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Good Budget Archtop?

progholio

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Sorry if this is a repeat thread but i am not find much information on this.

Who makes the best archtop for well under a grand for someone who is a gigging rock musician but wants to study jazz as a hobby?
I would like something that is a 2 pickup model since i can convert it into a rockabilly machine if the jazz standards don't work out for me. I will also consider a single pickup as i will mostly be using the neck pickup anyway.

Models i am kicking around include:
D'Angelico Excel series (new ones are very cheap right now from the importer)
Cort Larry Coryell Signiture & Samick/Bennett Lasalle seem ultra cheap used.
Older Korean Ibanez
Epiphone Broadway or Emperor Joe Pass

Or should i bite the bullet and go for something a little better like a used Hofner, Heritage or Eastman?

Thanks
 

guitarfish

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Also check out the Epiphone Alleykat and Wildkat. Those are nice punchy little guitars. I this Alleykat below. The Wildkat's have a trem.
 

johnzias

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A few months back, and I would have recommended Tom DeVoe of Holiday, FL. I was about to ask him to build me my second DeVoe, but he seems to have disappeared from the face of the Earth! :-(

An incredibly alive guitar for the mid 3k's.
 

900

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A few months back, and I would have recommended Tom DeVoe of Holiday, FL. I was about to ask him to build me my second DeVoe, but he seems to have disappeared from the face of the Earth! :-(

An incredibly alive guitar for the mid 3k's.

Somehow, I wouldn't be surprised if he'd disappeared. He made me an archtop about six years ago. I was the worst guitar I ever bought. The guitar was 100% unplayable. The neck was warped like a rollercoaster. Filemarks everywhere. The nut a mess. I won't go into further details. Compared, you'd have to call an Epi Joe Pass a work of art.
If I was living in the US, I would have traveled down to FL and broke that guitar on his head.
 

johnzias

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Somehow, I wouldn't be surprised if he'd disappeared. He made me an archtop about six years ago. I was the worst guitar I ever bought. The guitar was 100% unplayable. The neck was warped like a rollercoaster. Filemarks everywhere. The nut a mess. I won't go into further details. Compared, you'd have to call an Epi Joe Pass a work of art.
If I was living in the US, I would have traveled down to FL and broke that guitar on his head.
I guess anyone can have a bad experience with anyone or anything. I'm sure the guy with a Porsche whose engine blew at 20k miles probably would like to drop his car on Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart too!
 

dhdfoster

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Depending on what you mean by "budget" there are amazing deals to be had on Guilds. I just picked up a 1962 X175 for $1800. The one below is from the mid-70s and it only cost me about $950. Guild makes serious guitars. The budget imports are probably pretty good, but an older Guild will get you great construction, good, old wood, and probably real lacquer, depending on the year.



This is my new '62. Sorry for the fuzzy pic, took it with my phone.





Here's an X500, a more deluxe version of the X175 on Ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-1970s-G...ryZ41436QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Or this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-Vintage-19...ryZ41435QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Okay, you get the idea.
 

mrfjones

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I will second the old guild guitars. I have played lots and own none any longer but I wish I still did. If you really want a rockabilly guitar after the jazz guitar (which will work out for you by the way) try the DeArmond line. they have one or two with single coil pickups that are killer and one fully hollow with humbuckers. Replace the pickups with TV Jones and you will have a killer guitar for about $400-$500.
 

mark norwine

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I know a guy who has...and is looking to sell......a "lawsuit" ibanez L5 knockoff.

Mighty fine pro-quality guitar. I think he wants $1K

PM me if interested
 

ddewees

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Check out the Reverend Club King and Manta Ray models. Thinner than the other jazz boxes mentioned but the pups are very mellow. They also have the option of hum, p90 or filtron pups

Heck even my Gil Parris with the chambered body seems capable of good jazz tones
 

Boogs

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I love my Ibanez AF105, though I did swap out the p/u to one that sounded darker than the stock one (which actually was quite lovely sounding in it's own right, just a different flavor).



They also make a model with two pickups like a regular humbucker guitar, as opposed to the single "floating" pickup on mine.
 

progholio

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Thank you to everyone who responded to this thread, i gathered lots of useful information. If anyone has anymore suggestions keep them comming, i am always interested in hearing them.
 

mds

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I'm not sure what your budget is, but old Japanese Ibanezes are amazing. Anything pre-1984 is superb. Anything at all MIJ by Ibanez is a great guitar, especially the archtops and semi-hollows...
 




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