#1
My main choices as of now are :
Gretsch 5120
Epiphone Dot
Ibanez Artcore (AF75)

I realized I can get some bang for my buck at around $600.

I mostly play blues, rockabilly, and punk rock. I know, weird mix.
Any opinions?

Well, another thing I could do is mod my Epiphone Special II, maybe some new pick ups and tuners or something.
Player, give me some brew an I might just chill
but I'm the type that like to light another joint like Cypress Hill
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#2
i just got an epiphone dot (not the studio the regular one thats about $400) and its awsome. gretsch makes good hollow bodies too.

ibanez is alright....i would lean more towards the epiphone or gretsch though.
#3
Epiphone Dot. No contest.
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#4
Epiphone Alleykat. Those things are pimp. Or if you can find it: a flamekat.
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#5
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Epiphone Alleykat. Those things are pimp. Or if you can find it: a flamekat.




Those things still exist?!?!?!
#6
I've owned pretty much all threee (different Ibanez model same style though). The Gretsch and the Epiphone I'd highly recomend.

I had some problems with my Ibanez (it buzzed (string buzz not amp buzz...) like crazy and had crazy "unfixable" intonation problems) and and returned it for the Dot which I loved until it fell down at some point and cracked the neck... At which point I decided instead of fixing the neck for about $100 I should pile all my funds and get a new guitar. I wound up with a Gretsch which also has a crazy story of how I ordered it in a finish that "didn't exist" according to Gretsch when I called because it had been back ordered like 6 times and delayed me from a new guitar for about 4 months... But nontheless I got it and I love it.

In short: probably shy away from the Ibanezes they look nice but I dont think theyre properly built or taken care of at GC/music shops. They probably dont sell as much and get knocked around quite a bit.
#7
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#8
[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']

Those things still exist?!?!?!
I'd imagine a good number of them still exist somewhere to be purchased used.

I actually prefer the sound and feel of the smaller semi-hollows over the ES-335 style guitars. I mean, don't get me wrong, a friend of mine has a vintage 70's ES-333 and it's goddamned sweet, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I prefer my smaller semi's and thinlines.
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#10
[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']

Those things still exist?!?!?!

There a Rare Find?!?!?!? I Have one And read somehing like 500 or 1000 were made or something like that... or are they just discontinued..
#12
Look into the PRS SE semihollows, if they are even half as good as the SE customs then it will be worth your money. The few SEs that I have played I can safely say none have let me down, so I think your money is safe there. Other than that I like your choices of the Dot and Artcore, two really decent guitars.
#14
Those guitars will appreciate beyond compare in the next ten years. Thirty years from now, they may even hit the same price as an original 1957 Strat.
#15
Oh what do they go for... Sorry its been a while since i looked up the price of a strat. mostly cause i was afraid i would drool at the prices of my 69 strat would sell.

But as for the guitar You Can't go wrong with a dot. thoe guitars can play anything basicly. so it will fit your needs. also a Line 6 spider or a Peavey vypyr would also helpin your diffrent styles.
#16
57's in mint condition go for about 25K if i'm not mistaken. I know my pop used to have one that he traded for a drum set (later traded that for his first car) but yeah. Same value as the EVH Frankenstrat when it first came out last year.
#17
I say...
Find an Epiphone Sheraton II used, preferably a Korean-made one.
They are spectacular for the price.
#19
The Dot or the Gretsch, though id lean more for the Dot, idk how well the gretsch would be suited for punk
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#20
[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']I still maintain my Telecaster Thinline post
while the tele thinline is an awesome guitar (not the humbucker equipped model, those fender widerange pickups blow), it's not really a "semi-hollow." I mean, it is, but it feels and sounds more like a solid body instrument. I think the TS is lookin' for something with more air in it.

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The Dot or the Gretsch, though id lean more for the Dot, idk how well the gretsch would be suited for punk

ever heard of social distortion?
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#21
I played an Epiphone Dot before and I really didn't like it compared to the Cort model I tried.
Still waiting to try a Gretsch, though...
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#22
Can't go wrong with an Epiphone Dot. Gretch are great guitars too, never heard a bad word about them.

Another option is a Sparrow Primitive. Great guitar, lots of bang for the buck. http://www.sparrowguitars.com/primitive
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#23
Tim Armstrong of Rancid also uses semi-hollows a lot.

I may just go for a Dot, cheaper then a Gretsch, but still workable, plus, I love the sunburst finish on it.
Player, give me some brew an I might just chill
but I'm the type that like to light another joint like Cypress Hill
#24
Tim Armstrong of Rancid also uses semi-hollows a lot.

Yeah, Semi-hollows & hollowbodies are really common in punk, ska, rockabilly, psychobilly etc.
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#25
I love my 5120, but then it is a step up from the Starcaster that i began playing on, so anything that is not a Starcaster seems like the coolest guitar ever. But on the topic of the Grestch, you also get a Bigsby Trem, which is awesome.