#2
Ibanez AF75/AG75
Yamaha SA500
Epiphone Dot
Washburn HB30/J3
Cort Source

are some possibilities...
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#4
Considering the term 'jazz guitar' could cover anything from an F-hole acoustic to a Les Paul, could you help narrow it down a bit?
The most common types would be like a Gibson ES 135 or 175 and there are look-alikes of these. I played, I think it was a Tanglewood a few weeks back and while it played nice enough, the sound was nowhere near what I expected.
There's a lot of work in this type of instrument, so getting to an affordable price means some hefty corners have to be cut. That would most usually be in tuners and pickups, the latter having a huge effect on the sound.
Here are a few to think about
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-AK80-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar-584114-i1499721.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Dean-Palomino-Electric-Guitar-511933-i1147411.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-ES-175-Electric-Guitar-103844122-i1149388.gc
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#5
Yeah, I just took jazz to mean hollow-body electric... Yes something like an ES-335 would be nice!
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#6
Epi's Dot is great though it's pickups are lacking tone.

or

Even a Strat could do the job quite well.
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#7
I was thinking about something semi-accoustic. I'm after a nice jazz tone but the lack of versatility of the archtops is a put off. I want to play traditional jazz (i.e. Montgomery) while still being able to get a 'jazz/fusion' tone if I want to. I've had my eyes on the Ibanez as73.

p.s. I've been playing a strat for the past 6 years and i don't think they are capable of getting that deep jazzy tone.
#8
Epiphone Dot, maybe Studio if you really need to save money.

Epiphone Sheraton II is nice, and under $500 if you go used.
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