#1
I have decided my next guitar purchase will probably be a small-bodied ES-type semi. Might be a little while off though (damned car)...

So having shopped around a little it seems there's the option of spending lots of money (such as the Gibson ES-339 and CS-336 @ £1.5-2k), or not much money (Ibanez Artcore, Epiphone Dot etc @ £300-600). I'd really like to spend around £1k - anything around in that range? Also how are the Gibsons superior (overpricing debates etc aside)?

Amp is a Hot Rod Deluxe which I'm plenty happy with for clean tone at the moment.

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#2
Gibson Vegas, discontinued but damn lovely.
I wish I could buy one

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#3
i played an ibanez artcore. it was good for the money however i doubt you will be happy with it. the tuners were complete rubish and the action was very high at upper frets and rather low at lower frets which to me felt odd. it is the only hollow body i have ever played though..
#4
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#5
I know it's not ES335-shaped but have you looked at the Rickenbacker 330/360?
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#7
You should try one of those budget companies that still throw on quality parts for good prices. There's probably plenty here: www.rondomusic.com.

They have a good reputation so far.
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#8
my biggest concern is that £1k might fall between two stools- it's too cheap to get the really badass stuff, but it'd be a shame to settle for an intermediate guitar with such a high budget too... i'm not too well up on semi-hollows, but as i said, that'd be my concern.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#9
Try and find a used Gibson ES335, or look at some Japanese companies that do similar stuff (Tokai, Edwards, Orville etc)
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#10
With a little more, I bet you could get a used Duesenberg (sp?), or Gibson.
#12
I would say Heritage 535. I actually prefer the 535 to the Gibson 335 and I have seen them in that price range. I paid $1100.00 for one a few years back but I think it was new.

A lot of the newer Gibsons are not all that special. If you look around you may be able to find an older one with some issues for around your price.
#13
the cheapest Gibson ES-335 (brand new) i've seen is $1,999.00 for the satin finish ES 335, that should be around 1k GBP i believe
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Try and find a used Gibson ES335, or look at some Japanese companies that do similar stuff (Tokai, Edwards, Orville etc)


+1

not quite sure how i forgot about those. i think it was the £1k budget which threw me.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#15
Check out the new Vox Virage guitars, I've heard good things and they look pretty awesome.
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#16
Carvin make custom semis you should take a look at. You might get raped on shipping but the guitars are such a steal it shouldnt matter.
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