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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cedarburger, Oct 8, 2019.
I gotta act quick. I don't know jack about semi-hollows, but want one bad.
If you dig the Bigsby 2420, other wise the 2622,,
I'd go with ^^^^ this, I just don't use trem arms, no matter which guitar I'm playing,,, YMMV Good Luck, but take your time picking!!
Unless I am wrong, 2622T is centre block, semi-hollow with Bigsby; 2420T is full hollow with Bigsby. I'll go with the 2420T. Wanna jump in, might as well go deep end with a full hollow and the Gretsch sound (plus I prefer single-cuts!)
Thought I would like the Artcores but surprisingly the necks weren't to my liking.
Strait into bugera v22,,here is mic positions in studio..no pedals.,,,used neck for R & Bridge to lead on top..its a fun guitar
Personally, I hate Bigsbys, and I like upper fret access... but I love FilterTrons. The Ibanez is a very good guitar for the money.
I've owned a few Gretsch's - the larger ones never felt comfortable - I'd go with the 2420T
Some things to consider;
What kinda music do you play? Country and Rockabilly have traditions that are more closely related to Gretsch guitars. For Ibanez semi-hollows, I immediately think of John Scofield. It obviously isn't a rule, but if precedent matters to you...those are the swaggers that pre-exist in my mind.
The shapes of those guitars won't fit well in every case, do you already have a case that'll do the job?
Gretsch guitars are kinda quirky. Two big questions you need to ask with that brand of guitars:
1 - How much do you like Bigsby tremolos?
2 - How much do you like the Filterton Pickups?
If Bigsbys and Filtertons are endearing to you, then go for that.
Personally speaking, Ibanez semi-hollows have grown on me while I've kinda grown less fond of Gretsch semi-hollows over the years. I haven't once missed the Gretsch Tennessee Rose I traded off. But I've also not been playing styles of music conducive to Bigsby/Filterton combos.
I really recommend you try to get your hands on all three of them at a time (well, 1 at a time!)...and take your own amp.
I'd suggest saving a bit and going for the next model of Gretsch up (electromatic). I believe the models you listed are streamliner entry level models?
save up some more money and get a heritage h-535.
The one without the bigsby.
My advice would be to take a breath and relax. This is a decision you need to take after test playing a bunch of different semi-hollows and find out which one works with your style of playing and the music you play. "Semi-hollow" is quite a large group of guitars that fall into different sub-categories. Lots to learn here before making a purchase.
Unless you have a definite, immediate need for this particular instrument, chill out, go to GC and play everything they have, and make an informed decision down the line. None of these are "don't think, just buy" bargains. I bought both of my Artcores used for $200, one of which had a case.
I like the Ibanez Artcores, but you'll probably want to replace the bridge pickup, at least.
Save money and get the Electromatic models.. the numbering starts with "5"... 5420, 5622, etc etc..
dont buy too quick and dont rush it.. semi hollows and hollows arent like solid bodies.. tones are very unique and you have to try it out first if it will suit your style and genre..
1 other one in that range..Epi Dot...have quite a few nice guitars but this is my do it all..cts pots/wiring. Have 2 more that arnt mixed yet(tracks just in pro tools-but guitar is clear) both done on dot
"Momma"-Dot.. into Unin Jack "The 45'..JTM50 blag Flag Spec CL//no pedal -Celestion V type/homemade cab
Dot-Into Fender Reverb Pro-Klon CL for lead bump
Simple choice ... Play all three and you will like one better than the others ...