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Old 12-08-2011, 02:18 AM   #1
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Best Hollowbody / Semi-Hollow on a budget

So I have fallen in love, head over heals, with the Black Crowes. I have tuned my partscaster to Open G, but I really want a hollowbody / semi-hollow in order to the the feel and the vibe of their soul and sound.

I have a PRS Hollowbody I, but leaving that always tuned to Open G means it won't get played as often.

So I am wondering what is the budget guitar would be. I am hoping to find something used under $500. What should I be looking for?

Thoughts? Ideas?
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:20 AM   #2
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http://www.hagstromguitars.eu/index...=1507&Itemid=28

Get a Hagström Viking! They go around 700$ new.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:27 AM   #3
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I love my Ibanez AS73, but you could probably find a used Epi Sheraton II for that price and it's going to be a better guitar IMO
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:05 AM   #4
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:06 AM   #5
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hagstrom viking or epi sheraton. both awesome
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:19 AM   #6
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Would you settle for a mediocre old Japanese hollow body for much less than $500?
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:52 AM   #7
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I love my Ibanez AS73, but you could probably find a used Epi Sheraton II for that price and it's going to be a better guitar IMO

this - used epiphone sheraton is a great suggestion - especially if you can find one from the 1990s.

i managed to get one for £240 about 3 years ago. i still think it's one of the best deals i've ever had.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:12 AM   #8
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Defintely an epi Sheraton. I've heard good things about the Peavey Jf1, those are pretty damn cheap.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:40 AM   #9
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I have a MIK 1999 Epi Sheraton which I love so I'll join the crowd and say get the Sheraton. I saw a 1989 MIK Sheraton on Craigslist the other day for $350 and it came with a new hard Epi case. If I didn't already own one I would have bought that one. The nice tobacco burst color too.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/msg/2740623569.html
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:42 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone, I think I will be keeping my eye out for a used Sheraton. How are the pickups? Do they hold up to a little bit of grit?

What do you think of the Riviera Custom p93?
http://www.amazon.com/Epiphone-Limi..._hu-rd_add_1_dp
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:09 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone, I think I will be keeping my eye out for a used Sheraton. How are the pickups? Do they hold up to a little bit of grit?

What do you think of the Riviera Custom p93?
http://www.amazon.com/Epiphone-Limi..._hu-rd_add_1_dp


Best one of the bunch... it has P90's on it though.. single coils.. but I Love mine...
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:40 AM   #14
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Buy a used artcore with a case for $200–$350 on Craigslist. Use the rest of your money to buy and install your choice of pickups.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:06 PM   #15
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Best one of the bunch... it has P90's on it though.. single coils.. but I Love mine...


Do find the p90's in the Riviera to be more chimey or more gritty?
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Do find the p90's in the Riviera to be more chimey or more gritty?


The short answer is Yes... P90's, as you know, are single coils, and a very early design. very basic. so by themselves, they can be on the chimey side... However, the way the pickups and controls are wired, make it really versitile.

On the lead pickup, it's pretty chimey, even harsh... then you roll the middle pickup in a little and it mellows a bit... a litte more and it nibbles... all the way up has a little bite to it...

On the bridge pick up, it's mellow and full, then turn up the middle pickup a bit and it gets a bit gritty..

The 3 way switch controls the bridge and neck pickup, or both... the knobs are volume for all 3 pickups, and one master tone control... It takes a bit of getting used to, but it's very versitile...

the Bigsby stays in tune, once the strings are stretched fully... a little graphite on the saddles and nut and it's fine.. If you lived closer, I'd let you play it... You'd wanna take it with you...

Here's a youtube video link of me playing it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYzKXZXEs9w&feature =related

don't mind the mistakes... LOL and the recording quality isn't the greatest.. I'm playing through a 74 Twin Reverb, sitting on a 2x12 Bugera cab...
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:51 PM   #17
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Man that thing sounds smoking. Its at the top of the list! Although did find the Gibson Midtown Custom today, that thing looks awesome too, but its 3x the price.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:44 PM   #18
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Here's a youtube video link of me playing it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYzKXZXEs9w&feature =related

don't mind the mistakes... LOL and the recording quality isn't the greatest.. I'm playing through a 74 Twin Reverb, sitting on a 2x12 Bugera cab...

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Man that thing sounds smoking. Its at the top of the list! Although did find the Gibson Midtown Custom today, that thing looks awesome too, but its 3x the price.


Yea, I'm eyeballin' that Midtown too... but, if I'm paying that much money for something these days, I'd better be able to drive it to work...
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:46 PM   #20
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Shit man, I'd go anywhere for a gig in driving distance for free. I really need to find a band.
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