Mick has a 335, Dan has a Les Paul – what about you?
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Welcome to the show! Dan and I recently did a Strat Vs Tele episode – https://youtu.be/s1tZ3islIgU – and we enjoyed it more than we thought we would. So it's on to a couple of our favourite Gibson fiddles. That would be the venerable Electric Spanish 335 in my case (Mick here) and the truly legendary Les Paul Standard for Daniel.
This isn't really a video for those of you who know these guitars inside out, though you may enjoy it anyway. Moreover it's aimed at those of you who have an interest in one or the other and/or have been maybe thinking about taking the plunge. Just how much do they differ, given they have more or less the same hardware and electronics complement?
Now clearly, there have been MANY different Lesters and Threethirtyfives down the yeas and their sounds can vary radically. So don't be all up in our comments section about that. We have what we have and that's what we're using. Two guitars, a bit of fun.
Both of these guitars are 'modern' Gibson reissues of classic year 1958, interestingly enough the same year the ES-335 debuted and the Les Paul Standard turned sunburst.
Sorry we never got to playing the Goldtop… despite promising to at least twice!
Interesting bits and go-to sections:
- Intro playing: 00:00
- What are we doing today?: 01:15
- Today’s guitars: 02:30
- Clean tones: 04:25
- Tuning and intonation?: 09:45
- What Mick loves about the ES-335: 12:35
- …and with more gain, 335 & Les Paul: 15:40
- What about feedback?: 20:46
- Mid-focussed fusiony stuff?: 24:15
- Mid-gain rock?: 30:50
- Knock the volume pot back: 33:25
- Both pickups – Clapton? And woman tone?: 38:50
- Fuzz? 45:33
- Harmonious Monk!: 49:15
- Woss yer fave then?: 53:20