#135064  by drdead
 Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:59 am
Hey all,
Got a custom shop es 339 with stock pickups, a pair of Gibson 57' classic humbuckers, a model of a PAF pick up with Alnico II magnets. Looking for a late 70s bob tone. If you were plugging this straight into twin (axe fx2 twin with vic's jbl patches) sans effects what would you change on the guitar, set up, strings, PUps to get that nice tone
 #135067  by mkaufman
 Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:03 am
I think you have the wrong guitar for a late 70's tone. You need three single coils (yes, you can split the neck & bridge pickups), however, adding a 3rd pickup to a 339 wouldn't be my recommendation. Firstly, it's a semi-hollow and you should be using a solid body. Secondly, it will kill the resale value of the guitar.

 #135068  by Deadhead85
 Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:46 am
Yea I'll second what MK said. For my late 70s Bobby, I took a strat and got the same pickups that were used in the Cowboy Fancy and wired it to that same specs. MK did a simiilar setup to a guitar as well, the thread is somewhere in here. Anyway, semi hollowbody is early 70s all the way.
 #135069  by drdead
 Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:51 am
Thanks for the replies. Same question but say 1974 a la grateful dead movie when bobby was playing the 335.
 #135070  by drdead
 Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:22 am
Mulling on this more, what guitar in the used es339 price range would you look at to get that late 70s bobby tone taking into consideration guitar + changing out pick ups, mods, etc
 #135075  by drdead
 Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:25 pm
That sounds aobut right, I am in the midst of some gear purging but I would love a 2681 although they seem to next to impossible to find.
 #135087  by Deadhead85
 Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:34 am
A 2681 recently sold on Ebay! It was the first one I had ever seen for sale actually. I had the seller talked down to $1400, and in hindsight, I wish I took him up on his offer....it ended up selling for $1650ish!
 #135088  by Deadhead85
 Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:37 am
Keep in mind too, that if you do search out and get a 2680, or even a 2681...make sure it's got the original pickups!