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Your pick for best $600ish humbucker guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by BB123, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. BB123

    BB123 Tele-Meister

    Mar 6, 2011
    Asked this on another forum, but figured i'd get your opinions, also.

    In a couple of months i'll probably be looking for my second electric, so I figured I might as well start early on getting advice/recommendations.

    Some things i'd like to be included (but not all have to be)
    1. Something that can be played bone stock (I could replace small things eventually, but things like pickups i'd like to keep if possible)
    2. Pickups that can handle a wide array of stuff, anywhere from pretty clean, to hard rock. (Think Alter Bridge or Breaking Benjamin)
    3. Would like to be a pretty popular brand so I could find a dealer around to test them out, but if enough people vouch for their quality I wouldn't mind buying online.
    4. A decently thick neck. The one on my CV Tele is too thin, not horrible but something thicker would definitely help.

    Open to anything with those applied really. Don't want some crazy point thing, but can probably deal with other stuff. Used stuff can be included, also.

    Thanks for any advice

  2. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    used gibson faded or special

  3. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    greenville, sc
    Epiphone Sheraton II


    or Epiphone Les Paul


    each costs less than $500, and are great values. should be easy to find and try out at a nearby dealer.

  4. BB123

    BB123 Tele-Meister

    Mar 6, 2011
    This was one of the top recommendations on the other forum, that and a PRS SE. There's no Gibson dealer for 3 hours, and it's really the same for Epi...except we're going to the area where the Epi dealer is around the time i'll be buying something, so I can check those out.

    The closest dealers are Fender, Schecter, Ibanez, ESP, Reverend, and PRS.

  5. Cunningham26

    Cunningham26 Tele-Meister

    Jun 10, 2009
    Even if gibson/epi is going to be inconvenient, I'd say they're youre best bet at a thick neck humbucker guitar. by the time fender got around to wide-range humbuckers, thin necks were king, so i feel like they're hard to find amongst the herd.

    i love my epi sheraton but the neck is a bit thin, maybe too thin for your liking. i'd go with an epi 1959 reissue les paul or an epi goldtop.


  6. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    1984 Gibson 'The Paul' Mahogany 400.00 with new after market HSC.

    Install my early 70s T-Bobbins I pulled out of my LP Custom I sold in the mid 70s. Sold it with the Dimarzio Super Distortion HBs I had put in and had these T-Bobbins for 35 years in a box while stuck on Single coils. ;)

    Got a Used RI early 80s Gibson Drap case 100.00. so up to $500.00 minus what I sell the new China case for.. Maybe 100 for the 84 PUPs and the case?

    So around 400.00 ish sorta...

    I see the walnut The Pauls for 500.00 ish all the time, Mahogany ones less so. Less so 'I see' not less so 500.00. They are called Firebrands IIRC

    Also, how about a used Studio ??

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  7. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR

  8. looney77

    looney77 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 28, 2010
    Esp Ltd ec401vf. Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge, 59 in the neck. Great playing, great sounding guitar. It's my workhorse.

  9. Thinlineggman

    Thinlineggman Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 15, 2011
    Oregon City, OR
    I played a buddies double humbucker squier strat a couple times and it was a pretty nice instrument stock. It even had a really nice stock trem system (floating?) that held tune real well. I think it was some sort of anniversary edition. Awesome CAR finish with a black guard.

    The only thing I would change on it is to put a nice one piece maple neck on it.

  10. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    I routed a Squier Tele for a guy that had a HB Bridge PUP to put a HB neck and put in a air norton I think it was. The thing kicked ars for rock and blues. Twang.. not.

  11. tele salivas

    tele salivas Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 5, 2008
    Fender Toronado, first issue.


  12. savofenno

    savofenno Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 16, 2010

    Gibson SG Special Faded, Les Paul Studio & Special Faded, Ibanez AF, AS and AK 73 & 103 models new or used comes first to mind. There are others, too.
    At least my SG Special Faded WB has substantial neck which doesn`t dive. It`s back U shape is a quite wide and not too shallow. Comparable to Baja Tele in cross section area, which has soft V.
    Ibanez AS/AF/AK guitars has models with bigger neck shapes among them, i like their pup tone, more classic PAF tone, Super 58 i think, hotter but pretty in SG`s 490`s.

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  13. BB123

    BB123 Tele-Meister

    Mar 6, 2011
    The faded SG is kinda the front runner. I really love the nice, shiny 3 HB models, but at 3k it'll be a few years before I can afford one of those, Lol. Used at 500 or so means I could change the humbuckers if I don't love them. But I doubt I would. It could be 100 extra dollars going to a new amp. Still open to suggestions of course :)

  14. flag72

    flag72 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 20, 2009
    hey BB123 I bought a peavey JF-1(ES 335 copy) they go for under 275.00 mine is a JACK DANIELS edition sounds great and plays great, great guitar for the money

  15. Sleph

    Sleph Friend of Leo's

    Dec 30, 2006
    exactly what you asked for, straight outta the box...

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  16. RubyRae

    RubyRae Friend of Leo's

    Dec 8, 2009
    Tele beat me to it. This Toronado is my secret weapon guitar, that I am currently working on (although I do like the stock pups). :D

    Another choice would be tele deluxe 72 reissue.

    Or Epi Casino for a hollowbody type tone.

  17. tehanallang

    tehanallang Tele-Meister

    Jan 19, 2011
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
    PRS SE's are awesome!

  18. Bolide

    Bolide Friend of Leo's

    Nov 21, 2010
    Rocky Hill, CT
    Not knowing what your "First" is (I assume a single coil solidbody, perhaps one with Tele nature, but you know what assume means :rolleyes: ) I would go with a semi, perhaps a Sheraton II as Hekawi reccomends (definite drool factor there) or a Dot. Semihollowbodies are very versatile.

    The stock pickups on Epis are well chosen generics, not specialist pickups, but not garbage either.

  19. BB123

    BB123 Tele-Meister

    Mar 6, 2011
    Yep, it's a CV tele. Some of those semis are pretty cool lookin, they will be looked over when I go to to Epi dealer. If anything I can change the pickups out later if they're not to my liking, that's most likely what I would do to a PRS...they sound kinda generic.

    Thanks for all the replies guys.

  20. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    This Faded SG!

    Shameful self plug. It would be very nice and within your budget. It's perfect. I'm saving and upgrading to an SG Standard. Send a PM if interested.

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