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Best Semi-Hollow/Hollowbody Guitar

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

  1. bbmyers

    bbmyers Tele-Meister

    May 15, 2011
    I'm pretty happy with my Epi Swingster. Basically a Joe Pass with a Chet Bigsby. Epiphone is making some nice stuff these days. I tried the Gretsch 5120 version of this same guitar and was not impressed.


    Alnico pups, parallel / series switching on both. The Chet arm is great, lets me strum and trem at the same time.

    When I get 'round toit, I'm going to try one of these..


  2. stilesg57

    stilesg57 Tele-Holic

    Oct 20, 2011
    Central NC
    335 style specifically?

    Easy: Ibanez AS103 (unless you can find a Hamer Newport under a grand).

    Any semi-hollow or hollowbody? Look at the Godin Kingpin: best thing going for the price.

  3. sass35011

    sass35011 Tele-Meister

    Mar 20, 2012
    Raleigh, NC
    If you like a single cutaway body, take a look at the Samick / Greg Bennett design Royale guitars. I have the RL-2 in vintage sunburst and like it very much. The body is slightly smaller than the 335, and I find more comfortable to play. I put a set of Alnico Classic II pickups in it, and it really sings.

  4. rsclosson

    rsclosson Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 29, 2010
    Tallahassee FL
    +1 on the AR371. For straight ahead jazz, it really is the one!

    If you are going to need more volume, I would suggest a semi hollow like the Epi ES series. I recently played a smaller body ES-339 Ultra that someone is trying to swap for a Strat I am not using and it impressed the heck out of me!

  5. scat4me

    scat4me Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2003
    Miami Florida
    I love my Vox Virage...[​IMG]

  6. ZachZ

    ZachZ Tele-Meister

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    So far:

    Epiphone: +11 (1 point from the Royale)
    Eastman: +7
    DeArmond: +2
    Hamer: +2
    Ibanez: +2
    Dean Palomino: +1
    Fender: +1
    Gretsch: +1
    Godin: +1
    Vox: +1

  7. ZachZ

    ZachZ Tele-Meister

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    Total so far from TDPRI and Strat-Talk:

    Epiphone: +16 (1 point from the Royale)
    Eastman: +7
    Ibanez: +7
    Gretsch: +5
    Hagstrom: +4
    DeArmond: +2
    Hamer: +2
    Dean Palomino: +1
    Fender: +1
    Godin: +1
    Vox: +1

  8. Blue Bear

    Blue Bear Tele-Meister

    I just picked this up recently from GFS. Probably doesn't compare to the name brands in this thread. But for me it is a winner. IMG_2553.jpg
    If you don't live in Canada you could get two on your budget, with cases.
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  9. bluemood

    bluemood TDPRI Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Las Vegas, NV
    Ibanez AS73

    I just pick up one of these Ibanez AS73 sunburst for the money great guitar nice tone ,neck,ECT.
    I picked it up from C,LIST for $180.bucks in like new condition.

  10. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    The Ibanez is a surprisingly good guitar.
    I never looked twice at them, but just played a few at the local mom-and-pop.
    I was very impressed with the way they played and sounded.

  11. '56Teleman

    '56Teleman Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 25, 2006
    Lindenhurst, IL
    I'd love to try one of these. I've never read a bad review on an Eastman model.

  12. Fatmanstratman

    Fatmanstratman Poster Extraordinaire

    Yep - right on the nail here.

    I had two of the Sheratons, but I kept my favourite, sold the other, and bought one of the 61 Limited Edition Casinos. Folks go on and on about how good the Casinos are, so I thought I'd try one.

    I've had it since Christmas and just can't seem to put it down. Even my beloved Sheraton isn't meriting any playing time...:(

  13. Oakville Dave

    Oakville Dave Friend of Leo's

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  14. kingfish

    kingfish Tele-Holic

    Oct 4, 2009
    Southern Oregon
    I favor the Casino.

    Any of the other guitars mentioned here that have a trapeze bridge would probably feel good, though.

  15. Delta Blues

    Delta Blues Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 22, 2011
    I think the better question would be "Are there any non poly finish guitars out for under a grand?".

  16. itsGreg

    itsGreg Tele-Holic

    Sep 3, 2011
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Love my sheraton. It's been upgraded quite a bit in the 16 years I've had it and it's the only guitar I'd save in a fire! Pretty sure I'll have it forever.
    Casinos are also great, I had one for a bit about 5 years ago and sold it because I wasn't playing much at the time, but I'd buy another.

  17. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

    While I eyed the Epiphone '63 dot Elitist used and the AS 103, they were $800 dollars back when I considered them, used and new respectively but also first guitars and not backups.

    When I got the AS 73 for only $370 dollars new, I only considered it a backup at that price but it's become a first guitar. It has everything I need including some pretty decent pickups for that price. Some nice Duncan '59s or Gibson '57s should round it out nicely if I ever decide to go that route.

  18. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 8, 2007
    Norfolk UK
    PRS semi hollow body Natural SE custom.great build and only the natural has a full maple cap not a veneer,I know you wont get one but they are way above the cheap pot metal crap Epiphone load their guitars with .

  19. ZachZ

    ZachZ Tele-Meister

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    I actually was thinking about one.

  20. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

    Those are gorgeous and I miss the PRS and G&L dealer in my town. People wanted just Fender/Gibson/Ibanez/Tama and the big brands. I don't care really if top on electric guitar is thin veneer or larger piece of maple. It's only when it's a full hollowbody with solid spruce top over laminated spruce do I care (or for steel string dreadnaughts or nylon string classicals). At the end of the day on an electric or semi-hollowbody, nobody would be able to tell (in sound) the difference between thin veneer and thicker maple top.

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