Help choosing a new guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Malapp10, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. Malapp10

    Malapp10 TDPRI Member

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    Greetings!

    I am in the market for another guitar, I don’t need one, I just want one. Currently, my heard consist of a Collings ST 360 - this is the one that looks almost exactly like a Strat. Additionally, I have a Collings City Limits with Throbak pickups and my trusted Michael Tuttle Tele. I am in the market for either a semi hollow or hollow guitar. I would love to buy another Collings but their SoCal is near $7,000. Please share your thoughts about something in the PRS lineup. I don’t really think it’s a need based thing but, a friend has an ES 335 that he gets some pretty good blues tones. I really don’t like Gibson quality so I won’t go down that road.

    Love to hear your thoughts
     
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    PRS makes some great hollow guitars.
    Their quality control is second to none.
    You might also consider a new, MIJ Gretsch.
    I really like the models with TV Jones pickups.
     
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    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    PRS hollows are really, really sweet.

    So are Gibsons. I keep trying to find these crappy ones I keep reading about on the net, but I haven’t found one yet.
     
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    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    If you want a Gibson style, but a little more small shop and special, you could check out Heritage. They make fantastic stuff.

    There’s also the D’Angelico “Deluxe” line. I have a premier and it’s a pretty ridiculous guitar for under a thousand bucks. It’s crazy good. I can’t imagine what $2k would get me from this company if this is what $500 buys.

    The high end Ibanez stuff is also outrageous.

    Check out the AS200 and the JSM100.
     
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    Check-out Eastman's archtops. (Seriously)
     
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    I am having a hard time getting use to the idea of paying that much for a
    Unfortunately, I owned one. It was an ES 339 and it was a genuine POS!
     
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    Benedetto Bambino Deluxe. Absolutely wonderful, small body archtop.
     
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    I know about these guitars and they are absolutely quality, there is another new company in Israel that is also putting out some beautiful stuff.
     
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    Based on your current guitars, and your wish to not blow a crap-load amount of money, for a guitar that you don't actually need... I second the motion to look at the wide range of Eastman semi-hollow and full-hollow models - they're very well-made and beautiful guitars.

    Another option - I have a higher-end D'Angelico Excel EX-SS that I'm absolutely thrilled with. Around $1900 from Sweetwater, Guitar Center, etc.. I did replace the humbuckers with TV Jones T-Armond pickups, which I like the tone of - very much.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...l-ss-natural-with-stairstep-trapeze-tailpiece


    Aside from a small block piece directly under the bridge, the guitar is fully-hollow, bringing a good bit of "air" into the tone. And workmanship rivals Gibson, exceeding Gibson in some instances. This from the Korean factory.
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    I also recommend you look at heritage. my h-535 is a great guitar and you can probably find a good one for less than a 335.
     
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    I have enjoyed every PRS hollow I've ever played.
    A nice Gretsch though put out that fire. Go play some! Take your time; tremendous selection of worthy instruments are out there for your seduction.
     
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    Gretsch...play a few different ones if you can.
     
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    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    If you have the money, a PRS McCarty 594 is the bomb. Coil taps for both pickups. This one checks all the boxes, and covers all the bases.
     
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    I like this one, I could probably get a great deal if shop for a used one.
     
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    I can’t wait until someone opens up so I can play.
     
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    The Heritage is a great guitar, I played one sometime ago and was very impressed. At that time I was still going through all the problems with my ES339. I was afraid that somehow Gibson’s quality. It’s absolutely on the radar.
     
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    That guitar is beautiful.
     
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    Thing is there's so many great builders out there these days its hard to choose. Sometimes the guitar has to choose you. Or speak to you so to say. I have an Eastman T184 I like for certain things. Build quality is off the hook. But for some good old dirty blues that FACS Delia will put a serious hurt on it.

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    Is that guitar full size, I mean is it like a 335 or a 339.
    Eastman keeps popping up in my research. What you describe is almost exactly what I am looking for. The cleans are very important to me. I am interested in getting the blues/jazz sound. Looks like it is inexpensive too.
     
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    Godin remains one of the industry's best kept secrets. North American made using local-harvested wood, great attention to detail, and excellent players.

    Full Hollow Body: Godin Kingpin II (You can find increadible deals used out there and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Based on the Gibson ES-175)
    Semi-Hollow: Hands down, the Godin Montreal Premiere should be on your list to consider.
     
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