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Comments about Gibson ES-335 Traditional Pro Hollow Body Electric Guitar:
I have had my 335 Trad Pro for over a month now and it has become my favorite guitar. I have even really grown to love the looks of it with the Ice Tea finish and Zebra PUPs. I set out to buy the gloss Cherry 335 that I have always wanted, but could not put this guitar down. In the end, I could not justify the extra expense because I loved the way this guitar felt and played. Now, I think it is one of the coolest guitars I have and will ever own! I have to admit, I was not a fan of the Traditional Pro Les Paul, but I have changed my tune. I like some of the modern touches Gibson has given the classic models. Definitely check one out before you buy that 335 DOT Reissue you have always dreamed of owning. You might be surprised like me.
I always love and appreciate the vintage/classic guitars, but it is always cool when a classic line gets some modern features. I think Gibson really has done a great job with this new 335 model. I really like the new Grover locking tuners. They do not lock from the bottom, like on the Les Paul Trad Pro, but from the top. With just a little bit of tension, the string is locked in tuned with a few 1/4 turns. It was amazingly easy to string and restring. I also LOVE the coil taps on the instrument. I sort of avoided the Trad Pro LP because of this, but it turns out I am switching between single coil and humbucking mode all the time now.
While I was not crazy about the satin back and polished top at first, I have really grown to love the finish. The guitar is top notch. It is also a feather in Gibson's cap that it comes from the Custom Shop with certificate of authenticity, etc. I really walked out of the store feeling like I bought a Bentley! The neck feels great, tone is awesome and I really have a hard time putting the guitar down.
Well, I have to be realistic, this is not an inexpensive guitar, so "value" is sort of hard to gauge, unless I compare to other Gibson 335s. I don't know why, but it felt and played better than the standard Satin DOT. There are some nice touches, like the binding around the neck, that make it nicer than the Satin DOT, too. The Burstbucker in the bridge is a sweet touch. I loved the tones out of this 335 over the Satin. So, for an extra zmount (depending on finish), I think it is worth it! As for the Gloss DOT Reissues, I felt like I was only paying for a prettier finish and pick up covers. That jump did not seem worth it to me. So, in the Gibson 335 line, I think the Trad Pro is the best bang for the buck.