#1
So my dad's been talking about getting me a hollowbody for a while (I'm in my school's jazz band) and since it's almost christmas and at this point I kinda want one, I figured now is the best time to ask. However, I play a number of styles (mostly rock, blues, alternative, metal, though I realize a hollowbody probably won't cover this part very well) and want something I can use for those as well, so I figure a semi-hollow is the best route to go.

My dad said he'd probably be willing to pay around $600. I'm looking for a semi-hollow that sounds good for jazz but can also handle various rock styles (I'll literally jump around from The Strokes to Wolfmother to Guns N' Roses to Megadeth, you get the idea).

So far I've only played three hollowbodies: a Peavey Jf-1, an Epiphone Sheraton and a custom nameless one that some guitar company had at a booth during a blue festival I went to. Personally if I could seek out that guitar again I would but it was over the summer and I don't know who made it XD (ah well. it was a great guitar that felt great and in the price range too). The Jf-1 was alright, nothing special. The Sheraton I liked a lot but I only got a minute or two with it and playd on clean so I'm not sure how well it would handle other things.

Anybody have any recommendations?
#2
A used Gretsch Electromatic or Duo-Jet would be great.

Just warning, the semi-hollows won't really do Megadeath well.... they're very feedback prone at higher gains levels.
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#3
Definitely get an Ibanez Artcore. The AS series is basically an ES-335 style guitar, and it's my primary instrument. I can play just about any genre on it, and if you want clips I use it in all of the songs on my profile. They're also not very expensive.

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Going to throw out the PRS Semi Hollows and Ibanez Artcores as well. Both are amazing.
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Definitely get an Ibanez Artcore. The AS series is basically an ES-335 style guitar, and it's my primary instrument. I can play just about any genre on it, and if you want clips I use it in all of the songs on my profile. They're also not very expensive.


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The other guitarist in a band I used to be played one and we played everything from classic rock to modern metal, although he used a Strat with a HB in the bridge for the really heavy stuff.
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The two I'd look into are the Ibanez Artcore and PRS SE semihollow. Both top-quality guitars for the price.

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+1 to everyone who said the PRS SE semi-hollow. i own one, and i play every type of genre. it can play blues and metal with absolutely no problem (i actually use it when play teh br00talz and it is up to par with my friends hellraiser) its an amazing guitar
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of course, if you were a real man you'd find an old tree that had been struck by lightening and you'd use that to make your own guitar... girly man.
#12
@GrisKy: I was considering that but that would require effort, and I'm far too feminine to put myself in THAT territory. XD

As for the PRS, I'm really hesitant about that. I own a PRS SE Custom. It's alright, but I guess I just feel like for a 700 dollar guitar it could be a lot better than it is.

If I look into the Artcore series, which particular model would probably suit my needs? There seems to be quite a few of them.
#13
Not sure about your price range but the new vox semi hollows are pretty awesome. Look good and are built to resist feedback so you can go from jazz to metal easily. A lot of awesome perks with that guitar. But you're looking at 2700 or something close to that. I plan on getting one for sure.
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Whilst I'm not a huge Epi fan, I will sing praise for their Semi-Hollow guitars all freakin' day. The Sheraton is a classic and will handle all you want (apart from metal, you silly bean) amazingly. I'm thinking of getting one myself soon, if you want a seal of approval...
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other than the artcores, epi's, and gretsch electromatics that have been thrown out there already, id say look at some michael kelly guitars. theyve got a few different models out there ranging from archtop (vibe, duece phoenix, couple others) to stuff like the hybrid series. the hybrid ones are nice. got more of your normal shape, but its semi-hollow and sounds damn nice. my old room mate had a hybrid special, and thats the one to go for. i think the standard hybrid lacks the piezo which is one of the great things about the special. the others are going to be more standard 335 style and archtops. ive got the deuce phoenix and it plays great. i know it seems like i mention these guitars all the time, but they are worth it.

the artcores are real nice as well, as are some of the epiphones in that price range. i think i would go for an epi over the ibanez, or at least thats the way i was leaning when i was doing my search. never got to try the gretschs out, but i hear they are really nice. try those out if you can, though they might be a bit over your budget. the prs se semi-hollow was very under-whelming for me, and thats coming from a guy who loves his se prs. didnt feel like it got me quite enough of the semi-hollow tone i was looking for. not a bad guitar, i just didnt think it was getting the right feeling. i thought it was more like a thinline tele in that it was a fuller sounding version of what it was with a touch of semi-hollow qualities, but wasnt like what i was used to after playing dots, casinos and artcores.
#17
I have an as73 ibanez artcore and love it. I don't play metal, but everything else and it handles it all fine. I did need a setup when I got it to file down the nut and set the intonation but after that it plays like a dream and sounds great. I really love the way it felt when playing to, I'm a big guy with big hands. When I play my strat it looks like a giant crushing a twig, lol. I only got to compare it to the epiphone at the store and preferred the ibanez, though the epiphone sounded ok.

EDIT: also go to guitar fetish and rondomusic. They have some nice looking, fairly cheap semi hollows. Never been able to play one though so I couldn't comment on quality. They might just need a pickup swap or something and then be just as good as the 500 dollar guitars out there.
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#19
Your better off just having 2 guitars, and seeing as how you already have a PRS to play rock and stuff, I'd recommend something like this...





that and your PRS should pretty much cover the tonal spectrum
#21
Well I don't need to be able to do metal with this thing. Obviously the feedback is gonna kill me. If it can handle moderately hard rock I'd be satisfied (like I know the Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother uses a semihollow, and I'm pretty sure I've seen the guy from Down use one, and from what I've heard they're pretty metal), although whatever works, works I guess. I play in a Hard Rock/Alternative trio.

Also how does that Ibanez sound through the JC120? My dad own's one and I use it from time to time.
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Whilst I'm not a huge Epi fan, I will sing praise for their Semi-Hollow guitars all freakin' day. The Sheraton is a classic and will handle all you want (apart from metal, you silly bean) amazingly. I'm thinking of getting one myself soon, if you want a seal of approval...

Aye. The Sheraton, the Dot, the Emperor, the Alleykat et al rule. I'd recommend a pickup change, though.