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  1. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Senior Stratmaster

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    This is a good point. Tell us what you wanna play with it (or what you like / look for in an Archie) and we can help more. Saying "sub-1000$ electric archtop" is like saying "mid-priced solidbody" - which includes tele, strat, lester, sg, prs, danos.... dig deeper! Know thyself! And tell us ;D
     
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    There are many models from Epiphone and Ibanez of high quality for under $1000. You have plenty of choices. I suggest you go play a bunch and see what you like.
     
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    Godin 5th Avenue, made in Canada, lots of configurations including P90s {!}.

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    I have a Squire X-155 Used cost me 450$ with the HSC. I was lucky to find it. These are what fender made when they bought Guild and DeArmond. Squire X155 2001.jpg I have Changed the Pickups to a under wound alnico 11 type. They are not easy to find. Well finding any Fender arch Top is not easy. . You should play some at a Store to see which you like best. There are some things you should look for when choosing one, like type of stop tail peace many develop problems with failing at the hinge wrap where the tail peace joins the Butt plate.
     
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  5. Antstrat

    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks all for the info and help much appreciated :thumb:
     
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    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Darn good question, maybe an archie may not be what I'm looking for.

    What happened was I took a trip to one of the last mom n pop stores in my area that also has a large vintage room, it's a fun place to just go and visit. Anyhoo, I just started fiddling around with some of the epi's/guilds which I never do because my heart belongs to strats and not to sound weird it triggered a "whoa, these feel pretty good in my hands" feeling. Maybe it's time for some diversity in my life?

    I'm just a home noodler and I usually end up mucking around with blues based rock n roll, nothing heavt distortionwise clean to woofy I would say are my tastes. I don't have the skills for jazz or Chet Atkins stuff. My next step is to plug in a few and see if I'm having a good time, that will be the true deciding factor if indeed I'll go archtop or semi hollow.

    Hope that made sense. :)
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That is exactly why I have a Strat, Tele, two G&Ls (one is a Superstrat style), D'Angelico EXL, Les Paul, Flying V, Sheraton-II, G400 SG, Kramer Rando Rhoads V, and three acoustics.

    I'm not active in a band... haven't been for 30 years.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lot's of great Gretsch deals going on right now, especially on the final Korean stock and the Japanese models



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    All of these are great
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    If i had to part with one of them, i just couldn't.
     
  10. BuddyHollywood

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    My favorite fully hollow arch tops under $1,000 are Gretsch 5422s and Epiphone Casinos.
     
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  12. UmpaHimself

    UmpaHimself Senior Stratmaster

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    As just posted in another thread, I have been looking at Gibson Midtowns lately on Reverb. Sometimes you can find them around the 1k mark. I haven't played one myself but they seem like a great bang for the buck
     
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    I have an archtop electric - it's an old German model, but with only THREE pots (2V 1T). I'd like to replace the complete electrics. I can buy a set of pots and rewire them to copy the old ones... or I could be more adventurous! Can anybody give me a wiring diagram to make a Jimmy Page style setup with only 3 pots? I would sacrifice the phase-reverse as I'm losing a pot.
    I've posted pictures in my thread - Renovating a semi-acoustic Klira.
     
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    This one is most unusual. Telecaster shape, but totally hollow almost. It does have a 3/4 length center block but it's actually part of the back of the guitar, it's carved out like a canoe with the arch top glued over it. So the back and sides are one solid piece. I don't know what the wood used is, but the top is a burled maple. Maple neck with an ebony fingerboard and two P90's. Fretboard radius feels like about 10". Wilkinson tuners and bridge. I found it in a shop on the back wall for $200. It's actually a very nice player.

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  15. RadioFM74

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    It makes perfect sense. My suggestions would be:
    - you want something that is different from your strats. I’ve had a period where I tried 335s extensively and I must say that they felt like a nicer (no offense to anyone) version of a Les Paul… the sound and feel, attack and sustain, was pretty close to a solidbody. Maybe then a full hollow guitar would be a fun addition to your stable: they tend to have shorter sustain and a very different attack
    - think of pickups too: P90s, humbuckers… all good, but try a few with different combinations.

    Now you seem to have a nice shop with good inventory handy to try out as many as you like, so the answer has got to be – the one that speaks to you. Guild, Hagstrom, D’Angelico, Gretsch…

    From my experience (and as a jazzer I am pretty knowledgeable on the Epi/Gibby side and a complete ignoramus about Gretsches so forgive me for that), I’d suggest you try these out:
    - an Epi Casino (post 2018 if possible). I think they’re awesome, super-versatile and VERY different feel-and sound-wise from teles and strats. And an iconic guitar in its own right. Mine might well become my jazzy guitar and compete with the two others for the “blues queen” spot. Many rockers swear by them, especially aficionados of British Invasion. I say post-2018 because they changed the pickups and corrected what many perceived to be their shortcoming, i.e. muddy/overwound pickups. Quality control can be variable but good ones are really good.
    - if you’d like something with humbuckers, I hear and read good things about Rivieras, Sheratons and Dots. I tried a couple side by side with the Casino and there was no comparison for me, but that’s my tastes. Anyway, for a humbuckered thing I’d go and try the Epi 175 Premium. Gibson pickups, sounds spectacular, a jazz box but still works in other genres (Steve Howe?) and another totally classic guitar.
    - for something entirely different I’d suggest you try an acoustic archtop with a floating pickup. That’s more for the “blues of the origins” / “Ready made on the market” there are the Guild Savoy (more refined, medium C neck, a nice little guitar) and the Gretsch New-Yorker (rawer, V neck, still the same DeArmond reissue pickup so far as I know.

    Happy quest!
     
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    I broke down on Friday and ordered my first "new" guitar - the other 20+ have all been used. This will be my first hollow body electric. Musiciansfriend had the D' Angelico Excel SS with Stop Bar tail piece for 60% off (in black/gray) for the Stupid deal for a couple hours - it is a discontinued model. It is supposed to show up Friday. I am more of a hard rock with lots of distortion guy - maybe this will give me a new approach to playing.

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    The Eastmans are quite stellar.
     
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    Gibson Midtown is a sleeper you can get for $1K.

    Also, older ES-135s go for $1200. Might be able to get for $1K.

    Then you'd have a real Gibson.
     
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    I have tried a few Korean and Chinese made. I really like the Korean Guild A150 Savoy that I have. Pluses: Solid wood top, three piece mahogany neck with a 9.5 radius, floating pickup.
     
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