Product Comparison: Taylor T3 vs Gibson ES-335

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General Specifications
About the Product
With the T3/B we’ve taken everything we love about the classic semi-hollowbody sound and applied signature Taylor design touches, led by proprietary pickups, to create an even more inspiring playing experience. Our standard setup features high-definition humbuckers, with optional vintage alnicos that respond with extra warmth. A three-way switch covers full neck, neck/bridge, and full bridge configurations, while a coil-splitting application (pulling up the volume knob) transforms the humbuckers into single coil pickups. Roll the tone knob to boost the mids and pull it up to activate another level of control that dials in mellow warmth without giving up clarity. The Bigsby vibrato tailpiece is paired with a roller bridge to give players smooth pitch control that makes vibrato bends fun to explore. The top is layered, figured maple, with several color/burst options: Natural (standard), Ruby Red Burst, Black, Orange, Tobacco Sunburst and Honey Sunburst. Nickel tuners match the sleek chrome tailpiece and pickup hardware.
The ES-335 has been a legendary tone machine since 1958. Our 2016 features a tubeless Historic truss rod, PAF-style Burstbucker 1 & 2 pickups, and redesigned neck shape for increased strength and enhanced playing comfort.
Key Specs
Guitar Type
Hand Orientation
Number Of Strings
Pickup Configuration
2 Humbuckers
Burstbucker 1 & 2
Pickup Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Taylor T3 Semi-hollowbody - Honey Sunburst
  • This is my third Taylor and never disappointed! What an an awesome sounding and easy playiing guitar.
  • The versatility of the electronics on this instrument far surpass any guitar that I have played in 40 years. This guitar easily transforms itself from jazz, R&B, to funk, and rock.
  • I was really surprised to hear how good this guitar sounds acoustically with out amplification, was not expecting this!
  • The intonation and play ability of this guitar is excellent; it is hard to put down.
  • Do not get me wrong, this guitar is a keeper, do not plan on selling it in the future. Highly recommend this guitar!
Gibson ES-335 Traditional Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
  • Guitar came well packaged and in perfect condition as described. Looks great, sounds great. Thanks!
  • I have not found much this can't do, Les's and strats have their place but this is more of a do all for me. I can go from blues to heavy rock to country with just a quick flip and click.
  • Fit finish, feel, tone, you name it. I really like the coil tap feature; going to single coil from humbucker. Great versatiliy.
  • This guitar is perfect for leading worship music and eliminates the need most of the time to switch to an acoustic guitar because this thing sounds beautiful clean!
Size & Weight
Total Length
47 in.
41.5 in.
Lower Bout
21 in.
16 in.
Nut Width
1.69 in.
1.69 in.
Body Depth
8 in.
8 in.
7.63 lbs.
8.5 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Taylor T3 Semi-hollowbody - Honey Sunburst
  • The only reason I did not give the guitar 5 stars is because of my preference for wider frets. I owned a Taylor solid body (walnut top) custom electric, frets were a little thicker (slightly easier to bend strings).
  • This guitar is amazing. The neck is perfect.
  • I loved the feel of the guitars so, I almost purchased one. I'm glad I left the store and ordered the T3 from Guitar Center.
Gibson ES-335 Traditional Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
  • The quality on the finish was amazing as well. I feel truly fortunate to have gotten such a great guitar.
  • The neck was way too thin in profile for my liking, although others may find it comfortable.
  • The neck was quite thick, but not necessarily uncomfortable, but I think I prefer a slim taper neck and P 90s for their clarity. I
  • This is one good deal for a 335 style guitar. Body is comfortable with good neck action.
Sapele, Bolt-on
Figured Maple
Maple, Poplar, Maple
What customers say about "Materials"
Taylor T3 Semi-hollowbody - Honey Sunburst
  • The finish is first-class, and the details are impeccable.
  • I've own several high end guitars and this is my favorite. Great playing guitar, very well built and good value for the $. I highly recommend !!
Gibson ES-335 Traditional Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
  • Brilliant finish color, neck profile, fingerboard radius. Playability is excellent .
  • The finish is flawless. Color never seems the same as light hits it from different angles.
  • Top quality workmanship. Seamless construction.
  • The neck mohagany wood grain is just so warm and beautiful. But the amazing this is this baby sounds as great as it looks!
Pick Up System
Style 2 HD Humbucker / Style 2 HD Humbucker
Burstbucker 1 / Burstbucker 2
String Scale
24.9 in.
24.75 in.
Number Of Frets
Strap Included
Taylor Nickel
Grover 'Milk Bottle' Tuners
Sound Controls
Volume, Tone, 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
Lead Volume, Rhythm Volume, Lead Tone, Rhythm Tone
Bridge Type
Roller-style with Stop
ABR-1 with titanium saddles
Semi-hollow or chambered body
World's most respected semi-solid guitar, Memphis Historic Spec pickups, Memphis Tone Circuit Plus
Neck Fixation Type
Glued in
Glued in
What customers say about "Features"
Taylor T3 Semi-hollowbody - Honey Sunburst
  • The technology is easy to use and sounds amazing. Perhaps the best guitar I have ever owned, and I have been buying them for 50 years!
  • The ability to switch from single to double coil and also use an extra tone capacitor makes this a great guitar for any type of gig. I still love my ES-335, but the T# has replaced it as my primary gigging guitar.
  • The hum-bucking pick-ups sound sweet and bright at the same time? The coil taps work well giving you the single coil "Twangy" sound or more clarity while playing chords.
  • The electronics allows you to find a sound the fits what you are playing. It is built with the professionalism you would expect of a Taylor guitar. I love it. I don't understand why Taylor does not plug it more.
  • Clear Tone, Nice Sustain, Good Overdrive Performance. Great for Jazz lines / Chords and of course the Blues...... Go ahead, Jump off the fence. (didn't a truss rod adjustment tool, or warranty information).
Gibson ES-335 Traditional Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
  • Still adapting to short scale neck after playing certain California guitars ! Overall it's an excellent deal at street price.
  • Sustaining a single note or a full chord is effortless.
  • Plugged in, the pickups sound great to me as is. I can't see the need to swap them out. Fit, finish way above what I expect in a budget import guitar.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
3 year(s)
Other Information
2099.00 $
3499.00 $

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