Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups

talk (& show ) us about slim body hollow/archtops that are not 335 type

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by brogh, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. brogh

    brogh Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 26, 2010

    Can i have some pics and first hand impressions about some hollowbody/archtops with a slim body that are NOT 335 ?

    No fullbodies, i like them sure, if i was going down that route i'll probably be looking at a 175 or a birdland.

    I'm kinda looking at that kind of stuff right now and wanted to hear some impressions from owners.

    No i'm not buying an archtop in short times, but i might want to start looking into it, i have the tendency to look for specs and read reviews and all i can get about a particular model way before i eventually consider buying one.

    So what's yours and why did you go that way ?

  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    The Vox Virage models are cool.
    I had the 77 model, with the sharp cutaways, and it played and sounded great.
    Prince had one.
    There is also a model that is more 335-like.
    Hofner Verithins are cool, and are longer scale, which I prefer.
    The German made ones are really nice, IMO.
    3-Chord-Genius and oldfish like this.
  3. Serenity23

    Serenity23 Tele-Holic

    Dec 1, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Was going to suggest these too.
    oldfish likes this.
  4. 6stringcowboy

    6stringcowboy Tele-Afflicted

    Love my Ibanez AS83, I have since replaced the stock humbuckers with P90s.

  5. BradL

    BradL Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Sussex, UK
  6. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    I just missed on an Eastman ES-175 type a few months ago. I hear nothing but good things about those guitars.

    - D
  7. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Dec 6, 2015
    Are you talking about semi-hollow guitars, or actual hollow bodies? A 335 doesn't sound like a fully hollow guitar, at all.

    An ES-175 is thin if there's a T after it. ES-175 TDC, for instance is Thin, Dual pickup, Cutaway.
    mad dog likes this.
  8. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2009
    New York
    335 is a semi... Hagstrom Viking semi if you're ok with a semi
  9. brogh

    brogh Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    What i meant with 335 is " that kind of shape" ( more or less ), didn't know about the T on 175, in fact i didn't even know they existed, thanks for that :)

    Mu buddy has one that he lend me for quite some time, spectacular guitar, great sound, craftsmanship, finish, what you heard is absolutely true, they are really great guitars.
    The only thing was that it was a full size body (16) and i couldn't really get around it that much.

    Thanks to all for the suggestions keep em coming
  10. Doug B

    Doug B TDPRI Member

    May 29, 2017
    tintag27, uriah1, fatcat and 3 others like this.
  11. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    This is a 60's MIJ Encore ES330 clone(hollow body with a 1" block under the floating bridge). Before and after pics.

    A Gibson ES330 or a Epiphone Casino/Casino Coupe would get you there.

    Attached Files:

  12. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Tele-Afflicted

    There are ES-125 Thinlines as well as Epiphone Century models. I tried a 125T and it was very nice. Although of course the 330/Casino would be the pick nearest to your description.

    D'angelico also makes nice thinline archtops.
  13. BobbyZ

    BobbyZ Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 12, 2011
    Snellman MN
    I've got a 65 ES-330 that's pretty much my go to guitar now. Nice thing about 330s is you can still snag them for a decent price.
    Only wish I'd have jumped on that bandwagon sooner because they used to be dirt cheap!
    Takes a little getting used to a full hollow body. But once you get the dynamics of that and the dynamics of those old (hot) P90s it's a blast.
    Epiphone sold an identical guitar back in the 60s. Some English band used those, so they tend to sell for more than the Gibson.
  14. felis

    felis Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2011
    Bought a 'inspired by "1966" Century' about a month ago, wasn't looking for another guitar, just caught my attention while shopping for accessoiries, and after I gave it a run I had to have one.
  15. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    I'm with BobbyZ. I like the ES-330 TD which is a hollow bodied guitar, no through block and have 2X P90s.
    drlucky likes this.
  16. jarpat

    jarpat Tele-Meister

    Nov 1, 2017
    Helsinki, Finland
    "So what's yours and why did you go that way ?"

    Well.. I'm not excactly sure what mine is supposed to be.. It propably "wants" to be like the gibson Scotty Moore used to have, but it is too thin. Gibson had (I think) this model too, but not in these colors. It is a chinese hybrid with Gibson tags and so on. I bought it from chinese "AliExpress" just to see what kind of quality they are making. I wanted it without any tags, but that did not come true. Yes, I wanted some excitement into my life so I bought this chinese "guitar" for about 300euros. When it finally came (after many many months), it had the p90 covers where they were supposed to be, but the actual pickups were loose inside the body - and all (chinese) cabels cut... No worries, I already had decided to put in p90:s from GFS. I had to do some small finishing jobs too and changed the "bigsby" -arm. But... after all it turned out to be such a nice instrument that I had to put my gretsch back in the case and this chinese bastard became my number one gig tool.

    If the link works - here is the "show" - i.e. looks and sound:

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2017
  17. a_pidgeon

    a_pidgeon Tele-Meister

    Oct 17, 2015
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Piggy Stu and Zepfan like this.
  18. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Unrepentant Gretsch fanboy here:
    Love the sound, love the looks.
    DrBrule, BorderRadio, Quinn23 and 4 others like this.
  19. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Why not look at a Gibson ES-339 (or the Epi equivalent)? The raison d'être is the smaller body. The lower bout is 14.25" vs 16" on the 335, 330, 175.

    Piggy Stu and zippofan like this.
  20. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Or for something very different, an Eastman El Rey. There are four variants on this model, all with 14" bodies. Some are more semi-hollow like the one pictured, others more like a violiin or full hollow archtop.

    tintag27, ahnadr and brbadg like this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.