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Cheap Hollowbody Electrics

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

  1. PacificaChris

    PacificaChris Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Jul 1, 2014
    I see you're near me. A friend of mine is selling his Epi Wildkat. It's on CL. PM me if you can't find it.

  2. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I was looking for those on eBay. They're a rare find and kind of expensive.

  3. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    To me the depth of a full hollowbody is also night and day. Broadway/casino very different to the deep jazzboxes like emperor regent

    I never got along with my deep jazzbox. I think you need to think what you want from it and you that is achieved. People saying a tele sounds like a hollowbody have different hearing to me

    I love my casino
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  4. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    They had a pair on Reverb recently for $60. Anyway there are alternatives but it is really hard to judge by those demos on the Internet.
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  5. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    If you're going to go through the process of swapping pickups on a hollowbody or semi, you should really want to like or know you like the replacements. Working on semi's/hollow's in a PIA.

    If you do decide to go forward with a pick up swap do yourself a favor and wire a jumper wire to the pots first that way if you ever decide to swap pickups again you don't have to pull the entire harness out, just disconnect the pickups from the jumper wire.

    Oh, and I've never met an Antiquity pick up that I didn't like a lot.

  6. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    Hmmm, I don't usually spend that much on pickups, but the "buy nice or buy twice" thing is especially relevant to hollowbodies.
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  7. WilburBufferson

    WilburBufferson Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 11, 2009
    What about putting PAFs in a Gretsch Electromatic? I know, sacrilege, and a PITA (a little routing) but may be a cheap way of marrying great build quality of the Korean Gretsches with custom pickups?
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  8. bonzo898

    bonzo898 TDPRI Member

    Sep 19, 2016
    Houston, TX
    Another vote for Ibanez Artcore. I snapped up a mint used AS93 from GC a couple years back for $350. I preferred them to the similar Epiphones. It's an insane amount of value for the money. It's never been my main guitar but works great for certain applications. The only mod I've considered is changing the stock humbuckers (not bad but kind of bland) to P90's.
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  9. oldfish

    oldfish Tele-Holic

    Aug 23, 2015
    hofner verythin not vox great guitar for rockabilly

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    Epi Casino Inspired by JLennon

    I got mine used for under $400 with a case. Better part of the way to the Japanese Elite Casino. USA P90 pups. Great action and sound. Again....... do you want full hollowbody or semi hollowbody? Alternately I would go with a Gretsch. YMMV :)
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  11. iamjethro

    iamjethro TDPRI Member

    Jan 28, 2015
    a little over 5 will get you a Epi bluewhawk deluxe. I like mine pretty well. Don;t see many used though for cheaper.
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  12. Stratified

    Stratified Tele-Meister

    Jul 19, 2008
    If a semi hollow is suitable for your needs, my vote in this price range would be for the Agile. I have the AS-1000, which has the alnico humbuckers. The AS-820 is under $400 new, but comes with ceramic. I haven't needed to change a thing on my AS-1000; love it more every day.

  13. KingFool1

    KingFool1 TDPRI Member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Fort Wayne, IN
    I really love my Godin Kingpin1 (single P90). Great action and very good tone plugged and unplugged.

  14. tbb007

    tbb007 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Oct 19, 2016
    S.F. Bay Area
    Many thanks to all-- good food for thought.

    I did mention the holidays, and I think this will probably wind up being my family's Christmas present to me, which gives me plenty of time to go out and explore these suggestions.

  15. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jul 2, 2015
    Heya rickthescot, could you expand a bit on those differences between hollow and semi-hollow?

    I've been feeling GAS coming on for something like an Epiphone Dot, Casino, or whatever finds me. (My first two electrics were Harmony Rocket then a '70s Lyle 335 style; today I have ten guitars and not one hollow/semi/archtop! Need.)

    It'd be good to know what to look for and whether I should be thinking hollow or semi.

  16. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I'm on my second cheap (inexpensive) hollow body, both being Ibanez Artcores. Great guitars, but there is one major problem: hollowbody guitars look stupid on me. I'm small-framed, slender build... these hulking massive guitars look ridiculous with me playing them standing up.

  17. maloburro

    maloburro Tele-Holic

    Feb 3, 2012
    Come on 3chord! Heeeeeeres Johnny! IMG_2870.JPG

  18. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    I know the Artcores are a popular choice, but I've gotta say, when I tried them in stores, they just felt relatively like toys to me. And I wanted to like them
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  19. LPTyler

    LPTyler TDPRI Member

    Nov 29, 2016
    Rock Springs, WY
    I have the Ibanez Artcore AG75. I like it, but rarely play it as I like some of my other guitars better. It is amazingly nice for what it costs. It could use nicer tuners, and the knobs and switches don't feel as nice as as my nicer guitars. But it does sound and feel great!

  20. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    Semi hollow has a big lump of wood down the middle of the guitar which makes it more solid and less feedback. It still has some acousticky resonance though making the es335 timeless classic. Look up Les Paul's invention 'the log' as a way of understanding the idea

    The hollowbodies feedback more but you get more from them unplugged. Semi hollows live in the middle

    Mmmm.... think I am gonna play my es335 now
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