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Budget hollow body?
Old 16th October 2013
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Budget hollow body?

I'm looking for a hollow body guitar and i'm on a budget at around 600-800 dollars.

Any suggestions ?

Thanks a bunch
Old 16th October 2013
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Old 16th October 2013
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Check out Loar and Godin, they both have hollow body electrics in that price range.
Old 16th October 2013
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Any ideas about these ?

Gretsch Guitars G5120 Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar | Musician's Friend

Gretsch Guitars G5422T Electromatic Hollowbody FSR Electric Guitar | Musician's Friend

Im thinking about getting something other than Gibson\Epiphone.

something about godin guitars i didn't like never tried any of their hollow bodies but the necks on their solid bodies didn't mate with my hands.
Old 16th October 2013
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I have an Ibanez Artcore that I got for under $350 about 7 or 8 years ago and it plays nice and doesn't sound bad at all. Hamer has a 335 style guitar that is in your budget (Korean made). Although I haven't played it, I have the double cutaway A/T series from them and I like it too. My friend has a Gretsch electromagnetic, orange single cutaway (like a Brian Setzer model) and it is a nice sounding and playing guitar as well. I got a new AMS catalog yesterday and there are 2 Fender hollowbodies that peaked my curiosity, although I haven't heard or played them they are in your price range.
Old 17th October 2013
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For the money I like the Gretsch stuff.
Old 17th October 2013
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The best advice is to play a bunch of guitars and see what you bond with. It gets very personal in terms of what you like, play stuff until you find your favorite.

I'm partial to Epiphone hollowbody guitars myself, I've got a Casino that sounds great and has the best neck of any guitar I own, incredibly easy to play. And you can't go wrong with P90's. A Gretsch with Filtertrons would be nice as well, make sure you're getting decent pickups for your money.
Old 17th October 2013
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I liked the Ibanez AF105NT better than any of the Epiphones and several $3000.00
ES-335s I tried. Better neck, better fit and finish,.

When you go to try them out, you're going to find many with very poor set-ups, so look at each guitar and listen to how it sounds unplugged.

Some will be great with minor tweaks, some are just complete dogs.
Old 17th October 2013
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The problem is there is no dealer ship in my home town (syria) anymore, all the music stores are no longer stocking new equipment. I have to order the guitar online now a days and have it shipped to beirut and get it there. that's why i want your opinions.
the ibanez AF105NT is one axe that i have tried in the past and instantly fell in love with the problem is that was like 3 years ago and i had no money. i'm looking for them on ebay and i'm not getting a lot of results.
i wanted to buy used but i'm not getting any luck :(
Old 17th October 2013
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The AF105NT is out of production and looks like the AF155 may be the current similar offering.

I can't argue about the new Gretsch guitars, but I would want to be able to try a bunch of them.

I think overall they look very nice and there's nothing major you couldn't tweak to perfection.

When I was shopping, I thought I wanted an Epiphone Casino, but it felt like a toy and I didn't care for the
big fat baseball bat necks.

Even with a laminated hollow body, you'll probably need to keep your eye on humidity and temp extremes.

Some Asian guitars are manufactured in very humid locations, so they can develop issues when exposed to extreme
dry conditions.

If you weren't on a tight budget, I'd go for a Collings I-35 but doubt you'll find one in Syria
Old 17th October 2013
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Budget hollow body?Ibanez Artcore Series AS93VLS Violin Sunburst Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar | eBay

This is making me happy in my pants!

I just might get this one
Old 17th October 2013
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Nice looking guitar.

Elegant, understated.
Fully Bound Body & Neck
Nice Inlay Work.

Get it set up right, maybe dress the frets, minor tweaks and you should have a sweet guitar.
Old 17th October 2013
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I have to force myself to stay away from guitar shops because I'm easily tempted.

While you're looking, these models would also interest me depending on availability,
just to size them up.

Guild Starfire III - w/Bigsby

Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center Block


Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollow Body - Double Cutaway Snow Crest White
Old 17th October 2013
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The problem is looking at guitars and knowing I'd probably end up with one of these.

Want! Only $3500.00 :-(



Gretsch George Harrison Duo-Jet Pro | Sweetwater.com

The standard Duo Jet Pro series are damn nice too for $1000.00 less and have a chambered body.
Old 17th October 2013
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If you're going to look at the Epi's I'd start with the Sheraton, Agile AS1000 is also nice but doesn't look like a real 335
Old 17th October 2013
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The Sheraton Felt better to me than the Casinos.
Old 17th October 2013
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Gee, we're helping a musician in Syria

Hope the NSA is learning bunches about hollow body guitars :-)
Old 17th October 2013
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The problem is looking at guitars and knowing I'd probably end up with one of these.

Want! Only $3500.00 :-(



Gretsch George Harrison Duo-Jet Pro | Sweetwater.com

The standard Duo Jet Pro series are damn nice too for $1000.00 less and have a chambered body.

oh man that is some sexy stuff right there i saw it in a jeff beck video where he was showing his guitar collection and fell in love with.
but right now i think i'm looking for something with a bigger body (judging from what i've seen this seems to has a somehow a smaller body than the ibanez )

im checking the other gretsches and the guild.

idk i'm really gasing for that ibanez i might as well get it and tweak it as you said.
Old 17th October 2013
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Gee, we're helping a musician in Syria

Hope the NSA is learning bunches about hollow body guitars :-)
I think i'm one of the maybe 6 musicians that are still in syria and play rock music lol

To hell with all the armed forces, all of them are assholes
Old 17th October 2013
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The only scary part about buying on the internet is not being sure how true the neck is, especially when there's no warrantee or strong return policy.
Old 17th October 2013
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If you're going to look at the Epi's I'd start with the Sheraton, Agile AS1000 is also nice but doesn't look like a real 335
That's the problem i kinda want to try something other than the usual, that's why i was drawn towards the ibanez AS93.
i kind of don't wanna go into the epiphone\gibson territory, I'm in for something fresh
Old 17th October 2013
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I think you'd be happy with the Ibanez. I have a left handed AS83 version of it, same finish. That one is a lot more elegant though. I got a good deal on mine because the inlays past the 12th fret are one piece instead of the two piece with the mother of pearl framing. And the lightning bolt on the head stock isn't what I would have picked out, but like I said it sounds and plays really good.
Old 17th October 2013
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Do you need something with humbuckers or are you thinking P-90s or TV Jones style single coils.
Old 17th October 2013
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The only scary part about buying on the internet is not being sure how true the neck is, especially when there's no warrantee or strong return policy.
true but i don't think that there's anything that can't be fixed.
unless it was broken or something, since the guitar will arrive first to dubai (at my sisters) there's a great technician over there that will have a look and check the guitar out fix it up(intonation, neck issues and so on) if it needed and he knows how i like my action and stuff, other than that i can adjust most of the "personal" minor stuff.
then have it shipped to lebanon and have it checked there then home!
so much for trying stuff, right ? lol
Old 17th October 2013
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I'm thinking humbuckers, later on i might think of an upgrade of the bridge pup to a gretsch style pickup.
i like the p90s but i don't know when i thought about getting a hollow body i went straight to humbuckers.
Old 17th October 2013
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The Ibanez is nice from what we can see from a photo.

The hassle of getting a good guitar to you would make me think maybe take more time, save up a bit more and hold out for getting something truly worth all the hassle.
Old 17th October 2013
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The Ibanez is nice from what we can see from a photo.

The hassle of getting a good guitar to you would make me think maybe take more time, save up a bit more and hold out for getting something truly worth all the hassle.
Anysuggestions?

I'm actually a fan of mid price guitars I know it's weird to head but I am.
Don't worry about the hassle i bought all my gear the same way. through musicians friend though this is my first time getting a guitar on ebay i got a microkorg but that's another thing.
Old 17th October 2013
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I see a lot of semi-hollow's being mentioned. There is a big difference between a semi and fully hollow body. Based on your responses I take it you want a fully hollow body guitar.

I think ibanez is making some of the best hollowbodies out there for the dough. I own a af200(actually up for sale) and a am205 and these guitar are amazing values.

Below are some great ibanez guitars to be on the look out for and could fall in your price range used. I do not recommend all ibanez models as I personally thought the af120 I owned was not up to par. You best bet though would be to wait it out for a af105

Ibanez af105
Ibanez af195
ibanez af200
Ibanez ag195
Old 17th October 2013
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I see a lot of semi-hollow's being mentioned. There is a big difference between a semi and fully hollow body. Based on your responses I take it you want a fully hollow body guitar.

I think ibanez is making some of the best hollowbodies out there for the dough. I own a af200(actually up for sale) and a am205 and these guitar are amazing values.

Below are some great ibanez guitars to be on the look out for and could fall in your price range used. I do not recommend all ibanez models as I personally thought the af120 I owned was not up to par. You best bet though would be to wait it out for a af105

Ibanez af105
Ibanez af195
ibanez af200
Ibanez ag195
We're back to the same guitar the 105 i think i'd better wait out for it i still remember the tone and the neck instant love

It's that or

Budget hollow body?Ibanez AS103 Nat Semi Hollow Body Flame Maple w Hardshell Case Mint 606559534135 | eBay

this

or

Budget hollow body?Ibanez Artcore Series AS93VLS Violin Sunburst Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar | eBay

three main choices i guess
Old 17th October 2013
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Well mid level can go a whole lot of ways from the top of the line Ibanez, the better Gretsch and Guilds, even a US Thin-Line Tele.


When I A/B'd the AF105NT against an AS103, the AF105NT was actually more resistant to unwanted feedback than the AS103.

The AF105NT may look like a jazz guitar, but it rocks and grinds and sings with the best of them.

The problem is that friends wanted one and could not find one as nice as mine in the stores, mostly because the in store set-ups were pitiful to unplayable.

I threw these clips together a long time ago.



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