#1
I'm looking for an acoustic archtop, but I don't like the options available to me. Mostly, price is just killing me (and I'm not a fan of the Gretsch Syncromatic--it feels cheesy). I'm looking in the range of around $300-$650 or so, and I hate to buy from eBay. I'm looking for something that I can have ordered in at GC or my local store so I can try it. Or, if anyone knows of any 3rd party, unknown archtop companies that they can vouch for, please clue me in. I want an all-acoustic archtop, no frills. Hopefully something decent, as I intend to invest in Waverly "Vintage-Oval" tuners for it.
Sincerely, Chad.
Quote by LP Addict
LP doesnt have to stand for les paul.. it can stand for.... lesbian porn.
#2
If you look around at smaller shops (GC is an OK place to try stuff out but a shitty place to purchase) you can often find really old ones.

Otherwise, I play an Epi Emperor Regent - play a few, see if you can find a nice one (I lucked out)
You might be able to find a used but still fairly new Stromberg Newport

If you can double your top end budget you might be able to find a used eastman.
#3
An Epiphone Emperor Regent or a Stromberg Newport wouldn't suit me (I want an all-acoustic; no electronics). Also, I'm not comfortable with shelling out that kind of cash (otherwise I'd get a brand-new Gibson). I heard Godin is coming out with a new acoustic archtop, but I can't find it anywhere except in sneak-peeks and reviews. Might have to wait for that.

Again, I don't want to buy used or vintage. Rarely do I see vintage guitars that are taken care of properly in my price range, and I just can't justify that much money for a hobby.
Sincerely, Chad.
Quote by LP Addict
LP doesnt have to stand for les paul.. it can stand for.... lesbian porn.
#4
The electronics are completely independent of the instrument - you can take them off, and it's an acoustic. I spent the entire summer with the electronics and finger-rest removed, strung with acoustic strings. Come september, I reattach it, put the jack back in place, solder one wire (the ground to the tailpiece), slap some flats on, and it's an electric.

I haven't heard about that Godin but I'm excited already. I love the company's vision. I hate the finishes on the electrics.

I'd take a $3k (that's the top of the line for them) Eastman over a $3k Gibson. The Gibson at that price is all laminate. The Eastmans are hand carved solid wood with very thin nitro or spirit finishes. Eastmans finishing colours are absolutely incredible - they do some of the nicest bursts I've ever seen. The catch is, some people are hesitant to by a product made in china.


Honestly in that price range your best bet is really, really old. Consider allowing budget space for restoration by a skilled luthier.
#5
Well, I'm a repair technician, so restoration wouldn't be an issue; it's merely convenience. I've no problem buying products made in China. I spent ten days there this summer, and found many of the instruments made there (especially saxes--my native instrument) to be top-notch for the dollar.

Yeah, I'm a big fan of Godin and any of their sister companies (huge fan of Seagull).
Sincerely, Chad.
Quote by LP Addict
LP doesnt have to stand for les paul.. it can stand for.... lesbian porn.
#6
Keep this one alive - if you find something cool, let us know. I've also been looking for a nice all-acoustic arch-top. The Eastmans are gorgeous, but I don't want to spend that kind of money. I keep my eyes open for a higher grade vintage, but most of what you see out there are not that great...