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Old May 29th, 2018, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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es-335 or es-390

well, I am at a crossroads of a sort. I need to pick one. I like everything about the 390 but the 335 can be a showstopper. The problem can be finding a 335 that checks off all the boxes because there is a ton of variables. I recently passed up a custom shop 335 with custombuckers for a comparable price to the 390 and I am kicking myself. Any opinions on the decision? anyselling either LOL.

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Old May 30th, 2018, 02:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi and welcome to this place.

It's really only you that can make a decision about which guitar to get. How a guitar plays and sounds is down to your ears and fingers.

Having said that, if you gig in a band, then the 335 is going to be a 'better' guitar than the 390 as it won't feed back as much. Hollowbody guitars can be difficult to control on stage, but on the other hand, they do have a great sound.

For me it would be the 335.
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Old May 30th, 2018, 06:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with John...semi hollows are best in a band setting. Feel also comes into play here as I like the sound of a 335 but always found the body to be bulky and uncomfortable to play. I prefer a 339.

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Old May 31st, 2018, 09:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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church player

i play mostly in church so the volumes aren't that loud. How easily do you get feedback from a hollowbody? I've test both styles but never experienced feedback.
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i play mostly in church so the volumes aren't that loud. How easily do you get feedback from a hollowbody? I've test both styles but never experienced feedback.
It depends on how loud you play and also your stage environment. I can get feedback from my 335 and also a Trussart Steelcaster.

Completely hollowbodies feedback more than those with a centre block, but it really depends on volume and where you are standing.
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I think you'd be fine in a church setting as I don't believe your volume will be "over the top" loud. I saw Delta blues legend Mel Brown playing an ES137 onstage with BB King and his band many years ago. They were pretty loud but that may have just been the FOH speakers. Their stage volume may have been fairly low. It's really hard to say when it'll start to feedback.

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I think you'd be fine in a church setting as I don't believe your volume will be "over the top" loud. I saw Delta blues legend Mel Brown playing an ES137 onstage with BB King and his band many years ago. They were pretty loud but that may have just been the FOH speakers. Their stage volume may have been fairly low. It's really hard to say when it'll start to feedback.

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137s have centre blocks Rob. I used to have one and it wasn't too bad. Probably fed back slightly more than my 335, but was easily controlled.

I have a Guild Starfire III which is a slim body fully hollow guitar. It is completely unusable in places with small stage areas where I am close to my amp. Bigger places it's not too bad.

But as you say he should be fine in a church setting.
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Sorry John, my auto correct changed it on me....he was playing an ES 175. I know 137s have center blocks....I own one!!

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Sorry John, my auto correct changed it on me....he was playing an ES 175. I know 137s have center blocks....I own one!!

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They feed back quite a bit with the extra depth. Always wanted one, but completely impractical for me
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They feed back quite a bit with the extra depth. Always wanted one, but completely impractical for me
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