Archtops...Do you like them and let's see them

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by screamin eagle, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

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    Do you get along with them and what'cha got?

    I've always had an affinity for archtops. Most of the ones I've had though have been modern ones, though a couple of years ago I picked up a '49 Epiphone Zenith. It's a fun guitar to play.

    I just picked up about a month ago a '61 Guild CE100. Never owned a Guild archtop before, but it was a good deal and I've been looking for a 175 type guitar for a while. Didn't want to fork out for a 50's 175. This is clean and all original. The Franz pickups are quite unique.

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    OK. You asked...
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    There's like, 3 or 4 missing from this shot
     
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    I don't have any, (at the moment!) but have had many archtops over the past 40 + years....and got along with them quite well.

    From humble Harmony's, Kay's & Silvertone's to lovely Gibsons, Guilds, Epi's and an Eastman, I dig em all!
     
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    That's what you call 'options'.

    I bet that DeArmond is a good sounding guitar.
     
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    It is. But, they all are. And, they all sound different
     
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    I've owned a few, and played one or two "great" old L5s. They're just not for me. The sonic heft and fast decay of the old archtops just doesn't appeal to me and I can't work with that kid of woofy, chordy sound. I have not had the opportunity to play archtops from the great contemporary builders, and I'll bet that's a different story.
     
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    I'm crazy about this guitar's sound, but not about the color so much. In other words, I love the guitar in spite of the fact that it's a giant cheeto.

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    The greatest thing about hollowbody archtops is playing them at high-ish gain, and the top starts vibrating and they start breathing, pumping air through the f-holes that you can feel on your forearm. It's organic and unlike any other guitar experience.
     
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    There are times when I swear someone molested my guitar during a break and put a blower inside it. And I don't play with high gain, but I've had this happen quite a bit.
     
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    I couldn't agree more, although I prefer playing cleanish. Playing a substantial hollow body is an amazing experience compared to a solid body, but they can be unwieldy and a PITA to play. My guitar's bout is huge, but it's also what gives it that je ne sais quoi.
     
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    Agreed and that is why I've switched to thinline archtops for live use. I've got a few, and, this one is enroute
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    I've got an Epi Sorrento, just an inexpensive and thin body archtop. I love it - it really provides a different flavor and sound. Completely different animal than a semi.

    If you're looking to donate that Yamaha to a needy individual, I have less than 10 guitars at the moment! On TDPRI that qualifies me for public assistance....
     
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    Yeah, I've been lusting for one of those too. That's a beauty, really cool red, white, and blue. On my big boomy Yamaha I like to make a D minor chord at the 5th fret, but instead of muting the 6th string A , I fret it and play the top three bass strings. After that chord rings I fret the barre chord F on the first fret. It booms something fierce on my guitar. That's kind of my hollow body test at the moment.
     
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    My current love for quieter music is my Ibanez George Benson. man, the thing is perfect in the duo. I'm a long scale guy, but I'm dealing with this one fine. I recently sold the Epi Emperor I bought. Loved playing it at home but just too big a guitar for gigging for my old body. I fought it all night. Something like that Zephyr above would be good. I want a high end Guild with the long scale bad, but too cheap to buy that or an L5 I guess ! I considered one of those Yamaha 1500's recently, but I think they have a wide 1.75 nut or something that I didn't like...?
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    DSCF3611.JPG 60's MIJ ES330/Casino clone. Thin hollow body Firebird/Minibucker combo.
     
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    I love Giant Cheeto.
     
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    I don't have words for how epic this can sound.

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