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Interested in a hollow-body. Whatcha got?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by SixStringSlinger, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'm just casually browsing for now, but I'd like a hollow-body guitar at some point. The Gretsch G5420T's look interesting to me, but I wonder what else might be out there.

    WISH LIST:
    Full hollow body (Preferably a single cutaway)
    Bigsby
    I'm thinking Filter'Trons or similar, but really anything but PAF-style humbuckers
    Below $1,000 for sure; preferably comparable to a used G5420T.
    Used/discontinued is fine.

    What's out there?
     
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  2. Allan Allan

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    Epiphone Joe Pass, or Epiphone Casino.

    While Gibson guitars are "better" I don't think a 330 is $2000 better than a Casino.
     
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    I don't know, I've heard the Chinese Casinos can be hit or miss. I want one but I'd probably try for a Japanese or if I hit the lottery vintage one.
     
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  4. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I've also been looking at Epiphone Emperor Swingsters.

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    Gardo Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Ibanez AF75 is my only current hollowbody. The pickup springs were replaced with surgical tubing and a mute installed behind the bridge.
    It's strung with TI flatwound 12's.
     
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    Allenjason95 Tele-Meister

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    For some reason I've been interested in Coronados lately. I used to think they were fugly but they've grown on me and you rarely see them used.

    It's always been odd to me the way Gibson dominated the hollow body and acoustic market while Fender dominates stuff like the amp market.

    I mean Fender and Gibson are great brands but if you were shopping for a nice acoustic you probably wouldn't think "Fender" and if you were looking for a great amp you wouldn't think "Gibson" (and I know Gibson doesn't make amps anymore but they have in the past).
     
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    39martind18 Friend of Leo's

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    They're getting a bit pricey, but quality-wise, the Epiphone Elitist line is every bit as good as anything out there, and much better than most.
     
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  8. rockymtnguitar

    rockymtnguitar Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I love my G5420T. It's been great. I added a Compton bridge to it. It's been really good straight out of the box for several months. I know I should take it in for a setup and adjustments but haven't found the time or money, and don't need to. I love the traditional Gretsch orange, but ended up picking the Fairlane Blue. The guys at Gretsch-Talk have great things to say about them, too. No complaints about the build or quality, and with coupons right now the price should be very good. Pic below.

    FWIW I've enjoyed my Gretsch G5439T "solid body" (they're chambered) a lot, as well. I want to sell off some guitars (an Epi Tribute+) but neither of the Gretsch's are on the block. Pic of the G5439T just because I love it :)

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  9. iamjethro

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    I have Guild Starfire III. The newer Korean one. Love it.
    LB pickups kinda mini humbuckers. Got it from Sweetwater as a demo under 1000. Even not on demo it is a little over a grand, and comes with a case. Guild has other models in that area. Even the new Chinese made guitars way under a a grand, but I have not played one of those. Mine looks like this:

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  10. blowtorch

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    I know lots of guys love their Artcores, to me they always felt relatively like toys when I've given them a spin.
    Ditto Dean. Those Palominos- I am totally their target audience, and not at all impressed

    I would advise also to stay away from Loar, based on personal experience.
    Other than those, I've loved most every hollowbody archtop Ive played- I currently own I believe 13 (some of those are semis)
     
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    GreTscH !

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    That Great Gretsch Sound and Look...

    But it's me, OK ? :D

    -tbln.
     
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    I built mine. SD Benedetto's - lush and warm - the perfect jazz pup.

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    If you don't mind buying used, look for an Epiphone ES 175 PREMIUM. They were made in 2014-2015-ish time period, and say 'ES 175 Premium' on the truss rod cover.

    The Premium model is made in Korea, has USA Gibson 57 classic pickups and a satin nitro finish. Other specs can be found online. They tend to sell for 500-600 depending on color (sunburst, natural, ebony or walnut stain) and who is selling.

    Specs:

    http://www.epiphonewiki.org/index/ES-Series.php#ES-175_Premium
     
  14. drlucky

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    Check out a used Gretsch 5120. The couple I've played felt really good. Didn't really care for the pickups that much, but I've heard great things about the GFS Surf 90 pickups, and that would be a cheap upgrade.

    The Korean Guild X-175 is another good option, but they are starting to head north of a grand used.
     
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    Check out the Hamer Echotone. It’s their version of the 335, and is a whole lot of great guitar for little cash.

    A very cool one is the Guild M75 Aristocrat. Full arch top hollow body. Great tones. You’d have to install the Bigsby, but that’s a simple process.
     
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    @blowtorch didn't you put a set of Surf 90's in one of your guitars?
     
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    this Waterstone Culmulus
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    It makes it sound very much like my this
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    The 'franz' pickups in those things leave a lot to be desired. They don't sound like the old ones (no surprise there) and they are VERY trebly. VERY. I dumbed them down with some A2 magnets and it's kinda passable. Otherwise, a decent guitar if you can get one <1K. Mine is a second and a return so I got away cheap.
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Some Gretsches are nice. Guilds that are hollow are good, some Starefires are some aren't.
    The Joe Pass' I have looked at are pretty darn cheap look and feel and not nicely finished details. Most any Ibanez is better quality. The Emperor Swinster I played was very nice though. Go figure.
    Older Korean built "Made by Gibson" Epi's can be wonderful, not sure which are full hollow... 90's-early 2000's.
    The Guild Aristocrat full hollow is cool, but it's almost like a toy, maybe 5 lbs, woody airy not nearly the same as a big jazz box. I've had 3 of them from vintage to new type.

    I hear good things about Di Angelico Deluxe and Excel etc.
     
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