Jazz / Blues Guitar under $1K

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  1. shaldeman

    shaldeman Member

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    In the search for a good guitar for jazz and blues in the under $1000 price range. Any suggestions? Hollowbody or semi-hollow would be my preference. HAve researched the Godin 5th avenue kingpin CW and the Eastman T386 (not available yet). Thanks
     
  2. Poppa Stoppa

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    A couple of Epiphone hollowbodies spring to mind:

    The Zephyr Blues Deluxe, which is an ES-5 more or less a la T-Bone Walker, 3 x P90s. I think they're discontinued so it would be s/h. V good vlaue for money, can be made to play really well & sound great.

    The reissue Casino, 2 x P90s as played by Gary Clarke.
     
  3. Bluesidae

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    I have the Kingpin... can't go wrong with that choice. Dots are always a great option.

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  4. tapeworm

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    Guild Starfire II or III reissue. Can be found for 900-1000.
     
  5. MichaelSaulnier

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    An Epi 335 clone plus a set of new pups... say Gibson '57 classics, would do nicely.

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  6. Thinkin4D

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    Although their $500 starter versions are a bit hit and miss, the Ibanez Artcore AF105 (full hollowbody) and AS103 (semihollow 335 style) are really well built and beautiful instruments with great features and tone, new they run 900.
    They completely spank any Gretsch or Epi's in that price range IMO...
     
  7. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    These are working for me, and are all well under a grand:

    - Peerless made Epi ES-295
    - Peerless made Epi Riviera
    - Samick SAT650 (very ES-335 like)

    Probably not your first choice for a traditional jazz sound. For blues and almost anything else, excellent.
     
  8. Auriemma

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    +1 on the Ibby Artcores and the Epi 335s. Both play and sound great IMHO. I played a Kingpin as well. Nice too, but not my style.

    I strung up my Artcore AK85 with flatwound 12's... cool and smooth! And for $260, I can't complain.
     
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    Here are some I've liked. For calibration, I have a 1986 Gibson ES335.

    Reverend Manta Ray - semihollow; available with 2 HBs, 2 P90s, or 3 P90s with Bigsby (ES335 shape, sort of)
    Reverend Club King - semihollow (unique shape)
    Reverend Pete Anderson PA-1 - fully hollow (single-cutaway archtop); might be more than US$1000
    Hagstrom Viking - semihollow, various pickups and tailpieces (ES335 shape, sort of)
    Hagstrom HJ500 - fully hollow (single-cutaway archtop)
    Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin and Uptown - fully hollow (single-cutaway archtop)
    Ibanez - various ArtCore and ArtCore Custom semihollows and hollows

    I haven't listed the Epiphones because I don't like them - I don't quite know why I don't like them, but whenever I try one I just want to put it down quickly.
     
  11. KSKONDOR

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    I have owned a lot of expensive guitars but just got a Hagstrom Viking that I could not be happier with. I love it the way it is but because I'm a whore will likely overpay for after market pickups, but this is a beaut just the way she is.
     

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