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Unread 08-18-2006, 03:20 PM   #1
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$1,000, looking new Electric Semi-Hollow or Les Paul

I've got around a thousand bucks to spend on a new guitar (if I don't just spend it on upgrading my drum kit), and I would like to know what suggestions you have for the best semi-hollow I can get around that price. I might just save up and get a Les Paul, so if you think I should do that, please let me know as well.

Experience - 4.5 years
Guitar # - four. I have a Taylor, a mexican strat, and an SG Standard (my baby).
Why - I'm looking for a guitar with great tone, especially while playing on the cleaner side. My SG can handle distortion fine, but I'm looking for something that suits my deVille 410 and blues/clean side.
Price range - anything up to $1,200 or so.
Guitars I've tried - Epiphone Sheraton II (extensively), semi-hollow Tele HH.
Where I plan to buy - Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, or Sam Ash.
Situations I play in - church, youth band (we play cover songs), home, etc.

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Unread 08-18-2006, 03:32 PM   #2
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For that price and for a great LP guitar, look into Heritage H-150's or H-157's. I got my H157 for $1,025, new from Junior's music in Connecticut (http://www.juniorsmusic.com/default.htm). Or, look at used ones on eBay for $500 and up and pocket the change. They're made in the original factory in Kalmazoo that made Gibsons before they moved to Nashville and by some of the same guys who chose not to move.
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Unread 08-18-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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I've got around a thousand bucks to spend on a new guitar (if I don't just spend it on upgrading my drum kit), and I would like to know what suggestions you have for the best semi-hollow I can get around that price. I might just save up and get a Les Paul, so if you think I should do that, please let me know as well.

Experience - 4.5 years
Guitar # - four. I have a Taylor, a mexican strat, and an SG Standard (my baby).
Why - I'm looking for a guitar with great tone, especially while playing on the cleaner side. My SG can handle distortion fine, but I'm looking for something that suits my deVille 410 and blues/clean side.
Price range - anything up to $1,200 or so.
Guitars I've tried - Epiphone Sheraton II (extensively), semi-hollow Tele HH.
Where I plan to buy - Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, or Sam Ash.
Situations I play in - church, youth band (we play cover songs), home, etc.

Are you open to doing major/minor surgery on your MIM Strat?
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Unread 08-18-2006, 03:59 PM   #4
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As a follow up to my previous post, they also are well known for their semi-hollows, like the H575 (beautiful guitar, by the way). Check out their website. http://www.heritageguitar.com/
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Unread 08-18-2006, 04:05 PM   #5
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Are you open to doing major/minor surgery on your MIM Strat?
Hah, not really. Before I bought my SG, I was going to start working on my strat with some Seymour Duncans, but decided to just buy another guitar. What did you have in mind?
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Unread 08-18-2006, 04:07 PM   #6
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Hah, not really. Before I bought my SG, I was going to start working on my strat with some Seymour Duncans, but decided to just buy another guitar. What did you have in mind?
Oh dear, here we go again .

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Hmmm Sgs can puch some good clean tone if you use the neck pickup and turn the volume down to about 7, at least I always liked it. But true semi hollow bodies win the clean tone competition hand down, you could probably get a decent epiphone emperor reagent for under a thousand.
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Unread 08-18-2006, 04:10 PM   #8
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Yeah, I really only use the neck pickup.
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Unread 08-18-2006, 04:18 PM   #9
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Yeah, I really only use the neck pickup.
Well, do yourself a favor and check out Heritage guitars like I said.
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A G&L ASAT Classic semi-hollow would be a nice pick around that price new. Any of the other American-made ASATs used would be in that price range, too, I'd think.
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Unread 08-18-2006, 11:28 PM   #11
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Yeah, I really only use the neck pickup.
Well, before we go any further, explain: you use only the neck pickup? Ever?

Incidentally, I have something really cool in mind, so bear with me.
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Unread 08-19-2006, 06:23 AM   #12
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You should be able to find something decent for that amount of cash.
I play in a band where one of the guitarists has a Gibson 335,Gretsch 6120
and yes a Heritage I beleive 555. My freind actually tried out a couple
Ibanez Artcore semi hollows and he was impressed at the bang for the
buck quality factor. Heck he felt the Ibby's blew away the current bunch of
Epiphones at that store in his opinion.You got a lot of options.

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Unread 08-19-2006, 11:34 AM   #13
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I suggest you check out these two sites, G and L Guitars, and Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars.

For G & L, I recommend the ASAT, and for Music Man I recommend the Sillhouete (sp?). Both offer great tonal range and fit your price range somewhat.
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For years I used a typical off-the-shelf bar-type soap and I had no idea that, even though I rinsed properly and thoroughly after every cleansing, there was still a soap scum residue on my hands and fingers.
This negatively affected my tone in ways that I just can't describe.
Then, on a whim, a few years ago I wandered into a Bath and Body Works store at a local mall and picked up some of their gentle foaming anti-bacterial hand cleansers.
The difference in my guitar's sound is so wickedly improved that I no longer feel the need to buy a new amp or pedals or even strings...EVER!
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Unread 08-19-2006, 02:22 PM   #14
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Unread 08-19-2006, 04:10 PM   #15
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If you want to make the most of your money why are you buying one new? Aren't a few minor scratches and dings worth a couple hundred bucks off?
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