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#1
Hi all,

Id just like to say how great Archtop/electric hollow bodies are. I hear alot of talk about LPs and Ibanez shreaders, well i think its time we all took some time to appreciate and discuss something different.

I own an IbanezArtcore are its pritty good for a £350 jazz box. Unfortunatly at the time i was desperate for one of these guitars and i settled for less when what i really wanted was an Epiphone Casion. Im still going to buy one, just have to wait i suppose

Anyway lets talk, anyone else own an Archtop?


#4
Nope, but I own a carved top, is that close enough? I love archtops, did you know arched top instruments last longer than flat-topped?
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Quote by MastaBassist10
Nope, but I own a carved top, is that close enough? I love archtops, did you know arched top instruments last longer than flat-topped?



Really? why is that? My Ibanez is made out of Spruce which means it will age well, is that what you mean?
#7
I have an epiphone sheraton. Got it off ebay for £300!!!!! put 11s on it 2day, sounds awesome
#8
Quote by Jonny02
I have an epiphone sheraton. Got it off ebay for £300!!!!! put 11s on it 2day, sounds awesome



ARGGG you b-astard

Im going to NewYork in December, so i might find a Casino there and get it cheaper than in England.

Mmmmmm.....sheraton

#9
Quote by goodbydresden
Really? why is that? My Ibanez is made out of Spruce which means it will age well, is that what you mean?

I don't know, but my guess is that it has to do with the top not collapsing in, because its actually 2 pieces of wood pushing against eachother, a bit like how a triangle gets its strength. The bass teacher who teaches in the room next to my lesson room told me that's how Stradavarious violins are still out there, and very playable. He also owns a 200 year old upright bass, and uprights are all archtops.
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Quote by MastaBassist10
I don't know, but my guess is that it has to do with the top not collapsing in, because its actually 2 pieces of wood pushing against eachother, a bit like how a triangle gets its strength.



wtf? err....you didnt explain that very well.
#11
Quote by goodbydresden
wtf? err....you didnt explain that very well.

Ok, try this out:
Get a buddy. Lean your back against his while pushing against it, and have him do the same. You support him by pushing/holding him up, while he supports you the same way. Well, imagine you are one of the pieces of wood, your buddy is the other, and you both for the archtop. That's how it gains its strength. Could someone try to explain this principle better?
#12
Proud owner of an Artcore, AF75 style (aka, no Bigsby-style trem).

I took the pickguard off so it doesn't cover the bottom F-hole. It resonates much better. Also have GHS Boomers 10s on it right now.
#14


its acoustic, but i have one just like this

but mine is in perfect shape

look at the pic in my profile to see it

its an all original 1956 Regal Manhattan archtop


yeah, i have great taste in gear.... vintage archtop jazz guitars, a vox AD30VT and some Squiers....lol
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#15
Quote by SuperAnalytical
Proud owner of an Artcore, AF75 style (aka, no Bigsby-style trem).

I took the pickguard off so it doesn't cover the bottom F-hole. It resonates much better. Also have GHS Boomers 10s on it right now.



Yeh same i took the scratch plate, i only put it on if im playing rock or a tune that requires alot of gain and hard strumming

AF75

#18
Quote by Keef-is-king
anyone else have vintage stuff?

it seems that ibanezes are the most popular guitars in this thread.....



I wouldnt say popular, just affordable. Lets face it the majority of people here , including myself, just dont have the cash to buy a Grestch.



Fact is Ibanez Artcores look the same as Gretsch guitar and there the closest thing budget musicians will get to a decent jazz box.
#19
Quote by Keef-is-king
anyone else have vintage stuff?

it seems that ibanezes are the most popular guitars in this thread.....


The Ibanez Artcore's are great for the money. I also have a TM-71 Artcore
which is really more of a thinline Tele, but for $200 is very nice.

The Gibson Super 400 CES I guess you could say is vintage. It's a 1974. I got
it in the late 80's for around $2500 and its probably worth around $8000 now.
#20
thats pretty cool, its a beautiful guitar

they dont make them like they used to....

I feel like most of the old archtops i've played feel way more solid than most of the modern ibanezes.... and i like a solid feeling guitar!

My regal has a neck like a baseball bat, and is actually thicker than the vintage lousiville slugger in my friend's room....

(and BTW, mine only cost $350, and i was between it and a Hofner for $100 more, if you look around, and snoop about at an antique dealer rather than a guitar shop you can get a better price most of the time)
#22
I almost got an Ibanez archtop but then i got a Gibson Les Paul instead
Proud owner of a Gibby LP Custom and an all-original Vintage '62 Fender Jag

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#23
I recently bought an Ibanez Artcore AS73 in wine red Love it.

I'd still love to have a (hopefully vintage) ES-335 though. 335's=pure sex
#24
Quote by hardrock1315
I have an Epiphone Dot, and I don't think you can really beat it for $400. I got it for $300 used, too.

Yeah, I almost bought one instead of my Les Paul, very nice, and I'm sure it could have done high-gain stuff, it was just too.. inconvinient?
#25
Quote by MastaBassist10
Yeah, I almost bought one instead of my Les Paul, very nice, and I'm sure it could have done high-gain stuff, it was just too.. inconvinient?



Inconviniet? Lol, not really a reason for turning it down, still LPs are not without their charms, plus Dots are the low end version of Epipi Archtops me thinks
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Hi here is my Ibanez AFS Artcore I fell in love with the color scheme, I had been looking at the artcore series for a bit & the EPI's but when i saw this 1 "easy descision" they play so far above their $ value ($707 AUD) & the smick color contrast well it is "SEX ON A STICK"


This is the pic of the beast i wanted & lay-buyed



This is the 1 i ended up with lucky they sound the same. Man i was pissed when they told me they could no longer sorce the Afs 77 (the grey & black) as it was a 05 not the 06 model , still DO NOT like the color of the blue N E 1 want 2 swap my blue 1 4 their grey 1 LOL

here r all my girls except (nylons)
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#27


Not my picture, or my specific guitar...

but it's a nice pic and mine's the same thing
#28
^That is one fruity guitar case.

I've tried out a few Epi Archtops (Dot studios, Casinos) and thought they were ok. The Casino was nice. The Dot studios were average.
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#29
SWEET lookin gee-tar Xenn99
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#30
opps my bad i meant Cmogi10
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#32
I own an archtop
My Rig:

Fender Telecaster
Epiphone Es-335 Deluxe
Line 6 Flextone 3 XL
Norman B-50
1980 Fender Acoustic

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#33
I have a Washburn jazzbox in a natural finish. I love it but am thinking about changing the pickups. Any recommendations?


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#34
^ my Epiphone is in that colour, its SO nice, and what tone are you going for, what amp do you have,
My Rig:

Fender Telecaster
Epiphone Es-335 Deluxe
Line 6 Flextone 3 XL
Norman B-50
1980 Fender Acoustic

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#35
I'm looking for a Wes Montgomery kind of sound. I have a Carvin tube amp, so I'm set there. I'm just looking for new pickups.
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#36
Thats a nice Washburn YoungPilgrim
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#37
my ibanez hollowbody

my 1960 Egmond hollowbody, its the sex

i have 15 guitars and i was learning a new song i would learn it on the hollowbody first, the ibanez hollowbody is one of the most reliable guitars i have
#38
Vintage archtops can be sublime! I have a variety, and I love them. I have a Harmony 1310 and a 1311 from early 60's. (Before anyone gets snobby about Harmonys...note that I also have top-of-the-line NAME brand instruments in my stable - Gibson LP, Fender Strats. a Santa Cruz flat-top, and a 60's Guild archtop) Anyway, even the Harmonys are sweet and versatile. Besides the fully acoustics, I have several thinline hollowbody archtops by Harmony, as well. These have DeArmond pick-ups, two with Bigsbys. Sooooo, good for rough blues! Anyway, please understand that I'm posting all this only because someone asked about vintage archtop gear. So...for anyone lusting after a fully-carved, non-laminate vintage archtop with great playability and 'way-cool' factor, at a good price...check out the Harmony high end models. If you do, skip anything that doesn't have rectangular fret markers. The rectangular marker models were the best. If you want to frost that cake, get a Dearmond Rhythm Chief floating pick-up and a Harmong tube-amp and tube reverb unit from the 60's. Just the equipment will get you in places.

Best
By the way....anybody want to buy some over-priced "high-end, big-brand-name" junk?
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ThatGuy147 your pics arnt comming up & i would love to see your Egmond

I have a '67 Egmond Kansas S1
Also have a copy ot the catalogue for the period CooOO0OOool Eh here are the pics




& here is mine, Hey i have converted mine to nylon at one stage now it is back to steel but with 10's on it the 12's or heavier were sounding lifeless on mine.










Edit : Oh the bridge on mine is my own design i found the original was too high even on the lowest setting. It was obvious from the "bridge adjusting screw", marks on the deck that this had been a problem from the get go. I.E. the bridge adjusting screws shouldnt be adjusted so low that the screws themselves come out the bottom of the bridge & mark the guitar. This was the case with mine, so i made my own . I have pics of both the bridge/saddle i made & the conversion to nylon (which is totally reversible) that i did 6 months ago if you are interested.

h20rider love to see some pics of your archtops.
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#40
Proud owner of an Ibanez AFS77T (the grey and black one Dix_Fix posted). It has some tuning problems but I live with it because it's an amazing looking, playing and sounding guitar.
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