#1
There comes a time in the life of every guitarist where they look at their shrinking budget, look at a brand new instrument that might help to expand their musical horizons, and proceed to throw caution to the wind. I've hit it once again. I'm in the market for a hollowbody.

But before I continue, I'd like to ask whether I need one. After a long time of accidentally limiting myself to rock and metal, I'm rearming myself with some blues and jazz playing. I have a very nice acoustic/electric already, and I'm not sure if I need another guitar at this point. Answer whether or not you think I need one first, and then give your recommendations.

Budget: Somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 dollars.
Genres: Jazz, blues, soft rock
Willing to buy used: Yes
Home or gig: Hopefully both, but assume home.
Closest city: Washington, DC
Current gear: Schecter Gryphon, Schecter V-1 Classic, Douglas Zeke (was my sisters, played twice by me and once by her), Bugera 6262 (which actually does clean up quite nicely under the right circumstances.)

I'm also trying to save up for a macbook pro, so I'm not really going to be able to go over 800.

Guitars I've found that I like: (to be updated regularly)
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin
- Great amplified sound
- Unplugged sound could stand to be a bit louder and more full - might be the fault of the stock strings.
- Plays like a dream
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#2
Actually, I go by Dave, but there are already too many Daves on this forum.


Fender MIM Stratocaster
Fender Jaguar Bass
Epiphone EJ200 Super Jumbo
Fender Excelsior 13w
Acoustic B300HD (with matching 1x12 cab)
BOSS BD-2W
NYC Big Muff Pi
#3
I think everybody everywhere ever needs a hollowbody. I should get one of those...
And I know there will be somebody on here in all of fifteen seconds explaining why I'm wrong, but I personally like the ESP LTD X-Tone Paramount with the Bigsby (this thing: http://www.guitarcenter.com/ESP-PC-1V-Paramount-Semi-Hollow-Electric-Guitar-with-Bigsby-516695-i1149057.gc?source=4WFRWXX&CAWELAID=702140348). Also, all those hollowbodies on eBay's Vintage category from Teisco, Kay, Univox and so on? When they don't have warped necks those tend to be awesome.
EDIT: that Gretsch is awesome.
#4
That's a semi-hollow, though - I want to be able to have a good archtop acoustic when I'm not plugged in.
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#5
Ibanez Artcore Hollowbodies are good guitars, and most of them are reasonably priced. Eastman makes some fine hollowbody guitars, too. I don't have any prices for them, but they're imported so they shouldn't be too expensive.
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#6
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That's a semi-hollow, though - I want to be able to have a good archtop acoustic when I'm not plugged in.


That's not gonna happen on an Archtop south of a couple thousand. Almost no one makes Archtops with pickups that can still be played acoustically at levels rivaling a true acoustic and those that do charge a great deal of money for them.

If you want a guitar that can be played acoustically and amplified than your best bet is to stick with your acoustic/electric.

If you want a guitar with a great electric blues and jazz sound, then you'll probably have to widen your horizons, and get a guitar that doesn't quite have it all there acoustically.
Actually, I go by Dave, but there are already too many Daves on this forum.


Fender MIM Stratocaster
Fender Jaguar Bass
Epiphone EJ200 Super Jumbo
Fender Excelsior 13w
Acoustic B300HD (with matching 1x12 cab)
BOSS BD-2W
NYC Big Muff Pi
#7
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First of all, the Gretsch G5122 is fully hollow. It looks kinda like an ES-335, so it's easy to mistake for a semi, but the looks as far as any resemblance goes.


I think he was talking about the LTD Paramount being semi-hollow (which it is).
Actually, I go by Dave, but there are already too many Daves on this forum.


Fender MIM Stratocaster
Fender Jaguar Bass
Epiphone EJ200 Super Jumbo
Fender Excelsior 13w
Acoustic B300HD (with matching 1x12 cab)
BOSS BD-2W
NYC Big Muff Pi
#8
I love my Gretschs, they are just fun to play.
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Seriously, I'm not a fan of iphones and guitars mixing.
#9
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First of all, the Gretsch G5122 is fully hollow. It looks kinda like an ES-335, so it's easy to mistake for a semi, but the looks as far as any resemblance goes.


Now, there are archtop acoustics with "floating" pickups, where the electronics are all attached to the pickguard. Those will probably give you the best of both worlds. Unfortunately I don't know of any in your price range. Keep in mind, archtops sound very different from flat-top acoustics anyway, typically with a bit less volume and sustain, and more midrange and note attack.


http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ETEMNAGH

Found this. Anyone know if it's any good?

EDIT: Also, anyone have an opinion on 5120 vs. 5122 (single cut vs. double cut)?
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#10
Epi Casino! Or Gretsch 5120 but i still say the Casino =p
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#11
Get a used Artcore and use the money you save to have a tech swap the pickups for some TV Jones pups.
#12
You know what? Screw it. I've already got 5 guitars, 4 of them are perfectly usable for everything I need, and just getting That Sound isn't enough to justify a new purchase when I'm not talented enough to use it properly. I think I'll save the money from this and use it on lessons.
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one of the best, educated and logical posts I've ever seen on UG in the Pit. Well done good sir.