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Big hollowbody tone on a budget?

Custom50

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Just saw this clip and I REALLY like the tone:


I have a Gibson ES-335 and ES-135 and I love those but that's an all together different thing.

If I wanted to get a taste of that tone on a bottomfeeder budget where should I look? Epiphone? Ibanez? I'm lacking in hollowbody knowledge!
 
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I would look at Ibanez before Epiphone, I swapped out my 'B' gigging rig from Epiphones to Ibanez's they impressed me that much, but since you're Canadian you would be very silly to not seriously look into a Godin 5th Avenue, not only do they smell nice thanks to the use of cherry wood in them, but they also sound real good too. They're Canada's answer to Gibson in my opinion.
 

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Thanks for the additional suggestions.

I am very pro-Godin but they don't seem to pop up used very often. Definitely worth looking for though!
 
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Thanks for the additional suggestions.

I am very pro-Godin but they don't seem to pop up used very often. Definitely worth looking for though!
As well as the Gretsch I suggested I would echo the Ibanez suggestions. The AF75 is especially good value but, personally, I'd go for the AF71F with a single floating pickup. Here:Isn't that lovely?
 

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As well as the Gretsch I suggested I would echo the Ibanez suggestions. The AF75 is especially good value but, personally, I'd go for the AF71F with a single floating pickup. Here:Isn't that lovely?
both nice but I'm liking the AF75 better. Different strokes, etc.
 
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As well as the Gretsch I suggested I would echo the Ibanez suggestions. The AF75 is especially good value but, personally, I'd go for the AF71F with a single floating pickup. Here:Isn't that lovely?
Ibanez have really shed their pointy guitars for shredders only image, and they have done it really well, don't get me wrong they still make their pointy shredder guitars really well, but their newer lines of guitars that they have introduced, the ARZ and the Artcore for example are really well made and thought out guitars.
 

aussie_owner

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Ibanez makes some nice hollowbody guitars. I have an AG95, very nice sounding and playing guitar. Right around $600.
 

blong

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A very versatile hollowbody is the Epiphone Swingster. It rocks, rolls, and jazzes well. The Ibanez AF75 is fantastic and probably the most budget friendly. It has a smaller body. I also really like the Epiphone Joe Pass model. Recently Epiphone had made an ES-175. All of these can be had for well under a grand, most between $400 and 800, especially used.

Bob
 

blong

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Here's a few:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Ep...ture-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar-112585815.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Ep...ture-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar-112791898.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Epiphone/Emperor-Swingster-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar-112509142.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Ibanez/AF75-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar-112706579.gc

Mind you, all of these are used. You can probably find them new for a few hundred more. You could also look at your local shops. To me, the search is half the fun, so take a day and hit all the local shops and play whatever seems to strike your fancy. Finally, if you like some of the ones in the links above, and you have a GC close by, the nice thing about GC's return policy is, if you buy something used, you can have it shipped to the local store, try it out there, and if you don't like it, you can return it to your local store. You won't have to pay to have it shipped back. So, check out a lot of guitars, find what you love and go for it.

Bob
 

Custom50

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Here's a few:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Ep...ture-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar-112585815.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Ep...ture-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar-112791898.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Epiphone/Emperor-Swingster-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar-112509142.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Ibanez/AF75-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar-112706579.gc

Mind you, all of these are used. You can probably find them new for a few hundred more. You could also look at your local shops. To me, the search is half the fun, so take a day and hit all the local shops and play whatever seems to strike your fancy. Finally, if you like some of the ones in the links above, and you have a GC close by, the nice thing about GC's return policy is, if you buy something used, you can have it shipped to the local store, try it out there, and if you don't like it, you can return it to your local store. You won't have to pay to have it shipped back. So, check out a lot of guitars, find what you love and go for it.

Bob
I'm with you on the search being part of it. I'm headed away for work in a week and a half and I'm already seeing someone selling a Hagstrom HJ600 hollow body I am thinking of checking out.
 

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Ibanez would be my first choice, though Epiphone would be a close second. The AF55, AF71, and AF75 all are looked on pretty favorably. I'd go after an AF55 and get some pickup covers for it.

On the Epi side, There's a bunch of good models. My choice (albeit used) would be an Emperpr Regent.
 

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Another option is to find a cheap old bargain-brand acoustic archtop like an old Harmony or Kay and add pickups. You could include department store brands made by those manufacturers too, like Silvertone, Airline and Kraftsman. This is not a risk to be taken sight unseen though because neck profiles can be all over the map, and many are susceptible to needing neck resets.

Yet another option, if you are open to a bolt-neck guitar, is older Japanese thinlines. Many of these have a body shape similar to an ES335 but are fully hollow with floating bridges. The advantage here is that you can improve the action with neck shims. Look for Aria, Univox, Lyle, Vantage, Ventura, Electra or Realistic.
 

straightblues

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Epiphone is blowing out their ES175's right now for $400 if you can still find one. I saw one in Guitar Center in Orange California this week. It played well.
 

PatriotBadger

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I don't know if they are in your budget, but I love all of the Ibby George Benson models. You may be able to find one used in your price range.
 






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