#1
I'm looking to get a hollow body guitar for blues and some rock stuff. I dont want to spend more than $700 USD. Suggestions?? Give me a reason as well!! thanks!
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#4
Sublime Chieftain. you could find one at or under $400, and they are stellar. i like mine much better than epiphone and ibanez' offerings. they are a small company, i got turned onto them by musicians in my church (i do sound and tech stuff there), they are nice instruments, two guys also have a chieftain and there is one acoustic that a guy has, they are nice across the board.
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#5
Washburn HB35. Nice guitar, simple.
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#6
Suggestions are rolling in, so...
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Give me a reason as well!! thanks!

Now, what reasons are you looking for? Reasons to buy a particular model, or why to buy a semihollow/hollowbody guitar at all?
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#7
Epiphone has a couple of pretty nice hollowbody models. The Emperor Swingster is a Gretsch-alike that I really enjoyed when I tried it, the others have more of a jazzbox vibe.
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#8
I have the Ibanez Artcore AF75. I just used it this past weekend on a gig in a venue where we have start quietly for about a set and a half and play mellow pop/jazzy stuff. I recently put a Bigsby B7 on mine because I bought the modal without a vibrato. The Ibanez AF75 has a very nice deep tone that still retains some nice upper mids so it still cuts through. I recommend you try one. Remember that being a hollow body it will feedback at high volume so that's a big consideration for rock and blues. I'm looking at the Epiphone Wildcat (semi-hollow) right now. I heard one a few months ago and was very impressed.
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#11
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Used Artcore, replace the stock pickups with the money you save.

I wouldn't usually go that way, but it IS a good suggestion.
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#12
I bought a used Ibanez AK85 for $180. I replaced the PUs with Lollar P90s. ($200)
It is my absolute favorite guitar. It was before the PU change too.

It just looks great, feels great, sounds great. I will never sell this guitar.
#13
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Used Artcore, replace the stock pickups with the money you save.


that's a great idea, actually. Used Epi Casino or Dot will do the trick too.
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#14
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Now, what reasons are you looking for? Reasons to buy a particular model, or why to buy a semihollow/hollowbody guitar at all?


Im absolutely in love with the warm tone that hollow body guitars have. I just recently started listening to blues and out of everything i have listened to I cant seem to get enough of BB king and his sweet tone.
#15
I'm pretty sure B.B. was mainly a semihollow user. My prescription would probably be an Epiphone Sheraton, since it's Epi's take on what's basically a Gibson semihollow, but a bit nicer than the bulk of the Epi guitars that are explicit Gibson copies.

On the other hand, I have minimal experience with the Artcore range, and that might have something that fits the bill perfectly; there's definitely some nice stuff in there.
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I'm pretty sure B.B. was mainly a semihollow user.


Well that's the tone im going for so a guess a semi hollow body would be the guitar for me.
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Epiphone has a couple of pretty nice hollowbody models. The Emperor Swingster is a Gretsch-alike that I really enjoyed when I tried it, the others have more of a jazzbox vibe.


I've heard the DOT is pretty good. Any experience with it?
#18
Epiphones are good and you have several to choose from. Fret King Elise good too if you can get hold of one.
#19
The Sheraton is a great guitar. I have a 1989 Sheraton in white (it was white, now faded ivory) but Epiphone is making an ES335 that is relatively inexpensive and sounds awesome. Musicians Friend has it for $419.00 (free shipping).
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#20
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I've heard the DOT is pretty good. Any experience with it?

Never tried the Dot, but it's broadly speaking the same guitar as the Sheraton, just made to a different price point.

Both guitars are essentially modelled on the Gibson ES-335 and its variations (the "Dot" name comes from the fact that the 335 is most easily contrasted with the 345 and 355 by its dot inlays); the Sheraton is an Epi model originating in the merger with Gibson, whereas the Dot is one of the models that's essentially a budget Gibson.

Both are laminated maple with a mahogany centre block, the Sheraton has a lot of additional bling, though (abalone and MOP inlays, profuse binding and such) and a 5 piece maple and walnut neck, which is mainly a cosmetic thing (and does look gorgeous), but will still be significantly more stable than the mahogany on the Dot. I'm certain there's a difference in build quality, too, but I've always found Epiphone Standards to be pretty serviceable anyway. If I could afford it I'd go for the Sheraton, but I wouldn't be at all disappointed to have the Dot either, as it were.

The other Epiphone semihollows in that sort of price range use P-90s, so they wouldn't be my choice for B.B.'s tone, except the elephant in the room that is the B.B. signature itself. Usually I find signature models to be less bang for buck, but if it's within your budget (I'm afraid I'm stuck operating in sterling, but I think it should just about come in under $700, or at least you should be able to find one for that) it's got a varitone switch (either a bass cut or a treble cut, I'm not entirely certain which way round this particular piece of kit works), finetuners (very handy - though the Grovers, Epiphone's tuner of choice on most models, are pretty great in their own right), a maple neck (again, more stable than mahogany), no F-holes (which was B.B.'s preference as he always felt himself too close to the feedback threshold) and stereo output, which is pretty cool.

So yeah, your main options for that tone:
Dot: Inexpensive, reliable, pretty nice
Sheraton: Blingy, pretty substantial upgrade from the Dot, more or less the same features
Lucille: Probably the most expensive (as I said, don't know about US prices), lots of neat B.B.-specific features, likely a bit of a premium on the price for his name.

This thread has got me wanting a Sheraton now

EDIT: I didn't realise the ES-335 PRO was a separate model to the Dot, but I think basically it falls between the Dot and the Sheraton in terms of features. PRO means coil taps in Epiphone's model-naming language, honestly that's not something I'd go for if you're after B.B.'s tone, but the model's worth checking out.
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This thread has got me wanting a Sheraton now



Wow thanks a ton for this!
#23
I don't know how good that price is but personally I'd probably go for that if I was in the market; the upgrades all sound like good news. As always, though, play it first if you can and trust your hands and ears.
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#25
Right now im pretty much stuck on the Epiphone ES-339 the Epiphone sheraton ii or the Epiphone Dot
#26
Kingpin is also a brilliant choice.
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#27
If you're looking at the Epiphone Dot. I would also look for the Epiphone ES-335 Pro.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-limited-edition-es-335-pro-electric-guitar

It looks like Black is the only color still available but they are a lot like the dot but it has the block inlays and coil split.

Actually, it looks like guitarcenter.com has the Natural in stock

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone/Limited-Edition-ES-335-PRO-Electric-Guitar-Natural-1321473136578.gc
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#28
The Godins are excellent axes, no question.
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#29
The Godins look really nice, but the Kingpin has P-90s, which I would say makes them a bit less appropriate for B.B.'s tone than the Epiphone models, and the two pickup model is quite a bit pricier than the Epiphones here, but since they're Canadian I've no idea how that's reflected in the US price.

There are a couple of nice 5th Avenue models that might be more what OP is after, though.
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The 5th Avenue Montreals would be perfect, but they'd rarely show up under $850 on the used market.
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If you're looking at the Epiphone Dot. I would also look for the Epiphone ES-335 Pro.



Wow that things i didnt really like about the dot was that it looked kinda cheap and i was never a huge fan of the dot inlays. the ES-335 Pro will definitely be a consideration.
#32
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