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2.0 Semi Hollow Tones?


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The bridge pickup on the semi model is definitely a bit brighter and scooped sounding. I do understand what people liked about the old model. I like that model quite a bit, too. It was nice and thick - meaty. I just don't know if it was accurate to a real 335 or not. I have a Gibson ES-137 which has the 498T and 490R pickups in it, so it's not quite as vintage sounding as the 335s PAF's, but even so, the bridge pickup can actually get quite piercing. So I guess I don't know if I liked the old model because it wasn't as authentic or what... I do find that there's much more difference now between the Les Paul model and the 335. Before the update, these models sounded pretty similar to me.

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I agree with Phil - the 335 sounds more distinct from the Les Paul now (it may be suffering slightly/relatively from the massive improvement in the LP).  Otherwise I find the semis have a livelier, and I suspect more authentic, sound than before, based on comparisons with a Tokai 335.  Frankly, the jazz models are still a bit weak compared to the real thing - the ES175 especially lacks the magic of the original - but to my taste they are improved.  I suspect a lot of the difference in opinions on the models has to do with the way they react differently now to people's amplifiers.  Just my two cents worth......

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  I suspect a lot of the difference in opinions on the models has to do with the way they react differently now to people's amplifiers.  Just my two cents worth......

I agree completely. In my case, axe-fx virtual amplifiers. HD strat and 335 lost the magical interaction I was getting with plexis and dumbles respectively. I know that with enough eqing I could get usable sounds but the mojo is gone.

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The only 335 I have owned is an epi dot with Lollar imperials underwound. I have not yet installed 2.0 FW but am thinking I will dig the new 335 stuff more. Once the bug with spank is worked around, going by clips I like the new spank better as well. In fact my fave 335 patch on old FW was a semi with minihum in neck. I mix that with the mags on a p90 and I dig the combo.

 

I guess if I was using a plexi I would use LP or Junior and not a 335, usually I play 335s clean or with some grit, deluxe reverbs etc. I do dig neck pickups through zen drives etc.

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