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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by DHart, Jan 4, 2020.
Just picked up a used Ibanez Artcore AF85 last week.
Ibanez makes great quality guitars. I have to say that I've never really liked the styling of their guitars except for the Artcore and Artist series.
Not mine, but I've had it on loan. Hope my friend remembers me in his will
1962 ES-335 in well used, dinged and smokey condition. Has had a refret but that's about it.
ES335-02 by Squawker posted Jan 9, 2020 at 9:06 PM
ES335-03 by Squawker posted Jan 9, 2020 at 9:06 PM
I have a Natural finish ES-339 Pro, now, to add to the mix...
Here, let me help you with that...
Nothin' but love for my 2004 AFS75TD-TQ-12-01.
Hey Blowtorch, is that a Cabronita body? If so, did you have to do any routing to the fit the P90's? Thanks!
I agree for the most part; they have made some interesting stuff (to me) off and on, but the Artcore and Artist are consistently tempting to me. I just can't quite figure out the labyrinthine model lineup, so I can't figure out what I'm looking at when I see one used.
Nope, it's a GFS "Xaviere". And pretty cool, too
I really dig my 4 Tele Thinlines:
Squier CV ('69 style)
Squier VM 72
Modern Player (P90s)
- and my Gretsch 5622T.
It was mostly the S types I didn't like with the thin pointy double bouts. Didn't care for the "Fred" either with the lower bout that looked like a dong.
The Talman is nice and always liked the Destroyer.
2003 Gibson CS-356, spec'd as "Quilted Heritage Darkburst" out of the Stinger Series from Music Machine back in the day. My #1 since I bought it new 16+ years ago. Light (7.2 lbs), gorgeous, extremely versatile, all original. It has a slightly "scooped" sound compared to a classic mids-heavy 335 or LP (it's strong in the lows and highs). It's smaller and lighter than a 335, has all the jazzy warmth or humbucker balls I need and an almost-Tele brightness on the extremes of the bridge pickup - and everything in between at my fingertips just from twisting the knobs.
I've got an obscure (can't find a manufacturer ID) Japanese hollow body guitar that someone glued the bolt-on neck, has superb action and wildly cut pickguard.......I changed the bridge to a roller bridge and installed a pair of Seymour Duncan Dynasonic pickups and this guitar sounds and plays fabulously.
Fullsizeoutput_1503 by mjstamos posted Jan 10, 2020 at 7:35 AM
These are all what I would call a semi hollow no F holes though!
Some absurdly beautiful hollow archtop prOn. Sadly none are played.
Got a pic? Mine(Avatar) is a 60's Encore MIJ with no serial#, just a "Made In Japan" engraving on the neck plate. Had a guitar with a loose bolt on neck that wouldn't stop moving around and glued it in place, actual improved the sound.
Go Gretsch or go home!
I bought this guitar from a a friend (who is no longer with us) while we were at a guitar show, paid $50 for it. Someone glued on the bolt-on neck, and did an outstanding pickguard cut and install. I changed the tuners (Grovers with pearloid knobs), tailpiece (ES 335 style), pickups (Seymour Duncan Dynasonics) and fabricated a solid brass bar string tree for all of the strings. Beautiful guitar and sounds fantastic.
I played a bunch of semi hollow's in Oct, bought one, returned it, bought another, changed the pickups, bought another pickup not yet installed, and am finding the whole process difficult.
Part of the problem is I just don't like HB's.
Part of the problem also is that I'm maybe spoiled by high quality guitars and keep trying to like the cheap import semi hollows but they end up not quite being there.
The last problem is the low frets most guitars get but the D'Angelico fixes that for me and has better fretwork than the Epi's I've bought and tried. Not as happy with the tuners on the D'A as on the Epi's but those are easier to replace.
Still hoping to get semi hollow love happening and I've owned a Hagstrom I really loved, but somehow a guitar being great seems to work better for me than a guitar being adequate.
If the D'A still isn't happening with the next bridge pickup swap (TV Jones Magna'Tron) I may go so far as to fabricate a single coil under a HB cover.
The '57 Classic bridge gets great dirt sounds but not cleans.
The old Gibson Tarback in the neck does very good cleans on the plain strings but to me not on the wound strings.