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    Default Best budget jazzbox

    What do you guys recommend? I want warm, mellow sounds, sub £500 (so I guess below $800), happy to go secondhand.
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    Default Re: Best budget jazzbox

    There's a nice looking Agile Gretsch-type rig in the Trading Post.

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/s...d.php?t=169853

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    Default Re: Best budget jazzbox

    there are a bunch of decent ibanez offerings for less than what you are asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNewcenstein View Post
    There's a nice looking Agile Gretsch-type rig in the Trading Post.

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/s...d.php?t=169853
    Looks nice but I really want a hardtail.
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    Default Re: Best budget jazzbox

    Dean Palomino maybe?

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    Default Re: Best budget jazzbox

    If you want to go straight to the bottom - Epiphone Studio Dot. You'll need to play a bunch, but you'll find one for $299.

    After that hit the Ibanez Artcore line.
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    I think he meant a big, Wes Montgomery hollowbody, not a more BB King Hollowbody.

    Try the Artcores though. They're not all bad.
    Wes Montgomery is the cat.

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    Default Re: Best budget jazzbox

    The artcores are pretty decent guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El CHupacabra View Post
    I think he meant a big, Wes Montgomery hollowbody, not a more BB King Hollowbody.
    You mean you think he meant a full hollow and not a semi-hollow, right?

    Ibanez Artcore and Gretsch Electromatics are what I'd look at if I wanted a full hollow for under $1,000.
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    ^ of course. Went without saying.
    Wes Montgomery is the cat.

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    You saying a 335 can't play Jazz?
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    Not saying that, but with Jazzbox the usual connotation is a large bodied, full hollow guitar like those seen with Wes or Charlie Christian.
    Wes Montgomery is the cat.

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    Default Re: Best budget jazzbox

    I haven't tried one, but I like the looks of these Godin "5th Avenue" guitars:

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    I have a full hollow Ibanez AF75. It is such a cool guitar. Trapeze tailpice, tune-o-matic style bridge, low output ceramic humbuckers. With heavy distortion, it gets some feedback, but when that feedback is avoided (lowering volume, lowering fuzziness, standing somewhere else), the tones are great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dd12939 View Post
    I haven't tried one, but I like the looks of these Godin "5th Avenue" guitars:
    I've actually tried these, and they're really nice guitars. Of course, having never tried a guitar with a bridge that wasn't bolted to the body, I was a little surprised when the bridge moved when I touched it, but I guess that's to be expected. It's a really nice guitar, definetely worth checking out.
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    Default Re: Best budget jazzbox

    try out some Ibanez Artcores. they're great jazzboxes for a cheaper price. also, the non-US Gretsch models.
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    For fully hollow, I like the Washburn J3 (same dimensions as an ES175), Ibanez AF75 & AF105, and the P-90 Epi Casino (ES330).

    For semi-hollow my favorites are: Epi Sheraton, Dot, Dot Deluxe, Riviera, Riviera P-93 (triple P-90's), and the Hamer Echotone. These models have a Gibson 335 dimension body.

    All of these have rich, warm tones and will play jazz & blues very well (many great players over the decades have used these guitar designs). The semi-hollows also do classic rock as they don't have the feedback issues at higher volumes.

    Look for a deal on used guitars, and maybe you can get both a semi & full hollow.

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    I have an ibanez Artcore AK86. I like this guitar a lot. i got it used for 330 bucks in a music store. It plays very nice. I just oiled the neck and put 12-56s on. I'm going to replace the pickups in it soon. Its a very nice guitar indeed. I expect it to be my long time friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frantic_Rock View Post
    I have an ibanez Artcore AK86. I like this guitar a lot. i got it used for 330 bucks in a music store. It plays very nice. I just oiled the neck and put 12-56s on. I'm going to replace the pickups in it soon. Its a very nice guitar indeed. I expect it to be my long time friend.
    +1. Upgrading PU's will give you some nice tones. No need to spend a fortune.

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    Thanks for the advice guys...by a strange twist of fate I spotted a 1988 Orville by Gibson 335 on Ebay being sold by a guy who lives a mile away. The trigger had to be pulled and I got it today.
    In the immoral words of the great warrior Poet Ice Cube, if the day does not require an AK, it is good.

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