Sub $1000 semi hollow body?

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i used to have a epiphone Riviera P93 or whatever it was. Bigsby and 3 P90s. I learned 3 things. I love the growl of a semi hollow. I hate 3 pickups. (Middle gets in the way too much) and I don’t ever want another damn bigsby lol. But it got me wanting a semi hollow to have and cherish forever lol
Mine had the two mini humbuckers.

I never tried the three pickup model. Typical 5 way switching with three pickups on a guitar doesn't really do much for me. I like the middle on its own sometimes. But I'd trade positions 2 and 4 for a neck and bridge combo. But that's for another thread entirely.

Good luck on your search. Some of the less expensive double cutaway Gretsch's look good too. I haven't tried or heard them. There was a Streamliner model that caught my eye one day.
 
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possibly a used Heritage? High quality, US made. I got a H-555 Custom Shop with SD 59s for $1425. Maybe you could score a H-535, but probably not at $800.

Other than that, look for a MIJ Epiphone, Yamaha, Ibanez, etc.
 

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This was the Vantage I owned. I got it in a trade for a guitar worth $500 at the time. I ended up trading it for a new Gibson Les Paul Special, which I love and was obviously a score for me. It sounded great, too. The clip link was at a charity concert for kids that I produced, with mostly kids on everything else (a brass specialist was leading the horns). I'm heavily distorted, playing through a Q-Tron.
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I’ve heard the new model is not quite as good as the original but still good
Epiphone still make great guitars. Sure, there's going to be some purist who will say such and such factory did this or that. But the new Epi's I've seen are stellar. I'd give it a shot regardless. After seeing your picture my heart sunk a little thinking about mine. I might have to buy one too!
 

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Mine had the two mini humbuckers.

I never tried the three pickup model. Typical 5 way switching with three pickups on a guitar doesn't really do much for me. I like the middle on its own sometimes. But I'd trade positions 2 and 4 for a neck and bridge combo. But that's for another thread entirely.

Good luck on your search. Some of the less expensive double cutaway Gretsch's look good too. I have tried or heard them. There was a Streamliner model that caught my eye one day.

it was cool in that front. 3 way switch for the neck and bridge. But a knob to blend middle in and out
 

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Epiphone still make great guitars. Sure, there's going to be some purist who will say such and such factory did this or that. But the new Epi's I've seen are stellar. I'd give it a shot regardless. After seeing your picture my heart sunk a little thinking about mine. I might have to buy one too!
I saw one in a shop about 30 years ago and just couldn’t buy it at the time. I never forgot seeing it .
 

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I’m about 5’11” 235lbs. I don’t think the size of a full-size 335 “style” would be a issue for me. Lol. I do like the AS73 with the local custom wound pickups. Thinking that’s it and saving money. But definitely enjoy the options and still looking. I love the Emily Wolfe Sheraton that was posted here a short while ago. I just hate black guitars. I sweat too much. They are a nightmare to keep clean lol
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would probably put Gibby style knobs on. I hate how cheap speed knobs look. Either Amber or black and silver reflectors.
 

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Used Eastman, for sure. You can find them in that range. Two T386s (335 variant) on Reverb right now around that price.
 

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I am looking in the $800 cap. Ideally at least. But want a semi hollow. It can be a sleeper budget guitar. Or a real nice one. But what mid-mid high range semi hollows do y’all recommend?
For that price you could get one of the original higher end Kay, Harmony, Silvertone, (etc) department store guitars, well set up from a reputable guitar shop.

I wouldn't buy one on ebay, but you can find a great players guitar in a local shop, or online from a reputable shop you know that does repairs and setups.

Get a well set up original or one in player condition (might have some repairs or rewound pickups), and you will have a vintage instrument that is reliable and high quality enough to gig with.
 

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I got a Squier Starcaster Classic Vibe for not a lot of money--Fender scale and maple neck provide a familiar platform. I like it a lot; my first semi-hollow.
 

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I have an Ibanez Artcore AS53 that punches way out of its weight class! A surprisingly good guitar for $300. The AS53 is the basic version of the AS73. I find the AS53's simple controls more to my liking. One tone, one volume and a 3 way selector switch makes it pretty easy to dial in some nice HumBucker tones. Very playable, quiet and it really does sound good! This is the retailers picture of the one I bought.

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I ultimately discovered that semi-hollows just aren’t for me. I don’t like the sound or the style. That said, I tried for a long time.

In your price range, I was more impressed with my D’Angelico than I was with anything from Ibanez. Over $1k, I liked the Ibanez offerings more. In the sub-$1k range, nothing from Epiphone even came close to the D’Angelico I had. It was seriously a VERY nice guitar. I have an aversion to inexpensive import guitars, but I gotta say it was a great instrument. Not on par with high end semi-hollows, but definitely the best I could find in its class.

Some folks can’t get along with that wild Art Deco headstock design, but I kinda liked it.
 
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