Full Hollowbody Recommendations?

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  1. overlook1977

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    I bought a full hollowbody Ibanez Artcore AF75G ($450-ish) and upgraded the pickups which I thought sounded terrible. I love the sound now but unsurprisingly the build quality isn’t up to par for me. The wood is terrible quality, the other electronic components are cheap. My other guitars are American-made and higher-end, and trying to go cheap on the full hollow just isn’t working for me.

    HOWEVER - I am not willing to spend 10k on a guitar. Ideally 2-3k max for a high quality instrument. Does anyone have any recommendations? Gibson seems to be the obvious choice, any other brands? I don’t want to buy a Chinese guitar with a pretty paint job but crap wood, electronics and playability again.
     
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    You don't have to get into the thousands for quality in a birdbox guitar, but it is a bit of a crapshoot each time.
    I agree those Artcores are bad though, I am their ideal target demographic and they all feel like toys in my hands.
    Also I'd say stay away from the Dean archtops. I've had negative experience with Loar, as well.

    If you're willing to go used, it certainly helps.
    Epiphone and Guild have some nice stuff, generally agreed to be decent by consensus
     
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    I'll tell you this- my fave of all my archtop semis and hollows (I have over a dozen) is an inexpensive "KING" (knockoff Byrdland). The fit and finish and playability are all ace [​IMG]
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    I love it so much I got a backup. They sound AWESOME. That roll of the dice came up winners, for sure

    They cost I think around 3 franklins each. I know I paid more for the bigsby then I did the guitar


    You won't find one. I've looked. I would own more, if I could find more. Somehow I've just gotten incredibly lucky to find these two.

    "Starshine" also makes Byrdland copies, I have one of those also, and it's not as good
     
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    If you go non-cutaway, you might luck into a vintage Guild/Epi/Vega/ES125 or ES150 for around that money.

    It all depends on what you want to play on it. What works for a legit jazz tone is not so good for rockabilly, etc.
     
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    This is my favorite, and best sounding electric guitar, ever.
    It’s fully hollow, and has fake, painted-on F holes’
    The last two pics are not my guitar, it’s a “before” picture, as mine looked before my mods.
    Mine is a 2003 MIJ Gretsch 1959 Nashville Classic.
    Gretsch did not have an agreement with Chet’s heirs at the time of it’s release.
    It is still currently made, and is called a 1959 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.
    They retail for $3000-ish.
    I got mine for $1500.
    It has great, clear sounding TV Jones pickups, 25 1/2 inch scale, 1 3/4 inch nut width, ebony fingerboard, and bent arm Bigsby.
    It sounds like me, and Chet!
     
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    Nice looking guitars.
     
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    I’ve been impressed by the Guild Newark St hollow bodies. I don’t own one but I’ve tried both the Starfire III and the A150 Savoy (the one with the floating pickup) and I wouldn’t hesitate to add either of them to my arsenal if I needed a hollow body.

    I used to own an Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor. It was well built but I never really bonded with it. It was kind of a one trick pony and uninspiring for me but YMMV. I sold it and now use an Epiphone Casino, which scratches the hollowbody/semi-solid itch for me.
     
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    My gateway drug into the world of archtops.
    I replaced the wooden bridge with a TOM
    It's long gone, from back in the days before I realized guitars are for buying, not selling


    Fond memories...sorta. I can't truly say I miss it
    After all, I've got all these gals, and more, to keep me company
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    Check out Eastman hollow bodies.
     
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    Is your Ibanez not playable? What does crap wood mean?
     
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    I think if you're patient, you can find a used Gibson ES-175 for three grand or a bit less.
     
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    They are made in China, but the PRS SE Hollowbody guitars look great and get good reviews. They come from the factory that makes acoustics for PRS so they understand the mechanics of a Hollowbody instrument. And within your budget you can even get the piezo-equipped version.
    https://prsguitars.com/electrics/se_hollowbody_ii_piezo_2021
     
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    In your price range, there's no contest. The Heritage H-530 (two Lollar P90s). Runs just under $3k, but can be found for less.

    You said no Chinese guitars, but the Eastman T64 is worth a look. About $1500 to $1700, depending on whether you get one with a Bigsby or not.

    Both the Heritage and the Eastman are fully hollow body guitars.
     
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    Could this be the same animal?
    https://www.starshine-music.com/zuw...etboard-spruce-top-real-abalone-p2912415.html
     
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    Gretsch ALL the way.

    The Electromatic series play incredibly and sound like a Gretsch, twangy, raunchy and rich.

    I believe they kill any Epiphone or similar.

    Then there is the Japanese Pro line. These are spectacular guitars.

    I will not trade or lose my Tennessee Rose 6119 or Double cut 6122 II (avatar) for love nor money.
     
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    A bandmate sold his beautiful ES-175 (much to my horror!) not long ago for $2400. Another friend who is a life long pro who tours the country playing jazz and blues, traded his 175 years ago for a high-end Eastman and that is a fine great-sounding beauty as well
     
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    I vote any flavour Gretsch or Gibson ES-330.
     
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