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

  1. Vocalion

    Vocalion TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I didn't realize that I wanted/needed a Gretsch G5420T until I played one for kicks and couldn't get it out of my head. I'd highly recommend sitting down with one if you're able. Though the stock pickups are very good, I replaced them with a couple of TV Jones Brian Setzers. It's really amazing.
     
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  2. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Holic

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  3. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Nice...
     
  4. Allan Allan

    Allan Allan Tele-Holic

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    You can read a lot of things on the internet.
     
  5. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    I give Honor Roll Grades to Guild’s Starfire I Single Cut
    Thin line with the stop tailpiece in Guild’s Classic 1950’s
    Sunburst.
    The thing about a Guild ‘Burst is they don’t get over-the-top
    obnoxious with the gloss & glare like the other company, the one that charges 500% more...:rolleyes::rolleyes:

    I still haven’t changed the strings yet....
    I pick Her up and we are gone....
    That Gentlemen is a great Guitar.

    The coil splitting on either pickup means You can bring Her
    anywhere and “no worries about neon, refrigeration, popcorn machines, airplanes or airports.

    Imagine owning an electric guitar that plays better than
    most Turdlands an paying $499 for it with Free Shipping.

    There is NO CASE - so I splurged and bought a “World Tour” gig bag for $25.00 - only the best.:D:D
     
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  6. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    My fave hollow of all of them is this one- a "King" Byrdland copy.
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    Just rolled the dice online and came up a winner- BIGTIME. The Bigs I added later cost more than the guitar did.

    I love it, the combination of the relatively thin body and the smaller Byrdland scale makes it my ideal stage guitar. I am so enamored that when I saw another identical one come up, I snapped it up also, now I never should have to worry about not having it.

    I also have a blue-flamed "Starfire" version that, while still cool, isn't nearly as awesome.

    I doubt you'll find a King, but there are tons of similar copies out there, and who knows, if you take a chance, you may come up lucky, too.

    (I realize you've specified no humbs, but I've seen these things offered in P-90 configs also)
     
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  7. johnny7

    johnny7 Tele-Meister

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    These are my three. Dearmond Starfire IV, Dearmond Starfire Special and a Dearmond X-155. These are pictures off the net as I was just too lazy to hall each one out of their case. I paid no more than $400CAD a piece for them 12 years ago and I bought them all off eBay with only pictures to go by. (I got lucky). The black X-155 required some luthier work as the glue on the neck was separating and now plays like a charm. All are made in Indonesia and I have bonded with each of them. I have played the new Guilds and I would still keep the Dearmonds. These are very under rated guitars. I also have a blue Dearmond M-75 but it is heavy guitar.


    Starfire IV.jpg Starfire Special.jpg x-155.jpg
     
  8. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Good point, my bad.

    Look for the ES 295 PREMIUM, same sort of thing but with P90s, real Scotty Moore stuff there.
     
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  9. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Tried to quote Blowtorch's post clarifying OPs 'no PAF' thing, but the quote won't stick.
     
  10. Allenjason95

    Allenjason95 Tele-Meister

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    Yeah like that a Gibson isn't $2000 better than a Chinese made Casino?

    I've played my fair share of newer Epiphones and have owned 3. They are definitely hit or miss and even the "hits" (for me at least) have their issues. I was just talking in thread about the new Epiphones about my Masterbilt (Indonesian built). It's a great sounding and playing guitar....but the frets are incredibly soft and the first 5 or so on my guitar already need replaced and I've only owned the guitar about 4 years. I have a Chinese made Fender that I owned for 10 and it's frets aren't anywhere near that bad.

    Maybe the new Chinese Epiphones are much better but the worst guitar I ever owned was a Chinese made Epiphone so I'm skeptical. It was unplayable and that's no hyperbole, it wouldn't stay in tune more than a few strums and the pickup were trash. I own a Firefly Tele copy and it plays better than my Chinese Epiphone Jr did.

    And it's not a matter of being "$2000 better" it's a matter of is it good enough for you. A gigging pro and a guy just looking for a guitar to plunk around on at home are probably going to have different outlooks on is it "$2000 better?"

    Is a Gibson LP Custom thousands "better" than a Gibson LP Studio? Depends doesn't it?
     
  11. Dave Hicks

    Dave Hicks Tele-Afflicted

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    ES 125TDC - original pickups were long gone when I got it, so replaced with Vintage Vibe CC Rider and P90 (no Bigsby, though).

    D.H.

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  12. Allan Allan

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    It's probably not.
     
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  13. etype

    etype Tele-Afflicted

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    Cannot go wrong with a Gretsch 5420T, but Guild Starfire III is close.
    https://guildguitars.com/g/starfire-iii/

    Equipped with mini-humbuckers. Might take some work to find a used one for under $1,000.

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  14. rickthescot

    rickthescot Tele-Afflicted

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    Love my Ibanez AG75. For $400 it scratches my hollow body itch and the the build quality is very high.
     
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    Allenjason95 Tele-Meister

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    To you but to a lot of people it obviously is.
     
  16. John Backlund

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    I don't know what to compare it too, but I really like mine. I bought it about ten days ago, slightly used, for $550 including it's hard case.
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  17. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I have an Epiphone Sorrento Reissue I got on Clist and I'm real happy with it. I put a Bigsby 70 on it, and I had a new nut installed, and now it's just amazing. Stock pickups are Gibson minihums and they sound fantastic. I think after modding I still paid less than $600 for it.

    I WANT to like Casinos but like so many Epiphones the necks are just wrong for me. Too small, AND U-shaped? Nope. Someday when my ship comes in, I'll get a 330 with Bigsby.

    PS it's not vintage looking at all, but PRS now makes an SE series full hollow for $1000.
     
  18. fabricator

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    I’ve had a few vintage Gibson and Gretsch hollow bodies that were great.

    I bought a Gretsch 5120 before the 5420 came out. Swapped out the electronics (TV Jones Classics), but it still didn’t do it for me. Couldn’t come close to a 6120 (did not like the neck at all). I’ve yet to get my hands on a 5420, but I’m definitely interested.

    I’ve found the best value to be with 1990’s Korean-built Epiphones (particularly from the Peerless plant). Not all are great, but some are, and I’ve been very pleased with my Casino and Sheraton.

    Good luck in your search!
     
  19. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    Epiphone, Ibanez Artcore, Peavey.... all are roughly equal in quality and price. These days there is literally no reason for an economy guitar to be anything short of perfect (with the exception of easily-upgradable things like pickups, etc.). The guitars themselves, body and neck, should be perfect every time.

    This is an eye-opener:

     
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  20. Mark the Moose

    Mark the Moose Tele-Holic

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    I have one and love it. In parallel mode, the tone is pretty close to the flavor of fltrtrons. In parallel they do paf.
     
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