Let's see some nice Archtop Guitars !

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  1. gitman

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    I will make a start with this Borys Jazz Special, custom ordered in 1993 : 16" inch body, 2" 7/8 rims,
    laminated top and back, maple neck, ebony board and pickguard. patterned after a prototype that was originally concieved and built by Jimmy D'Aquisto and Roger Borys for late great Jazzer and NYC studio veteran Barry Galbraith. eats a Gibson 175 for breakfast :)
    the big one is '66 Super 400 CES, a veritable behemoth ! big all around ( 18" !!! ) and also the biggest electric archtop sound around !
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  2. HHB

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    I'm really gassing for a nice archtop, the prices are daunting though, whats the best bang for the buck?
     
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    i know a seasoned pro who is totally happy with an Epiphone Joe Pass model - one of the top studio players in the Netherlands has been using an Epiphone ES-type guitar for the last 15 years almost exclusively .... the point here is that you can get a great archtop tone without spending thousands of dollars. the japanese guitars like Yamaha, Ibanez ( > Pat Metheny model !!! ) or Epiphone are great for the money, the chinese with their Eastman line is impossible to beat for bang-for-the-buck. you should find something there.
     
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    forgot to mention Heritage: they know how to build them, too.
     
  5. Bluedawg

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    If you gotta stay under $1K then word is that Ibanez artcore, Epiphone, and Eastman have some good offerings for the money. Be sure to play any Eastmans before you buy one, they have a reputation for inconsistancy.

    If you can go up to $3K or just want a decent American made box, then Heritage builds some seriously good archtops. I have a Heritage Sweet 16 that I love. For under $3K you can get new Gibson ES-175s or an L4-CES if you can live with an ebony or wine red finish. If you have to have a sunburst finish you'll have to go used with Gibson.

    Best to play before you buy with both Heritage and Gibson IMHO.

    Good Luck
     
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    I piked up a Gibson ES-5 in mint condition in the 2's and it's just amazing. Three P-90's and tone to the bone!:angel Yes, it makes angels weep!
     
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    These two little guys keep me happy. One's a PRS Archtop IV and the other is my Burl Maple Hollowbody II (Private Stock #983).

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    Beauty, I'm thinking one of the hollowbody PRS's might be my next pricey guitar.


     
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    Here is my Heritage 575 Custom. Really awesome guitar. Pity that shoulder problems have kept me playing solid bodies lately

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    Wow. The top and color on that is absolutely breathtaking. I am stunned and in lust. Wow.
     
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    Here's a decent guitar for those of us on a budget. Aria FA 71. Korean. Flawless with perfect polished frets.

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    definitely not in the same league as some of the stunning guitars above, but here's my dearly beloved Ibanez AF200

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  14. JMintzer

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    Sigh...

    I miss her...


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  15. Tag

    Tag Gold Supporting Member

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    Show off time..please forgive me!:eek: I LOVE archtops! Solid bodys seem like toys after owning one. here ar some of mine.

    Buscarino Custom Monarch..Namm made for a former Namm show..

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    My Guild\Benedetto Johnny Smith.

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    Three vintage Guilds. (Artist Awards..X 500) (X 500 sold.:( )

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    Tag Gold Supporting Member

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    More...:D


    Gibson leGrand Back


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  17. Tag

    Tag Gold Supporting Member

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    Ill post some more later. :AOK
     
  18. duffyguitarman

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    You're such a di*k!! ;) :D
     
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    Saul,
    Awesome guitar, I haven't seen too many of your archtops on the web, that one is a knock out!

    Joe

     

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