PRS Equivalent to the ES335?

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What is the PRS Equivalent to the Gibson ES335? Is it the Hollow Body?

My understanding, accurate or otherwise, is that an ES335 has a solid center for the pickup routing, etc. Is the PRS hollow body built the same way, or is it truly hollow, like an acoustic or jazz guitar?
 
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I’m just wondering if PRS does an “equivalent” guitar or maybe I mean similar construction to the ES335. This is just random curiosity on my part. I love PRS guitars, and I’ve been a BB King fan since I figured out that there was such a thing as blues. So Lucille, BB, ES335, PRS, Blues, I want a fixed bridge guitar… you all can see where this is going.
 
I think the closest thing they have ever produced to an ES-335 would be the SC-J (which I would LOVE to have some day). Unfortunately, if I understand correctly, only 200 were made so they are rare on NOT cheap. Here is a thread started by the Master Hans (photo is from that thread): https://forums.prsguitars.com/threads/show-your-sc-j-thinline.51098/

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Of course, I could be wrong, there may be something that is even closer, but I am not aware of what that would be. Some were Bigsby, some were not!
 
I'm lucky to have several 335 style guitars : a real 335 , Heritage H535 , ES 339 , CS 356 , Jaros Gatlinburg , I don't think there is a direct match currently in PRS. My HB II and Special can cover similar ground but don't have the same vibe. I'd agree the SC-J is close
That rogue off shoot mr Knaggs has a gorgeous one called a Sheyenne that fits the bill nicely , the single cut version is called a Chena.
 
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What is the PRS Equivalent to the Gibson ES335? Is it the Hollow Body?

My understanding, accurate or otherwise, is that an ES335 has a solid center for the pickup routing, etc. Is the PRS hollow body built the same way, or is it truly hollow, like an acoustic or jazz guitar?

Equivalent is perhaps a difficult answer as PRS doesn't make a guitar like an ES335 - the closest in my opinion is the 594 HB as that has a similar layout and options. I know its a 'Hollow' body, where as the 335 is Semi-Hollow but also a different construction - the 335 is made from Laminated wood 'steam' pressed to shape - so the 'closest' in build style is the SE Hollowbodies.

It seems the smaller but more Hollow body of a PRS HB has a similar airyness as a 335 despite being Hollow vs Semi-Hollow. I find PRS Semi-hollows to be more like 'weight relief' than a 335 type Semi-hollow.
 
Equivalent is perhaps a difficult answer as PRS doesn't make a guitar like an ES335 - the closest in my opinion is the 594 HB as that has a similar layout and options. I know its a 'Hollow' body, where as the 335 is Semi-Hollow but also a different construction - the 335 is made from Laminated wood 'steam' pressed to shape - so the 'closest' in build style is the SE Hollowbodies.

It seems the smaller but more Hollow body of a PRS HB has a similar airyness as a 335 despite being Hollow vs Semi-Hollow. I find PRS Semi-hollows to be more like 'weight relief' than a 335 type Semi-hollow.
I agree with this.

I have an HBII, SCHBII, 335 and 339. The PRS guitars are nothing like the Gibson guitars. With that said, if I am reaching for something in the HB range, it is almost always one of the PRS guitars.
 
Are the HB, HBII, 594 HB, etc more jazz oriented, or more along the lines of the 335 style semi hollow? And as well, are the PRS semi hollow with the single f-hole only hollow on that side, or hollow on both? I’m learning a bunch here, much appreciated all!
 
Are the HB, HBII, 594 HB, etc more jazz oriented, or more along the lines of the 335 style semi hollow? And as well, are the PRS semi hollow with the single f-hole only hollow on that side, or hollow on both? I’m learning a bunch here, much appreciated all!
The video in this post will give you a good idea (about 14 minute mark you get a good look at the body and it's cavities though this is not an actual PRS):
https://forums.prsguitars.com/threads/just-how-hollow-is-a-prs-semi-hollow.56540/post-823273
 
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