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Cheap Hollowbody Electrics

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by tbb007, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. tbb007

    tbb007 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Oct 19, 2016
    S.F. Bay Area
    Looking toward the holidays, my rockabilly GAS is urging me to consider adding a hollowbody electric to the collection, and I’m looking for advice.

    As this has to remain a relatively low-cost hobby for me, my top end is around $400. I’m almost certainly planning to buy used.

    In that price range, it seems that Epiphone and Ibanez have a lot to offer, and with a bit of judicious looking, it’s possible to find some of the lower-end Gretsch models (particularly, as I say, used). There’s obviously a lot of other brands out there, but the familiar names seem like a good starting point.

    I’ve done some preliminary shopping, and played a variety of guitars from each of those companies. Given the varying levels of care they receive at the stores, or from previous owners, I didn’t find much consistency: played some from each brand that I loved, and some I never wanted to touch again.

    So within those parameters, what’s your experience been? Streamliner versus Dot versus AF55 versus…?

    Are there any other brands/models that you find consistently strong enough to add them to the mix?


  2. kLyon

    kLyon Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    Mar 21, 2011
    Harmony Rocket.
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  3. rickthescot

    rickthescot Tele-Meister

    Feb 14, 2011
    I bought an Ibanez AG75 a few years ago and it has served me quite well without one modification. Okay well I did put a set of flatwounds on it as I use it as my jazz box. Check them out, they are cheap in the used market.
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  4. bluesky1963

    bluesky1963 Tele-Holic

    Apr 1, 2011
    Glendale, AZ
    Streamliners, from what I've heard, are good bang for the buck. Just be aware that they come with humbuckers. If you're really looking for that Gretsch sound you may want to wait and see if you can find a used Electromatic with the black top Filtertrons.

  5. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    I hate to say it but it's hard to find a good cheap hollow body. That being said, I'd start with Ibanez Artcore and go from there. Used Gibbys on the cheap are rare, but a ES-335 or the like is tough to beat.

  6. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    I have an
    Epi ES-339
    Ibanez AS73
    Xaviere XV-950 full hollowbody - rockabilly star with the Retrotron nashvilles

    All in your price range. You need to play them. I took a chance on the Xaviere and it came up aces.
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  7. adamgdog

    adamgdog Tele-Meister

    Apr 5, 2017
    I'd say my top guitar is the Epi es339
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  8. bakersfield2014

    bakersfield2014 Tele-Meister

    Nov 1, 2014
    Helena Montana
    You can find a lot of Jay Turser holowbodies with the p90's under your budget. I had a couple and they'll definitely capture the Scotty Moore sound more or less.
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  9. lammie200

    lammie200 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    Are you talking full hollow or semi hollow? Full hollow I would consider an Epi Casino Coupe.
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  10. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

    Feb 19, 2015
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  11. adamsappel

    adamsappel Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Jun 8, 2008
    Ibanez Artcore. I have an AS73 (semi), but the AF/AG/AK are full hollow-bodies.
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  12. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    For $400 my choices would be:

    Used Epiphone Sheraton II - the Korean ones are built beautifully but the pickups need replacing, which is either costly or a PITA if you do it yourself. Newer, not as nicely built as the Korean ones, but decent pickups from the factory.
    New Epi ES339 - dig that Pelham Blue.
    Used Ibanez 95 series. I've tried a few 75 series semis and hollows and, sorry to say, but they all felt like crap. Get the next model up and you'll be golden.
    Used Hagstrom Viking - never seen one in person, but people who own them love them.
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  13. maloburro

    maloburro Tele-Holic

    Feb 3, 2012
    Ibanez af75 for $250-300 used or 5420T for $400-$450.
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  14. jackal

    jackal Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jun 14, 2010
    mojave desert
    Ibanez for sure. I picked up one of the cheaper ones late last year and cannot find a flaw with it anywhere. Plays great, sounds great, fantastic value for the money.
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  15. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Gretsch Streamliner or used G5420/G5120.
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  16. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2008
    I got a used Epiphone Sorrento for 150.00 years back. It passed my Gretch GAS. It's waiting on me to install pickups from Mr. Yeknom at BORCO.
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  17. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    Ibanez Artcore. I've had two of them and they were darn near perfect. The only flaw was the pickups - not really a flaw, they just didn't float my boat. The guitars themselves were beautiful. I still have one of them, traded the other one away (like an idiot).
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  18. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    Dec 12, 2006
    I’m considering getting a semi-hollow myself, and one model that kept coming on to my radar is the PRS S2 semi-hollow singlecut. A little pricier than what you’re looking at, but what a guitar!
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  19. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Agile, and Douglas. The white one is a Douglas, the two amber ones are Agiles, and so is the red one. All great guitars 090813296_zpse801c900.jpg
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2017

  20. DOC DYA

    DOC DYA Tele-Meister

    Oct 4, 2012
    Luçon _ France
    Hollow or semi hollow, take a look at Washburn guitars ! I've been playing a (korean made) J6 for years. It's a great guitar.

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