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Hello all,

I've been jonesin for a hollowbody or semi-hollow body guitar for a while now. A while back, I had an Epiphone Dot... but I never seemed to bond with it. Not necessarily due to the sound, more so I only had it for a few months and didn't play it much due to a move. I ended up selling the guitar to help me fund the purchase of my Les Paul when a great deal came up I couldn't pass up. I love the LP, but I'm jonesin to get a hollowbody again because... well I don't really know why.

I've done some browsing online, and obviously there are a lot of options. The Hollowbody Telecasters with Humbuckers look really cool, and something like a 339 would provide me with the smaller body I like. Obviously Epiphone makes other models, Ibanez has several, etc. The Gretch's look really cool too.

I wish I could get out to play some, but that isn't really too feasible where I live. I'll definitely make a trip to try a few out I'm serious about, but I thought I'd see if I could get some opinions here in the forum, as I've gotten some great advice in here in the past.

I play in a Cover Band that does everything from Classic Rock, 80s stuff, 90's alternative, even recent pop songs. So a bit of everything. I play through a Peavy Classic 50 (which I like but may get something else in the next year or two). In the band, I'd say half of the songs I play clean, and for dirt I either use my Maxon OD9 for lighter OD or a Marshall Shredmaster (got a steal on ebay) for heavier stuff... to give you an idea of what I'm dealing with setup wise and what may be a good fit there.

Funds wise, I'm probably not going to go out and spruce for a White Falcon, but I'd be willing to consider really anything for the right guitar (and could always go used).

Any opinions are welcome - personal experiences from sound, reliability, looks, you name it. Thanks everyone!
#2
Check out the Ibanez AM93. Great pickups, smaller size (similar to the 339), beautiful looks, bound and blocked, hard to go wrong. It takes well to chunky overdrive and can handle pretty much anything I want to play on it. I love mine.
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#3
If you're on a budget, the Epiphone Dots/Sheratons/Casinos, Gretsche Electromatics, and Ibanez Artcores are all good options.

If you want something a little different, check out some of the options available in the Club King and Manta Ray lines from Reverend.
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If you're on a budget, the Epiphone Dots/Sheratons/Casinos, Gretsche Electromatics, and Ibanez Artcores are all good options.


^^^ What he said!
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#5
I play my silver sparkle electromatic with the USA De Armonds as my go to guitar. I love it, but it needs a little more paying attention to than my teles. The floating bridge and bigsby mean I have to reset the intonation evertfew weeks. It sounds aawesome though, clean or dirty. Feedback was an issue at first but now I use it to my advantage and I think it adds to my playing.
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#6
Some higher end options you might like include Godins (Montreal, 5th Avenue, etc.) and Carvins- especially their SH550s.
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Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#7
Gretsch would be my personal choice, but really the only way you can truly know you're buying the right guitar is to try it. and I don't mean try one then buy the same model off the internet. Try the actual guitar you'll be buying.

You already had a perfectly good guitar with your Dot, but you said you just didn't bond with it. That is exactly why you have to shop for guitars properly and form your own opinions. The opinions of other people mean nothing to you. We can suggest things you could try, but only through trying them can you determine whether that crucial bond will form.

PS- There is an electromatic Gretsch that looks just like the white falcon, they don't use that name and its more expensive than the other colours, but thats probably my next guitar because I'm never going to spend $4k on the real thing either.
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#8
Thanks for all the suggestions guys - provided some models I was not familiar with which look really cool.

Gary - Obviously I will play the guitar I will buy first, I just wanted some ideas as I learned of some models I had never heard of before (which I did with the Reverend, Carvin, etc). The Dot wasn't a mistake purchase, it was more I had an opportunity to sell it for pretty much what I bought it for to fund my Les Paul. Couldn't pass that opportunity up.

I am familiar with the Cult, not a huge fan... but I believe Duffy's go-to guitar is a White Falcon?
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I am familiar with the Cult, not a huge fan... but I believe Duffy's go-to guitar is a White Falcon?

Yep. After being one of Gretschs biggest name players in the rock scene for 30 years, they finally did a duffy signature model of it this year. Unfortunately its even more expensive than the standard white falcon (over 4k) so i won't be buying one

The electromatic that looks the same is next on my shopping list though
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#10
Thanks again for all the suggestion guys - given me quite a bit of online research to do before I go try some of these out. Very helpful.