Best semi-hollow $1,000 - $1,500

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  1. sshan25

    sshan25 Supporting Member

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    I need (well, really don't need but want) a decent semi-hollow body for between 1 to 1.5 grand. I'm not sure if there's really any good Gibsons in that range but I could be wrong. The only other one I can come up with is a Heritage 535. Any suggestions?
     
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    Hertiage H535 is not a bad start at all. You could probably pull a used Gibson ES-135/137 for that range too.

    Check Ibanez Artcore models if you are looking to save even more.

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    Used PRS Hollowbody Spruce with Dots (Moons).... will probably be listed for 2K, but if you haggle, you might be able to score a champ.
     
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    I'd look for a used Hamer Artist, Monaco or Newport.
     
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    Depends if you're looking for a semi-hollow that totally replicates the 335 in body dimensions and woods (all-maple-body). I'm a fan of the Hamer Newport Pro, which came standard with a spruce and mahogany body and is smaller than a 335. I actually own an all-maple Newport Pro BE, but they are hard to find. Used standard Newport Pros come up pretty often.

    You might also consider a Gibson ES-339, which is essentially a downsized 335. I like the smaller body, I also found 335s to be a bit heavy. You probably won't find a 339 for $1500, but used ones are definitely to be found for under $2000.

    Lou at guitarsnjazz dot com has the Eastman T185 and T186 in stock, which are great guitars for the money and are built on the 335 design. Most have a mahogany back but he has some in stock that are all-maple. They are all solid woods and ebony boards, though, which some will love but which produces a different vibe from the classic 335 sound. New they are at the top of your range but used (when you can find them) they are a great buy.
     
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    Newport Pro: spruce *top*, my bad
     
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    I would say go for a used Heritage H-535, if you are looking for that classic semi-hollow vibe.

    The Hamer Newport is also good, but it's a different type of beast. It's got a carved out Mahogany back and Spruce top, which does make it sound a bunch different. MOre smooth, less "woody" than a standard laminated maple body semi-hollow with a center block.
     
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    Guild Starfire would be a good option as well.
     
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    To clarify, it doesn't have to be the size of a 335. ES-135 size would work. I do like the sound of the ES-335, though.
     
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    Blanket Jackson It's Time For Action Silver Supporting Member

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    That would have been my answer too ... until I played an 80s AS200 (Ibanez, the one Scofield uses, before the actual "Scofield model"). The one I bought recently is the most alive semi-hollow (or solid) electric guitar I have played, and that is compared against Collings, Gibson, Heritage, etc. etc. Simply, if you can find one from that era you will likely not be in any way dissapointed.
     
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    A used 339 they are great guitars.
     
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    Yamaha SA2200. I've tried them all and the Yammy is the cream of the crop in that price range. I like the Heritage too, but the SA2200 beats it pretty handily in the tone and playability department IMHO. And, those split coil HBs are frigging fantastic!

    Here's a link to an eBay auction for an SA2000. I have no connection to the seller and I think that the guitar is priced a little high considering the cost of shipping. I just bought a 2007 NOS SA2200 for $1500, so they are out there.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/JAPAN-VINTA...N-/260965583399?pt=Guitar&hash=item3cc2c2ca27
     
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    I'd absolutely go for a used Hamer or Heritage in that price range.

    The Yamahas are nice but I definitely prefer the looks of the Hamer and Heritage models.

    I sold an amp to a guy that had a first or second year Scofield and it was a REALLY nice guitar but those are certainly less common than Hamers and Heritages as a group.
     
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    I picked up a killer ES-333 for well under a grand, dropped some Lollar Imperials in it, added a Pickguard, and buffed the finish. It's the nicest 335 style guitar I've ever played, and that includes comparisons to Custom Shop and Signature Gibson's. The neck is what really sold me.


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    I'd suggest holding out for an early-'80s Ibanez semi.

    Some models to consider: AS-200 or AS-100 (335-style, full-size), AS-50 (335-style, a bit smaller), AM-205 or AM-50 (339 size).

    I have an '81 AS-50 and an '84 AM-205. They're both top-notch instruments. I got the AS-50 a couple of years ago, in excellent shape, for $850 - even though that was the correct market value at the time, it's still a steal for the quality you get.
     
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    Either a used Guild from the 90s if you like wider necks, or a used Guild from the 60s/70s if you're OK with smaller necks. 60s models will cost a bit more, but you should be able to find 70s or 90s models in the $1000-1500 range.

    First one is a '90s, second is a '70s:

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    Take a look at the new Gibson Midtown Custom - listed @ Guitar Center for a buck under your top-listed acceptable price. US made, kind of like a flat-top (no arch carve) version of the Custom Shop 356 - solid maple top, one-piece chambered Mahogany body, mahogany neck - the fretboard is Richlite - the man-made composite material that is all black and slick like Ebony, Martin is using it too - Burstbucker 1&2 pickups and a hardshell case. Worth a look.
     
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    Hamer Newport absolutely. Incredibly versatile guitar.
     
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    +1 Hamer Newport love mine.
     

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