#1
Hey guys,
I spend a lot of time looking for my "perfect guitar" with no success so far

This is what I am looking for:
- double cutback body
- short(er) scale (24'' - 25'' would be perfect)
- as physically light as possible
- small body size
- semi hollow OR hollow body with two f-holes
- max $3k - $4k
- bonus: blue sunburst finish

I don't have any preferences concerning
- neck profile
- pickup configuration
- bridge configuration
- fretboard radius
- no. of frets
- neck constructions

My location is Berlin, Germany and I would be willing to order online.

I currently don't have an amp and play my guitar connected to my Macbook via an Apogee JAM 96k and listen to it using Shure headphones. The genres I play are mostly Folk, Pop and Rock. I don't play any metal.

I played the PRS SE Custom 22 Semi Hollow (http://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/s2/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow) the other day and it actually comes quite close, however I don't link the finish, and it only has one f-hole.

Other guitars that come close are:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-artcore-as53-semi-hollow-electric-guitar
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-artcore-as93-electric-guitar
http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2015/USA/Midtown-Standard.aspx

However, none of the matches exactly what I am looking for.
That's why I need your help - do you know any guitar that would fit exactly the criteria?

Thanks so much for your help!
Last edited by PabloEscobario at Feb 27, 2017,
#3
Quote by AcousticMirror
Prs hollow body ii

That comes quite close, however 6,499€ is outside of my budget :/
#4
Quote by PabloEscobario
I don't have any preferences concerning  - neck profile - pickup configuration - bridge configuration - fretboard radius - no. of frets - neck constructions  

 You can't neglect what style of pickups and what configuration they are in, along with the neck profile, and expect people to pick out the perfect guitar for you. Those two things enormously impact the way a guitar feels and sounds.

They're certainly not something worth neglecting when you're willing to spend €4000 on a guitar.
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#6
Some options include:

https://www.reverendguitars.com/guitars/manta-ray-hb
https://www.reverendguitars.com/guitars/tricky-gomez-290
http://dangelicoguitars.com/guitars/excel-series/excel-dc/#DAEDCSSGGSCB

http://jonkammerercustoms.com/

His mini-semihollow is not currently in production as he is in the process of redesigning ALL of his standard models, but is quite tiny. I'm planning on getting one made with 2 Lace Alumitone singlecoils (or a single HB) & a bridge Deathbucker. It should come in between 3.5-5lbs.


Obviosly, some are closer than others. Some are just a refinish away, others would need more alteration. And custom is custom.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

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Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#7
Quote by T00DEEPBLUE
 You can't neglect what style of pickups and what configuration they are in, along with the neck profile, and expect people to pick out the perfect guitar for you. Those two things enormously impact the way a guitar feels and sounds.

They're certainly not something worth neglecting when you're willing to spend €4000 on a guitar.


Okay, understood. Will spend some time at my local store to get a better feeling for the differences in neck profiles and pickups.
Say I would in the end strongly prefer a certain neck profile / pickup configuration, would you then have some guitars in mind that check the other conditions?
#8
Quote by Tony Done
What TDB said. A guitar is just a lump of wood with pickups.

Just to make sure I understand correctly - the purpose of this quote is to tell that pickups make up 50% of a guitar?
#10
Quote by PatchworkMan
http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Electrics/Archtop/Gary-Clark-Jr-Blak-Blu-Casino.aspx

Gary Clark Jr. signature Epiphone Casino
- double cutaway
- hollow body with two F-holes
- 24.5" scale
- very light
- blue sunburst finish

This would be a fantastic candidate for making as an Elitist guitar.
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#11
Quote by PatchworkMan
http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Electrics/Archtop/Gary-Clark-Jr-Blak-Blu-Casino.aspx

Gary Clark Jr. signature Epiphone Casino
- double cutaway
- hollow body with two F-holes
- 24.5" scale
- very light
- blue sunburst finish


Thank you so much. This one comes actually really close, however I couldn't find any store that would have it in stock.

The only downsides that I can see right now are
- the trapeze tailpiece (just don't like it visually too much)
- the width of the body (while it is quite flat, which I like, it seems to be rather wide, so rather high up if you have it on your leg)

So for now I'd say that the PRS Hollowbody II comes closest, however at a extremely steep price point :/
Last edited by PabloEscobario at Feb 27, 2017,
#12
For that money you can get a gibson ES 339 which is a smaller bodied semi hollow body. Well that is actually out of your price range. I would go for a higher end Ibanez get one with super 58 pickups which are quite nice the lower end ones have less than stellar pickups. This one might fit the bill here. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-artstar-as153-semi-hollow-electric-guitar
#13
You want to look at the Kiesel/Carvin FG-1, a carved-top hollowbody available with F-holes (the AFH - Add F Holes option is no charge): http://www.kieselguitars.com/catalog/guitars/fg1

The variety of woods and finishes available is amazing.
You DO want to understand and have preferences regarding:

- neck profile
- pickup configuration
- bridge configuration
- fretboard radius
- no. of frets
- neck construction

and there are options for most of these on the build sheet.
You'll want to look at some of the SH-550 information as well; some of the woods are illustrated there and not on the FG-1 side of things. You'll end up with a better idea of what's available. You should be aware that while it SEEMS that a double cutaway guitar has more upper fret availability, that's not really true. Take another look at how your hand is positioned on a guitar neck. You'll find that a single cut gives you just about exactly the same playability as a double cut. You DO want to look at the *back* of the guitar, however, particularly where the neck meets the body. A smooth carved-away neck heel is a LOT easier to work with if you're in the upper fret regions than one that has a clunky neck heel (either glued-neck OR bolt neck). Look at what the FG-1's neck heel looks like compared to, say, a small-bodied Gibson.
#15
Okay, great, thanks guys for all the tips and hints. Will definitely go to my local guitar store and try to get a better feeling for neck profile, pickup configuration etc.