yup, been there, and wasnt really digging the offerings. even went to see Dan @ Chelsea G's, and wasnt happy with the fact that many of the specimens did need alot of TLC. thus my search is sorta limited to newer brands.Originally posted by James Dawson
On a recent trip to NYC I stopped by Guitar Center in Manhattan (yes, I know Guitar center.) But it allowed me to play a number of vintage guitars. I really thought I wanted another 60's 335 but after playing the 50's 175's with p-90's I was amazed at the vibe and the sound.
I played this one and loved it....
I would recommend going to any of the excellent music stores on the New York Metropolitan area and spending a day playing a bunch of them. I found store on Gbase (whose name escapes me at the moment) that have over 100 at the one location!!!
The Jim Hall model sounds wonderful, but there are a lotta fish in the ocean!
And thanks for posting the info on Jim Hall Radio etc!!!
WOW,Originally posted by kingsleyd
If you're looking at the Jim Hall model, also check out the Benedetto Bravo. It's around the same street price (mid-3000s) and made in the USA. I have a Bravo and a PRS Hollowbody spruce; the Benedetto has much more of a traditional "acoustic archtop" tone, although the PRS sounds fine (that's the one I bring when there are horns involved, as it's more amenable to playing pretty loud) when amplified.
Originally posted by Bluedawg
Ibanez does some good stuff for less cash. The new D'Angelicos can be nice as well.
My favorite "working man" archtops with good bang for the buck are the Heritage Sweet 16 and the Gibson L4-CES. You'll have to be happy with ebony or wine red to get the L4 at a decent price. The Sweet 16 is standard with a floating pickup, but can be had with a top mounted pickup.
I'm playing my Sweet 16 with a Swing band at the moment. It is doing a good job as far as I'm concerned. I have an L4, but it is more suited for Wes flavored stuff than Freddie Green style swing rythym.
But then I'm a sucker for most any thing with an arched solid spruce top. Nothing wrong with a good laminated top, though.
If you have the cash and the patience for a hand built guitar like Sadowsky's Jim Hall then by all means go for it.
After I do my end of month bills this week, I will probably send a check off to Campellone to reserve a guitar with him. His prices are still sane, but his waiting list is 2 years.
They are both great guitars and I'm proud to own them. I spend more time with the 535 Classic, but sometimes the 575 is just perfect for what I'm looking for, despite the limitations of the hollow design. I like to record both the amp and the guitar so that I can blend the sounds for a tone that is more like what the player hears.Originally posted by James Dawson
I could be a happy man if I owned those two beauts!