Who’s Building your favourite semi-hollow?

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  1. AA864

    AA864 Member

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    Budget option: Eastman T486, way less than your 4K budget. I paid $850 for this one brand new.

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    Jazzandmore Gold Supporting Member

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    These are my two favorite and only semi-hollows. Both unique for sure. The B&G Little Sister is parlor size, and comes dual P90 or HH.

    The Artinger is a thinner semi and wonderful work by Matt always.

     
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    Collings or Eastman. My I35 continues to amaze after many years. I have only played Eastmans in shops - have been really impressed by them in that context. But their necks are too thin for my taste; if they fit you on that score, like them a lot. Between the two, nice choice of price point
     
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    I've been playing my Rics and 335 quite a bit lately. Gibson and Collings are at the top of my list for what I would add.
     
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    doublescale1 Suhr S-Classic, V60LP's, Soft V neck Silver Supporting Member

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    Gibson, when you find a good one, it's good for a lifetime.
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    I would love to try a Collings, but tbh, I’m very happy with the Gibson 335 that I bought recently. I’m still smarting a bit from the $5k Wildwood ‘63 335 that had a ridiculously flimsy neck and wouldn’t stay in tune for more than 10 seconds, but yeah, I’m happy with this new 335. It’s a 2019 satin model with a chunky, stable neck.
     
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    I guess my avatar says it all, but il it doesn’t: Collings all the way! My I-35 LC has been my only electric guitar for the last two years.
     
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    Yeah, they are fantastic guitars, aren't they? Last April, I stopped into Chicago Music Exchange and picked up a new I-35LC (with Throbak SLE101+ pups) that they had just put out on the floor (I was the first customer to play it). I plugged it in and was blown away. And the set-up was to die for. I did not even risk putting that guitar back on display. I took out my credit card and it has been my #1 ever since (photo below). It was surprised now much better it was than the I-35 I had owned for 10 years at the point.

     
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    rickt Gold Supporting Member

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    Springer Guitars make excellent hollow body and semi-hollow body guitars:

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    Höfner. Love my Verythins; light with round chunky necks, and the 1 1/4" thick bodies are very comfortable. Not difficult to play one standing, without a strap.
     
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    Gretsch G6120
     
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    Eastman for me. T 59/v to be exact.

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    3waytie4last Unfluencer Gold Supporting Member

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    Here's my favorite, unique boutique semi-hollow, but it'll run you over $4k. Frank Brothers Ultra Light that I had custom built.

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    Gibson. But you could spend more and get a Collings.

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    I own two Mcinturff Royals ...a 2 and 3 pickup version....semi hollow, port hole style guitars. They have a huge growl to them....very bluesy, smokey sounding...but its my cup of tea and my fav.
     
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    I picked up a 50th anniversary’60 335 reissue last weekend. It’s been great.

    so far I’ve been lucky with 335s . I owned a ‘63 reissue that was really nice too.

    At a 4K budget why risk it , just get a Collings 35 LC . They’re pretty awesome guitars.

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