Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Catweazle » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:49 am

A very under-rated guitar is the Yamaha SA-2200 (SA2200). Better QA than Gibby, a truly beautiful guitar, that's as good as a Heritage.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:09 am

Catweazle wrote:A very under-rated guitar is the Yamaha SA-2200 (SA2200). Better QA than Gibby, a truly beautiful guitar, that's as good as a Heritage.


Yeah I know I've seen them and they're just as beautiful as Susan Tendschi who tours with Derek Trucks band.

But are they easy to find? or do they fall under the category of hard to find jems?
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby 601blues » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:45 am

The only thing bad about YAMAHA is there service and customer relations they suck when you need them, I don't like dealin with companys like that, So if its Yamaha I don't touch it
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:17 pm

601blues wrote:The only thing bad about YAMAHA is there service and customer relations they suck when you need them, I don't like dealin with companys like that, So if its Yamaha I don't touch it
Isn't that said for the same thing with Gibson? and Fender?
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby 601blues » Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:59 pm

no
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby grady » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:59 pm

Gibson's Customer Service is a joke.

My best friend has been a Gibson Dealer for about 25 years.
Recently, they sent him a Chet Atkins model whose nut was cut very poorly. The High E string would would slide off the edge of the fretboard whenever you tried to fret a note on it.
Now, we all know how much those Chet Atkins models cost.
My friend repaired it by putting a new nut on it but, just for kicks he decided he would call Gibson and tell them about it. Their reply ??? "After our product gets to your store, it's your problem".

Recently, I cornered the Gibson representative at the store one day about their QC issues and his reply was "Well, we're churning guitars out so fast, we just can't get a grip on the QC issues. Production numbers and sales are more important than quality."

No shit, those were the exact words that came out of his mouth.

Think long and hard before you throw down 2 grand on a Gibson.
If you don't have the knowledge/experience to spot flaws on a guitar before you buy it, don't buy a Gibson.

When I toured the Gibson factory back a few years ago, our Tour guide told us that all Les Pauls are made out of the same blocks of mahogany. Whether it's the Studio models or the $6000.00 Supreme models. They're all made out of the same block of Mahogany. It's the Tops that are different.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby grady » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:03 pm

Derekslide wrote:Oh nice, I love the black one on the right Grady.

Ok can I ask you to play the Ibanez AFS 85 thinline Semi-HollowBody Guitar unplugged with no amp?

And the Hollowbody Af95?

Also are these still made enough where if I went into a shop and asked to see one I probably wouldn't get a strange face?


Oh yeh, the AFS 85 didn't come out until earlier this year.
The AF 95 might be a little harder to find.
I don't recommend anything under the 85 series.
Check the Ibanez website for more info.

I'll try to record something for you soon.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Sun Jul 20, 2008 1:42 am

Thank you very much for your patience guys.

And thank you for your help Grady. I think I'm DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLING over a Yamaha SBG1000 http://www.yamaha.com/guitars/products/ ... CT,00.html

I got to have this one AND I WILL. as long as I like it....
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby bottleneck » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:53 am

really ,a lot what we're talking a bout doing with an electric archtop here,you could do witha flat top and magnetic soundhole pickup

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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:42 pm

Hey Bottleneck, I'm still looking for that electric thrill but the prettyness of the sound the acoustic can make.

And Grady's being a big help in this department which I really appreciates.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby bluesbros1 » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:05 pm

Yes -you'll pay more for a Gibson but they really go up in value--good luck getting any investment return on an Ibanez.
I'd recommend a used Gibson Es-333. Good price, great sound, great fretboard access, good investment.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:07 pm

Bluesbro1, I'm actually going to buy the Roland cube 60X and a Seymore duckan soundhole pup for my acoustic guitar.
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