Semi-Hollow Question.

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    Hey guys! I’m Christopher. This is my first post. I’m in the market for a Semi Hollow guitar and my price range is around 500. I have been drooling over an Eastwood classic 6 with humbuckers as well as Hagstrom Viking, Gretsch and Ibanez. Any suggestions? I will be buying from reverb, most likely. This is my treat to myself as my birthday is Wednesday. The dirty 30 or so they say. Thanks for any feedback. ​
     
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    I would probably look for a Korean-made Epiphone Dot or Sheraton.
     
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    I can't say from experience, but I've seen really good videos about the Eastman T-386. I'd love to try one, myself. I have a Gibson ES-135 (definitely over $500), and an Ibanez AS-73. The AS-73 is very well built. The neck is a little on the thin side, as far as depth. I swapped out the pickups for Duncan 59s. I found the stock pickups were very dull, and lifeless (I think they were covered AH1s). The frets were nicely done, with no overhangs, or spurs. I did have to give it a little forward neck relief, because, while there was no buzz, it just felt really "tight". It is a good guitar, though.
     
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    Epiphone 335 pro gets my vote, on sale now at GC for just $399 fantastic guitar.

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    Welcome Christopher

    I don't own a hollow body, but I have played a few of the Epiphone models and am impressed.
    One particular one with two P-90's should have followed me home a while back.
     
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    I've had Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow guitars and all of them have been impressive.
     
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    One thought:
    if you can find an old Japanese one: Greco, Tokai etc you could be very surprised at how good they are.
    A thinline Tele, or a 335 clone? (not sure of their price range in the US... but some might nice axes out there within your reach. good luck!
     
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    Any other suggestions other than Epiphone?
     
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    I have a G&l legacy and G&l asat classic and my les Paul gets no play time.
     
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    What about the as93?
     
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    The casino?
     
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    https://eastwoodguitars.com/products/classic-6-hb-1?variant=21410749382741
     
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    The Eastman mentioned is a great option as are the older Japanese built instruments, but not likely going to found for $500. Epiphone semi-hollows are actually pretty decent (Sheraton, DOT, Lucille) but they all seam to be rather neck heavy. My biggest concern is that you are going to buy online instead of test-driving first, that will likely cause disappointment at that price point. A Godin Montreal Premeire is an awesome instrument for the money, but used still run over a grand. I suggest playing as many different ones as you can local first and save that $500 towards the right instrument for you.
     
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    I know I like the sound of the Gibson 57 pickups for sure. The pickups on that Eastwood guitar sound awesome as well.
     
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    I forgot to mention I play a lot of blues and Texas blues. I don’t play country or metal but some alternative and classic rock
     
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    ES-339 P-90.

    Very tasty in kind of a candy apple red.

    I still like it.
     
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    I'm a fan of the Ibanez Artcore guitars (after my Fenders). I've got an AG95 hollowbody. Plays great, sounds sweet.
     
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    And I like the fact that a 339 is a bit smaller body than a 335.
     
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