#1
Alright everyone, I'm in the market for a full hollowbody guitar. Price range is around ~$350 USD. I was considering one from the Artcore series, but haven't played one before.
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#2
Seeing your budget, the only things that come to mind are either Artcores or the Epiphone Dot. Both are quality guitars with a little higher output than most other semi acoustic guitars, so they work for rock oriented playing as well as for blues and jazz.
Most bigger stores stock them, so just go and try one out.

What are the styles you want to play anyway?
#3
I'm extremely diverse. I'd be covering a lot of ground. Primarily jazz, blues, and rock. However, I would use much overdrive with a hollowbody (obviously).
I'm not against upgrading pickups, I have the seymour duncan jazz set in mind. But it begs the thought of whether it would be worth putting a ~$200 dollar set of pickups into a $350 guitar.
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#5
Quote by TheQuailman
Those guitars are amazing value, so a pickup swap is not exactly a waste of money. I'd say go for it or alternatively, invest some more for an Artcore Custom, those have excellent pickups already:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-AS103-ARTCORE-Custom-Series-Semi-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar?sku=514208


dude that ibby is 700 his budget is 300 somin

any way im personally thinking of getting the dot and swappin the pups so i would go with that
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#6
Aside from that artcore being too far outside my price range, I don't care for double cut aways at all. I'm really leaning for that artcore, I think I'll prowl ebay for a blue one.
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#7
im really happy with my artcore (bought it 5 years ago) very versatile guitar, personally i would go with the ibanez over the epiphone but try them out side by side.
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#8
Dots aren't full hollow.

You could go for an Epi Casino, but they're about six hundred bucks, I think. You could try to find a used one maybe. They're double cuts, as well.

You could also look at an ES175. Single cut, full hollow, two humbuckers. About five hundred dollars. The Zephyr is about the same, but only has one pickup.
#10
I love Ibanez and all. As you can see in my sig I have various Ibanez guitars.

In the world of semihollows, and hollows, I think epiphones are horrid, so I say ibanez.

BUT

I think the washburn, guitars are in this case much much much much..... BETTER. HB30 is in my opinion the best semihollow in under 1500 and ironically it fits your budget. I like it cause it sounds really warm but more importantly, feels like a shred guitar. Its really really fast and comfortable.

Definately go for one of the washburns. The make amazing hollows.
#11
I'll give it a look.

EDIT:
Gave it a look andseems nice, but the guys on harmony central consistently complain abut it. How long have you had the HB30? There is one going for $199 on ebay. I may snag that.
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#12
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#13
Quote by jackson001
I'll give it a look.

EDIT:
Gave it a look andseems nice, but the guys on harmony central consistently complain abut it. How long have you had the HB30? There is one going for $199 on ebay. I may snag that.


I have had mines for like almost 5 years. It is a semihollow however, and the feel is gorgeous. It feels like a shred guitar as I mentioned.
#14
I might save up for that AS93 artcore, but I really want to find a single cutaway if possible.

I'm gonna hit guitar center tomorrow. The price tag on that washburn is very attractive, but it isn't likely that I'll be able to play test one. How is our hardware standing up? I heard that the hardware on that model wasn't very good.
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Last edited by jackson001 at Jul 21, 2008,
#15
If you're not against swapping pickups or a bridge the oscar schmidt OE-40 is pretty much dirt cheap and can be quite nice for the price, I've seen them as low as $150.
#16
Went to guitar center today andit seemed as though many of these guitars had bad upper fret access. I don't go too far up the neck that often, but would prefer a guitar that I can do so.
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#17
Quote by jackson001
Went to guitar center today andit seemed as though many of these guitars had bad upper fret access. I don't go too far up the neck that often, but would prefer a guitar that I can do so.


Exactly. And did not I say the washburn unlike the others feels like a shred guitar. You can see 2 of my shred guitars in my sig. They are known for being comfortable.

The washburn HB30 has better upper fret access than the other semihollows I have tried. The neck is also slimmer than the epi, and even slimmer than the ibanez artcore which I also own. The ibanez is nice too, but although its twice the price it really does not compare especially in feel next to the HB30. The Hardware is still good. It has grover tuners, and they stay in tune for long. Very good tuning machines. The bridge is a regular tune-matic type. The pickups are pretty good too, but after I got the DP211 and 212 I have got to say its by far the most beautiful guitar I have. The tone is amazing, and surpasses even my white RG which is mahogany, has Dimarzios....

I don't know your location, but i know Sam Ash carries the brand, and may have the guitar.
#18
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvysnDpDtLc

In this video im playing it. At about 1:50 I am going up to the 21 fret. and shredding at the same time. I use 13 gauge on it. So, know that guitar feels really good, even with heavy strings. As for the sound, that was recorded with a cheap camera, so that video an innacurate example of the tone. In sam ash you should be able to try it.
#19
I recieved the Ibanez AG75 hollowbody guitar 2 christmases ago and love it.
It has a very full body cvompared to the Dot and therefore a fuller sound. At night i usually play it unplugged when people in my house are asleep and its very versatile in styles u can play. It has a sharp single cutaway.

Here is a link:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-Artcore-AG75-Electric-Guitar?sku=519451


I have it in sunburst and it looks sexy