Best jazz box for under $1,000?

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  1. JJK

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    I've been scouring the internet, eBay, and Guitar Center for a nice hollowbody under $1,000. So far I've narrowed it down to the the Epi Broadway and Epi Joe Pass. Are there any other hollowbodies out there for under $1,000 that would be better than these two? I've tried the AF105 Ibanez guitars and wasn't a big fan of those. I liked the Broadway better.
     
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    Are the Peerless in that range?
     
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    Check your PM's-- I may have something for you.
     
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    A buddy of mine Geoff owns JB Klines Music in Lambertville, NJ and he has a Herb Ellis Model ARIA for $700 there. Now, I own a Gibson Johnny Smith, a Guild X-500 and an Epiphone Howard Roberts and this guitar stands up to any of them. It just has that special something. I doubt all of ARIA's H. E.'s sound this good. Actually i can't tell you because this is the only one I ever played but it's a keeper. So, even if you can't get down to NJ...if you see one play it! I was amazed!
    Phil
     
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    Ibanez af-105 with humbuckers. The best I tried at this price
     
  8. mad dog

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    Peerless are in that range, but tough to find. I think they're only distributed in the UK now. My Peerless Wizard is not Jazz per se, but definitely impresses. Search youtube on "Peerless". There are several demos of their jazz models on there.
     
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    Peerless are now sold in the US, I just bought one from a dealer in California through the internet, look for Doc Dosco in the internet, he's the only dealer in the US right now. I purchased a "Monarch" model for $999.00 and it sounds even better than the clips I've heard on the internet, very much like a Gibson "Johny Smith" model I used to own, fantastic guitar!!!!
     
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    Check out Eastman's offerings, then go fishing on ebay for used one. All handcarved, solid woods. Very nice. As for the Epi's, you might consider holding out for an Epi Elitist Broadway http://www.epiphone.com/elitist/broadway.htm
    Made in Japan, not Korea. Better parts, better quality control. You should be able to find one used for about a grand. Both the Eastmans (I had an 805CE with floating pickup) and the Epi Elitists (a 335 is one my want list) are excellent instruments in that price range.
     
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    Even they're over a grand now!
    Gretsch has a cool guitar. Single cut in a satin blonde. I played one and thought would be quite useable.
     
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    If you can find any of the Cort "Triggs" Guitars, you'll be very happy:)
     
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    I have a Joe Pass, it's a decent jazz box, especially considering how expensive a really good one is.

    If you have some extra dough, I suggest checking out a Hoffner.
     
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    I've got one of those I've been thinking about selling. I have 2 other HB and I never play this one, so I figured I sell it.

    Let me know if you're interested, it's in great shape and I'd part with it for $700
     
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    Greco makes a 175 that can easily be had for under a grand on ebay. Mine sounds great.
     
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    I paid $600 for my Joe Pass a couple years ago, new with a case. Not sure what they are going for now.
     
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    I love my AF105 to bits, but it's probably true that you have to play them until you find one that is a nice sounding piece of wood. I got lucky with mine, but I played it's semi-hollow cousin (i.e. the top of the line Artcore semi) and it was absolutely dead...no personality.
     
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