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 ricochet » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:46 pm

No, it doesn't sound like a full acoustic at all. If you want that, get an acoustic.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby roadkill46 » Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:11 pm

1dustyeod wrote:Try one of these and save your money......

http://www.rondomusic.com/gg5stdch.html

I've heard really good things about 'em....

:D 8) :roll:


i like the rondo's. another good place, i have one of their LP clones and i love it is guitarfetish.com They have a casino copy that is beautiful.
save your money, buy the clone, then buy some LESSONS
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:16 pm

roadkill46 wrote:
1dustyeod wrote:Try one of these and save your money......

http://www.rondomusic.com/gg5stdch.html

I've heard really good things about 'em....

:D 8) :roll:
then buy some LESSONS
I take lessons
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby rustyslide » Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:57 pm

Derekslide wrote:How much would a full hollow body be? and what would you reccomend?


The full hollow body Eastmans I tried cost $1800-$2700, Canadian, almost two years ago. All of the websites I've seen list the MSRP, which is about 25% higher than the street price (so, multiply all the prices by 0.8 to get a better ball park. Don't forget tax ;) ).

They are definitely designed as jazz guitars, though like any hollow body, with enough volume they'll sound killer for the jazzier blues styles (e.g. Jump blues, T-Bone Walker style Texas blues, West Coast Blues, etc). Be advised that they're likely to come strung with 0.013 flat-wounds.

If you do want one that works as an acoustic guitar it has to have a floating humbucker instead of top mounted pickups, as the mounts will stop the top from vibrating enough for acoustic volume.

Here are some videos of the thinlines I mentioned before (that's not me playing):
General Review:

Robben Ford style blues:


Here's an Eastman hollowbody with top mounted humbuckers (not me again!):



Oh yeah, if I wanted an exact, good QA, generally kickass 335 clone that I was going to buy sight unseen, I'd order one from Japan. Take this Edwards for example. You could order from Japan for ~$1300 including a case and have it to your door in four days.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby NEONMOONY » Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:54 pm

They are made in the old Gibson factory in Kalamazoo MI, by luthiers that began working for Gibson back in the 1950's and 1960's.


How old are those guys??
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:41 pm

Thank you Rusty I'll check them out as well I'm still loving the ES-339 a lot.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby 601blues » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:20 pm

Its normal for someone too relate the cost of somtin too its quailty, its just not true, take it from someone that ownes 9 gibsons, I buy them when I find a good deal on one not just because they play better the sad fact is they don't, but for the fact I may be able to sell one day for a profit, so if thats yoour game I understand buying a Gibson, however not a new one I found a beautiful 175 Ihave been wantin for 850. bucks, GEZZ after 3 weeks of feedin grandkids and kids I just don't have the extra cash right now, But if your lookin for a HOT player, better listen up to what the guys are tellin ya! but its you and what you want thats ok!!but I believe you asked for advice
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:42 pm

602 Blues, I do listen to these guys guys but I don't want another guitar that just sits in the corner because it's a little ackword to play until I have more then 9 months of playing. and I know in another 6 months I will be able to bring out the beast in my resonator.


I'm also going to look at a Yamaha Sg 2000 if I can find one :)
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby killeriguana » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:31 am

NEONMOONY wrote:
How old are those guys??


They are in their 60's and 70's now. Here is an article from January from a local K-zoo magazine about the company.

http://www.encorekalamazoo.com/encore/issue_pdfs/Encore_Jan08.pdf
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby 601blues » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:10 am

Derekslide wrote:602 Blues, I do listen to these guys guys but I don't want another guitar that just sits in the corner because it's a little ackword to play uing ya intontil I have more then 9 months of playing. and I know in another 6 months I will be able to bring out the beast in my resonator.


I'm also going to look at a Yamaha Sg 2000 if I can find one :)

its 601, like I said do what you feel you have to do, nuttin wrong with that, But just to bring ya into most worlds, I have been playin for 45years, played with major bands, toured, with Marshall Tucker, FogHat, Elvin Bishop, Brother, Catus, Dreams, JoJo Gunn, Flash Cadilliac, and there are others here on site that has many years of strechin strings, and I feel your want too, but there ain't no magic guitar out there at any price! If your good at what you do you can pick up any guitar and play, you can't buy your way out of the years of work it takes to even begin to understand your instrument, I learn everyday, everytime I pick up my guitar :mrgreen: it teaches me its the master not me
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:19 am

Sorry about my typos my keyboard about to die and the space bar sticks.

Hey 601 Blues Do you know anything about the Yamaha Sg 2000 or any of the ones I mentioned? because I'm also taking the weight and string spacing into consideration.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby grady » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:32 am

601blues wrote:you can't buy your way out of the years of work it takes to even begin to understand your instrument,


That's a freakin' fact right there.
Learn it, live it, love it.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby rustyslide » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:02 am

grady wrote:
601blues wrote:you can't buy your way out of the years of work it takes to even begin to understand your instrument,


That's a freakin' fact right there.
Learn it, live it, love it.


It is true, but how many of us started as broke kids? If you're starting out in your 30s as I believe Derek is, and he has the disposable income, why shouldn't he buy something good?

I can think of a few reasons, but they're mostly mitigated by the small fact that he can sell it if he doesn't like it:
- if you can't hear the difference between guitar A and B, but B costs more, don't assume it's better. Eventually experience will guide you.
- you may buy totally the wrong instrument for the musical direction you head down.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby grady » Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:46 am

I agree Rusty.

Two reasons, a better instrument will make playing the guitar easier and will make you want to learn.

I think he (and anyone else) should buy the best instruments he can afford.

I have some sweet guitars here but, I can justify buying them because I make my living playing music. My music pays for them and in return, the instruments pay for themselves.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:26 am

grady wrote:I agree Rusty.

Two reasons, a better instrument will make playing the guitar easier and will make you want to learn.

I think he (and anyone else) should buy the best instruments he can afford.

I have some sweet guitars here but, I can justify buying them because I make my living playing music. My music pays for them and in return, the instruments pay for themselves.
Ditto, And a wise woman told me once, buy what you want and "NOT" what you can afford "with in reason" because your going to buy it any ways sooner or later you know?


And I did start playing late in the in my life which kind of sucks because when I finally get good enough like some of you guys I'll be in my 60's and probably die of heart failure "which I currently have"
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