#1
Looking for a great reliable semi-hollow body guitar. Don't care what it is or how much it costs (I care more about value). Something that will sound great and stay in tune out of the box without any upgrades. I'm interested in playing all sorts of music, melodic rock and pop, jazz, but particularly punk (on the heavier side). Thoughts?
#3
Quote by samuraigoomba
Gretsch 5120, Ibanez Artcore series, maybe Hagstrom.

Aren't gretsch full hollowbodies?
#4
Lots of options out there...check out: Ibanez Artcores; Epiphone Dots, Casinos & Sheratons; Godin 5th Avenue (esp. Kingpin 2); Reverend Manta Rays, Club Kings, Pete Anderson PA series; Hagstrom Tremar Deuce-F, Vikings & Jazz models; assorted Gretsch, Fret-King and G&L models.
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#5
Epiphone Dot.
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#8
Taylor T3B. Just bought one recently. The tone is amazing. The T3B model has the Bigsby, however it's also available as a T3, which has a stop tail. The Bigsby stays in tune, since it has a roller bridge. Awesome guitar. If you decide to get one, make sure you have a decent strap for it, as it does have some heft to it. I have a photo of mine - in natural finish with a highly figured quilted maple top - on my profile page under my gear.
#9
I like my Jon Kammerer semihollow and hollowbody guitars.
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#12
For what you're playing, check out the Carvin SH-550 (single cut version -- there's also a double cutaway version).

It's something like the Gibson Midtown in size, with a back that's carved out via CNC machine from a solid chunk of mahogany.



At that point, however, Gibson slaps a flat top with F-holes on the Midtown and calls it a day, with plastic inlays and an unknown material fretboard (that wasn't derogatory, BTW -- I'm simply not sure what's on it currently).

Carvin takes a 2" hunk of figured maple (or spalt or koa or walnut or other wood) and carves out the inside back of it and the top.



Standard on the Carvin (and completely unavailable on the Midtown) is an AAAA flamed, quilt or flamed koa carved top, a "Deep Triple Step" finish that enhances the grain, a huge range of colors and burst finishes, a matching headstock, an ebony fretboard (maple and rosewood options), real MOP or Abalone inlays, 14" radius, 25" scale, locking tuners, , etc., etc.
Huge number of options available.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/sh550

Note that there are a couple of different headstocks available, including one that's very nearly a straight-pull headstock (see the red one, below) that's outstanding for maintaining tuning:

Last edited by dspellman at Oct 2, 2013,
#13
I had an Ibanez AS73. Hated to sell it, but.... life happens. I really liked it. If I was in the market for another semi-hollow that would be at the top of my list for price range. It played like butter and was easy to control the feedback. The only thing I did to it was put some Stew-Mac overwounds in it. After that, she was a dirty blues box.
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#14
Gibson ES-335, if that's in your price range. The most obvious choice though, but it's the obvious choice for a reason.
#15
Quote by dspellman
For what you're playing, check out the Carvin SH-550 (single cut version -- there's also a double cutaway version).

It's something like the Gibson Midtown in size, with a back that's carved out via CNC machine from a solid chunk of mahogany.



At that point, however, Gibson slaps a flat top with F-holes on the Midtown and calls it a day, with plastic inlays and an unknown material fretboard (that wasn't derogatory, BTW -- I'm simply not sure what's on it currently).

Carvin takes a 2" hunk of figured maple (or spalt or koa or walnut or other wood) and carves out the inside back of it and the top.



Standard on the Carvin (and completely unavailable on the Midtown) is an AAAA flamed, quilt or flamed koa carved top, a "Deep Triple Step" finish that enhances the grain, a huge range of colors and burst finishes, a matching headstock, an ebony fretboard (maple and rosewood options), real MOP or Abalone inlays, 14" radius, 25" scale, locking tuners, , etc., etc.
Huge number of options available.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/sh550

Note that there are a couple of different headstocks available, including one that's very nearly a straight-pull headstock (see the red one, below) that's outstanding for maintaining tuning:



The SH-550 is one of my favorite Carvins, and is on my G.A.S. list. Great guitar.


(I'd probably put some TV Jones in it, though...)
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#16
Quote by dspellman
For what you're playing, check out the Carvin SH-550 (single cut version -- there's also a double cutaway version).

It's something like the Gibson Midtown in size, with a back that's carved out via CNC machine from a solid chunk of mahogany.



At that point, however, Gibson slaps a flat top with F-holes on the Midtown and calls it a day, with plastic inlays and an unknown material fretboard (that wasn't derogatory, BTW -- I'm simply not sure what's on it currently).

Carvin takes a 2" hunk of figured maple (or spalt or koa or walnut or other wood) and carves out the inside back of it and the top.



Standard on the Carvin (and completely unavailable on the Midtown) is an AAAA flamed, quilt or flamed koa carved top, a "Deep Triple Step" finish that enhances the grain, a huge range of colors and burst finishes, a matching headstock, an ebony fretboard (maple and rosewood options), real MOP or Abalone inlays, 14" radius, 25" scale, locking tuners, , etc., etc.
Huge number of options available.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/sh550

Note that there are a couple of different headstocks available, including one that's very nearly a straight-pull headstock (see the red one, below) that's outstanding for maintaining tuning:


Pretty sure Carvin specializes in guitar porn. Just saying.
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#17
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Oct 3, 2013,
#18
I have an Ibanez AS73 I really enjoy. But if I had the money, here are ones that I have tried that have stuck out;

Godin Montreal - http://www.godinguitars.com/godinpremierep.htm

Eastman Thinline - http://www.eastmanguitars.com/thinline-electrics/

Rickenbacker 300 - http://www.rickenbacker.com/model_all.asp?series=300

The Carvin looks very cool, I have not seen them around here(will have to look harder)

There are lots of great guitars out there, go out and try as many as you can.

Have fun looking.
#20
no price you say? oh man. where to start?

CARVIN (just bought one, its insane. my first stop)
B3 guitars water or wood models
Giffin guitars
gibson 339
hollow bodies USA teles or G&L
yamaha semi hollows (VERY NICE)
Hamer guitars (also amazing)
hagstrom
gretsch
rickenbacker
PRS semi hollow (saw one used for 950)

i mean, everything i mentioned varies from 700 to 5000 so pretty open there.
Carvin CT624
Walden G630ce Acoustic
Carvin V3M, Avatar 2x12 WGS Reaper, vet 30
(crybaby, Fairfield circuitry Comp, GFS tuner, Vick Audio 73 Ram's Head, Xotic AC booster, lovepedal trem, TC Flashback, PGS Trinity Reverb, Walrus Audio Aetos power)
#22
Paul Languedoc
Plays:
Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 FR Limited
Parker Mojo Fly
Ibanez SZR 720
Tanglewood Evolution
LaPatrie Etude DEMO
'66 Hagstrom Viking I (customized)
SGR C-7 (defretted)
Agile Intrepid 828

Amp, Pedals:
Laney LV300
BOSS RC-20XL
#23
How about a Veilette?

http://veilletteguitars.com/
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#24
Duesenberg starplayer TV... awesome guitars!

http://www.duesenbergusa.com/
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#25
Hitone: http://hitoneguitars.com/

Yes, that is a semihollow 12-string Tele on their splash page.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#28
whoa....Robin guitars has a model named after me. wtf. i might give them a call.

yes, paul languedoc is top notch. but really here are getting carried away on price here. we in the 5000+ range.

this guy is one of the most impressive custom builders i didnt know about. his stuff is really out of hand amazing.

http://www.crowhillguitars.com/gallery/semi-full-hollowbody/
Carvin CT624
Walden G630ce Acoustic
Carvin V3M, Avatar 2x12 WGS Reaper, vet 30
(crybaby, Fairfield circuitry Comp, GFS tuner, Vick Audio 73 Ram's Head, Xotic AC booster, lovepedal trem, TC Flashback, PGS Trinity Reverb, Walrus Audio Aetos power)
#30
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Oct 4, 2013,
#31
#32
Quote by davidkamayor
Do you have a Manta. Those look awesome.

Alas, no- I came damn close to getting a used Manta Goldtop, but someone snatched it up before I could get my finances straight. So it's still on my G.A.S. list.

A fellow UGer by the name of lukethechemist recently scored a red Tricky Gomez, though. Essentially, it's a non-sig sig model based on the Manta. His NGD may enlighten you:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1615116

The main cosmetic differences are the color choices, the different pickguards, and the 3+3 vs 6 on top headstocks*. The main important difference is that the TG has the RevTron miniHBs, which have a very nice FillerTron-like tone.


* according to Tricky Gomez, he prefers the 6 on top because it lets him knock his cat off the sofa when practicing without affecting his tuning.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Oct 4, 2013,
#33
How do we feel about Hagstroms? They look like great value (most importantly how do they do higher gain stuff... my friends are all into metal and punk.)
#34
I came real close to buying a Hagstrom. They sell an LP-style guitar (Super Swede) with coil taps.
Last edited by samuraigoomba at Oct 5, 2013,
#35
I've tried a few used ones in stores and I regret not buying at least one of them.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!