Smaller guitar similar to Ibanez Scofield?

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  1. fuzzbox

    fuzzbox Supporting Member

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    I have an 80's Ibanez AS200 (J.Scofield) that I absolutely love.
    The only issue is the size that bothers me in live situations.
    So I'm looking for a similar tone in a smaller package.
    It's OK if it's a more solid body sounding but still of similar character.
    Not interested in a 336 type though.

    Some that came to mind:
    -PRS hollowbody?
    -80's Ibanez Artist Solid body?

    What would you recommend lookin into?

    Thanks!
     
  2. rollyfoster

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    what bothers you about the size in live situations?
     
  3. fuzzbox

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    it's a bit on the big side for my preference. it's fine for recording and sit down gigs but i become less mobile when i stand up than normally.
    don't like my picking hand arm in that high of an angle, just don't feel right. it slows me down sort of and i can't relax properly.
     
  4. gitman

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    Ibanez made some great AM-series guitars that basically were size-reduced versions of the regular 335-size guitars. you can find them for small $ on ebay. a PRS Hollowbody is a very good guitar but has a totally different voice. Hamer's Newport model might be a candidate, too.
     
  5. gixxerrock

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    The PRS sounds great and is really comfortable live. It is quite a bit different from the Scofield.
     
  6. RhombusJr

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    You could look into a Eastman 184, but I don't know how it compares to the Ibanez sound wise.
     
  7. Disco Scottie

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    +1 on the Ibanez AM series... here's a link to one that Elderly Instruments had in stock at one point. They're not so cheap anymore, however. I just watched one sell for well over $1k on eBay.
     
  8. SouthpawGuy

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    How about a Heritage Prospect ?

    This one is on it's way to me, I hope to have it by Friday ....

    This one has a floating centre block with laminated top and back and the pickups are now changed to Seth Lovers. Body width is 15"

    http://www.heritageguitar.com/models/ProspectStandard.htm

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  9. Bonedance

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    When my beautiful 1980 Ibanez AS-200 was stolen back in 85, I replaced it with the smaller bodied Ibanez AM-205 when the insurance $ came in. I managed a music store at that time, so I had my pick of the litter. As nice as the AM-205 was....and of course, this is just my humble opinion, the AM-205 was NOWHERE near the quality ( in terms of build and tone ) of the AS-200.

    I know this doesn't answer your question.....I'm just saying the 80's AS-200's were pretty special. Next to the 57 Les Paul Special I foolishly sold 20 years ago, the AS-200 is the guitar I miss most.
     
  10. fuzzbox

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    I hear you! I'm not going to get rid of mine for sure, just looking at alternatives for certain situations.

    Thanks for the input, appreciate it!

     
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    The guy I study with locally had a plain Ibanez, the model the Sco is taken from, and when he got a PRS hollowbody I, he took the pups from the Ibanez and stuck them in the PRS. He also had another volume knob installed, as part of his sound is both pups.
     
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    i have an ibanez artist am 250 from the early 80s ... small body semi hollow .. very comfy to play live
    highly recommend if you can find one
    t4d
     
  13. monkmiles

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    Check out:

    -Ibanez AM series (both the 80s models and the artcore custom models, like the AM103bm)
    -Eastman El Rey and/or Thinline models
     
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    I just got an '82 AS50 that fits the bill.Definitely more comfortable for me{I,m 5'9"} and it hangs nicely.It is a little heavier than I thought it would be.Paid @$750,a beautiful cherry.
     
  15. digband

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    Thanks for putting this tip out there - i just bought the AM103BM - about a year ago i had the AS73, which i thought was excellent for the $, but TOO BIG, like the concern in this thread. I was a skoshe away from buying a 339/80's AM70 just 2 days ago, then i saw this thread and checked out the AM103 - it'll be in hand by the end of this week - i'm already researching the most efficient way to remove the gold plating from the hardware, yuk, hate the gold...

     
  16. chucke99

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    Please post pictures of your AM103 when you get it!
     
  17. rawkguitarist

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    Depends on how much cash you want to spend and how long you want to wait. If you can deal with the premium price tag and a bit of a wait, the ultimate IMO of this type would be a Koll DL Thinline. Yep, I have one. ;) Contact Saul and see if he is able to build you one.

    Some really cool smaller 335'esq Hamer Newports too.
     
  18. Hootad Binky

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    How about a semi-hollowbody Artist?

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    This is an Artist AM model (mid 1980s?) so his new AM103BM will have the same basic body shape/size.

     
  20. digband

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    Funny - I was considering the purchase of that exact guitar, and i was looking at another local 80's AM70 for sale in black that had P90's in it, which i probly would've bought, but the guy balked at the last second - I'll definitely post pix of the AM103BM when it arrives - it's clearly gonna to LOOK great :love: but I'm VERY anxious to see how it plays/sounds... this pic was from the auction...

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