NGD Gibson ES-235

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by DonArcher, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. DonArcher

    DonArcher Gretschie

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    Gibson ES-235, a mini review.
    Saturday morning, checking the tracking info for what feels like the millionth time for the guitar I ordered from zzounds. The 235 is a guitar that I have been wanting since I first saw the videos from namm on YouTube. It is finally here! I jump on my bike and run to the post office. 1229181112.jpg
    After opening my prize and looking it over carefully, I noticed an orange peel like finish. Now, I ordered the satin version, and I have not seen this guitar in the real so I really don't know if this is the way it is supposed to be. I will contact Gibson during the week and ask. Fit, finish (except for orange peel), and all of that is well done.
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    It included a very nice gig bag, I prefer hard cases but it is fairly well made and seems to have decent protection. I just don't like gig bags.
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    It is comfortable in my relatively small hands. Transition between chords is effortless, fiddling around on the neck makes me feel like Les Paul himself.
    Standard 2 volume, 2 tone, with three way switch. Burstbucker pros fit well with this guitar.
    Playing around, throw in some flamenco style and switching to some Morello style playing, all sounded great to my ears. I wish I could get some decent sound clips, alas it hasn't been a priority ( I plugged my Orange Micro Dark into my computer, but volume was very low).
    They have more expensive editions of this guitar, I bought the cheapest because work is slow, and I just wanted to see what the cheapest one was like.
    If anyone is interested, I can recommend checking it out. It is small, slightly larger than the Les Paul, light and plays easily. As for the Memphis Tone Circuit, I lowered tone and adjusted volume and I really don't know enough to comment on what it does, seems similar to a treble bleed but hey, I have limited experience with them. Anyway, this is my not quite a review on the 235, play on.
     
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  2. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    It looks nice, and sounds like it is already inspiring you. Congrats Don!
     
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  3. DonArcher

    DonArcher Gretschie

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    Thank you!
     
  4. speedicut

    speedicut Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Congrats on a beauty..
    I Love the Florentine cut
     
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  5. DonArcher

    DonArcher Gretschie

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    Thanks! Me too!
     
  6. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Gretschie

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Looks like a player, enjoy!
     
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  7. shupe13

    shupe13 Electromatic

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    Apr 6, 2012
    Indiana
    Congrats!

    Sent from my REVVLPLUS C3701A using Tapatalk
     
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  8. DonArcher

    DonArcher Gretschie

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    Thank you
     
  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Congrats and enjoy, Don!
     
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  10. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Nice. Does the 235 have a block of wood running through the center of the body like the 335?
     
  11. DonArcher

    DonArcher Gretschie

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    Thank you! I am!!!
     
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  12. DonArcher

    DonArcher Gretschie

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    Yes, It does.
     
  13. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    That makes it even better. Enjoy the guitar - it should serve you well. I love my 335. It has been with me for most of my music career and it is my favorite guitar.
     
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  14. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    Where is the orange peel?
     
  15. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Congrats,Nice! Yes, satin means an unfinished paint job in Gibson jive, orange peel included.
     
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  16. 64ChevSS

    64ChevSS Electromatic

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    Dec 24, 2016
    Innisfil, Ontario
    Congrats dude - that is a beauty!! It sounds like it is comfy to play in your hands - keep playing!
     
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  17. NJDevil

    NJDevil Gretschie

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    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    Florentine cut 235....Sweet! Happy new year to you and congrats on what should be a long honeymoon with that baby!
     
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  18. DonArcher

    DonArcher Gretschie

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    It is throughout the finish, except a few small spots like where the cut away meets the neck.
     
  19. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Nice! Congrats...
     
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  20. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Congrats Don , looks like a winner to me . ....... and it came with a gig bag
     
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