Affordable Gibson alternative?

jrcorp

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I'm trying to cut down my guitars to my Strat and a humbucker model. As a bedroom player, I can't justify having so much invested in gear. My buddy has a nice Les Paul Standard and an ES-339, both great guitars, but I don't feel anything special about either and Gibsons are way too much for me personally.

I recently traded away a MIM Tele for a "modded" (hacked up) Schecter C-1 E/A, which I was excited about. But after stripping it down and cleaning it up, I think its more work than it's worth for me to keep.

I'd love to find a mahogany body, mahogany neck guitar with two humbuckers that I could buy for around $400 used. Semi-hollow would be awesome, but I'm open-minded. Scale length doesn't matter, though some kind of thickness in the neck would be great. I have a few sets of pickups to try so poor stockers aren't an issue.

Brands that I think of include Schecter, PRS SE, and Washburn. Even a mahogany Tele with buckers might suit me well. I'd even try some Epiphones or Gibson studios. The Schecter seemed awesome because it was semi-hollow and felt more or less like a Strat.

Any ideas?
 

Elduderino73

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For a semi-hollow in the best-bang-for-the-buck category it is hard to beat an Ibanez Artcore. Also, look into a Sheraton. Great guitars.

And if you want to cover all your bases, also get a P90 guitar or convert a humbucker-equipped guitar by dropping in some humbucker-sized P90s.

Check out craigslist and Reverb. Lots of great deals to be had.
 

VintageKnob

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I picked up a used Ibanez Am93 for $250.00. For the quality of the build and the tone, it was a gift.
I've tried the Epiphone 339 Pro and I passed. Felt cheap, to me, the Ibanez doesn't.

YMMV - D
 

smcgov

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All Epi archtops are on sale this month... I just grabbed a ES 339 Pro for $399, 335 and Dot are $350. It didn't arrive yet but lots of good comments out there about current Epiphone models.
 

Jo-Jo Beans

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For a semi-hollow in the best-bang-for-the-buck category it is hard to beat an Ibanez Artcore.
This. I've owned an Ibanez Artcore AS93 and an Artist AR325 (not an artcore, but a relative of it in the same price bracket). The Artist was all-mahogany with a beautiful figured bubinga top. Both of those styles of Ibanez have great neck heels and are really easy to play up high. Their new price is about $600 but one can be had used for $400 pretty easily.
 

Elduderino73

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This. I've owned an Ibanez Artcore AS93 and an Artist AR325 (not an artcore, but a relative of it in the same price bracket). The Artist was all-mahogany with a beautiful figured bubinga top. Both of those styles of Ibanez have great neck heels and are really easy to play up high. Their new price is about $600 but one can be had used for $400 pretty easily.
Comfy neck profile too. My first taste of a semi-hollow was my AS93...that I still own. I got spoiled with the way the design allows for great upper fret access. A few years later I decided I simply had to have that classic rounded shape so I bought a Sheraton. Fine guitar but I was disappointed by the upper fret access and thinner neck.

I'm eyeing either an AS153 or 253 simply for the ebony board.
 

groovington

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I agree with the others that say to look into some used Ibanez Artstar (or newer Artcore) series guitars. Great quality for the money you'll spend.
 

AirForbes1

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Edwards, Tokai or another Japanese LP. Don't know about Tokai, but Edwards make 335s at well. But, for semi-hollow, Ibanez are hard to beat for the price. Depends on how much you want to spend, really.

I have a gibson LP, but I still want an Edwards too.
 

David Garner

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I'd look at a used Epi Sheraton II for that price.

I'd take a REAL hard look at used Gibson SGs though. You can get a Special close to that, and I've seen Standards run $650 or so. Personally, I'd save up for a used SG Standard and just cruise Craigslist until I found one.
 

pbmw

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I played an Edwards 335 a bit ago. Nice guitar.
I have a Epi Dot that works pretty well too.
 

e???

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Heritage for 400? Man I wish... I'd say look into the epiphone pro line. Cool lp's, es's, and all that. I've wanted everyone I've tried
 




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