Semi hollow to pair my Tele

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The affinity starcasters have standard humbuckers for an easy swap. I really wanted to try one but nobody ever had them in stock. I got an Ibanez as53 and really like it. Ended up putting in some generic a2 p90s and they sound good
 

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339.A smart guitar .I would mention a Gibson Midtown but they are not budget any more .I got mine on blowout .Cross between a 335 and a telecaster thinline .
 

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In the used market I found also some ES335 made in Korea (beginning of '00).
Do you think they would have better build and sound quality compared to the latest chinese manufacture?
On the used market I found some Sheraton/SheratonII made in Korea i late 90s/early 00s.
I like that it is an original Epi model (not a Gibson imitation model) and built in a more "solid" country than China (sorry, although the differences probably won't be noticeable/audible).
Might be the right choice?
What are the technical differences from a standard es335/dot?
I know what you mean, it's nice to think of having the best version of something as opposed to having the lower end. That being said, they were all designed at the same time, using the same shaped bodies etc, so I got away with it in my head like that.

I recently played a Korean Sheraton. Infact, it was the reason I went and got a Chinese 2013 335 dot.

The sheraton was great. One of those pick it up and "oooo" moments. But it was £500 I couldn't afford. Plus, I'm a fender man, so all of that excess mother of pearl on the headstock really didn't do it for me, so the dot was the one.

I haven't put the chinese dot down since I got it though, and I can't say that I noticed a significant lack of quality korean/chinese. But I didn't A/B them. Essentially I guess my point is I really liked both guitars, but the price and asthetics drew me to the 335 dot.

Specs wise, obviously it varies from year to year, I think the majority is aesthics. The shearton has neck binding, f hole binding, gold fittings and a whole lot of pearl, the Dot is simpler, but not boring. I think the dot has a slightly slimmer mahogany neck, while the sheraton has a 5 piece maple and walnut.

Here's a thread you'll probably find useful
 

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PRS Hollowbody SE is a solid choice, but be prepared to swap out the pups. The 58/15 “s” were way to dark and muddy for my tastes
 

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339.A smart guitar .I would mention a Gibson Midtown but they are not budget any more .I got mine on blowout .Cross between a 335 and a telecaster thinline .
I had a Memphis 339, which is a cheaper version, but it was really a nice guitar. Shouldn't have sold it, because current shoulder issues are making it hard to play anything bigger
 

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I have a Tele Classic 50s, I would like to add a low budget semi hollow with humbucker pickup, with a sound like “Gibson style”.
I’m thinking about:
- Epiphone ES339
- Ibanez AM93
- Squire CV Starcaster (?)
- Gretsch xxx
- other suggestions?
What would be the best choice in term of build quality (I’m not a great fan of Made in china) and sound?
Thank you!
Check out the Epiphone Sheraton (find a made in Korea model).

I did "A" vs. "B" tests with every model brand and model that Guitar Center had and the Epi Sheraton kicked everybody's ass on tone.

Gorgeous wife grain on the blonde model I bought too.
 

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Check out the Epiphone Sheraton (find a made in Korea model).

I did "A" vs. "B" tests with every model brand and model that Guitar Center had and the Epi Sheraton kicked everybody's ass on tone.
Yes, my last choice is between a MIK Sheraton II vs. a MIK Casino... I know that these are very different models (semi-hollow/hollow body and Humb./P90 p.u.), but what do you think? pro/cons?
Alberto
 

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I think it will be down to what you plan to play with it.

If you don't have to worry about feedback due to high volume the Casino is a great guitar. The Sheraton sustains better.

I personally like the challenge of loud gig volume with a hollowbody p90 guitar.
 

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+1 on the Epi offerings! Another alternative would be the D'Angelico Premier line. Good pickups and build quality, moderately priced.
 

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Yes, my last choice is between a MIK Sheraton II vs. a MIK Casino... I know that these are very different models (semi-hollow/hollow body and Humb./P90 p.u.), but what do you think? pro/cons?
Alberto
The Casino was one of the models I tested against the Sheraton. The amp was a Fender DRRI.

I like to play a lot of Grateful Dead so clean bell like tones are important to me.

The Sheraton sounded much more chimey to me.

LL
 

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I used to be a Gibson ES guy. I owned several 60's vintage Gibsons (ES125, ES330, ES335), back when they were reasonably priced. I switched to Fender and PRS, but also owned a couple of Ibanez and Heritage semi's, as the Gibsons went up in price. I just bought an Inspired By Gibson, ES335. It's scary good, for an under $700 guitar.

I didn't want to spend a lot on a semi-hollow, with the strap button on the back of the guitar. I don't like the way that they hang from a strap. I'll mainly use it as a sit down, bedroom guitar. It looks like a 335 and sounds like a 335, while plugged in. It does lack the acoustic sound of a of actual Gibson 335, but it is priced much lower. It has scratched my ES335 itch.

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I have a Tele Classic 50s, I would like to add a low budget semi hollow with humbucker pickup, with a sound like “Gibson style”.
I’m thinking about:
- Epiphone ES339
- Ibanez AM93
- Squire CV Starcaster (?)
- Gretsch xxx
- other suggestions?
What would be the best choice in term of build quality (I’m not a great fan of Made in china) and sound?
Thank you!


Epiphone Sheraton.

Older Korean made ones are allegedly better than current Chinese made ones, but I have owned both and that isn't true. Yes the Korean bodies and hardware are nicer, but the electronics suck (small pots, cheap switches, etc.). The bodies on the newer Chinese ones are fine (I own one now), and the electronics don't suck.

With a couple of inexpensive upgrades (ie. pickups that match what you want) you'll have a guitar that will last you for life.
 

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An archtop- Benedetto, I supposed, but I haven't had a chance to really check out the competition, which is probably pretty formidable at this point- lotta people making guitars.

Yes, I'm following some Starfire DC I, Indonesian made.... do you think could be better build compared to a Sheranton korean (or chinese) made?
I have a starfire II and the build quality is excellent other than 2 things. The tuners: I took those apart and put some locktite in and fixed the issue. The screws seem to back out. Second, the pickups are mismatched. You can Google this and find much on this subject. The bridge is a fantastic pup, but the neck needs to be replaced. I sent both mine off to have them rewound by Radioshop.com. I haven't recieved them back yet, but the video of the process and the final sound is awesome. I got mine used for $400 USD. So the extra $200 is not bad. Search Guild LB-1 here and you'll find more posts.
 

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I own 3 semi-hollows. This is the one I reach for first. It's the IYV IJZ-300. It's a Vietnam made by a Korean company semi. Same factory also make several Harley Benton and Wolfe guitars. Here is a pic of mine and a youtube review. The guy doing the review is a guitar tech and plays out as well.
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Link: IYV-Jazz Guitar - IJZ-300 | A Very, Very Careful Review - YouTube


I have the same guitar - it is absolutely stupid how much guitar I got for under $200. With that said, there are cosmetic issues that wouldn't be acceptable on a $1000 or maybe even $500 guitar. Doesn't bother me because it doesn't affect playability or sound, but it's still worth mentioning.

My #1 is a Hamer Echotone (Korean 335 copy). I also own a Gibson SG and Epiphone 339. The build quality of the Epiphone is comparable to the Gibson. The 339 is a great guitar, but not a keeper for me because the size / shape feels weird. 335 sized guitars feel more natural for me. I'm going to eventually sell the 339 and buy another larger body semihollow, but that's because of preference, not quality of the instrument.

Inexpensive guitars are great these days. Follow your bliss.
 




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