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Cheap Hollowbody Electrics

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

  1. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Sep 15, 2009
    toronto
    The tone controls are push pull, The regular colors sometimes have flame maple backs, its a spruce ply top.
     

  2. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    I recall that the neck pickup was OK, just kinda dull- I wonder if taking the cover off would help? When my AS73 gets here I'll be in the same boat as you (I owned one before, remember- so I'm not making assumptions before I've even played it), my first idea is to try taking the cover off the neck pickup and find a PAF-y bridge pickup that plays nicely with it. And so it begins...
     

  3. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    66
    Oct 11, 2006
    Greater Boston
    I recently got rid of an Ibanez AS73 - it sounded fine, but I never bonded with it.
     

  4. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    Montana
    The neck was best to my ears as well. I just don't have the skill / knowledge to mix and match. That's why I went with a set. Choosing replacement pickups can be a wild ride, good luck!
     

  5. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    Okay, I just tried something else that seemed to work better with the ACH pickups than lowering the pickup and raising the polepieces: I removed the polepiece screws on the bridge pickup, and it sounds more like a P90 now - like a fat single-coil. I think I can live with this. I'll tinker for a few more hours, but anything I can do to avoid spending money on this guitar is worth trying.
     

  6. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    Here's a photograph of my Artcore ACH bridge pickup with the pole pieces removed. It made a noticeable improvement on the sound, like a single-coil P90.

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    Last edited: Sep 27, 2017

  7. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Whoa, are you able to put them back later? The high E looks like nobody's home.
     

  8. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    There wasn't as much wax around that high E screw, so it's just showing the void around where the screw was. I just did the same thing to the neck pickup with the same results - I like it. The "in-between" sound is killer now, also. I just saved myself some $$$ on pickups.
     

  9. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    does look like it's missing some front teeth

    hockey guitar! daddy, this could be a trend in Canadiana
     
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  10. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

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  11. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I should post my pickup mod to the "Just Pickups" forum so that I'm not hijacking this thread anymore (that wasn't my intent but I got all wound-up when I made the pickups sound decent).
     

  12. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    Montana
    A coilectomy! I like your style!
     

  13. ES330

    ES330 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    57
    46
    May 2, 2017
    SF
    Epiphone Casino
     

  14. GuitarsAndCars

    GuitarsAndCars TDPRI Member

    Age:
    51
    73
    Oct 17, 2016
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    This is a much better guitar than I thought it would be. Its a 2003 (best that I can figure) and I'm thinking of adding a Bigsby to it. The stock pickups are surprisingly good for such an inexpensive guitar.



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  15. swampyankee

    swampyankee Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    533
    Feb 5, 2015
    Southeastern MA
    I get my cheap Semi hollow kicks from a cats eye Gretsch Historic series Thinline. It came with DeArmond 2000's, I swapped them out for identical looking but darker 2K's. I also found a sweet deal on a brand new Starcaster MP last year. It makes some nice jazzy tones but the modern WRHB'S still sound Fender ish to me. I'm tempted to convert it to a string-thru bridge a la the original Starcaster.

    Reading thru this thread has me thinking about a big old single pickup, full hollow jazz box, like an Epiphone Emperor or Aria FA71. Damn you, TDPRI!
     

  16. Believer

    Believer Tele-Meister

    100
    Jun 8, 2012
    Mississippi
    +one on the Hagstrom. I have a Chinese Viking II that is very nice, about $400 new. I picked up a Harley Benton copy of a dot--it's actually pretty nice for a $200 guitar. I recently bought an Ibanez AS 53 blemished from Zzounds (can't find the blemish, but I saved $50 bucks off their regular price.) The faded tobacco finish is really attractive; the guitar plays very well; pickups are better than I expected. Lots of inexpensive hollowbodies out there. Good luck.
     

  17. sudogeek

    sudogeek TDPRI Member

    Age:
    65
    24
    Sep 9, 2016
    Palm Beach FL
    I buy, refit, upgrade, and sell guitars and amps as a hobby since the 60s. I just picked up a used 2014 MIC Epi Sheraton 2 for $300 including hard case on CL. I was really impressed. I could find no defects; the build is much better than I expected. I've had a few Casinos and a Dot over the years but this seems like a better instrument. I minimally tweaked the neck relief, set the action, and put on new strings and it's now guitar number 2.

    Eventually, the pickups will need to be changed and wiring upgraded but it seems I do that on all of my guitars. My strat still sits at number 1 (and the 67 LP at 1A) but this Epi is a really nice guitar and a great deal for the money.

    Bill, by the way, when are you going to bring that Gibson back?
     

  18. Colors

    Colors Tele-Meister

    439
    May 12, 2016
    Nebraska

  19. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    The entry level Ibanez hollow bodies that are all priced at $329 are amazing.

    I think that MF.com still has the 17% Christmas coupon. This would be $273. I've done the coupon thing for two Ibanez hollow bodies. The necks and binding and tuners (and the pickups which I love) are all very nice.

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    I've also had an AS53 and it was a great ES355 style guitar - $299 ($248 with the coupomn code!)
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-artcore-as53-semi-hollow-electric-guitar?rNtt=ibanez hollow body&index=17
     

  20. JeffinNH

    JeffinNH TDPRI Member

    Age:
    59
    9
    Dec 20, 2017
    NH
    I was gifted a AG95 in Bubinga, lucky me ! Took the pick guard off and fiddled with action, sounds great through my Vox ac10c1. Seems like you can grab one on the Bay.
     

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