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

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

  1. TeleBrew

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    Third member of the family, a 1997 Epiphone Sorrento made in the Peerless factory in Korea, with factory Bigsby. Just arrived.

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    I'm beginning to develop some hankering for one of those big jazz boxes. There's something irresistible about them.


    I also love the Wildcat, IMHO she's just the most underestimated Epi archtop.
     
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    This is a 2006 Chinese-made Casino. It came without a pickguard, but with the Bigsby. I had Lollar vintage wound P-90s put in (great pickups!) and added the black pickguard and the black knobs. The finish is flawless and it plays beautifully.

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    I do like them...I also have an ES-165 but this is my favorite - a '68 Johnny Smith
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    I love those.
     
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    You have given me G.A.S. I can't fulfill! Just checked out some demos. What an amazing-sounding guitar! This is going to become one of my top-5 favorite archtops!
     
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    I dont own any fully hollow archtops since i like the sustain and lack of feedback that comes with that center block.
    But my Gretsch Streamliner gets close as far as that body vibration, breathing, and feedback when i drive it.
    Ive had GAS for a true archtop jazzbox at times but i dont play jazz enough, or well enough, to justify it. One of these days I'll pull the trigger

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    GFS Xaviere XV-950 hollowbody with Retrotron Nashvilles. Bought it mainly because I liked the looks (shallow, I know) and it was cheap. Thought if nothing else it would make nice wall art. It arrived in flawless condition, nice neck, fantastic sound for what I like. It is my number one and has done countless rehearsals and gigs. Completely unexpected. All I did was change the nut (which I do with pretty much every new guitar) to a Tusq and strings and adjust the pickup heights.
     
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    I want one and love those.
     
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    I've never really felt very keen on archtops. Jazz guitar is like flamenco for me - love to hear it, but I'll never ever play it.

    But I'm getting such bad GAS from this thread that I even put on a CD All the Really Best of George Benson that I found in my partner's car when we were off to the shops this morning on the strength of the picture on the sleeve. I couldn't actually hear any guitar on the tracks I had time for so I think I need to dig a bit deeper into George Benson. But what a beautiful guitar.

    I've even started enjoying looking at the Gretsches on here... :)
     
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    My 1995 Gibson ES175 with figured tiger maple top, sides and back - the quintessential Jazz box. But Steve Howe certainly got a lot of Prog Rock mileage out of his:

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    Don't just think jazz guitar, think rockabilly, Brian Setzer, Strats Cats, early R&B.
     
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    Also Rev Horton Heat, Izzy Stradlin, George Thorogood, and TED the SLEDGE
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    Better with semi-hollow guitars. Hollow-bodies start feeding like crazy once the volume gets into Rock and Roll territory.
     
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    Lucille, no F Holes but she's a semi hollow archtop.
     
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    I look forward to someday getting a nonelectric archtop or one with a floating pickup. Until then, these suffice.

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    How much was the Luna in price?
     
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    I got the Luna used, with gig bag, for a little over $200. It's hard to judge value on those since they're so uncommon. It was worth that much to me. It doesn't show up well in that photo, but that's the natural finish version, not blonde paint.

    At the risk of derailing the thread, this seems like the crowd to ask some questions about archtops --

    I see ads on Craigslist, eBay, and Reverb for inexpensive archtops from the '50s and '60s, most of which have a steel-reinforced neck rather than an adjustable truss rod. When did adjustable truss rods become common, and how playable should one expect a 70-year-old "steel-reinforced neck" guitar to be?
     
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