Thoughts on an Arch Top Guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Fluddman, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. tubelectron

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    Thanks @Fluddman ! ;)

    Here's my Grestch Archtop Dept. (sorry : Lefty... :oops:) :

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    And obviously, I'll second @CalebAaron666 's advice :cool: :

    You can't be wrong with a Gretsch Archtop like the G5420, for sure... :)

    -tbln
     
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  2. sockgtr

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    Of course, you don't need an archtop to play jazz. I find my Tele's work perfectly well for swing/jazz. It can be more about the amp and midrange more than anything else. I use a 5e3 clone most of the time, though a PRRI or DRRI can work just as well with a bit of roll-off on the tone knob.

    Having said that, I have a lot of archtops :) I have a lot of lower-end boxes that are perfectly workable, but I've been chasing that Grant Green tone for some time and finally found it -- for my purposes -- with an Eastman 403 with a Rose Pickups Mozart -- humbucker sized, alnico poles, kinda like a jazzmaster pup or a McCarty pickguard pickup. I also have recently picked up a Comins GS16 laminated box that I put a Fralin hum-cancelling humbucker sized p90 into. Between the Eastman and the Comins, I think I may have my archtop desires covered.

    I have several solid wood Eastman archtops, but I think that the sounds I'm really looking for come out of laminated boxes instead. If I feel the same way next year, I may sell off a couple of the solid wood guitars.

    I've been using the Eastman in a Boswell Sister's harmony group and it works perfectly for that, and the Comins got it's Trio debut on a River Cruise ship last Saturday. I'll be using it tonight as well.

    In my larger 5-piece, I'll use a Tele or a Godin Montreal w/ Fralin HB size p90's.
     
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  3. maggieo

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    I love Eastman's guitars. You can't go wrong.

    Another idea; look for an older George Benson Ibanez. They're amazing.
     
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    Guild has a fantastic lineup of hollow and semi-hollows. Id definetly check them out. I picked up an M-75 recently becuase I wanted a P90 hollowbody. Love this thing. Cleans are just amazing and it has such a great tone when you roll volume back to 6. set the up to the edge of break, and then crank that sucker back to 10 ;)

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    That Byrdland!! :)
     
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    Thanks for all the replies and for all the greats pic's of gorgeous hollow body beauties.

    I am a tele guy but I am being seduced by the archtops particularly the L-5 style of guitar.

    I played a couple of Eastman's today and was impressed by their sound and feel. The neck profile was perfect for me and felt familiar and comfortable.

    Of course I also played a couple of tele's. A 60s Original in Lake Placid blue - stunning colour and great feeling neck (full but not too large) and Custom Shop 59 Journey Man Esquire - both were so tempting but I already have so many tele's.

    Ok back to Archtops.

    Cheers
     
  7. Fluddman

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    I am not familiar with these - but what a great looker. Thanks
     
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    Roy Clark played a Gibson Birdland. Ever since then I have liked them. I will never own one. too high. I need a guitar that looks just like it.
     
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    Mid-90s Gretsch Historic Series 3110 does the job.

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  10. LoveHz

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    As does the current g5420

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    Nice. I could go for one of these.

    I am a little gun shy on the electromatics though - I played one that was fantastic but I didn't have the cash at the time. When I finally got one it was a lemon.

    Thanks
     
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    DSCF3612.JPG This 60's ES330 clone(MIJ Encore) is my first guitar and I love the feel of a arch top guitar. I can play a flat top okay, but I really prefer the arch top. Guess I was ruined from the start.;)
    Also had a LP Studio in the past and a LP clone. Now I have a DeArmond M72 with the Goldtop Humbuckers and a Duesenberg Les Trem II. DSCF0811.JPG
     
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    I have a Gretsch Anniversary that I use for vocal accompaniment. I prefer my Stratocaster with VN pickups for jazz. It’s wired for bridge and neck and I use all 22 frets. I like my Annie for what I use it for but I have a particular sound I’m going for for jazz that I can only get from my Strat.
     
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    Played a couple more Eastwood’s today. They were very nice, then I spotted a CS 59 Esquire and stupidly gave it a try. It was sensational and it was all I could do not to buy it.

    So you know your a Tele guy when you going looking for an Archtop and nearly buy yet another Tele ;)
     
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    I have 5 Arch tops (Hollow Bodies),each with two humbuckers...

    I love their beautiful design ,BUT I don't like the boomyness, resonance and the lack of tightness when you play them amplified, especially with dirt boxes,

    I have them all stuffed ( foam) like xmas geese to minimize that...but a little bit is still audible, so I don't play them very often with an amp

    it seems,I'm a solid-/semi-body guy..through and through
     
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    Braveheart, the Sonic result of those hollow bodies is not...outside of feedback due to resonance...is attributable to the density of the material to/on which the bridge/strings are sitting on or attached to. Since there is not much density in that hollow body, the attack is slower and not as sharp as a semi hollow. Said semi-hollowbody yields a softer and slower attack than does a light hollowbody, which yields softer and slower attack than does a heavy...denser...solid body.
     
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    Could you give me a quick video of the sound? I’d love to get one, but no one locally has them to try out so I would have to order. Most YouTube videos I find on it are very low quality.
     
  18. Random1643

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    Jon, Did you try Steve's Music in Ottawa? Looks like they have 2 Kingpins (single pickup/no cutaway) and 1 Kingpin II (2 pickups/with cutaway), according to their site, "in stock." (I hadta to check thinking Canada has got to crawling with Godin guitars.)
     
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    I’ll check again! I was in 2 weeks ago and they had no 5th avenues that I saw!
     
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    You never need an excuse or reason to post those pictures.
     
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