#1
Hello, I was thinking of purchasing a semi hollow body for my growing musical carrier, and have come to seek help. I would like a decent guitar for a decent price. I have been trying to find a guitar for, Rock, Alternative, Americana, and Jazz. I have been looking into these

- Ibanez as93
- Ibanez as75
- Ibanez as73b
- Godin 5th Avenue uptown
-Washburn HB32

Can anyone help? If you know of any other brands, or models, feel free to post them.
#2
Lots of choices. An Epiphone Casino is surprisingly good these days for not much $$. I was in a session in LA last year and the other (very talented) guitarist was playing one. At one point we swapped guitars and he was on my Tele with me on the Epi. I'm not ready for a permanent trade but I would not hesitate to gig with his axe.
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#3
Prices on those in the OP are all over the place, but all are pretty good guitars for their prices.

Another Godin to consider would be the Kingpin II.

Gretsch has a host of ones to consider, but the Electromatics are a good bang for the buck option.

The Epiphone Dot, Casino and Sheraton are worth looking at.

Hagstroms's Tremar Deuce is pretty good.

Reverend makes a host of semis, and they're very good guitars:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/category/guitar/

I own a Jon Kammerer identical to these two used ones- VERY nice:
https://reverb.com/item/34815-jon-kammerer-model-10-2hng
https://reverb.com/item/19790-jon-kammerer-model-10-2hng-custom-boutique-guitar-usa-cherry-wood-parabolic-body-maple-neck
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#4
If you are looking for a semi-solid guitar, and you are willing to spend around US$1,500.00 (the Godin sells for almost that much), and you are in the U.S.A., then you owe it to yourself to look at Carvin's SH550:

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

The ones I have played are unbelievably good guitars.
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#5
Seconding that- the Carvin SH550 is a sweet fine axe...
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#6
I've not tried out the Godin you mentioned, but I own a 5th Ave. Kingpin and it is a fantastic instrument at a very reasonable price, perhaps the best value in it's range in terms of craftsmanship and sound.
The music shop I used to work in carried Washburn and I can't say any of their HB series semi-hollow bodies struck me as worth the money; the build quality was consistently lacking and the sound was muddy and basic to my ears.
A second hand Epiphone with upgraded hardware is a good route to go; I've played a few and the results are really impressive.
If you're willing to invest a little cash, a second hand Heritage can be found for ~$1,600 USD if you poke around a bit and I don't know anyone who owns a Heritage and regrets their purchase.

Best of luck in your search.
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#7
Im willing to spend some money, Carvin does seem like a good way to go, and I have tried a few Epiphones and never found one that just felt, right. Iv played a few of the Ibanez guitars, and they felt comfortable, but not completely the feel I like. I also hear The Loar has great guitars.
#8
Used Artcore! You can find good used Artcore guitars with cases for half the new cost if you’re patient. Then you can use the money you saved to put in custom pickups.
#9
I love my Ibanez am93, and with your budget you could get an even higher end one. The artcore line has serious bang for your buck in my experience. Carvin and Godin are also great guitars, but I can recommend the artcores from experience.

Edit: oooh yeah reverend is awesome too. Check out the mantra rays, those things are pure sex.
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#10
I have a cheap ($200) Epiphone Dot Studio. I really love the tone from the body, even playing unplugged, and I love the gibson-y growl I can get from the humbuckers (even if they are not high end, but rather stock Epiphone versions). It does have some cheap build quality issues -- tuners, I think, and the pickups are not the "best," but can still sound very nice through good amp. And I think the neck feels really good, I really like playing it, the feel of it, the twang of it.

That said, it's a thinner body, not as resonate as those thicker "Jazz box" type guitars. When I bought it, I was debating this or Ibanez Artcore, which I also read great things about (and were nearly as cheap). I am still debating trading up to Artcore because there's a lot of used ones that really dropped in price (even though quality still seems high, from reviews). But I'm not dissatisfied enough with my Epiphone Dot Studio to pull that trigger, at least not yet. And I'm also debating whether I want to trade further up, past the Artcore, to a true jazz box style guitar.

So, on the cheap, you might try Dot Studio, good bang for the buck and can be found for $200, maybe less. Or step up for that price, or slightly more, to used Artcore (note they have a lot of models from 73 to 93 and maybe more, which vary in price/quality). Or if you want to go to $500 or more, some of those other guitars mentioned may be overall better.

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#11
Gretsch electromatic series is great value for money
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#12
I'd strongly consider an Epiphone Casino…. !!!
I own one and it is the most under-rated guitar in my arsenal !
Go and try one, you'll see !
#14
I had a red Ibanez AS73 up until about a year ago. I had put some Stew Mac Golden Age pups in it, and I got some amazing growl out of it. It played very nice, and the price that these can be had for on the used market is crazy good.

Leading up to my purchase I played every Epi Dot I could find. The AS73 blew them away. After I bought it I ran into an Epi Casino at a local pawn shop and I was very impressed with it as well. I really like those all black Casinos.... talk about a sharp, classy looking axe.

Right now I am very interested in the ESP and Schecter semi-hollows. Might be worth a look.

There are plenty of good semi-hollows that are fairly inexpensive. Just try as many as you can, and post a good NGD report with sound clips when you get one.
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#15
Got an Ibanez AF75tdg that is a wonderful playing and looking guitar. +1 on the Epi Casino and sheraton. Most of the Epi semi-hollows are really on point. Dot studios are a good value for what you can get one for, you just don't get the sexy looks of the other axes.
#16
Not to be a stickler or anything but the Casino is fully hollow, not semi, if that matters to you. The Sheraton and Dots are semi.
#17
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I had a red Ibanez AS73 up until about a year ago. I had put some Stew Mac Golden Age pups in it, and I got some amazing growl out of it. It played very nice, and the price that these can be had for on the used market is crazy good.

Leading up to my purchase I played every Epi Dot I could find. The AS73 blew them away. After I bought it I ran into an Epi Casino at a local pawn shop and I was very impressed with it as well. I really like those all black Casinos.... talk about a sharp, classy looking axe.

Right now I am very interested in the ESP and Schecter semi-hollows. Might be worth a look.

There are plenty of good semi-hollows that are fairly inexpensive. Just try as many as you can, and post a good NGD report with sound clips when you get one.


I have an Ibanez AF95 (full hollow, lovely guitar) that I also put the Golden Age pickups. Improvement in sound fantastic. Best $100 improvement I know of. If heart set on semi, let me mention some rare ducks:
Ovation VXT; have to buy used. US made, SD 59's, fishman underbridge, super build quality. Didn't sell due to Ovation name I would guess.
Cort Sunset 1: Like Gretsch spectrasonic. Top class hardware including TV Jones pickups and Bigsby. Near flawless build, incredible tone. Hard to find. Again, cork sniffers wouldn't try, but better than just about any Gretsch or Rick out there. The one I would take from a burning building.
Both of those can be found for around $700 (Ovation used, but should have case). I bought both new on line and was not disappointed in the least (lucky me).
#18
Golden Age pickups.


I have a guitar with those in them. Considering how affordable they are, those are a VERY good deal. They won't wow anyone, but they're very clean with some nice tones.
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!
#19
Well it sucks, i live in a small town, three small music stores, none of them have anything, have to drive upstate if we want to look at guitars.
#20
Some good suggestions so far, if you can get to try one the Peerless range on Semi guitars are excellent value and very playable.
#21
The Carvin SH 550 (and associated guitars), it should be noted, are constructed differently from the 335-style guitars they resemble. First, they're going to be smaller in size than a 335-size guitar. Second, the back is actually carved from mahogany, and the top is carved from a 2" thick piece of glued, book matched Maple (unless you order a different wood), both on top and on the backside (where you don't see it) before the two are mated. In terms of feedback, etc., the guitar works a bit more like a chambered Les Paul than anything else.

The guitars have excellent upper fret access (there are also 24-fret versions of both the single and the double-cut) and a very smooth neck heel:



I'm not sure how Carvin finds such gorgeous woods, but they definitely do, and the workmanship is outstanding.