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 601blues » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:12 am

don't take what I said wrong, If you want a gibson thats OK, what I was sayin was there are other guitars on the Market That are as good and some better than a Gibson for a lot less monies,
The Upside about buyin a Gibson is you can always get your money outta it if you need too sell it
The down side of Buyin a New Gibson is part of what you pay is Tax and profit, at purchase so this you will not get back for many years
Buyin a used Gibson from private owner, let him take the loss, so now your buy is loss free
Iam kickin my self in the azz for not grabbin up the 175 the other day!! for 850.00 thease sell for 2500.new Iam thinkin of headin back and gettin it tomorrow
SO Derick if you want a Gibson get it, but don't think that the cost of anything relates to the quaility of what your buyin
Just like fender,American vs Mex, I bought a 72 tele mex. just because I wanted a humbucker at the neck and single coil at the bridge,and the tail pieceo accept an ash tray, I couldn't find an American with this set up, But The Mex Kicks azz its just as good for me, at 1/2 the price
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby bottleneck » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:27 am

i still see 1930's to 60's gibson L non-cutaway archtops go for under two grand often.that would be a good choice for the full acoustic sound you speak of.add a dearmond or other floating pickup and whammo.

for electric its hard to beat pre gibby epi,pre fender guilds,and heritage ,as previously mentioned.some things like gibson es-225's etc go for less money too.

for modern and inexpensive,a lot of the asian gretsches are as good (better?)than the american gretches.i sometimes see them go for around 300.

i've been playing a guild ce-100 for 20 years or so.

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

Postby Derekslide » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:52 am

John thanks I'm actually looking at all possibilities.

Hey 601 Blues, Like I've told john I'm going to look at everything and I'm even going to look at a full Martin acoustic electric guitar as well since I've been talking about the acoustic sound so much.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby NEONMOONY » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:47 pm

Grady wrote:
I have some sweet guitars here but, I can justify buying them because I make my living playing music.


Justification's overrated, especially when it comes to guitars.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby allanlummox » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:56 am

"gibson es-225's"

I'd love to get another es-120T.

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Man, just this breathy blues machine. Sounded cool as hell over any amp.

Mine developed Gibsonitis - the headstock got that crack in it. So I swapped it for a similar year Melody Maker I later sold in London.

Mostly, I think I just like those necks.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:19 am

allanlummox wrote:"gibson es-225's"

I'd love to get another es-120T.

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Man, just this breathy blues machine. Sounded cool as hell over any amp.

Mine developed Gibsonitis - the headstock got that crack in it. So I swapped it for a similar year Melody Maker I later sold in London.

Mostly, I think I just like those necks.
She looks like an awesome guitar.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby bottleneck » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:27 am

man mr. lummox,that WAS sweet.remember i played that thing for ,like,two hours before i realised i was in standard tuning.then i wouldn't give it back to you,haha.

i'm thinking of getting another archtop.then i start thinking tricone,amp,i dunno,gas is back.

BTW,i'm playing penn's landing tomorrow,hehe

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

Postby Derekslide » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:30 am

So thats it, I'm going to get an Arctop and thanks John for the photo of that guitar.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby grady » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:32 pm

Whoa now, what works for other guitarists may or may not work for you.

I wouldn't suggest getting any particular instrument based solely on what someone else plays.
I like Peter Frampton but, a Les Paul doesn't work for me. I dig some of the old Blues Guys but, a Reso doesn't work for me either.

Hollow, Semi-Hollow and Acoustics work best for me.
Also, my Valley Arts Custom Telecaster is a God-send for when I want to play a solid-body electric.

I suggest you go to a HUGE guitar store with a excellent selection to get a better idea of what is going to work for you. Play 'em all thru the same TUBE amp and let your hands and ears decide what you need.

Don't be suprised if you go home with a guitar that is totally different than what you had in mind before you got to the store.

Those old Gibson Hollowbody guitars in Dan's post are freakin' sweet. I'd love to have one.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:16 am

Grady, Thanks man I am.

I'm going to go to guitarcenter, Gibson usa, and some pawn shops along the way for my trip.


but right now I'm not liking my electric very well.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby grady » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:34 am

You're welcome.
Don't forget to check out the Acoustic guitars as well.
A great Acoustic guitar is a wonderful thing to have.
Here's mine, a Taylor 612CE

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Also, check out some Valley Arts guitars if you get a chance.
They're now owned by Gibson and should be available at any Gibson dealer.

Here's mine, a Custom Tele model.

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As you can see, I love Flamed Maple.

With guitars like that, you would think I run them thru some kind of Boutique amp.
I don't. The best small Tube amp on the market right now is the Fender Champion 600.
It costs around $200.00 new.
It'll be going up to $269.00 after the first of the year.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:40 am

Oh nice, Hey Grady what if I got get the standard Sg + acousticer pedal + the cube 30?

Would this setup give me the variables I want as in Acoustic and rock? in one setup?
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby grady » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:56 am

Derekslide wrote:Oh nice, Hey Grady what if I got get the standard Sg + acousticer pedal + the cube 30?

Would this setup give me the variables I want as in Acoustic and rock? in one setup?


If you want to walk the line between Acoustic & Electric with one guitar, a ES-335 would be your best bet. Seriously, those semi-hollowbody guitars are the most versatile guitar on the market.
I go to gigs with a Ibanez AFS 85 and I do everything from Cat Stevens to Jethro Tull to John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters with that guitar. and every night, at least one person comes up to me and tells me how great that guitar sounds.

I need to take some photos of that guitar and show you what I'm talking about.
check back in a few minutes and I'll have some photos for you.
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby grady » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:33 am

Here's what I gig with,

Ibanez AFS 85 thinline Semi-HollowBody Guitar

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Notice how thin the AFS 85 is next to my Full HollowBody AF95

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My Pedal Board
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which has,

Barber LTD Low-Overdrive Pedal
Marshall Guv'Nor Plus Distortion pedal
Boss Chorus Ensemble
Holy Grail Reverb
FullTone Fat Boost
DigiTech Jam Man Looper pedal
Boss Tuner

Fender Champion 600 Amp (the two-tone amp sitting on top of the Fender Pro Jr.)
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Re: Best Semi hollow body guitar for $1,500 -$2,000?

Postby Derekslide » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:43 am

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?
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