#1
I've had my eye on the AS73,but the more research I do the more confused I get. I liked the sound a lot.I like a real warm deep sound(interested in blues).But the hollows are nice as well.But anyhow maybe you guys could tell me which ones you love that are under $500 semi and hollow.This is my first electric.
#2
The AS73 is good, I'd go for it. Alternatively, look at Epiphone semi-hollows, though I like the Ibanez guitars in that price range better. The AS93 is also in your price range I believe, though it's not significantly different from the AS73.
The hagstrom Viking and Viking 2 are slso available for under 500$, but I have not tried them personally, but I thought you might want to have a look at them anyway.

EDIT: If it's your first electric, remember to leave enough money for a proper amp and accessories (gig bag, strap, cord, etc.).
#4
Thanks,I really loved the AS73,more than the Epi Dot.I figured the amp and stuff as extra as well.I actually just bought an Epi Dot Studio in excellent condition...but I bought that one for a BB King signature and not to use.