Full Hollowbody Recommendations?

Oldsmobum

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I've built a few archies and plan on building a George Benson. The lower bout of the GB is 14 3/8 and body depth is 3 3/8. That makes it a little different from most archies

These two are 13 in lower bout and 2 1/2 depth on the right , 3 in depth on the left.

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I am not going to ignore the fact that those are the coolest guitars I have seen all week. The George Benson sounds like a pretty neat combination.

For OP, you have a ton of good options in that price range. Unless something has changed in the past 6 months (a lot has obviously) you could possibly even afford a vintage guild starfire- they have historically been criminally undervalued on the used market. The 90’s USA reissues should be pretty obtainable as well I would think.
 

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Those Squier 24 series were good guitars. Sleepers on the market. I'm surprised they never caught on very much. I have had two different types. I've often wondered if Guild built them for Fender.
Fender built them in the same cort factory that the Dearmonds where made and after the run of 24 series the factory closed due to labor disputes but reopened after all got sorted out.
 

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If you’re in the USA, you should be able to get an old Gibson es-225, es-125 or es-150 within your budget. I have an old es-150, but they’re usually a bit more pricey here in Europe.
 

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Godin makes several really nice hollow bodies. My 5th Ave has been my #1 since I bought it 7 years ago. Made in Canada, and the USD/CDN exchange rate makes them a really good deal for US customers. The folks that run the company are guitar players.
 

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The old girl’s the one on the left
 

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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....
Is your Ibanez not playable? What does crap wood mean?


I'd ask the same question.
My Artcore has become my "poor man's Gretsch" by replacing the "other electronics" you mention along with pickups, nut, bridge and Bigsby. Yes, it's meant putting a few hundred into it, but it plays and sounds great. I've never noticed that the crap wood is a deterrent.
 

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I've got plans for an L-5 CES just wish I was skilled enough to make one from them.

I'm currently making a hollowbody kit. I'll see how it goes before I do anything too full on.
 

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If anyone wants a budget 335 semi hollow check out Artist Guitars.

I reckon they kill an Epiphone anyday. Admittedly I did replace the harness for better quality and pickups for something more '57 style the stock ones were way too hot.
 

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I've had the Artcore AFS75T (Bigsby style trem) since around 2003. It's lightweight and airy (can play unplugged without disturbing anyone) but I too find the pickups less than satisfying. I'm nearing retirement and only just now getting into modifying guitars so swapping the pickups is on my summer list.

I don't know about the quality of the wood since the fit and finish is fantastic, but it's held up nicely and it's now a tie for my #1 go-to. Funny, but when I bought it I wasn't totally thrilled and considered selling it but am obviously glad I held on to it. Full disclosure, my MIM Tele is the other #1.
 

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I own a Gibson ES-330 and a Heritage H-530, both great guitars. I was patient and found the ES-330 used for a great deal, about $1800. The Heritage I bought new for $2500 but they can be found used for less. If I went Chinese I would go with Eastman.
 

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I play a Gretsch Synchromatic g100ce. I replaced the pickup with a Kent Armstrong. Great guitar, under a $1000 (I paid $500 for mine slightly used). It is really a brand new 1940's Gretsch.

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The Epi Johnny A model is one of the few guitars I've left untouched, it's just about perfect as it came. Gibson 57 Classic pups, beautiful Ebony board and a lot of attention to details. It's a future classic design. Also have an Epi Casino bought used for $320.00 that played great but needed better electronics (Tyson Tone Labs P-90's, pots,jack,switch), tuners and a B3 Bigsby to make it toneful. They're both good inexpensive choices for full hollow body guitars.
 

benderb9

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Oh yeah I guess your not playing LOUD!!! Because a full hollow body at volume brings on the 'Nuge is a cool way if you lean into that direction. They're a different beast when your playing at 11.
 

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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.
There are some killer Washburn Jazz boxes on reverb for under 1K. Look at those.
 




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