Trying to decide on non-Fender guitar

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  1. BadBrad

    BadBrad Strat-O-Master

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    I have 3 strats and a tele, and I'd like to get a shorter scale guitar with humbuckers. I can't decide if I want a semi-hollow body or solid body guitar.

    The Epiphone ES-339 looks nice and sounded nice in the demos, and it has gotten good reviews. And at around $450 new the price point is pretty good.

    But I'm also thinking of stepping up to a Les Paul style guitar. I really like the looks of the Prestige guitars, and they have gotten great reviews. They're around $800 but reviews say they are close to the high-end USA Gibsons in quality.

    I play mostly blues, but would be using this guitar more for classic rock.
     

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    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

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    Coincidentally, I received the latest issue of "Guitar Player" today in the mail, and was just thumbing thru. The Cover Story is: "Low Budget Rockers-8 bold new electrics for under $500". In the short scale (24.75") humbucker category they reviewed 2 guitars, the rest were 25.5 scale modified Strat type guitars, except for a new model, smaller than stock, Epiphone Casino with P90's. The 2 short scale humbuckers were the: Cort CR230, dual humbucker, Les Paul style for $369. Reviewer really loved it in every respect, and couldn't find any issues with it. He even gigged with it a little. Next the: Ltd EC-331FR. Dual Humbucker, Les Paul style, with a whammy bar for $499. Got an "editors pick" award, reviewer loved it. For what it's worth from the large photos, I thought that they were both good looking guitars, that didn't exude any "cheapness". I wouldn't feel embarrassed or wierd gigging with them myself, and I have 2 "real" Gibson Les Pauls besides my Strats.
     
  3. zabel

    zabel New Member!

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    Had a 339, traded it in on a Gretsch G5420T

    I had a 339, the pickups just did not do it for me tone wise. Never used the patches, computer stuff. Swapped it for a G5420T Electromatic and never looked back.
     
  4. Zak99b5

    Zak99b5 Strat-Talk Member

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    ES 339 would be a nice guitar for doing early rock and rockabilly--think Stray Cats.

    But for classic rock with decent gain/fuzz, a hollowbody will cause feedback, and the lead tone will have less bite than a solid body guitar has.

    US-made Gibson SGJ (two '61 hubmuckers) is selling for a little under $500 on Amazon.
     
  5. stratman in va

    stratman in va Most Honored Senior Member

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    The semi hollow guitars cover a lot of ground... blues, Beatles, rockabilly ...

    ES-335 or Ibanez Artcore or Epi DOT are popular semi hollows.
     
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    lineboat Senior Stratmaster

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    You said you're looking at $800 stuff, so why not get a Les Paul? I just got a new Studio, and I'm in love with it. Nice finish, feel, and GREAT sound! With the chambering this one is a touch over 8 lbs. Prices are around $980 right now, and with a 15% or more off discount, that puts it just over 8 bills.
    I'm not a salesman, and never have really cared for the LP style before, but I'm a huge fan now. With the changes Gibson is making, I don't think you can go wrong getting one before they're all gone.
     
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    BryMelvin Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    My son raves about the LTD les paul types. Haven't played one myself.
    My preference is the GibsonSGJ 2014.

    It is brighter than a lot of HB guitars, has a MAPLE 24 fret neck, is LIGHT, and right now everyone is sellling them off for about 495USD
     
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    1993plus Strat-Talker

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    The g&l ascari looks cool to me. They claim it's based on a leo fender long lost design which is cool.
     

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    firebrand Senior Stratmaster

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    LTD makes a killer Eclipse EC256 which streets for $399. Upgrades the tuners ($70) and pop in your preferred pickups ($150-$230) and you
    Have a killer guitar for $700.
     
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    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    For something different check out Reverend guitars Reverend Guitars |. The ones I've played have been very high quality, just crazy good guitars. And a touch off the beaten path. Joe Naylor knows his stuff, if I was in the market I'd have one already.
     
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    tbp0701 Strat-Talker

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    I was in a similar conundrum a few years ago. I wanted something short scale with humbuckers (had a Strat and Tele), but was torn between a Les Paul and 335 style guitar. Then while browsing some classifieds I saw a '95 US Hamer Artist Studio for a little over $700 and decided to take a chance. It's pretty well used, but great. In short, it's akin to a Les Paul double cutaway but has tone chambers (Hamer called it a "semi-solid).

    So, I'd definitely watch for a deal on a US Hamer. I'd also watch for an older, Japan-made Ibanez, like the AR-100, or a Yamaha SA2000 (edit, looks like the Yamahas are over $1K these days).

    I've probably muddied the waters a bit, but in my limited experience I've much preferred those guitars to the sub-$1K Gibsons I've held. I may have just not found the right one.
     
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    Stringbender11 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd go with a Les Paul or Les Paul style guitar for your next one. You can pick up used Gibby Studios for around $6-800. I have an older one and really like it.

    But there are many choices out there, lot's of great LP types. I've heard great things about the LTDs too, btw.
     
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    Second-hand PRS CE, the US model.

    No other guitar in the price range comes close.

    You're welcome.
     
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    smurph1 Senior Stratmaster

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    I've played several Reverend models, including the "Unknown Hinson" CRAZY GOOD!!
     
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    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

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    I'll go with BryMelvin and firebrand on this one.

    ESP LTD series are killer for the price and QA is amazing.

    Read the reviews on the $800 limit you mentioned (EC-1000 with 339 reviews and a 5 star rating) or go lower priced in the EC line and upgrade away.

    esp ec Results | shippingCountry: Canada | Musician's Friend
     
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    michaell Senior Stratmaster

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    Gibson has some nice low end Les Pauls in the market now. Saw some in GC the other day......around $700.00.
     
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    michaell Senior Stratmaster

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    I must agree. PRS makes fabulous guitars....high and low end. Their Pacific rim models are really nice as I had several of them. Quality instruments at a reasonable cost.
     
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    Antman Strat-Talker

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    I got a Shecter omen solo 6. It's incredibly well made and sounds really good. Not made for just metal... I play all Manor of things on it.
     
  19. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Posy rules!

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    Lots of good suggestion here, but if you are still looking at the 339 have you cosidered the version with p90's? I thought it sounded great, I almost bought one but I I had just bought a dot.