#1
So, I love cheap guitars. Love them. Strat clones, LP clones, pawn shop specials, all of them. I'm in the market for a new guitar, and was thinking either a semi-hollow or something Jaguar-like. But I'd rather avoid paying money on a big name. Anybody have a favorite Jag copy(or other short scale guitar) or funky semi-hollow they'd recommend, in the US? I don't have a specific price range in mind, but cheaper is better, obviously.
#3
Quote by moscaespañol
Agile Argus


I was going to suggest this.
Here is a link to it and if you still want cheaper there is the Douglas Corvis

3 to choose from.
Agile Argus
http://www.rondomusic.com/argusmini2ts.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/argusminilpb.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/argusminisg.html

Douglas Corvis
http://www.rondomusic.com/CORVIS627bkhum.html

The agile is going to be better but Douglas guitars deliver a lot of bang for your buck as well.

And lastly there is the Xavier XV-JT's
http://www.guitarfetish.com/XV-JT-Series-Offset-Electric-Guitars_c_208.html
#5
My old (1965) Silvertone Silhouette is basically a Jaguar look-alike, although not really a copy. It was built by the Harmony guitar company in Chicago, and sold for $89.99 in the Sears catalog (mid 60's).

It's the second one from the lift on the top of this link:

http://www.vintagesilvertones.com/index.html

And item number 10 in this image of the Sears Catalog page:

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=Silvertone+1478&hl=en&sa=X&rlz=1C1LAVA_enUS344US344&biw=1280&bih=685&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=HCUdWL5f9aVLhM:&imgrefurl=http://deaf-eddie.net/silver.html&docid=kxjIPBptZDUkfM&imgurl=http://deaf-eddie.net/67solidbodies.jpg&w=789&h=635&ei=UqnzTr-ZHOWFiALAzoiIDg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=513&vpy=338&dur=677&hovh=192&hovw=239&tx=96&ty=103&sig=114028117598637645286&page=1&tbnh=145&tbnw=180&start=0&ndsp=19&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:0

Mine's a bit different from the one pictured (which is a '67), in that the De'Armond pickups have silver foil, and not red foil. And mine has a floating wooden bridge (height adjusters at each end, but no individual string adjusters), similar to what is found on old archtop guitars.

(As an aside, you sometimes see these with the floating wooden bridge positioned behind the pickguard. But the intonation would be totally off that way - the bridge needs to be sitting on top of the back edge of the pickguard, just behind the bridge pup. It is just the string tension that holds it in place.)

The pickups are pretty hot, and the tone is not bad. Even at the low price, there are some quality touches, such as a bound neck, a nice fretboard with block inlays, and a three-ply tortoise-shell pickguard.

The model number of the one in the first website above is 1480, but mine was a 1478 model.

Here's a video that I found on Youtube, so you can hear what they sound like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haRjDC_MqTs

I think you can find decent examples of these for sale in the rough range of $300 to perhaps $600, depending on condition.
Last edited by rschleicher at Dec 22, 2011,
#6
my brother used to own a squier 335 knock-off and it was really nice. they're pretty cheap too (a local shop has one for $300 that I've been eyeing). they aren't the best guitars ever, but they play reasonably well and sound cool. they just look kinda funny to anyone who knows anything about guitars to see the squier logo on a gibson shape
#7
Sorry, I should have been a little more clear, guys. I'm looking for a Jag clone that also has the short 24" scale.
#8
Quote by rschleicher
My old (1965) Silvertone Silhouette is basically a Jaguar look-alike, although not really a copy. It was built by the Harmony guitar company in Chicago, and sold for $89.99 in the Sears catalog (mid 60's).


Hah no way! Old harmony guitars are sick. I was at my gf's place once and I noticed a jag shaped case, I instantly had to bust it open and see what was in it. It was a harmony silhouette, similar to the one you posted but with different pickups and tremolo. Pretty much identical to this one, in mint condition. Apparently it was her dad's from back in the day. Single owner for 40+ years, I was impressed.


For a funky hollowbody, just take a look on your local craigslist. I'm sure you can find a harmony rocket or something like that just oozing with mojo. I found some weird old japanese hollowbody for 300 bones with p90s and a phony bigsby like this one.


I guess if you want something more conventional, the prs se custom semi hollow is pretty cool.
#10
Just curious, but why do u love cheap copy guitars?
"A guitar is your personality expressed through six strings"

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#12
Quote by Iblis92
Just curious, but why do u love cheap copy guitars?


I'm assuming you're talking to me.
I find them really cool and unique, and you can often get nice tone for a decent price. I like different things, not strats and LPs.
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#15
i want to try out a guitar from rondomusic. some sort of hollwbody. maybe one of the sx ggs.
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#17
go agile.
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#18
A little off topic,but there is a little guitar shop on Brunswick street in Melbourne,that is packed with exactly what you're talking about.An entire wall of no name guitars,clones and original ideas that cost next to nothing.Many of them play amazingly.
Scour second hand guitar shops,far and wide,until you find something that just fits.
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#19
Quote by Iblis92
Just curious, but why do u love cheap copy guitars?


I love cheap copies. I can't explain it, but I just love them. Something about making music with something that was meant to be disposable, to be tossed aside, I love it. I regret selling my old 60s Silvertone, that guitar was amazing. It's just my thing. I'm also usually broke. That helps too, hahaha.