#1
Hello, Im looking for a hollowbody, or semihollow body guitar. Whichever one suits my fancy

I will be using it for Jazz band at uni. As well as blues, and classic rock on the side.
Budget is about 700$USD

Looking for recommendations, goods and bads of certain guitars. And more

Here are the guitars I have tried:
Ibanez AM 93
Ibanez Artcore Series
Epiphone Casino
Gretsch Electromatic
Eastman ar371ce
Hagstrom Viking

As well as others. But, the Ibanez AM93 was probably the smoothest and most comfortable out of them, and some great tone. Eastman, probably had the best tone out of all of them imo. But, Im still in the hunt before I buy. What are your guys thoughts?



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#2
Buy a used Artcore, they sell cheap used. Use the money you saved to replace the electronics with whatever gives you the exact tone you want.
#3
Yeah, going used would help save you a ton, but that is usually always the case.

I've never had an artcore guitar come alive in my hands, they all just feel sort of meh.

I recently was looking for a semi hollow and I ended up getting one of the modern player starcasters. I just fell in love with the shape of the body and how the neck felt in my hands. It's an ugly to most and definitely a bit overpriced, but it was right for me.

If you love the feel of that Ibanez then get that and upgrade the pups or leave it as is.

At the end of the day, it's all about personal preference in that price range.
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#4
Quote by maximumrocker
Hello, Im looking for a hollowbody, or semihollow body guitar. Whichever one suits my fancy

I will be using it for Jazz band at uni. As well as blues, and classic rock on the side.
Budget is about 700$USD

Looking for recommendations, goods and bads of certain guitars. And more

Here are the guitars I have tried:
Ibanez AM 93
Ibanez Artcore Series
Epiphone Casino
Gretsch Electromatic
Eastman ar371ce
Hagstrom Viking

As well as others. But, the Ibanez AM93 was probably the smoothest and most comfortable out of them, and some great tone. Eastman, probably had the best tone out of all of them imo. But, Im still in the hunt before I buy. What are your guys thoughts?

Of those, I'd look hardest at the Hagstrom, Gretsch and Artcore series. Eastmans intrigue me, but I have concerns about their consistency.

The Casino SHOULD be a pretty decent guitar, but again, there can be consistency issues with them. I've seen pros use them on stage.

I would also strongly consider the Godin 5th Avenue guitars- you can find used ones in your price range with a little looking. Made in Canada, killer guitars. Here are a few:
http://www.godinguitars.com/godin5thavenuekingpincwp.htm
https://reverb.com/item/58230-godin-5th-avenue-uptown-gt-w-bigsby-2000s-trans-red-w-tric-case
https://reverb.com/item/141598-godin-5th-avenue-kingpin-archtop-natural-electric-guitar
https://reverb.com/item/140379-godin-5th-ave-cw-kingpin-ii-cutaway-cognac-burst


And some of the Reverend models may be a good choice for you as well:

https://reverb.com/item/29671-reverend-manta-ray-290-2009-wine-red
https://reverb.com/item/151533-reverend-club-king-290-midnight-black
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reverend-Club-King-290-Rosewood-Black-/371072685482?pt=Guitar&hash=item5665a7d5aa
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reverend-Club-King-RT-w-Bigsby-Rock-Orange-/321417991843?pt=Guitar&hash=item4ad60156a3
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reverend-Manta-Ray-HB-Black-/371072684118?pt=Guitar&hash=item5665a7d056
www.ebay.com/itm/Reverend-Manta-Ray-HB-Semi-Hollow-6-String-Electric-Korina-wood-/111364966759?pt=Guitar&hash=item19edde8967
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jun 1, 2014,
#5
I haven't had any issue with Eastman. I think they make a fantastic jazzbox. It's certainly the most "legit" of all the ones you posted, as far as a straight-ahead jazz guitar. Artcore or Viking would be a great in-between. I would look at the Epi Emperor Regent instead of the Casino for jazz stuff. Gretsch is not a great jazz box IMO. Good guitars but not for jazz combo.
#6
If your in Australia I'll sell ya a used Artcore. Its pretty too...
#7
Oops- misread "Eastman" as "Eastwood"- the same company that makes Airlines. My bad!
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!
#8
Quote by dazza027
If your in Australia I'll sell ya a used Artcore. Its pretty too...

Na... I live in 'Merica


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Oops- misread "Eastman" as "Eastwood"- the same company that makes Airlines. My bad!


I do that all the time

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I haven't had any issue with Eastman. I think they make a fantastic jazzbox. It's certainly the most "legit" of all the ones you posted, as far as a straight-ahead jazz guitar. Artcore or Viking would be a great in-between. I would look at the Epi Emperor Regent instead of the Casino for jazz stuff. Gretsch is not a great jazz box IMO. Good guitars but not for jazz combo.



Ill check out the Emperor. Though, never a huge fan of the Epi necks...

Gretsch didn't feel all too well, plus it seemed pretty quiet. Maybe it was the amp I was playing through or the wiring.



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#9
in the 700 range i would be all over the artcore and hagstrom line.

i dont get how the eastman is in that lineup, everything from them starts at about 1000...seems like they are in another league but obviously probably the best quality out of all of them. i am ruling them out based on your initial range around 700.

gretsches are cool but something about em irks me, i like the USA models better, obviously ,but the price tag doubles.

i would much rather have any otehr on the list compared to the epiphone. i have a hard stop on epihpone if you cant get it for about 400. used included. over 400, perhaps 500ish for a hollow, is teh cap on an epihpone. too many good alternatives these days.
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#10
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gretsches are cool but something about em irks me, i like the USA models better, obviously ,but the price tag doubles.
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Aren't everything but like the high high end gretsch made in asia?


OP; Check out A Godin 5th Avenue. Killer guitars and Made in (north) American.
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#11
Correct. The only USA Gretsch guitars are the custom shops which are wildly expensive. The high-end production models are made in Japan, and they're made better than the USA factory ever pumped out back in the day. They've got truss rods and everything!
#12
Quote by maximumrocker
Hello, Im looking for a hollowbody, or semihollow body guitar. Whichever one suits my fancy

I will be using it for Jazz band at uni. As well as blues, and classic rock on the side.
Budget is about 700$USD

Looking for recommendations, goods and bads of certain guitars. And more

Here are the guitars I have tried:
Ibanez AM 93
Ibanez Artcore Series
Epiphone Casino
Gretsch Electromatic
Eastman ar371ce
Hagstrom Viking

As well as others. But, the Ibanez AM93 was probably the smoothest and most comfortable out of them, and some great tone. Eastman, probably had the best tone out of all of them imo. But, Im still in the hunt before I buy. What are your guys thoughts?



I can't comment objectively on the Epiphone, since I work for Gibson (even if it took me 5 tries to type the name!), so I'll pass on that one. I've played a Casino though, as well as a 330 up at the plant.

I loved the pickups on a Gretsch hollowbody I picked around on at a GC (it was used). Very expressive pick ups, and it played very well. Granted, it was used, and probably correctly set up (unlike most GC guitars). Ibanez Artcores, while cheap, I didn't care for the pickups at all. They seemed... I don't know how to type this eloquently, so I'll say meh. Like watching CNN. The one I played also had a couple dead spots on the fretboard, but it was GC. You expect that from them.

Never played an Eastman or Hagstrom, so I won't comment on those.