Gibson es 333 vs es 335

Gibson ES 333

Gibson es 333 vs es 335

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ryhlick
02-09-2011, 09:12 PM
The title pretty much says it all. I am thinking seriously about getting a 335 style guitar and wondering if anyone could share their thoughts between the two. If one takes the time to upgrade the pickups, does that even the playing field? Thanks!
TattooedCarrot
02-09-2011, 09:30 PM
Owned several of both. IMO the difference is just the obvious lack of appointments on the 333. They play and sound like the same model guitar to me.

I actually prefer the satin finish on the 333. I added Duncan Antiquities, new knobs, a pickguard, RS kit with CTS & paper/oil, aged RS lightweight tail piece, buffed the satin finish a little bit and whala – looks like a vintage walnut brown 335 if you ask me.

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porsche993
02-09-2011, 09:32 PM
I may be buried with my es333. ’57 classics & pick-guard were the only changes I’ve made. It’s truly among the best semis I’ve ever played – and I play it almost every day. That said, I’ve played several other 333s that were less than inspiring, even with the same pickups.

I’ve also had the good fortune to play numerous vintage and modern 3x5s – my es333 is every bit as magical as the good vintage instruments I’ve played.

Just like many instruments, you may have to play a number of them to find “the one”. I was fortunate enough to do just that when they were on the market in 2003.

DISCLAIMER: I’m one of those odd players that could care less about neck-carve, scale-length, or finish aesthetics. I play blues & rock, have for 20 years. Guitar->Mogami Cable->(Fender DRRI or ’72 SF DR). Amp dimed at all times and volume controlled from the guitar (and sometimes with a THD HotPlate). If a guitar sounds good and feels good in my hands – it is good. This is how I form my opinions…for better or worse 😉

Hope that helps!
ryhlick
02-09-2011, 10:09 PM
Thanks guys for sharing your input.
TK LP
02-10-2011, 09:39 AM
With the exeception of the satin finish, the pickups, the headstock inlays, and the control access covers on the back, they are essentiaslly the same guitar. The access covers on the back are great for modding, and the finish will polish to high gloss if that’s what you want.

The Cherries are 333’s;


theroan
02-10-2011, 09:57 AM
From what I’ve gathered they’re pretty much the same.
Tadams
02-10-2011, 09:58 AM
I originally had a blonde 335, got the 333 and then sold the 335.
Gibson ES-333
pacomc79
02-10-2011, 10:32 AM
I think the control access on the 333 is a really nice feature if you plan on making any changes. You could always get it buffed and painted.

It’s not going to hold value like the 335, but having the control plate rather than fishing stuff through the F holes…. is a beautiful thing. I’m not sure how much the tone gets affected by this change.
Blue4Now
02-10-2011, 11:29 AM
Proud owner of a burst 333. As others have said, a few cosmetic diferences, I added a set of 57 classic, correct pickguard, amber knobs, RS lightwieght tailpeice and a little buff out.

Looks like a killer vintage 335 now. Its light, super responsive and sounds freakin great.
Blue4Now
02-10-2011, 11:30 AM
It’s not going to hold value like the 335, but having the control plate rather than fishing stuff through the F holes…. is a beautiful thing. I’m not sure how much the tone gets affected by this change.

not sure about that, I keep seeing them go up in price
XKnight
02-10-2011, 11:54 AM
not sure about that, I keep seeing them go up in price

I think the ES-333s are actually selling for about what they went for new. They were relatively inexpensive when they were new, I think around $1000 – $1200. For a budget style ES-335 guitar they are a great deal.
Blue4Now
02-10-2011, 12:11 PM
I think the ES-333s are actually selling for about what they went for new. They were relatively inexpensive when they were new, I think around $1000 – $1200. For a budget style ES-335 guitar they are a great deal.

I am almost embarased to say what I paid for mine brand new from a Gibson Dealer with OHSC…………………800 bucks a scary good deal.

It was one of those small dealers and this sat in the shop for years. I think mine was made in 2002 and I bought it in 2009. They gave it a good set up and put it in the front of the shop on clearence. it was my lucky day, I walked in the morning they put it out, played it and bought it in about 15 seconds.

So you are right, they are actully sellign for either what they originally sold for or more. I think these were one of Gibsons best models.

What I don’t like about the 335 satin is that it does not have neck binding unlike the 333 which does.
Tadams
02-10-2011, 12:28 PM
I remember seeing stacks of them at the MF warehouse for $650 or something when they were closing them out. Wish I would have bought a couple of them
ryhlick
02-10-2011, 01:21 PM
Good info and thanks. another twist, how does the 333 with upgrades compare to the heritage 535?
porsche993
02-10-2011, 02:44 PM
Good info and thanks. another twist, how does the 333 with upgrades compare to the heritage 535?

All else being equal – they’re the same, with the same pickups. The Heritage 535s are outstanding instruments.
straightblues
02-10-2011, 03:07 PM
I love my ES333. I put a set of Lollar Imperial humbuckers in it with an RS wiring kit. I also put a Big D varitone switch on it. It is a great playing and sounding guitar. I wet sanded mine and polished with polishing compound. It shined up really nice. Then I refinished the top in white burst because I always wanted a white ES. I really enjoy it. When I was shopping for ES guitar I had a $2,500 budget. This one was amongst the best I played, the fact that I got is for $1,000 was icing on the cake.

Here is a picture of it.

If I remember correctly, the logo on the headstock of an 333 is a decal and not an inlay. I believe the pickups are different as well.
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