I decided to buy this Samick copy because I will never be able to afford a 335. The older I get the less I look at the headstock logo and the more I just pick one up and see how it does. I like this one and would replace it if it were lost. I would recommend this guitar to a friend, I have found that I don't like most Samicks. I own this one and an HF 650 they are both "Artist Series" guitars. They must be samicks flagship guitars. I have played the Gregg Bennet Samicks and didn't like them at all.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $580.00 (new)
Where Obtained: A music store in Evanston, Wy.
This is another of Samicks top of the line models. It has a birds eye maple veneer body and a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, I think.
Samicks are built in korea, Samick builds epiphones and many other import guitars. It is set up just like a 335 with 2 volume and 2 tone pots, a neck and a bridge humbucker. A 3 position switch, hollow body with F holes.
It plays well, the neck feels good and I adjusted it to my liking without any fret buzz. I don't know if it plays like a 335 because I have never had a 335 in my hands. But I like it pretty good.
I play Blues and old rock. You can play an open E chord through a marshall and this guitar sounds just like thorogood, I think that it is a better rock guitar than blues, but thats just my opinion and you know how opinions are.
I only play live so I can't comment on it's performance in the studio.
I don't think that I've ever even adjusted the truss rod on this guitar. It is well suited for playing live. The strap button at the neck feels terrible as it is stickin' straight at you and you have to hold the guitar up with your forearm all night. I don't know if the 335 is designed that way but it's very distracting. Other than that I'm glad to have it.