#1
I have been playing for about 5 years 3 1/2 learning slide. I now have about $600 to spend on a hollow body and I was wondering what would be the best for playing slide blues. Ive been all over and I have heard different opinions, I also heard finished hollow body's have worse tone than unfinished. Is this true? Hook me up with the up high
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#2
Definitely look into the Ibanez Artcore series. They are extremely good and better than any similar guitar in the price range. A high-end Artcore is better than, say, an ES-335.

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#3
agreed with the artcore. had one and loved it.
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#5
I have an artcore and an HB30. The washburn is in a completely different league, so I cant agree with the above post. The hb30 however is bigsbyless. But it has a way better neck, and tone than the artcore ever could. I got both, so I know what im talking about.
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I have an artcore and an HB30. The washburn is in a completely different league, so I cant agree with the above post. The hb30 however is bigsbyless. But it has a way better neck, and tone than the artcore ever could. I got both, so I know what im talking about.

You'd be surprised.. a pickup change works wonders for tone. And as far as finish is concerned, the build quality on the high-end models is stellar. Ask T!an about his artcore.

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#7
how about grestch(spelling) they are sweet looking but I havent played one. I have played some of the ibanez's and I would say so far they are the brand I am basically set on.
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Quote by stradivari310
You'd be surprised.. a pickup change works wonders for tone. And as far as finish is concerned, the build quality on the high-end models is stellar. Ask T!an about his artcore.


Yeah i have changed the pups on both. Buts its not just the tone, its the feel. The washburn just feels better, (I like real thin necks) smoother, and has better fret access.
#9
I can also support getting an artcore. Got my AF-75 back in 2004 i believe, it's been great to me.
#10
If you are in NY I'll sell you my artcore. Its a nice guitar, and it is prettier than the HB30. But it's just nowhere near the HB feel or tone wise for me. I wanna sell it since i never use the bigsby type bridge anyways. You may like it better though. If you want it I'll sell it for 350 with the upgraded pickups in it already. It looks new.
#11
^Don't just say "Artcore". You've not said which one it is (have you?). There are good and bad Artcores.

I've compared an Artcore AS103 BM (the same one T!an has, I think) to an ES-335, a Hagström Viking and an Epiphone Casino, and I liked the Artcore best, followed by the Casino and then the ES-335 (the Epi and the Gibson felt very similar, but I preferred the stock sound of the Casino). The Viking was very decent, but it had something to it that I didn't like, plus some finishing flaws.
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^Don't just say "Artcore". You've not said which one it is (have you?). There are good and bad Artcores.

I've compared an Artcore AS103 BM (the same one T!an has, I think) to an ES-335, a Hagström Viking and an Epiphone Casino, and I liked the Artcore best, followed by the Casino and then the ES-335 (the Epi and the Gibson felt very similar, but I preferred the stock sound of the Casino). The Viking was very decent, but it had something to it that I didn't like, plus some finishing flaws.


Thats true. But at any price range I would take the HB30. Well the HB35 might be what i take since it looks nicer. I do like artcores feel to, but its still not there. The Hb30 is closer to my super strat neck wise.
#13
Yeah, the HB35 is one awesome looking guitar. If I remember correctly, at least. It's the one with the flamed maple top and the Supreme-style inlays, right? I would love to own one of those, but I can't justify it yet.

So... which Artcore did you own?
#14
I got the AFS75T. Its ot this nifty bigsby style tremolo. Really cool stuff. It stays in tune decently, and its very awesome. I like it. And its at the same price range as the HB30. I have one of the older hb30s, i believe the new ones are done in china, so i dont know if they are the same. Anyways, my hb30 is in a completely different league. It does not look as pretty, but the neck is the best i have seen on any guitar of it's kind, and the sustain and tone on it, is up there too.
#15
I've owned both an Epiphone Sheraton II and an Epiphone Broadway. The Broadway is a killer guitar, though it's more suited for jazzy stuff, in my opinion. If you want a guitar with subtle and fairly weak pickups but a delightfully fat and warm tone, the Broadway could work.

The Sheraton I had more use from. It's a thin body but at the same time, semi hollow. I found it could rock fairly well but was better suited for medium distortion and calmer playing. I've had mild experience with a Gretsch or two and they felt nice, but I can't comment on their slide capabilities.

Same with the Ibanez guitars. I've never liked Ibanez and didn't enjoy playing the Artcores, but that's just opinion and I never really played one enough to form a solid, credible opinion on them.