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Best Semi-Hollow/Hollowbody Guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by ZachZ, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. ZachZ

    ZachZ Tele-Meister

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    What do you think the best semi-hollow/hollowbody guitar is under $1000?

    IMHO, I think it's probably going to be an Epiphone ES-335, Epiphone Casino, Gretsch 512#, or Fender Pawnshop '72.

    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012

  2. spauldingrules

    spauldingrules Tele-Holic

    Dec 8, 2006
    Kansas City
    Casino. By far. Not that it's better than a 335 or whatever, but it reflects the construction of being a hollowbody more than the semi hollows.

  3. Sredna

    Sredna NEW MEMBER!

    Mar 18, 2012

  4. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2007
    New Jersey
    + 1 for Eastman.

    If you want a semi-hollow with HBs, the best sub $1000 guitar out there is probably an Eastman T-386. They sell for about $760.


  5. Cunningham26

    Cunningham26 Tele-Meister

    Jun 10, 2009

    Or This:

    Best part is if you buy used, you can get both for that grand of yours

  6. Bernie

    Bernie Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    If you're lucky, you may be able to score a Hamer Newport used for around $1000. Check Craig's List, sometimes they appear there (and disappear pretty quickly.)

  7. ricks1

    ricks1 TDPRI Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    richmond, tx.
    You might as well look at ephiphone 339. You can pick it up for $ 400.00 add classic 57's and Mephis control circuits and still have change. It's not a Gibson but it sure sounds like one and plays like one as well.

  8. DoubleStop66

    DoubleStop66 TDPRI Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    I'd try to find a used Epiphone Elitist Casino for under 1K, you won't look back. All USA components, made at the Terada Plant in Japan (where Gretsch guitars are made). The finish, fretwork and overall construction of my Elitist Casino is some of the best I've ever seen. They give custom shop instruments (both Fender and Gibson) a run for the money.

  9. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    + 1k


  10. Oakville Dave

    Oakville Dave Friend of Leo's

    The DeArmond Starfire and Starfire Special guitars can be found for about 500 bucks and they are an incredible value!!! I have a Special (with Bigsby style vibrato) and love it. You can google them, they have outstanding reviews.

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  11. DoubleStop66

    DoubleStop66 TDPRI Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    Those Eastman's look good and seem to be nice quality for the money. I have to admit though, I'd never heard of the brand before seeing this post and Googling them. I would be slightly concerned with resale considering the guitar was $700 + and it's not a 'name' brand. There are gonna be loads more people looking for an Epiphone, newer DeArmond (majorly overlooked MIK guitars that are no longer made), Gretsch, or Hagstrom over an Eastman if you decided you didn't like the hollowbody thing and wanted to sell.

    Of course not everybody cares about resale. Personally, I'm a notorious guitar flipper. I seem to keep about 1 for every 5 I buy. :oops:

    Just my two cents...your mileage may vary ;)

  12. Shidoin

    Shidoin Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Jan 7, 2009
    Ventura CA
    I recently bought a Dearmond X-550 hollowbody for just under $500. As Oakville Dave stated above, these are a fantastic value. I would expect to pay at least $1000 or so for a guitar of this quality. The PU's are first rate; no need to upgrade. You owe it to yourself to play one if you can.

  13. ZachZ

    ZachZ Tele-Meister

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    Man, now I have even more brands to choose from!

    So far:

    Epiphone: +5
    Eastman: +3
    DeArmond: +2
    Hamer: +1

  14. 73Fender

    73Fender Friend of Leo's

    Feb 28, 2010
    Jersey Shore
    Good advise on a used Newport. In that same league you may be able to find a used Heritage 535. Wouldn't go wrong with either, both high quality.

  15. Bernie

    Bernie Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    Good call

  16. ludashoeless

    ludashoeless Tele-Afflicted

    I doubt you can get a 335 for under a grand.... I played an es-165 at gc.... like $1500 used but i liked it

  17. jmcfender1

    jmcfender1 Tele-Holic

    May 6, 2011
    Appalachian Mtns
    I have the sheri 2...absolutely love it, never owned a guitar as nice as it...MIK too...I've owned much more expensive guitars that I liked much less than the sheri, which I payed 200 for used:)

    My "best" candidate would be the ES335 though, the guitar the sheri was modeled after. with a bigsby trem:)

  18. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    Washburn HB35

    The older MIJ Washburn 335 style guitars are VERY nice, I'd put the quality on par with a Gibson, and I've owned both.

    The later models were made in Korea and then China, still nice guitars.

    The older MIJ Aria 335 copies are really nice, as are the Yamaha and Ibanez guitars.

  19. Ptrallan01

    Ptrallan01 Tele-Holic

    Mar 2, 2004
    Hey Doublestop

    Eastman's retain their value fairly well. Lots of Jazz guys play them. Not too unknown in those circles. Took mine in for a tuneup and the tech was beaming playing it. And he doesn't like chinese guitars on principle but he had nothing but good things to say about it. I have an AR810CE which is above the price point but my favorite guitar. It actually cured my gas to the point I don't even go into guitar stores anymore I sit home and play.

  20. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

    Epiphone ES-339, Dot, Casino, Joe Pass
    Gretsch 5120
    Ibanez AS-103, AM-93, Pat Metheney 35
    Eastwoods look nice
    Dean Palomino
    and Fender Classic Thinline Telecaster

    If you could find an Epiphone Elitist 1963 reissue 335 Dot (my namesake) used, it's well worth it and about the best in its price range.

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