Hollowbodies.. Semi?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by sloan11, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. sloan11

    sloan11 TDPRI Member

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    I'm ready to buy a new guitar, and I've always wanted another hollowbody to replace an old family relic that I don't play anymore (I only admire it... NO TOUCHING!!!).

    It just got me thinking; what are your favorite hollowbody/semi-hollow/thinline electric guitars $1,200 and under? (Consider that $1,200 threshold the new or used price...that way you can squeeze certain Gibson models in for consideration. I know you want to lol...)

    I like the newish Guild x-175 Manhattan! That might be the one I buy! I also like the Gretsch g5420t, but I don't think I like it as much..

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  2. outbreak

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    I want one of the green gretsch g5620's with the centre block right now. I currently have a 5120 but the pick ups are weak, always wanted to get them swapped out but never got round to it.
     
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    I love my Epi ES-335 Pro. Great guitar, and a steal at what they sell for. I also really like the Epi Casino's. For your budget you could probably get one of each. The newer Epiphone's are really well made, and i've seen no reason to want to "upgrade" to Gibson just to get the name on the headstock.
     
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    I bought the guild x175b. It's well built and has a wide range of tones in it. I swapped out the bridge for a stainless steel Compton compensated bridge (chambered). It enhances what the guitar has already got, I'd recommend it. Also not many people run with them so you'd have something a little unique.
     
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    On the left my epi 61 reissue casino. If you can find one go for it!
     
  7. Coop47

    Coop47 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've played a bunch from all over that price range, but the one I bought and don't intend to sell is a Korean-made Epiphone Sheraton II. It's loaded with Gibson Classic 57's and plays and sounds great.
     
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    I'll go along with all the Epi suggestions, I have a couple of Les Pauls and a fabulous ES339 Pro which, for the money, is the best guitar I have ever bought and I've been playing for 50 years or so. I actually gigged the instrument straight from the shop although I've had a pro setup on it since.
    Others have mentioned the Casino and Sheriton and they are all well worth a look.
     
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    check out the new Epi Casino Coupe: a casino with (hollow) 339 body size. Very cute and great tone.
    Jef
     
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    Probably not what you want to hear but, if that "old family relic" is still playable, I say play it! No reason not to enjoy it and give it some more history. That's what it was built for.

    As for me, I have a Gretsch 5420 and have been very pleased with it.
     
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    Had a Guild 175X, great guitar. Sounds like an archtop, but check the neck set -- some came very low and you couldn't get the action down on them.

    I recently bought an Epiphone ES339 Pro. Very nicely made, good electronics, excellent pickups. It is a different animal, think ES335 -- very versatile, some warmth and richness from the construction, but can rock like nobody's business.

    So -- if you're looking for a Jazz/Blues/Swing/Rockabilly type guitar, the Guild works.

    If you're looking for a guitar that does everything (and well), I recommend the Epiphone ES339 Pro (not the Ultra). Great guitar, regardless of price.

    P.
     
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    I have a Yamaha SA2200 from the early 90's, bought used in 95 or so that is about the very best 335 style semi hollow I have ever played. I have played three or four other examples over the years and they have all been exceptional. If you can find one used they seem to go for $1200 to $1500.
     
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    Also, the Hamer Artist is semi hollow, more rock oriented. And I've seen them used in your price range. The US Hamer guitars are amazing.
     
  14. blowtorch

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    I long favored full hollowbody archtops mostly just for coolness factor, but I've been coming around to semis more, for the no-howling-feedback-every-time-your-hands-aren't-right-on-the-strings factor. Of course this is only an issue at high gain, where I tend to live a lot of the time.


    I still do appreciate though how a full hollow will just vibrate when you're running through a cranked amp. It's like it's pulsing and alive, and the f-holes are breathing on your forearm

    Anyway I have a very cool old Dearmond Starfire Special that's usually my go-to for a semi.
     
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    You can get a used Ric 330 in that price range. I love mine.
     
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    New?

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    I have heard from an older violin player that older instruments need to be played to keep the wood fibers flexible, true or not, I don't know.

    But I do play my late FILs WWII vintage Slingerland New Marvel acoustic almost every day. It is my familyroom guitar and it is what I noodle on when sitting around.

    Whatever you do choose, enjoy!
    -H
     
  18. telleutelleme

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    Sheraton II at less than 1/2 your price. Ibanez, Eastman, and I would seriously consider one of the new D'Angelico EX-SS' if you could spring another couple hundred or get used on flea-bay in your price range.
     
  19. mad dog

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    My favorite hollowbody so far is the cheapest one I've owned or tried - a Peerless made Epi casino. Now has a set of Lollar P-90s in it, and sounds/plays way out of its price class. A little different with semi-hollows. I have played some fine ones at modest prices. The full size HB Epi Riviera (mine was Peerless made) was one such. But my favorites are pricier. A '66 ES-335, and now an Epiphone Elitist Riviera. More money, but both under 1200. (the 335 has a repaired headstock, and I got it 20 years ago ...)
    MD
     
  20. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    I'm another voter for the 339 Pro, or, a used Gibson 339. I like the Epi, but I played a Gibson, and there was no comparison in feel. They can be found on the used market well worth the money. The one I played didn't have the coil split option, but it had an excellent sound and feel without it.
     
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