I see this a lot in threads, this comparison of the guitars. I do believe it comes down to personal taste. I own both. So I tried to be fair. I thought long and hard about it. I picked my two favorite guitars out of 11. My 74 Strat, my very first Fender I purchased and my 98 es335. The guitars are totally opposite in style. If I could only have one it would be the Fender, but it's not what you think. It's an attachment because of memories, In all honesty I like the es335 better. Just to many choices! Can't we just get both and all get along? Rock On!