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Looking for a budget ES175 style. suggestions?

connor117

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hey all

im in the market for something similar to an ES175 or similar jazz box style.
20 frets, about 3 inches think, probably laminated, perhaps spruce top, mahogany back, sides, and neck might be nice, rosewood fretboard, 2 humbuckers....


im aware of the artcore stuff from ibanez, or epiphone for that matter, but was looking for perhaps something a step up from there.
id say 500 is my budget, and im looking to get something used

so,
peerless is a bit beyond my budget
as well as lawsuit ibanez, greco etc
guilds are too

im considering an eastman 372
im aware of the mindset that "nothing compares to a real ES175"
im just trying to get in the ball park, and get the best sounding and playing guitar for around 450$

im open to any and all suggestions. thanks for your input in advance! : )
 

guitararmy

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I have a Dearmond X-155 jazz box with the USA Gold Tone pu's.

It received a favorable review from Guitar Player in one of their jazz box shootouts.

I suspect the used price for one should be in your ballpark...
 

MKB

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If you can save a few bucks and raise your budget to around $750 or so, the Epi ES-175 Premium is an amazing guitar, a real bargain at that price (the $750 is from a seller with the standard $899 price and a 15-20% discount). It has Gibson 57 Classic pickups, nitro finish, and IMHO sounds and plays as well as I had hoped a real ES-175 would. It has become my new main squeeze. And normally I can't stand Epiphones.

One player I worked with has a fifties ES-175, and after playing my Epi he said he wanted one as it felt and sounded as good as his original. Big words those.
 

gkoelling

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I've never read a bad review on the Eastman line. A player I know has a AR371CE and is very happy with it.


Good luck in your search
 

fuzz_factor

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If you can save a few bucks and raise your budget to around $750 or so, the Epi ES-175 Premium is an amazing guitar, a real bargain at that price (the $750 is from a seller with the standard $899 price and a 15-20% discount). It has Gibson 57 Classic pickups, nitro finish, and IMHO sounds and plays as well as I had hoped a real ES-175 would. It has become my new main squeeze. And normally I can't stand Epiphones.

One player I worked with has a fifties ES-175, and after playing my Epi he said he wanted one as it felt and sounded as good as his original. Big words those.

How is the neck on your Epi ES-175? Fat and round like on a Gibson, or on the skinnier "C" side?
 

edward

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I owned an Ibanez Artcore (direct copy of the 175, in fact ...I think it was the AG75?). It was flat-out superb!

I know you're thinking of "better," but these Artcores (at least mine was stellar and every example I've ever had in my hands was) really are superb players. The one thing was I swapped out the "meh" ceramic pups in favor for some Gibby 490s and man did this already resonant guitar sing. I sold it only because I wasn't really a full-hollow kind of guy. One can't go wrong with the Artcore line, IMHO.

Edward
 

connor117

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hmmm, other thoughts perhaps?
epiphone, ibanez, and eastman were already on my radar

i played a loar the other day and it felt like it was going to break in my hands
 

MKB

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Yes, this is the one I posted about.

How is the neck on your Epi ES-175? Fat and round like on a Gibson, or on the skinnier "C" side?

The neck on mine is a skinny "C", rather thin actually, but I have grown to like it. I bought mine off the rack at a GC. My coworker bought one mail order from MF and it has a similar neck, but a tiny bit thicker.
 

fuzz_factor

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Yes, this is the one I posted about.



The neck on mine is a skinny "C", rather thin actually, but I have grown to like it. I bought mine off the rack at a GC. My coworker bought one mail order from MF and it has a similar neck, but a tiny bit thicker.

Thanks! I'll have to give one a try next time I make it down to the local Guitar Center. I prefer a thick neck, but the neck on my Casino isn't too bad. I'd imagine the Epi 175's are similar.
 




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