Best Hollow for under $1500?

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  1. Kozlomike

    Kozlomike Member

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    I've been poking around for a nice jazz/blues guitar lately. Unfortunately I can't dish out 10+ grand for a custom; but there are some great alternatives out there (new and used): Eastman, Stroup, some of those new Ibanezes look good. Maybe a vintage Japanese Gibson replica? What do you think?
     
  2. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Silver Supporting Member

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    If you're considering used, you might be able to find some great Guild models for that price, for example an X-170.
     
  3. gitman

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    a used Gibson ES-333, used Heritage ES model (several, super value), a Japanese made 80's Yamaha SA-2200,80's Ibanez AS-100, AS-200 (not the recent Korean made models !), Tokai ES-335 copy, Greco ES-335 copie, .... there are really a lot of choices. play as many different ones as possible to get a feel for the specific tone and handling you prefer. later mods regarding pots, switches, a refret and new pickups can taylor the guitar to your exact needs so base your choice on construction, handling and finish quality. you can't go very wrong with either one of the above mentioned models. if you have no experience with a semi-hollowbody i would strongly advise not to buy unplayed or make a deal for a return if not satisfied.
     
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    I have a Gibson ES 137 Custom. It does everything a 335 does plus it has a Veritone. I think the Classic model is going off at 2K but a used one would be in your price range.
     
  7. JoeNewbie

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    For $1,400 you can get an AEX 1500 from Yamaha. Great quality - made in Japan.

    On the budget end of things, Ibanez make some fine hollowbodies for very reasonable money.

    I also like the Epiphone Joe Pass.
     
  8. John Thigpen

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    It sounds like an Epiphone Elitist 335 would be up your alley.

    John
     
  9. frank62

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    A fully hollow? Washburn J6.
     
  10. aps

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    For Semi-hollow try a used Heritage H535 or H555.

    I've never seen a 555 under 1500 but you may get lucky.
    And 535's usually go around 1300. Both are great guitars.


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  11. silverface63

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    I'd be looking for a used Gibby 339.
     
  12. kmcmichael

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    If you are interested in a hollowbody. I would look at an Eastman. They are hand carved tops, if you like them. They also have wider necks.

    If you are looking for a semi hollow, they do make one but it does not have as much wood as a 335. It is kind of a cross between a 330 and a 335.

    I do wish that they would make something like a 339 or 336 with a wide neck as I really like the tone but have gotten used to wider necks.
     
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    I'd go Eastman or Ibanez Artcore Custom (step up from their regular line).
     
  14. XKnight

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    In the Semi-Hollow arena, I've seen used Gibson ES-335s going for around $1500 on Ebay lately. You can also pick up a used 339 in that price range.
     
  15. wrxplayer

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    Based on recent sales this Gadow Custom Hollow should go for around $1100-$1200. I love mine.

    [​IMG]http://cgi.ebay.com/Gadow-Custom-Semi-Hollow-Body-GTR_W0QQitemZ320301202508QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item320301202508&_trkparms=72%3A1205|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

    Admittedly I like guitars are less common. I found this googling. Not long ago these were being blown out on ebay for $1200 or so. I have a Framus (different model) and build quality and components are great. Because they get no respect in the US, they can often be found at bargain prices.

    http://used.guitarcenter.com/usedgear/details.cfm?listID=104558003#anchorDescription
     
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  16. webe123

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    Why not a Gibson ES 333? I just bought one on ebay in excellent condition for $1,076.00.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260292903447

    I got it in and it is a FANTASTIC guitar for that price range! They are built like the 335's but with a thinner finish and different pickups, but if you wanted to put classic 57 pickups in it and put a pickguard on it, it would be like a 335.

    The guitar I got was great! I urge you to look for one of those used...as they do not sell any more new.
     
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    I just got a used Heritage 535 for $1250...very much the equal of a Gibson 335 and a beautiful finish.
     
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    A few months ago looked at the Eastman lineup after getting my son an Eastman Mandolin. Now own a 145sm, and think it's truly great—and not just for the money. Playing it, listening to it, or just looking at it, there's no way it should cost so little. I'm toying with replacing the Kent Armstrong HB with either 1. Fralin Twangmaster, 2. HR Z-90, 3. JS Moore or 4. Lollar Imperial—but still playing with pick up height. This is a good guitar—especially if you like a 1 3/4 nut—I think you would need to spend at least 4X as much to get an equivalent guitar from either a factory (and they would be hard to find—possibly a Heritage, I'm not as familiar with their carve spruce tops) or a custom builder. Besides the pickup (and I'm still not sure) my only other complaint is I'd like a bit more radius on the neck. You should definitely look at them.
     
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    ^^^^Agreed!

    How that AS-100 is still sitting there simply defies all reason!
     

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