NGD! Gibson Memphis Dot ES-335 in Blonde

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  1. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Well, I'm posting this a day late. I got it yesterday on Martin Luther King day. Anyway, ever since I went to the Memphis factory, I've wanted an Electric Spanish guitar from there. And I heard about them shutting down, so I pounced. I got it for $2,500.00, including tax, and 2 year financing. This thing sounds great and plays great.
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    Now, it's a weird guitar in the sense it says 2018 on the back of the headstock, but is a 2019 model. It even says 2019 in the F-hole. And, the early 2019 ES-335s are all over the place. Some have bell knobs, some have reflectors, some have the locking tailpiece, some don't, and some have the F-hole engraved TRC, some don't, and finally, some have MHS-II pickups, and some have '57 Classics. All in all, this got all the features I wanted, even being in a transitional time, and those were the bell knobs, MHS-IIs, blank TRC, and regular tailpiece studs.
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    Now, the MHS-IIs are different from the '57 Classics in a couple of key ways. The MHS-IIs have Alnico V magnets, aren't wax potted, and are scatterwound with unbalanced coils. The '57s have Alnico II magnets, are wax potted. and balanced coils. One thing that stuck out to me was how hard the pickups hit my Marshall compared to my other guitars. And, actually, it sounded relatively close to the original Gibson Embossed T-Tops in the old ES-335 I used to have.
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    Now, that one, I don't really miss it anymore after I got the blonde. It filled that spot in my collection. Would I like to get it back? Absolutely. But, after getting the blonde, only the history with that one would make me want it back. It is in Alaska right now being played by a cousin. Now that I got the blonde one, I'm glad she's got it.
    And, finally, the last few pictures I took:
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    bwotw Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations! Looks lovely!
     
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    That's a nice looking guitar! Enjoy in good health!

    Bob
     
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    Update: pulled out the pickups to check what they were. They are '57s. Reason I thought that they were MHS-IIs was they were hitting the amp a lot harder than I have been used to with '57s with the Black SG, Les Paul (now has OX4s), and the OG SG. Wierd.
     
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    Beautiful guitar, Logan. The pic that shows the backside of the neck looks like a satin finish on the neck... Illusion?
     
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    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Guess it is. It's fully gloss. Can't wait until I break the neck in a bit though. Because of how new it is, it's still off-gassing and is sticky.
     
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    Any chance the bridge is a '57 Classic Plus?

    Bob
     
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    Yup it is :h5:
     
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    Love the blonde!
     
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    Congrats! I really like the ES models, too, especially with dots. :) And, btw, IMO these guitars definitely looks (and performs?) best with a standard stop bar and tuneomatic bridge.
     
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    Very classy, congratulations. An ES 335 with '57 Classic and Classic plus
    ought to be very versatile. Play any genre on that instrument. Play Jazz,
    Rock an roll, Country, Prog rock, Blues, Rock a billy, tune it to open G and
    hit some K. Richards licks. (they don't HAVE to be done on a Tele).

    An excellent price on an excellent guitar.
     
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    There is your answer about hot output. The Plus is pretty hot.

    Bob
     
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    It also has 500k pots. That differs from Gibson's use of 300k pots on electric models in the past.
     
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    I just love the look of your guitar. Of course I do, because I bought
    an Epiphone that looks like that, only not as elegant. To me, that's the
    big difference between Gibbies and Epi's... just a certain elegance.

    Even my doggone SG faded special has an elegance about it that
    can't be matched in a foreign made instrument. Lucky me to have
    both.

    Epiphones however, have grit and rawk, and a working class bluster
    that earns its own way. Gibsons are already on the top of the pile,
    and they defend the castle with brute strength AND chivalry, which is
    part of the appeal.
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    You got a beautiful guitar, and a good move to get yours before the doo-doo hit
    the froo froo. No telling what the future (if any) will bring.
     
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