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Archtop recommendations?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Unburst, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. Unburst

    Unburst Member

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    I'm looking to get an acoustic archtop, non cutaway is fine around $1000 or so.
    I want it for playing fingerstyle jazz and a little gypsy jazz at home.

    A friend of mine has a pre-war Martin R-17 that I love, and I've seen a few '50's Gibsons going for $1000-1500.

    Any undiscovered gems out there I should be looking for?
     
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    You could try to pick up something used in the Japanese D'Aquisto or D'Angelico range for about $1000-1500 USD. The D'Aquisto's in particular make a lot of very nice acoustic archtops.
     
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    there was a nice older ibanez floating around here somewhere for sale, too wasn't there?
     
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    there's also a gibson howard roberts FS in the emporium for $1160

    not mine, just a heads up.
     
  6. Unburst

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    Thanks for the tip.

    I think I'm pretty much set on getting a '50's Gibson, maybe just because I never thought I could get a '50's Gibson but it seems that the vintage market is so polarized that you can get vintage bargains if they are not considered "desirable"
     
  7. drolling

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    I've got a '59 Gibson ES-125 that I picked up for $800 CDN a few years back. It's a "student-model" - no-frills, unbound neck & f-holes, w/a dog-ear P-90 pickup that hums so loud "you'd think you were losin' your mind"..Great guitar for lef-coast jump & swing.. It's the one I started learing Django's tunes on

    - tho' I've since moved onto a recent production Chinese-made Saga Gitane oval hole w/Stimer reissue pickup. Clubby necked John Jorgenson signature model (DG-300).. 27" scale that I string w/silver-coated 'manouche' lights..

    Sounds best thru' a decidedly non-acoustic Fender '63 Vibroverb, tho' I've been using an old tweed champ for recording - It's a nice change to be able to feel the vibes resonating thru' your diaphragm before they hit your eardrums,,,
     
  8. Mojo Tele

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    Eastman, chinese wonder. Handmade... in a word Awesome! Don't take my word for it - go try one out.
     
  9. zappafrank

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    Unburst---I have a '41 Gibson ES-100 solid top archtop (think Charlie Christian ES-150---the student model!)

    Here's a pic of one (mine is identical)---mine is missing a pickguard, but I have a template--

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    ---if this type of archtop may interest you, feel free to PM or email me--it is a classic sound--

    ac
     
  10. zappafrank

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    ooops---i see you want an ACOUSTIC archtop---nevermind---good luck with your search!

    ac
     
  11. Dave Orban

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    I've got a '42 Gibson L-50 that sounds incredible.

    The neck is pretty full (wartime steel rationing meant no truss rod), but I love it!
     

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