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Looking for that magic hollow-body (or semi)

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by jd1655, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. jd1655

    jd1655 TDPRI Member

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    I am looking to buy a hollow body guitar. I am looking for versatility, versatility, versatility.

    I am mainly a blues based rock/folk/pop type player. Sometime accompany singer-song writer types, sometime jam electric blues and sometimes want to play solo with voice (usually done with acoustic)

    What do I want? A hollow body that can do all of this. I'm guessing getting plugged in acoustic guitar sound with what is essentially an electric guitar is too much to ask? What would be the closest thing?

    Looking below $1000.

    Any thoughts appreciated.

    Jeff
     
  2. Twinkie

    Twinkie Tele-Meister

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    I would suggest you take a look at an Epiphone Emperor Regent or Broadway. Gretsch's line of guitars also have some models in your budget.
     
  3. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    You have to make the choice of 16" or 17" in that price range.
    I own both sizes and I'll readily say that the 16" is easier because in most cases they'll have a 24" Fretboard whereas most of the seventeens are at 25-1/2".
    That extra inch on The Body is a HUGE difference too, I'm a large individual and a 17" Body for me is a sitting down thing only.
    A 17" Body with big Flatwounds (13's) is a real trip, especially through an Amp with exceptional cleans. Honestly I'd consider it pointless to own a 17" without running Flatwounds - you'd miss out on the whole thing without Flatwounds IMHO. I never cared much for Flatwounds until the Emperor Regent when I switched from Roundwound 13's that it came with to the Flatwounds - Wow...:D

    You should be able to pickup BOTH a Joe Pass and an Emperor Regent for under a grand with Hardshell Cases.
     
  4. jjkrause84

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    If you can save up just a LITTLE bit more into the 1,200 - 1,350 area you can score a great Heritage guitar. Maybe worth a thought.
     
  5. BradL

    BradL Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Gham Tele-Meister

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    I tried the Epi's,Dot,Casino,Sheraton,and Wildcat but I didn't care for the necks.I heard the Korean necks are better.Played a Hagstrom (don't remember which model) that felt better but just didn't turn me on.They had a beautifull 335 type guitar by Ibanez but it was left-handed

    The moral: everything I had read about and thought I wanted,I didn't like.
    I'm moving up to the next price range,Heritage, Eastman,Peerless and like someone said maybe a Japanese model if I can find one.I want a semi that I love ,not just like or a "good modding platform"
     
  7. ballynally2

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    Epi Regent-broadway-ES295. Try a bunch of them.Some with a floating pup is also great for more acoustic gigs. Or a second hand Gibson ES135 or 175 etc. With your budget you have a great choice. Don't jump too soon!
     
  8. Big Burly

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    Look into the Reverend Pete Anderson model. It is a killer hollow-body with some bracing to fight feedback and P90s. Extremely versatile axe, mos'def! They do cost a little more than a grand, but not much more.

    You can always get a Gretsch 5120 or 5122 and add some Filter'Tron pickups if you don't like the Gretsch humbuckers on them. Even with the mods, you would still be under $1000 going this route.
     
  9. awesomeadam

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    You should look into a hagstrom viking 2p. The viking 2p is a semi-hollow, es335 shaped guitar with p90s that is extremely versatile, looks great, plays great, and is cheap. They generally go for $350-$400.
     

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    Maybe the Godin 5th avenue? or the two pick up model?
     
  11. Thinlineggman

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    Epi dots and casino's are pretty great guitars. The dots that I've played feel like strats with large bodies almost.

    If you like the tele twang as part of your sound, look at thinlines. With mine strung up with 12's, it sings pretty loud for a semi hollow.
     
  12. jd1655

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    Hollow-body under a $1,000? That's an easy one:

    The venerable Epiphone Casino.

    1 - the sound is magic. From smooth jazz to ripping rock you can get it all out of the Casino.
    2 - the playability is fantastic. Lightweight, perfect balance. Set her up to your liking and you can't get this guitar out of your hands.
    3 - a gorgeous guitar. Classic looks. If you like those hair-metal BC Rich looks, this ain't it. If you want classic, beautiful design, the Casino is it.
    4 - the price you pay for such goodies is insane! You will not find a better guitar at this price range. In fact, it is hard to find a better guitar even if you move into the $3,000 price range. The Casino really is about as good as it gets.

    Such a fantastic guitar I had to buy two:

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  14. Singin' Dave

    Singin' Dave Friend of Leo's

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    IMO if you want true versatility, you gotta go semi. Any true stage volume and that hollow body will likely give you fits with feedback (though some guys use this to their advantage). Check out the Hamer echo tone. Semi 335 ish guitar with an acoustic piezo pickup system in the bridge and nice korean quality. Or put a piezo in a dot, tokai etc.
     
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    An older Gibson blueshawk sounds like it would be a good fit, smaller sized semi hollow with p-90s and a varitone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_Blueshawk

    In pristine sahpe the run around $1200, in great players shape with nicks and scuffs, but in full working and playing condition I see em go for 700 or so.

    They sound great and cover a very wides range of tones, wish they would bring that model back.
     
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    I found it in a Gibson 335. Like Dave mentioned the semi is the most versatile. That being said I was originally looking for the full hollowbody as in the 330. I still plan on getting one, but a great option as taxer agrees is the Casino by epiphone. If you want to step it up a bit and use that 1000$ you can look for a casino elitist. They are made better, look and sound great! I have learned from past experiences that the artcore types fill the void but are a short term fix. If I was you I'd go elitist or save up for a Gibson or Heritage. You can really find nice used ones for not much over a grand.
     
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    I have this and love it to pieces
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    but have been having dreams about this guy's Epi Alleycat. it has a minihum in the neck and a P94 in the bridge
     
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    If you can find a used Gibson of any ES 33* series that would be great. Ibanez, and Epiphome make some great Kat series guitars.
     
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    Epi Casinos are great guitars. I've had an older Epi Rivera and a newer Epi Sheraton and both were very nice.

    Try a Taylor T5 before you buy. You get the Expression acoustic system plus a stacked humbucker in the bridge and under the neck. I have a T5 LTD which later became the T5 Classic (no gloss or binding) - it is the most affordable T5 and the simplicity is what I find beautiful.

    This is the best sounding semi hollow that I've had. Blending the acoustic pickup with the quiet stacked humbuckers is really nice.

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  20. Johntodd

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    I second the Epi Sheraton II. Been playing one for years and love it to death.

    Perhaps you could get one of these and have the neck reshaped to your liking? You'd have a great instrument and still be ahead on $$$.
     
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