Acoustic Archtop Recommendations

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  1. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Artist Formerly Known as π Silver Member

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    A few years ago, I feel in love with a 2014 Gibson Custom L-5 acoustic archtop (pic below). At that time, they cost around $3.5K, IIRC, but maybe more.
    Today I see used ones with asking prices of around $8K... too rich for me ($3.5K would have been pushing it).

    So, this is pretty much a curiosity question as I am not currently in the market for one, but...
    What options are available for decent quality traditional style acoustic (or electric) archtops with nitrocellulose finishes (personal preference) for under $2K?

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  2. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    Can’t help you out much. I did find this Custom Shop ES-175 in a pawn shop about 2 years ago. The shop wanted $2900 for it but took $2600. I bought it on the spot cause they go for almost 5K new. And it was new and unplayed....

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  3. Spats

    Spats Strat-Talk Member

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    If country of manufacture is not an issue, Loar are excellent. I had an LH-700. I only moved it because I traded it for a 1938 Gibson L-30.
     
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    MugHimself Strat-Talker

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    Acoustic...? you mean like a thin line?
     
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    I know this is really on the cheaper end, but I picked up an epiphone masterbilt Olympic which is a way cool arch top. There are two others in the series - the De Luxe and the Zephyr. They are bigger arch tops. I think the represent a nice and super reasonable arch top experience.
     
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  6. rgbedard

    rgbedard non-compliant Silver Member

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    Late 40's Gibson L-50, paid $1750 ... seen them for as low as $1400, but the ones you want more like this one. (Sorry, don't know for sure what the finish is.) Love this guitar.

    Saw a new Loar in a shop for very reasonable money, but the finish wasn't great. For the money, could have lived with it if I had to.
     
  7. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Artist Formerly Known as π Silver Member

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    Are "The Loars"nitro finished? I looked at their website yesterday and it did not specify... simply said "gloss"
     
  8. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Artist Formerly Known as π Silver Member

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    Yes, acoustic, but full size, 16" or 17" bout, not thin line.