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

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  1. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

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    Here are a couple more of mine.

    This one is 17” x 4” 25.5” scale and I found some awesome p13s to stick in it.
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    At this point, it's way more than "like". I own 5 archtops, all excellent guitars. These are the two I play most.

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    Only had it a week, Can't put it down. In stock form, these are capable and interesting guitars. Spruce top, less than full depth, though nowhere near thinline, 24.75 scale. Modest price. This particular one was upgraded in every way I would have. Including all new wiring, pots, Seth Lover humbuckers, new bridge (wound G), new tailpiece, new tuners. I tweaked the setup, put on roundwounds (.12 to .50 custom set). It now plays just as good as it sounds, which is really saying something. Probably in the Gibson L4 zone tonally, with the spruce top. I've never played or heard a better jazz guitar than this. The Seth Lovers always seem to work for how I hear things. In this guitar, they have single-coil level clarity and depth. No mud at all. The original owner knew exactly what he was doing. Total serendipity to have it.

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    This one too is pure seredipity. I had looked for an affordable, not compromised non cutaway ES-125 for years. No luck. Then realized that the rather rare Guild X-50 is essentially Guild's answer to the ES-125. With differences. A slightly shallower body. One "Franz" p/u, which looks P90 and in some way is. Anyway, found a clip of a guy in NYC playing one. An unusual sound. This perfect single coil tone. A more stark, less fat version of P90. I was hooked from that one clip. Then one day the same guitar showed up on NY CL. In person, just as impressive. I had put on larger frets and do the setup. Wound G here as well. If there's a prettier singlecoil jazz sound, I've not heard it. The guitar is light, well balanced, very solidly built. My wife loves the sound of this one ... always comes in when I play it and comments. The sound has a softer side. Just roll tone mostly off to the sweet spot. Fattens up, spreads out. Beautiful tone, especially through the old Polytone MBII.

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  3. Marc Muller

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    Here's my 175. Hear it here on one of mine. The electric part that accompanies the nylon.

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    I've got this one, as I'm only counting fully hollow bodies. It's a 61 ES175 with the original PAFs - not stolen for a R9 as so many have been 20190703_081016.jpg . Lively jazz vibe - just wish my jazz chops did it justice!!
     
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    I have two, one is an old Kay tenor guitar, the other is my 1915 Gibson L-1.

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    Could everyone just assume a like from me on their posts on this thread! Best non-Tele thread for ages.

    Keep 'em coming.
     
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    I'm surprised and pleased by the number and range of archtops that TDPRI members own. Bravo!
     
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    Here's a few
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    one more - cheap but nice IMG_20180823_173951.jpg
     
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  11. screamin eagle

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    I was close to buying an Epiphone Blues Deluxe about 10 years ago. It played great and sounded great, especially for the price, however, as much as I loved the look and T-Bone vibe, I couldn't get along with the 3 pickups. The middle one just got in the way. I ended up buying that Sunburst guitar I have pictured a couple of posts up. It has swapped about 5 different pickups (all p90s) and finally settled on p13s.

    Those Epi Riveria's and Blues Deluxe's are good players, just my personal issues not getting along with 3 pickups.
     
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    I have NOT been able to make it work out for me. I have bought two different ones, and there's just something missing as far as how they are wired up.. The Epiphone Coupe is a real keeper and is a real rhythm guitarists delight. I recommend staying away from the P93. Looks pretty and all that, but IMHO they are dogs that I can not drag the magic out of them in spite of doing everything but taking it apart and figuring out a wiring, pickup, pot and cap solution for it. I sold both of mine. I still have my Gretsch's and the Coupe. This thread is a bit confusing in that most of my Les Paul's and Gretsch Solid bodies are carved/arched tops as well. Guess we are dealing with semantics; Carved vs. Arched.

    P93 photographs well but, sounds like poop (both of them).
     
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    That Super 400 is a beauty!
     
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    I have two G5422T, the orange one I got for almost nothing, used backstage points, and they had a stupid deal of the hour when I grabbed it, I think I have maybe 150.00 invested in it.
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    well played!
     
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    I gotcha. Thanx for the reply. I see them used for $400 often. They look hot, and I love that they have a bigsby because it would save me the trouble of installing one. I need a bigsby on all of my guitars :)
    My orange Gretsch 5420 (posted on this thread a few pages back) was a great guitar brand new, but I ended up replacing the pickups, wiring harness, bigsby, tuners, bridge, and the nut.
    Now it’s an AMAZING guitar.
     
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    Sometime a particular guitar just does or doesn't like a certain set of pickups. With archtops, it can be a pain to re-wire them, but it can also be worth it in the end.
     
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    I’ve done it enough times now, that I don’t really have a problem with it. The main thing is to NOT lose the jack inside. That happened one time. I fished it out, but it was nerve wracking.
     
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    On one particular guitar I swapped pickups in in so much that I wired in jumper wires on the pots. That way I didn't have to remove the wiring harness to swap pickups.
     
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    Love them WP_20160910_10_20_13_Pro (2).jpg WP_20160910_10_20_43_Pro.jpg
     
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