Working man's big box...$$$

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Working man's big box...$$$

Postby Roguejim » Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:09 pm

I was listening to some Lionel Hampton the other night, and was really digging his guitar player's rhythm comping on a jump tune. Great chord selection. Great tone, especially.

I've been out of the loop for awhile, but are there any decent, quality big box guitars that a working guy can afford? A 50s Gibson is out of the question. Any good knockoffs?

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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby rustyslide » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:57 pm

Ibanez & Eastman spring immediately to mind.

Ibanez full hollowbodies run from about $400-$1000 USD.
Eastman hollowbodies (all solid wood, all handmade) run ~$1800-3000 USD.
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby zhyla » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:18 pm

I'm not familar with this "big box" term. Is that Canadian for archtop? You want it electric or no?
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby Roguejim » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:30 am

zhyla wrote:I'm not familar with this "big box" term. Is that Canadian for archtop? You want it electric or no?


Sorry for the sloppy terminology. Yeah, definitely electric. Single neck, or dual P-90 configuration. I guess I'd even settle for humbuckers.
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby rustyslide » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:24 am

zhyla wrote:Is that Canadian for archtop?


The persecution never ends around here. Next someone will bring up the damn bagged milk.

Speaking of Canadian, though, Godin makes a neat hollowbody with P90s for not much money. 5th Avenue series
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby DaveG » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:47 am

rustyslide wrote:
zhyla wrote:Is that Canadian for archtop?


The persecution never ends around here. Next someone will bring up the damn bagged milk.

Speaking of Canadian, though, Godin makes a neat hollowbody with P90s for not much money. 5th Avenue series


The guy I gig with has the single pickup version of the Godin that I play now and then, both with and without slide. It's one sweet sounding guitar.
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby Stackabones » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:04 am

The Epi ES175 is a cool git. If you can find an Epi Zephyr Regent for a good price, jump all over it!
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby bottleneck » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:21 am

i like guild archtops.sometimes they are cheaper than gibbys.

gretsches are pretty cheap,but i think the best bang for your buck in a cheap archtop
is a dean palamino.

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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby goldbrick » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:01 am

Epiphone Regent or Joe Pass are good


I have a vintage epiphone and they can be found for under a grand if you look. They have nice fat necks which the new ones dont

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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby Stackabones » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:21 pm

I recommended the Epis above, but I think you should also check out the Washburn HB15, which is a thinline archtop. Very cool guitar, and it also comes in a cutaway (HB15C).
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby Roguejim » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:35 pm

Those Eastmans are very nice looking. Are vintage Epis in the same price range as a new Eastman? I'd really prefer a vintage guitar to complement my 59' tweed deluxe.
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby jaybee » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:33 am

check out Hagstrom, they have some nice hollowbodies that sound and play great
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Re: Working man's big box...$$$

Postby leftyguitarman » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:52 pm

rustyslide wrote:The persecution never ends around here. Next someone will bring up the damn bagged milk.

Speaking of Canadian, though, Godin makes a neat hollowbody with P90s for not much money. 5th Avenue series


Well.... the bagged milk thing is pretty, umm, weird... to say the least. :| :mrgreen:

And those 5th Avenues are pretty cool. I always pick one up when I go to Guitar Center. If they were available left handed, I'd consider getting one.
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