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Is there a hollowbody elec that has specs I like?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by rad1, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Meister

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    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA
    As stated, I’m on the hunt for a hollowbody electric with specs I like and I’m having trouble.

    What I would love:
    335 type thin body style, does not have to be exactly that, just no jazz boxes, already been there.
    Thin modern c neck like my mim Tele
    12” radius
    Humbuckers
    Medium jumbo frets

    I have a Taylor T3 with Alnico pickups and I love the sound but the 15” radius I’m not thrilled with

    I had an Ibanez 335 Copy back in the 80’s, why did I ever sell it. Kinda hard to find now

    I had a Gibson ES-335, never warmed up to the neck neck.

    I’m really having trouble finding something that does not have a D shaped neck.

    Any ideas ?
     

  2. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    Montana
    Ibanez AS series all over Guitar Center website new or used, at least most of your specs. My AS73 is great for little $$$.
     
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  3. Boil

    Boil Tele-Meister

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    Oct 30, 2011
    B.C.
    Yamaha got anything?
     

  4. hotpot

    hotpot Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2013
    Lancashire UK
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    The new Epiphone Casino coupe.
     
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  5. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Meister

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    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA
    Come on now, that is just not fair...How did you know I love green guitars?

    Never owned or even played an Epiphone, I better do that.

    Thanks

    I had a fairly recent Ibanez, Artcore I think, but it was a jazz box but I did love the neck. I guess I need to look at their stuff again.

    Thanks
     

  6. JazzboxBlues

    JazzboxBlues Tele-Holic

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  7. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    I think you're really limiting your options by not getting comfortable with other neck shapes. Different neck shapes really bothered me. Yeah maybe I need a few minutes to adjust, but they usually don't hold me back. Only on Selmer style's where the dots are on different frets. That is hard to get used to.
     

  8. JJSmith

    JJSmith TDPRI Member

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    image.jpeg I absolutely love this Aria Pro II 335 copy. It is a Aria TA-61. I like the Gibson's but that chunky neck is awful. I scored this at a yard sale early this summer for $25!! It needs a new set of pups. Other than that, it's spot on what I've been looking for.

    Can anybody direct me to a discussion on changing out the pups and disabling its varitone switch?
     
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  9. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Meister

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    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA

    Ya, I have given that a lot of thought and I have worked at adjusting to the 15” radius and the D shaped necks and I’m have difficulty doing so.

    I also have to take very seriously the limitations I have with my hands. I have had had surgery on my hands after they literally stopped working, they would not open or close for a day after an epic 35 knot windsurfing outing, then when they did they were very weak. The surgery was to release crushed nerves in the palm. Then, I have a couple arthritic knuckles, most likely a result of sports injuries, on my left hand that I have to work very hard at keeping in check so I can play.

    So, at my ripe old retired age I tend to find the easiest playing necks I can.
     

  10. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
    If you are swapping pickups you might as well buy a whole new harness with pots and caps in the standard layout and swap it all over. Keep the originals in a bag in the case for the next owner. Those are really nice guitars and valuable on the regular open market, so I'd treat it like that kind of priced instrument and not the $25 you paid for any mods.

    Look up the years for the Aria guitars made by Matsumoku, I think yours is one of those (all that little writing on the headstock). There are collectors for Aria and collectors for Matsumoku so selling it someday should be easy for a good price.

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  11. 41144

    41144 Tele-Meister

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    Hi...
    Not sure if this hits the spec/price you're looking at ... but.... How about taking a look at the modern Hohner Thinlines like the HCT Verythin?
     

  12. JJSmith

    JJSmith TDPRI Member

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    Yeah, I've researched it a bit. Couldn't believe what I paid for it... I bought a set of Epiphone PRObuckers with wiring, pots, and quick connects etc. to try in it. Hoping I can swap everything out, nice and clean and save the original parts. It is a very "comfortable" guitar, I must say.
     

  13. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Meister

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    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA
    Interesting, never heard of Hohner.
     

  14. farmcaster

    farmcaster TDPRI Member

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    I have 3 of those! You scored big @ $25.00! I had 2 of mine re-pickuped professionally-tried doing one myself-no thanks.
     
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  15. lammie200

    lammie200 Tele-Holic

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    Jan 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    You didn't say anything about scale length or price, but Hagstrom Vikings have nice slim fast playing necks. Semi-hollow. Casino Coupes are fully hollow, BTW.
     

  16. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Gretsch 5622. You can get it in green too. ;)
     

  17. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Tele-Afflicted

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    Sounds like you want an Ibanez!
     
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  18. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Meister

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    Santa Cruz CA

    If I could have my Ibanez AS200 (I think that was the model) that I owned in the early 80’s I would be in heaven. It was made in Japan and many of us were idiots back then and looked down on that....What a fool I was for selling it....Other than it funded either my Fender Twin Reverb or my first Strat. I don’t remember which of of those I bought with the money.

    I think I better go play one, possibly the John Scofield JMS10 model, I think it is modeled after the one I had back in the day.

    And, I must thank all of you that have responded with some great suggestions. I almost did not even post this question for I figured I already knew what was out there. I was wrong.
     

  19. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Tele-Afflicted

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    Jan 4, 2014
    Arivaca AZ
    I have a Univox and changed the pickups. Years later I have put the originals back then. I think your ais a later one as it has the same bridge and pickups I think as a later Univox (Matsumoku) Les Paul copy my husband gave to my son. Id leave the pickups alone. They are actually usually acceptable vintage sounding and slightly different dimensions so you would have to MAKE new rings or put more holes in the top of your guitar.
     

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