Guitar needed for AC30

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  1. shuffle

    shuffle Member

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    Well, i play a Tele, and i have a strat too, but i want to get a hollowbody of some kind with reasonably hot pickups to get some chunky rocknroll tones.

    I looked at this epiphone Classic hollowbody (i cant remember the exact name), looked interesting.

    Any other recommendations, price range about AU$1000

    With the AC30 i use a Hot Cake and a Fulldrive2 if you need to know.

    Cheers
     
  2. lamenlovinit

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    Do you REALLY want a hollowbody, or do you want one that sounds like a hollowbody. Seems like a goofy question but it isn't. There are some Italia guiatars, especially the Mondial with the resoglass top, which is one of their more expensive ones, Reverend guitars, there are others which aren't that expensive AND will get you your tone, they just won't look like a Gibson/Epiphone 335. I'm sorry I have no clue about the Australian guitar market or exchange rates, but if you don't really need a hollowbody, and just want the sound you have tons of options...

    If you truly want a hollowbody, you're looking in the right direction with epiphone... maybe an ibanez.
     
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    Epiphone Casino!
     
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    Rickenbacker 360 or 360/12.
     
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    Plus 1 on the Ric 360. It comes with the newer "High Gain" pickups instead of the Ric toasters. I do not believe you'll be able to get a new one for less than $1000. Check out used or flea-bay.

    Good luck!
     
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    +1 on a Ricky as well. They sound KILLER through AC30s.
     
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  7. shuffle

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    Not so fussed about it BEING a hollowbody, but definately want/like that tone. Something that sounds hollowbody is fine.

    Thanks for the options, anymore :?
     
  8. iainmc

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    actually i think you should look at a gretsch - one with filtertrons. really you should get a duo jet. but the big ones look cool - if you do a load of feedback/loads of distorto or overdrive you want a duo, they really sit in the mix differently. especially with el84 amps (i have a 63 ac-30).

    rickys are cool & i used to play with a guy who had an awesome 06's f-hole 365 (3 pickup 330- i could be wrong with the model number) . He was awesome with it - but i always found the neck to be too small.

    of course i sold my 2 gretsches when i got my koll - the however new power jet could be more to my liking.

    /i
    p.s. i am an aussie - i used to use a '67 ac-30 for years in the late 80s in sydney with a strat.
     
  9. T. Caster

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    Ibanez Artcore series. AS 73, nice 335 style, you could upgrade all electronics and still come in under budget.

    Dan
     
  10. Scott Cioe

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    A couple of friends bought the Epiphone Dot (335 clone) and upgraded the pickups. Great sound for decent money - don't know the Ausie market, but I would immagine it would be in your price range.
     
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    Or you could do like Pete Anderson did....

    He took an Epi Joe Pass model, took off the bridge-added a Bigsby, yanked the p'ups-added P-90's.....voila....rockabilly/rock-n-roll beast is born.

    If I was in a rockabilly band, that is definitely the route I would take, as it would be thousands less than a Gretsch. (although I do love those!!)

    Then again, here in redneck USA, a.k.a. mid-Missouri, if I was in a rockabilly band, I would need to worry about what I played cause I wouldn't be playing anywhere.
     
  12. enharmonic

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    Can you pick up a used Maton in that range?
     
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    get yourself a casino man. they're magic into an ac-30.
     
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    Yeah, the casino is the one i tried out, now i remember! It was awesome, however i didnt try it out with the vox.

    I used to own an Ibanez Artcore AG85. i HATED the floating bridge. They just bug me. Do the others all have floarting bridges? I didnt have the vox when i had this guitar though :( I sold it to help get the vox :) Might have to look at getting one again.
     
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    As far as I've experienced, most all fully hollow jazz boxes come with floating bridges. Does anyone know of one that doesn't?
     
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    I wonder if the OP bought a guitar, a decade ago!
     
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    The guitars I like best through my AC30 are the Gretsch hollowbody, and the Rickenbacker semi-hollowbody. The Gibsons and Fenders sound fine, too, but for some reason the Gretsch in particular rocks that AC30. My pickups aren't hot, though. They're low output vintage - a '63 P90 in the bridge, and a late 50s DeArmond Dynasonic in the neck - BIG, punchy, in your face tone - especially with the compressor and OD engaged.
     
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    Epi Casino or Epi ES-339 Pro P90.
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    Incredible guitars, incredible tones. My Epi 339 Pro P90 compares exceptionally well to my Gibson ES-339. To be honest, I actually like playing my Epi 339 Pro P90 more than my Epi Elitist Casino or my Gibson ES-339, although they're each great guitars. Epi really hit it out of the park with the 339 Pro P90 models.

    The thing with Epi ES-339 Pro models is that they are not all of consistently high quality. You need to check out samples of them closely as some copies are not done quite as nicely as the better samples. The particular sample that I have is nicer quality than some others that I've seen in the shops. Find a good one and you will be amazed at how great they are.
     
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    Gretsch and Vox goes together like "...peas and carrots" (just quoting Forrest Gump a little bit), and I am being serious. What my Man at Tidewater guitars is true, it's just not having HOT pups that create the magic when the two are Married together,...

    ...it's more about the overall sound/tone created with them. The Tele. IMHO matches up with the AC15, OR the AC30 just finer than Wine/Cheese & Crackers, but I find that most Strat.'s come off a bit 'Thin' most times when plugged into a Vox amp., I own a AC15CH-1 which I find a better 'Investment' than the HW models, OR the AC15CH-1's with the Blue Alnico upgrade btw (my ear/my opinion alone, others may find it differently),...

    ...everyone of my Tele.'s simply sound wonderful when played thru that amp., my ('89) Strat. Plus W/original Gold Lace Sensors sound as if I have a pup going 'South' ...a tinny metallic sound/tone, like somethings loose,...Bridge/LSR nut issue, can't put my ears/hands on it, and the GLS pups similarly/usually are quite good at giving a good 'Bluesy/Jazz' box sound/tone, and these bodies are 'Swimming Pool' routed ta' boot,...'dunno.

    It's been forever since I've had a Gretsch axe, and a Vox amp. together in my (now little) stable,...it's lately been one, or the other...never together (LOL). If I were you, but don't know just how readily they are available to you, I would check out some of the older MIK models if funds were short...the pups aren't bad, and if you were to pick-up say a 3141, they have BASICALLY the exact same Dynasonic pups that come in the higher $$$ MIJ models,...

    ...I also use the older (Non-Mosfet model) Blue, push/pull comp Fulltone Fulldrive II when I use my 'board, I do NOT use much reverb and I sometimes use a CS-3 Comp/Sustainer when I DO use any pedals (more a guitar/cable/amp. kinda' guy that sometimes adds a touch of Boost, a Xotic EP mostly in btw.).

    Good Luck in your search, and let us know just which way you went as far as a semi-hollow/hollow,...or cut out the middle man and go Gretschin'. Tom
     

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