#1
Hello!
Could you experienced guitrarists on here help me out? I've only played since January but I'm tired of my cheap chinese Supreme (**** brand in Sweden).

I play a lot of different genres, usually Beatles type of songs but also jazz and blues. The "hardest" song I ever play is probably Jet or Helter Skelter which are not very "Hard" at all, but that's my limit, so I don't really need a screamy LP.

I've got these to chose from:

Ibanez AK95-DVS
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_ak95dvs.htm

Höfner Verythin HCT-VTH-ANB Limited
http://www.thomann.de/gb/hoefner_verythin_hct_vth_anb_limited.htm

Hagström Viking Deluxe BK Tremar
http://www.thomann.de/gb/hagstrom_viking_deluxe_bk_tremar.htm

Gretsch G5120 Electromatic BK
http://www.thomann.de/gb/gretsch_g5120_electromatic_ltd_bk.htm

If you have any more advice I'd gladly take them (NO STRATS!!!!!!)
#2
I have the AK85 DVS (older version of the AK95)... great guitar, especially for Jazz. I have a set of flatwound 12's on mine. It plays as easy as my others with 10's. No kidding!

Looking at your choices, it seems only the Ibanez is without the Bigsby trem. Is that something you need?

Also, the Ibanez and the Gretsch are full hollowbodies (deep body archtop), while the Hofner and Hagstrom are semi hollows (thinner with a center block). The semi's can handle feedback a little better. They are more suited to rock than a full hollow. If you can play them prior to purchase, that would be best.
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#4
Quote by Auriemma
I have the AK85 DVS (older version of the AK95)... great guitar, especially for Jazz. I have a set of flatwound 12's on mine. It plays as easy as my others with 10's. No kidding!

Looking at your choices, it seems only the Ibanez is without the Bigsby trem. Is that something you need?

Also, the Ibanez and the Gretsch are full hollowbodies (deep body archtop), while the Hofner and Hagstrom are semi hollows (thinner with a center block). The semi's can handle feedback a little better. They are more suited to rock than a full hollow. If you can play them prior to purchase, that would be best.

Unfortunately the local dealer only have tons of strat-ibanez, epiphone and gibson guitars in right now.

I don't think I would ever use the bigsby trem tbh. My concern with the AK95 is if it will manage rock songs as well as jazz and blues? Like you said I'm afraid that a little gain will ruin the whole sound of the AK95.
#5
I could speak volumes for days about the Electromatics. I am a huge fan, and if I were to recommend one, it'd be that. Sadly, I'm not familiar with the Hofner or Ibanez, but I can also tell you that the Viking is a solid guitar. However, the Viking's voiced to be a bit "harder" than your normal styles. Go Gretsch, you'll be happy.
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#6
Quote by JustRooster
I could speak volumes for days about the Electromatics. I am a huge fan, and if I were to recommend one, it'd be that. Sadly, I'm not familiar with the Hofner or Ibanez, but I can also tell you that the Viking is a solid guitar. However, the Viking's voiced to be a bit "harder" than your normal styles. Go Gretsch, you'll be happy.

What's the difference between the G5120 and the G5122
#7
The 5122 is a double cutaway, the 5120 is a single (and sexier, I think).
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#8
Quote by JustRooster
The 5122 is a double cutaway, the 5120 is a single (and sexier, I think).

any other gretsch models in that pricerange you could recommend?
#9
Not that I can think of over the G5120. That guitar is very good for the price. Another guitar for the price that I would say is worth considering is the Epiphone 339 Ultra. For what you're doing, though, I'd say the Gretsch would be the healthier choice (and they hold their value better in resale).

That's just my opinion, though.
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#10
This looks beautiful: http://www.thomann.de/se/gretsch_g5120_ltded_white.htm
should have a high re-sell value as well, right?
I'm thinking of going with the Yamaha THR10 as an amp because I only play at home in my room and I've heard that it gives a really good "big amp sound" even though it's only 10W. + it would go nice with my chromatic harmonica.
#11
If you can, go out a play some. The best knowledge you can have when deciding on a new guitar is your own experience.
#12
++++ on the Electromatics- very nice for the price. As I recall, they have a slightly deeper & bigger body than the others on your list, so will have more acoustic volume, if that matters to you.
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