strings as I bend and like to actually strike the string rather than pluck. I played Fenders for years and the thickness of this neck was at first a pain but the increased sustain and generally more woody and aggresive tone won me over so completely that Fenders sound thin to me now.
This is not a shred guitar, the strings are closer than I would like for very fast playing but fortunatly those days are behind me and I am more interested in expression now. This guitar is capable of nuance in both volume and tone that my previous(68 Fender Strat) was incapable.
I use principly a Marshall JCM 800 lead series from somewhere in the early eighties with a Jackson four twelve and a Mesa two twelve cabinets. (Great combo, Both dark and crispy)I use no effects whatsoever except for a whah when I am asked to.
I do mostly avant garde stuff in the Jazz/metal/blues vein. The sound of the neck p-up was a little poofy with just the Jackson four twelve but the Mesa cab really brightened up my sound. I love the bridge p-up sound and use it for a seventies rock sound.
It has the push pull to a single coil in the bridge position that I never use. The hum is irritating and It simply makes no sense to me to put a single coil in what is obviously a Gibson knockoff.
Durable as hell never a problem. Rock steady in situations where air pressure is different such as at elevations or when traveling by air.
I replaced the pins with strap lok devive immediatly and like them but the screws are never long enough and I had to replace them after two years. The jack is always a problem I know I should tighten it once in a while but I always forget and the wires get all twisted around. I have to run the cable around my strap to get it to not crackle and buzz from insecure connection.
The high E sounds buzzy when there is old strings on it