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Old 02-12-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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hollow body guitars

Hey guys, I'm currently looking into getting a hollow/semi hollow body electric.
My price range is around 700-1000 dollars, I live in southern ontario. I currently use a traynor YCV40RW tube amp. I like to play lots of music, but particularly like a lot of folk rock stuff along the lines of neil young, wilco, attack in black, my morning jacket, city and colour. I'm also big into sixties beatles and British invasion and like to play a lot of alternative and pop punk (dinosaur jr., pixies etc.)

So I guess I basically wanted something that can get a good crunch distortion but also have a round and full clean sound, ideal for finger picking and rhythm.

I've been looking at gretsch electromatics, godin 5th avenue, epiphone casinos and emperors.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, what else should I look at? Out of the guitars I've named what do you guys like? etc..
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:03 AM   #2
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personally, I ended up buying a gretsch 5120. it had that "just right" neck for my hands (I also promptly swapped in better pickups). It's also reasonably good for punk-ish tones- I wouldn't run a ton of gain with it, but its fine for the usual pop-punk stuff. I love the guitar, but I definitely would not take it as a main guitar to a punk gig.

However, I would suggest that you maybe look at a semi hollow (epiphone Dot with upgraded pickups being the ubiquitous choice). A semi-hollow should give you better feedback rejection while still maintaining a good chunk of the openness you get from a hollow. this compromise would probably suit you better because it would give you a really solid all-around axe. definitely take a peek at the ibanez AS series too.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:08 AM   #3
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cool thanks man, I've seen the dot before, never played it though, it seemed like a little bit lower end than some of the other guitars I was looking at. What kind of pickups would you recommend upgrading to if I were to go with that one?
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:16 AM   #4
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How about an Epiphone swingster? Reverend makes high quality semi hollows in your price range. An Ibanez hollows are really nice for the money. So many choices. If you don't want Bigsby, Reverend is amazing value.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:02 AM   #5
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Look up Jon Kammerer Guitars on Facebook- his website is down- and you'll find he does solidbody, semihollows, and hollowbodies starting around $995. All will be 25.5" scale with 24 frets. He uses a few diffent brands of pickups for his standard stuff- Seymour Duncan, Golden Age, and so forth. His cored semihollow has coil-splitting as well.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:58 PM   #6
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Ibanez AM93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar $599.00

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Old 02-13-2013, 05:08 PM   #7
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:21 PM   #8
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cool thanks man, I've seen the dot before, never played it though, it seemed like a little bit lower end than some of the other guitars I was looking at. What kind of pickups would you recommend upgrading to if I were to go with that one?


the dots are definitely a little more basic than some of the other guitars. however, I've heard a couple with lace alumatone pickups in them, and they sounded brilliant.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:04 PM   #9
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I can see that being a good combo- I put 3 Alumitones in an all-maple hollowbody w/rosewood fretboard and have NOT regretted it a bit.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:00 AM   #10
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+1 to the AM93 - the pickups in it are fantastic and the guitar plays beautifully (at least mine did) right out of the shop. Not to mention the looks, it's a stunner in person, and the pictures really don't do it justice.

If not the Ibanez, I would look at a used Epiphone Sheraton, and maybe upgrade the pickups.

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Old 02-14-2013, 01:39 PM   #11
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Epiphone Casino or Gretsch 5420 get my vote.

I haven't played a Casino (I don't think they were made in left handed), but I've heard great things about them. I played the Gretsch briefly because there was a lefty model in that shop....Anyway, it played very well and sounded great.

Edit - Oh yeah, the price on the Gretsch was somewhere around 800, you should be able to get it for less since you're right handed.
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