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Cheap Hollowbody Electrics

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

  1. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jul 2, 2015
    Thanks, makes sense. I remember the log, and the lump of wood down the middle appeals to me (if the guitar is not too heavy as a result).


  2. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Holic

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    I must second the motion of the other posters on this topic.

    The Ibanez Artcore is a top-grade hollow body electric at a reasonable price.

    I love my Artcore AF-75.
    It is a player's guitar, and when it's on stage, everybody in the band picks it up automatically, give a choice between it and other guitars.
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  3. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 26, 2017
    I hereby hold you and similar posters jointly and severally liable at law for the fact I am now browsing Artcores on eBay

    Proceedings from my lawyer to follow

    Damages estimate: a blonde Artcore

    See you all IN COURT

  4. Budda45ftw

    Budda45ftw Tele-Meister

    Aug 21, 2017
    Rochester NY
    Check out Shakey Graves on YouTube. He plays a "the loar" which are cheap Chinese copies of early Gibson's. I had one for a while and it was a blast to play.
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  5. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    It looks fine with a suit. I don't do suits.

  6. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    That's a great deal on a Lennon Casino. And remember - those Japanese Elite/Elitist Casino's might be nicer built than the Lennon-level ones (or mine which is the 1961 Reissue with the black USA P90's) but they have tiny (tiny) necks in comparison. I had an early 90's MIK Peerless that most infants couldn't play the neck was so small.

    My vote : Casino for full hollow with P90's or a Dot for semi with humbuckers.

    Artcores are great, cheap, plentiful too, but every one that shows up on our CL is "blueburst" which no grown person should have any part of...
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  7. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    Great suggestion. Alternatively, since I didn't do the coil splitting on the new humbuckers, I just tapped into the existing Ibanez wiring at the pickup end and didn't need to remove any of the wiring harness. If I do put in the coil splitting later, I will install push/pull pots and use your suggestion to save work down the road.

  8. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    I will agree again with the Anniversary Casino as I have one (bought it used a couple of years ago for $650), but unfortunately (or fortunately, which ever way you want to look at it) these are increasing in price. I don't see them for much less than a grand. Same with the Lennon Casino's. I have not played a Lennon, but I understand that it has all the Gibson USA components, like the '61 Ann., but a different neck. I wasn't nuts about the standard Casino neck and I'm not sure if the Lennon is close to that or not, but the '61 Ann. is not like the standard at all. It is a much beefier neck--and very comfortable.

  9. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    ^^^ The 1965 version of the Lennon casino that I had immediately before my 61 anniversary actually had a very similar neck. Maybe not 100% as full but certainly bigger than almost any other casinos I have played.
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  10. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    Oh, I know it will create some gasps, swearing, and cries of "you hack !" But if you want to be sloppy - changing pick ups on an arch top is no harder then on any solid body .

    The first casino I had was just a standard one from a few years back with crazy overwound pick ups . I planned on replacing them and when I took the strings off and then removed one of the pick ups to see what I was up against I realized they had simply cut the leads and spliced the pick up wires to those leads.

    I said hallelujah!

    So when I got new pick ups, changing them was about seven minutes ! :lol:

    I'd never do it on my anniversary casino but if I had an art core or Epiphone dot or similar that I wasn't really going to sell, hell yes I'd do it again !
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2017
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  11. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    Can we make this a class-action deal? 'Cause, uh, my friend just bought one based partially on this thread. A red AS73 like the one I ... I mean, he used to have.

  12. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 26, 2017
    Get behind me in the queue: I shall lead us to JUSTICE
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  13. GuitarsAndCars

    GuitarsAndCars TDPRI Member

    Oct 17, 2016
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I recently picked up a Dean Boca Chafin 6-string. Basically a ghetto ES-339.
    But, I bought it for a smoking deal and really impressed with the quality, feel and sound.
    At first I thought "uh..a Dean? Don't you need to have a BC Rich, Jackson or Charvel first? I don't have anything like that." Kidding.
    I was thinking about trying P90s or TV Jones filtron knockoffs but the pickups in it sound really good.
    Not too many of these around and I had to set it up, but a really good value semi-hollow.

  14. LeftFinger

    LeftFinger Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2015
    Hollow and Semi Hollow are addicting as are Artcore

    left to right
    AK86 DVS Hollow
    Am 73T TRD Semi
    AGS 73 FM TKS Semi
    Oscar Schmidt Delta King Semi
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2017
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  15. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Step one is to get the classification right. I see it as three separate groups:

    1. Semi-hollow. Ex: ES-335
    2. Thinline hollowbody: Ex: Casino.
    3. Full-sized hollowbody. Ex: ES-175.

    Three different things.
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  16. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    FYI: I'm on my second Artcore, and the stock ACH pickups are going to be replaced at some point because they're muddy and bland. Last night I tried a little trick to brighten them up a little: I lowered the pickups to reduce the bass, then raised the polepieces to restore the volume. The result was less bass, but no increase in highs (treble remained where it was) - but there was perhaps a perceived increase in clarity due to less bass. This might be enough improvement for some, so I thought I'd throw it out there for anyone who's interested to try. It was an improvement overall - I might leave it like this for a few days and decide later if I want to replace them.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2017
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  17. Bruxist

    Bruxist Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA
    I have 2 Oscar Schmidts -- one semi-hollow and one full-size hollow body. Got them back when Musician's Friend was blowing them out.

    Very good for the money (especially what I paid). Selling the semi-hollow and have been modding the full hollow to my specifications.
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  18. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    I agree on the ACHs. Usually I work with the pickups and get a nice tone. The ACHs were ok but just didn't excite me. Replaced them with GFS Gold foils, rich but with a brighter high-end.
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  19. warrent

    warrent Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Sep 15, 2009
    The Epiphone Swingster is a good rockabilly guitar comes with nice pickups, switch between parallel and series for each humbucker and a bigsby. It has a nice balance with body thicker than an es style but thinner than a 175. Fully hollow though.


  20. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mmm-mmm! In France it's called a Royale Noire. Where are the series/parallel switches? Pull pots?
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