Originally Posted by DerekS
i have this same rack. a little shorter though...hold 5 i think?
ive had a love for the 339 for awhile now. weight feels perfect to me, but every time im in buying mode, i end up getting something else. hate doing that.
Yep, they make a 5 too. In retrospect I probably should have gotten 2 of the 5's to flank my amp instead of the 7 (I have a couple other acquisitions in the works too so already I'm short on storage with the 7).
That's funny, I actually set out to buy a 335, wasn't even considering a 339--always felt that the 339 didn't have enough hollow body mojo and I had read that it was very Les Paul like in its tone (I should really stop taking so much stock in the TGP biases). I tried a few 335's and just didn't bond with any of the ones in stock. The sales guy brought me a 339 to try just for the sake of comparison and I really loved the tone, size and feel of the guitar. The one I tested wasn't particularly sexy or set up well, so while I was enthusiastic about it I wasn't planning to take it home. As I went to return it to the rack I saw this other one (below) hanging next to the empty slot, and went HOLY SHIT! I swapped out and played for a few minutes, setup and feel was much much better, and I knew that with a little bridge adjustment it would play like a dream. 20 minutes later it was sitting in the rack in my office.
I still kind of want a 335 so will keep looking for a good one (or maybe an L-5 lol), but this will definitely hold me over in the meantime, and the finish is so gorgeous it's certainly a long-term keeper.
So I understand where you're coming from. I try to keep an open mind when guitar shopping so that I only end up taking home really special examples. But the wish list only seems to grow and there's stuff on there I have been meaning to get for years but just never get around to it because I get side-tracked by what I think is a really special find.