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Sara Lee Jazz Electric Guitar, White ES-335 Guitar, Ebony Fingerboard

posted May 01, 2014 01:05:24 by FarNiente FarNiente
Just wanted to start a thread for my order from Sara Lee on April 16 for an ES-335.

I was very clear to Sara that I wanted a very nice straight neck and she rejected the one she had in stock and went ahead and built another one for me. That's a big plus. (Ebony neck).

I asked her to send me photos prior to shipping so I will post them in this thread when I get them.
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HtesJoseph said May 01, 2014 02:01:01
that's awesome ,There was some scares going on at first with some es335's a while back, something with the neck tennons,seems like a few people got some really good ones in the last couple of weeks, that's way up on my list,BTW,this post may get a little better response in the "your guitars" sub forum section, as this is the (way under posted) bass guitars section
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FarNiente FarNiente said May 01, 2014 03:46:27
Yes, I am keenly aware of those issues. I've been following closely. Before buying I chatted with Sara online and told her I was aware of the issues. I posted the links to the YouTube clips showing the broken neck and I showed her some blog posts discussing some quality issues around her guitars. I asked her what she can do to guarantee that I don't get stuck with a guitar with the same issues. Her responses satisfied me that she would make sure that the quality of the neck was high. We shall see.

I've been playing for over 40 years now, and I own some nice stuff. I've got an 1981 ES-335 DOT (I'm the original owner) and a 2005 Custom Shop Les Paul Class 5 so I know a good guitar when I'm playing it.

I'm not expecting miracles out of this guitar, just a guitar that works. By "works" I mean something one can work with. You know these Chinese folks have the chops to build a good guitar, but their concept of quality control range is indeterminately wide, so the question is, will you receive a good one or a bad one? If you get one that works as a guitar, you can do all kinds of things with it. Run a basic setup and leave it alone, swap out parts, whatever you like... but if you get one with inherent structural problems, for example, you're basically screwed because you've got no foundation to build on.
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HtesJoseph said May 03, 2014 01:19:24
exactly,as long as they get the bones of the guitar right,its all good,I can swap out everything if I need to,but im not replacing frets or necks on these things,those need to be workable
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FarNiente FarNiente said May 03, 2014 01:41:15
Exactly. The neck is the most important part of the guitar, and that is the case for any guitar, not just a Made-in-China special. The neck is ground zero on any stringed instrument. Of course the whole guitar has to be good but the neck is where the music starts its life. :)

I keep telling these Chinese sellers to be as focused as possible on neck quality. That's the real difference maker.
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