#1
So I'm doing this 2 person band with a lady singer. Right now i have a '73 deluxe reverb and a telecaster, it was perfect for the blues band I was in before this. What I'm doing now requires something different. It's really alternative and not rock-y at all. The chimy single coils ain't doing it for me anymore. I need an acoustic sound.
I was looking at a bunch of different acoustic-electrics, but I honestly hate playing them. The neck feels so slow and i can barely bend the strings and make it sound good. Half the notes I play in chords don't even sound because i'm just not used to it. I'm just not used to playing acoustics whatsoever, it feels terrible.
So I've decided to most likely get a hollow-body electric. I just know nothing about them, and i could really use some recommendations for when I go to the music shop. Budget is 5-800.
So yeah, just a good 6-string hollow-body electric to give me a really soft and great acoustic tone. I need some good jazzy/acousticy/quiet humbuckers to work with. Preferably 3 channels, no tremolo bars. BTW I'm going to keep using the deluxe reverb, might eventually swap it for a princeton reverb RI and ext cab though.

Me and this girl I'm working with are really taking off, which is why i'm upgrading gear. We're going to be recording and performing often, so I really need good gear. Thanks for any help.
Last edited by steelyd1983 at Jul 24, 2009,
#2
check out the ibanez artcore series. i have an as-73 and its got a great mellow, "harmonically saturated" tone to it. the stock pups werent the greatest (pretty sure they use the ART-1 and ART-2 'buckers in pretty much the whole line) but you could replace them with your own custom selections and still stay within your budget. beware of doing the electrical work. im pretty sure they all have no access panel in the back so youre working out of the F-hole which is a nearly unimaginable pain in the ass.
#3
I'm looking at the artcores right now, pretty cool. I'll definitely check some of those out. I might just spring for the high end ones, they come with a hardshell case so I'd feel less bad about spending near $1000.
Either this
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-Artcore-AF105-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar?sku=512494
or it's semi-hollow brother
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-AS103-ARTCORE-Custom-Series-Semi-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar?sku=514208

Either way it'll be plugged in, so if they sound close enough to each other I'd narrow it by weight and playability
#4
although its not a hollowbody you might want to look into jazzmasters nad jaguars for that alternative sound
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#7
PRS has a few good SE semi-hollow models. Some with soapbars too!

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#8
The ibanez ajd91c looks very cool, i get the feeling it may be more for rock though. Still worth trying out.

And I love PRS! The SE models are actually pretty nice. I didn't even think about that, thanks for mentioning them. Right in my range to, just over $700. Love the body, mahogany and flame maple. The soapbar pickups interest me.. But are they humbucking? I don't know much about them at all. Are they like a mix between single coils and humbuckers? Thanks
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/PRS-Guitars-SE-Custom-Semi-Hollow-Soapbar-Electric-Guitar?sku=515827
Last edited by steelyd1983 at Jul 24, 2009,
#9
Being a single coil design the tone of a P-90 is somewhat brighter and more transparent than a humbucker, though not quite as crisp and snappy as Fender's single coil pickups. The tone therefore shares some of the single coil twang, but having big amounts of midrange and often described as brisk.

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-Avatar 1x12

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You're not truly playing guitar unless you know theory.
#10
Prs
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#11
Yeah, I'll definitely do a little side-by-side of the two PRS SE's and I'll check out the Ibanez Artcores. And maybe the jazzmaster/jag as well, they're pushing my budget though and I already have a good fender
#12
Quote by MichaelOfCanton
check out the ibanez artcore series. i have an as-73 and its got a great mellow, "harmonically saturated" tone to it. the stock pups werent the greatest (pretty sure they use the ART-1 and ART-2 'buckers in pretty much the whole line) but you could replace them with your own custom selections and still stay within your budget. beware of doing the electrical work. im pretty sure they all have no access panel in the back so youre working out of the F-hole which is a nearly unimaginable pain in the ass.

+1 for Artcores!
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#13
What kind of a Tele do you have?
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#14
It's just a mexican. Nothing special but it worked great for the blues rock band I was in.
#15
I agree, you should defiantly check out the artcores, but don't overlook Epiphone. The Epi Dot I have is a pretty good guitar and you might want to check the Epi Casino, which has P90 pickups.
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#16
If you really want acoustic tones why not get piezo pickups installed in the guitar? Your budget is sufficient enough to fund for the labor required to install them and the cost of the piezo's themselves.