Best Large Hollowbody?

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  1. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Member

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    What's the best medium to large hollow body guitar for blues/jazz for under $3k? Looking for that huge lush hollow body tone.
     
  2. choucas09

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    A nice Eastman with a handwound replacement pickup is worth considering.
     
  3. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Gold Supporting Member

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    "Best" is, of course, a very vague term, but I consider Guilds to be a great value for the money. They don't make electrics anymore, but almost all of their big electric archtop models can be found for under $3000 from the '00s back through the '50s. Check out the X-500 (spruce top/maple back) or the X-175 and CE-100D (all maple).
     
  4. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    Look at some vintage Guilds
     
  5. tsar nicholas

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    +1 on the Guilds --- killer value used.
     
  6. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    +1 Guild. The X-500 is a truly impressive instrument. Same deal with the X-175. For a little smaller body and a soundpost, go X-170.

    My buddies old Ibanez, mid 80s hollowbody, think it's AF-200, is another excellent choice if you can find one.
    MD
     
  7. msr13

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    A Gibson ES-175. I got mine new for well under $3K (I think I got a really good deal-- but I have seen more than one in this range), and used, depending on year and condition you can find them between $1800-$2500.
     
  8. slap dat

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    Another vote here for the Guild X-500. I had a '68 in my possession for a couple years and it was an incredible instrument in every respect.
     

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