no more than $550

Preferably not Epiphone, I have had bad experiences with them.

I'm looking at the new Gretch double cut on MF's site, and the only hollowbody Dean makes, which goes by Palomino.

I've checked rondo, they aren't selling anything particularly unique.

Any other not-mainstream brands I should look at?
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The Gretsch sounds great
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HOLY S**T! There is a switch hahahahahha. Thanks Red Wing. Now you're probably going to quote me for being so retarded

Well, Ibanez is not exactly non-mainstream, but they do make some extremely nice hollowbodies for the price you want to pay.
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