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Gibson ES335 Bass - New thread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sparky Mark, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. I realise there are other threads on TB about this bass, but having just bought one in vintage sunburst I feel the need to start another to pose some questions and share my thoughts so far:-

    1. The new ES335 bass sounds huge, with a great resonant semi acoustic tone and modern attack aided by the all maple construction. Although it is most definately a modern Gibson semi acoustic bass in its tonal character, the bridge pup does a great jazz bass(ish) fingerstyle tone whilst the neck pup can sound like a rounder sounding precision. The pickups are very hot and have a higher output than my active Ibanez SR1200 (Nordstrand big singles).

    2. Does anyone know whether Gibson will make any more? I suspect from what I have read that Gibson cannot price these at a point where they make sufficient margin to justify taking the Memphis CS production capacity away from 6 string 335s ?

    3. It truly is a thing of beauty and makes my solid body basses look ordinary in comparison.

    4. Does anyone know how many were made? 400 as mentioned elsewhere on TB? If there will be no more then I can only see the value of these going up and up, even with the higher fret access issue, it is a great bass to play with fantastic modern tones from either or both pups.

    5. I think the ES335 bass will be become a classic and sought after both by collectors and players looking for something a little less ordinary.
  2. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    The 335 (or eb-2) have what i consider to be the best bass body ever made but i wish they'd have bothered binding the f holes. The black one doesn't even have body binding. It makes it look a lot more ordinary. Not that it matters anyway since ill never be able to afford it.
  3. Reviresco

    Reviresco Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Asgard (Connecticut)
    I placed an order for one yesterday. Hopefully I will get it today. I order the faded cherry color. I'll be happy to post my finding as soon as it arrives and I get a little playing time in on it!
  4. audiorep2

    audiorep2 Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Here is my old school contribution to this thread. All pre 1970, all factory original colours.
  5. OneAri


    Jan 1, 2013
    Brighton, UK
    :eek: suddenly the Rivoli RI I missed out on in the week doesn't seem so desirable.....

    Incredible collection, congratulations sir :bassist:
  6. Reviresco

    Reviresco Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Asgard (Connecticut)
    That's a sick collection! Just got my 335 tonight. I'll post picks tomorrow. Anyone know if there is a 335 club?
  7. Reviresco

    Reviresco Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Asgard (Connecticut)
    Okay, here it is! My brand new Gibson CS ES-335 Bass in Cherry!

    Really nice lows and a surprising poppy P Bass sound from the neck pickup!

  8. Killer Kadoogan

    Killer Kadoogan

    Aug 19, 2013
    That is beautiful. Congratulations!
  9. Reviresco

    Reviresco Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Asgard (Connecticut)
  10. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Wow...just wow!!!
  11. Polka4001


    Dec 20, 2013
    Holy moly, Jolie! Those are gorgeous.
  12. Rosebud


    Jan 3, 2007
    Geez having mini heart attacks here audiorep, or maybe love palpatations, congrats on everybody's new Es-335 basses!
  13. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Audiorep2 that is easily $20K worth of beautiful basses.

    To me the cherry red is one of the most beautiful basses of all time.

    Oh, and please put some furniture polish on those fretboards so that they will last another 40 years. :)
  14. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    Strange question - but do the Gibson Memphis instruments have the same sweet/vanilla-ish nitro smell that the Gibson USA ones do?
  15. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    So I spent some time with a gorgeous looking sunburst ES335 today.

    It sounded pretty damned good and played nicely.

    In any cas I love Gibson guitars and basses, but the QC on this $2200 bass was brutal. Overspray on both sides of the headstock, the usual orange peeling where the neck and front of body joins and the end of the neck at the body had red stain on the binding. Also, the paint around the F holes looked amateur.

    I have owned many Gibson basses from 70's G3/Grabbers, TBirds, SG, Lea Pauls, Money, etc but this bass was poorly made to say the least. Saw a couple of bad Midtowns lately also.

    Not a step in the right direction IMO. Too bad.

  16. JFOC


    Oct 23, 2010
    new hampShire
    pfft, great, now I have to change my pants...!:bag:
  17. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    That's a bummer ... you'd think with modern production ability the opposite would be true.
  18. lexington125


    Sep 11, 2013
    hollywood, baby......
    someday I will find 4 or 5 other guys who want to play the blues the way it was played before it became all about guitar heroics
    My only negative comment concerns that bridge. It (or very similar variants) were used on numerous Gibson basses and I never met anyone who liked them (the bridge, not the bass) IMHO, this is the bridge that started the whole "badass" bridge industry
  19. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    It works well enough on their hollow body basses IMO. I've got a new Midtown and like it fine on that bass. Could be worse -- a floating bridge.
  20. Reviresco

    Reviresco Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Asgard (Connecticut)
    So, I just had to send mine back. I noticed some awful fret buzz only at the 16th fret and then the entire E string started to buzz as well. Had a tech look at it and concluded that the fret work on the higher frets was off pretty bad and the neck had actually warped. Needless to say, I sent it back for a refund and ordered up a Fender 74' AVRI. Was very disappointed.

    Also, as mentioned above...upon closer inspection, the pain job was awful. There was smudged red paint on the white binding near the body of the bass. Not what you would pay $2200 for.