Poll: Guitar?
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View poll results: Guitar?
ES-335
6 32%
ES-339
4 21%
Casino
7 37%
Other
3 16%
Voters: 19.
#1
Im looking for a good archtop guitar to play punk rock/pop punk/country/blues/rock/hard rock with. Would an ES-339 or a Casino be a good idea? Maybe an ES 355? So far I'm leaning further to the 339 side but I've always wanted a Casino they are such sexy guitars and they give such an incredible sound, but i'm not sure if it would be right for the sort of music i'd be playing. It almost seems to classy. Any opinions at all would be a fantastic help. I have a price range of about 0 - £600 and an intermediate skill level so any thoughts/advice would be great!
#2
Try a Hagstrom Viking

booped into Electric Guitar
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
#3
Any of them would be fine. The differences are small enough that it's going to be up to you to make the decision. Any opinions you get here are going to be of limited value
#4
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!
#5
I really do like the look of those Reverend guitars. Very sexy and angry looking, and the specs aren't bad either. But they're a little out of my price range. The Viking looks like an all round box ticker though! Love the look and the style the spec seem right and it's within price range!
May very well end up going for one of these. My only complaint to it really would be it's lack of a Tremolo but thats just a minor personal preference. Thanks for the suggestions guys!
#6
But they're a little out of my price range.


Well, if you just look at the hardtails, the Manta Ray HB and Club King RT & 290 models (at £612) are not a big stretch...

But I understand- sometimes the top end of the budget IS a stretch. In which case I'll point out that some of the solidbody Revs are in the mid-£500-612 range, too. The Jetstreams, Flatrocs, Buckshots, Double Agents (HB + P90!) and the last new Six Gun in the UK would all work very well for your genres.

I'll be honest: I suggest Revs because I own 2, and I know how good they are. So far, everyone I know who has tried one on my recommendation has been pleased. They didn't necessarily BUY one, but they appreciated their quality & tones.

The first I bought was a 15th anniversary Flatroc, which has a Bigsby and a pair of the RevTron mini-HBs. In gold metal flake. That thing is damn near perfect for rockabilly/psychobilly/surf/country/blues...

You probably wouldn't be able to afford one of the trem-equipped Revs (except that one Jetstream), but if you continue looking at them, look at the ones with their RevTrons or P90s.
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 Jan 6, 2014,
#7
To be honest, the Rev's really do sound like they'd be perfect. And if I can ever stretch my budget I don't think i'll think twice about getting one they have more or less everything i'm looking for. The problem is though is just if I could ever stretch it that far. 600 is my approximate maximum I think but even that I think would be a challenge. It sucks because given the chance I'd jump at one, but I really don't think that's going to happen.

Keeping it in mind however, I will remember them for the future if I'm ever searching for something again and will definitely take a look. Are you certain they'd fare well with the music i'd play? Id be playing things like AC/DC, Green Day, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash and blues players like Robert Johnson. In your opinion, which would fare me better, the Revs or the Viking?
#8
First, if it's outside your budget, it's outside your budget. I mean, if you can save up, that's great. But don't kill yourself trying to get a guitar. Like I said, any of those Epis would be just fine, ESPECIALLY if they're more affordable.

(Besides, its good to have goals!)

Second, the Hags have a good rep and history. Zappa loved them, for instance. I had a chance at a Ultra Swede, but passed because my funds were not right at the time. I currently want to get a Tremar Deuce F.

IMHO, the Viking would be a solid, solid option.

Third, I really am a big fan of Revs. The 2 I own have only made me want more. I'd have 3, but another UGer beat me to the punch! Here's why I like them:

1) the korina bodies are lighter than mahogany, but still gives you a wonderful tone

2) the necks are sweet- a medium oval with a glossy dinish that is somehow NOTsticky. And, by design, they're pretty standardized across the entire product line. Essentially, if you've tried one Reverend, you know what all of their necks feel like.

3) the bass contour knob gives you a LOT of tonal options, from rumble to twang.

Below are my 2 NGDs, plus Rev NGDs of 2 other UGers. JustRooster bought his Jetstream last month, and his review can give you a lot more insight than I can- I get the feeling that his playstyle may be closest to your own. His NGD is the last one in this list.
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1586581
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1616192
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1615116
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1626075

For giggles, SteveHOC posted this in the Rev thread- that's the one that got away from me in post #249!
http://tp.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1600850&page=13&pp=20
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 Jan 6, 2014,
#9
Seems like some sound, sound advice from your end. I've had a google and I see some good things about Revs I will definitely keep my eye on a few I don't think I've seen a guitar with more sex appeal and also such excellent specs at the prices compared to other guitars.

Just wish I could buy one But or now I think I'm going to stick with the Viking, which I have to say has got to be one of the other most stylish Archtops I've come across. Thank you for your advice, it's much appreciated. I've been playing guitar for quite a while, but I'm relatively new to searching for and purchasing guitars so all advice given has been of astronomical help, thanks again
#10
I think you'll like the Viking! Frank & Dweezil Zappa both played Vikings, as well as Tom Armstrong and Elvis Presley, to name a few.

Yes, that Elvis.

So, that's rockabilly, old-style R&R, punk, and avant garde rock...sounds pretty versatile.
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!
#11
Nope....you need to try out the guitar first hand.
If the neck dosnt fit your hand...you're not going to play it. I dont care what brand or
how expendsive it is or isnt. I have plenty of Jacksons I dont play and Jackson I play.
There's different kinds of frets, neck thickness, shap, width...ect.
Differnent types of wood for the body. The Wieght.
You dont think it's going make a difference...but it dose. My Z is brick compair to my V.
I dont play my V becuase of it's neck. The Z has slightly thicker frets but the volume
knob are set too close
My Ibenez has the best tone selections. Plus the locking tuners are different so my hand
wont hit it. But the frets on that thing is slight too jumbo for my taste.
Now Im on a Strat. It needs just a little more drive on the pick up and frets for my taste.
I like Les Pauls but theyre's bricks.lol Plus I like 24 frets

I was going to get an explorer. i had one when i was a kid. It was evil looking. Just flat black. But the darn thing had a neck that didnt fit my hand becuase of the year model
Gibson as was issuing. It had a especific neck shape.

I also have an obvation I cant or dont play. It hurts my hand becuase of the shape
of the neck. But father plays the crap out of it becuase it has beautiful sounds.

There's too many brands, models, years. You gatta go shoping.lol
Last edited by smc818 at Jan 6, 2014,
#12
Sounds like your wanting a Telecaster or G&L ASAT to me
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#14
A friend of mine has a WildKat- nifty little axe!
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
If you're looking at those you have to consider a used Korean Sheraton. Gorgeous sound and looks.
Last edited by Spud Spudly at Jan 8, 2014,
#17
my thoughts have been posted .have to sit down try each axe ,how they fit your hand what kind of neck you like so on .a lot of good cheap sort of speak axe,s out there ,me I have had a lot of them and the ones I keep are my best picks .I am Gibson man have been for over 40 years ,,but it is your pick,,,i have some low end ones myself ,do play them as well ,but the sound the tones ,the feed back so on is way out there ....maple neck ,rose wood neck son on .each have there own sound feel......but you get what you pay for ,,,,,,some are well built some are not ....but your pick is your sound ,I mean my l74 is the only axe I have had since I was a teen ,boy she is the best of all that I have ,,,,have her tat on my arm ....been threw a lot with her and she has stood threw time with me..........any hey you live ,your learn .....try many befor you pick ,,my thoughts hope it helps .chuck d
#18
One more consideration -- in the poll, you tossed an ES-339 into the mix. You realize, of course, that the body on those guitars is noticeably smaller than that on a 335, right? I've got both an old 335 and an early '80's Ibanez AM-205, which is the guitar Gibson copied to get to the 339. It's a big difference in how it feels. For some folks, navigating around the 335's larger body can be a bit of a PIA, and you may find that the 339 sized body works a lot better for you.