Recommend a Jazz Box around 2K

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  1. CS'56

    CS'56 Member

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    Th I know nothing about Jazz guitars. I have a friend that would like a Jazz box but really doesn't want to spend over 2K.
    Any recommendations?
     
  2. Relicula

    Relicula Supporting Member

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    If you dont want to spend that much money check out a Yamaha AES 1500, I got one with a Bigsby, for about a grand. Does all the jazz you could want, and still a great blues and rock machine. Stays in tune remarkably well even with the Bigsby, and came in a beautiful Orange flame top type finish. Just a great bang for the buck, and sounds unreal.
     
  3. Kappy

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    You can get a used Gibson ES-175 for that much. In fact, you can probably get one from around the late 70s for that much, and I hear they were still pretty decent back then. The 175 is one of the quintessential jazz guitars. There are much better guitars out there, but this isn't a bad starter guitar for getting into straight ahead jazz.
     
  4. AaeCee

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    +1 on that. I just got a L-4, the spruce top version of that (vs. the ES-175 laminate top), but I demo'd the 175 and it sounded amazing as well. Also less prone to feedback and less sensitive to the elements, so it would make even more sense for gigging, etc. I see mint, used examples for the $2M range often. It's used by countless jazz pros. AC
     
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    PRP hollowbody II, the thin one. Awesome guitar for just about everything. I need to get one of these before too long.
     
  6. corgiears

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    Heritage H575 is a great guitar for that price range....
     
  7. kiergtr

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    I second the L4-CES. Not the mahoganay but the solid spruce top with the maple sides and back. Hands down better than a 175. Although feedback can be an issue, I find that I don't play jazz loud enough (even in a trio for it to be an issue. The solid spruce top makes a big difference as it does on an acoustic guitar. You might have to spend a little over 2k but its worth it. Best jazz box in that price range.
     
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    See, now I disagree with that, Harry. A spectacular guitar it is, but it really can't get that close to the true HB jazz tone that you get from, say, a L-4 or ES-175. The PRS has its own cool character, and sounds good for jazz, but not in the tradional vibe of the others. Great guitar, though. AC
     
  9. Mike_C

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    Try a Hamer Newport Pro. Spruce top hollow body Mahogany back and neck TOM bridge or the Newport Pro Custom Spruce top Mahogany body and Neck ebony fingerboard TOM bridge with a trapeze tailpiece. Both have SD Seth lover HB's Okay not your tradition Jazz box but they can live in that neighborhood.
     
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    I have a Mint Hamer Newport Pro for sale on TGP for $1,400.00 if you decide to go that way.

    Thanks,

    Jim
     
  11. Eddie B.

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    The Hofner Jazzica is also a good choice. I've seen some great ones at 1000 to 1500.00.
     
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    I played an ES-175 side-by-side with a Guild X170 Manhattan, and the Guild had better workmanship, better woods (by far!), and marginally nicer pickups (SD 59s). It has a block under the bridge to control feedback, and the price is much nicer than the Gibson. Just my thoughts on it; it might be worth checking out...
     
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    +1 on the Guild, I love my X-170

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    +1 on Guilds in general, i've got an X150d that smokes, great quality, great feel, great sound. they are still available at decent prices, even older models from the 60's & 70's. good luck on the hunt!
     
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    Ibanez George Benson.
    Ibanez Pat Metheny
     
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    The Ibanez Metheny's are great guitars for the money.

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  19. T-bone

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    Heritage 575 is a great choice and can be had for $1000 to $1400 used.

    Guild CE100D if you can find one-I loved this guitar but the neck was too skinny/small and it screwed up my elbow/nerve everytime I played it.Still hurts to look at it:( [I[​IMG]MG][/IMG]
     

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