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 Moai
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Hello all! I am new to the forums and have been playing for about six months. I can't stop playing, it so relaxing and fun I kick myself for waiting this long to learn guitar!

Anyway, I currently have a Godin SD, which I really like. I have a Roland Cube-15 amp that has some effects I like to mess with towards the end of my practice sessions.

I want to get another guitar to play with now. (Am I GAS-ing? What does that mean?). I really like rockabilly/psychobilly sounds, but also nice clean jazzy notes, too. My Godin can make lots of different noises, which is awesome, but I can't quite get the Cramps sound I need to satiate my soul.

Any suggestions on a decent archtop/hollowbody that won't have me eating Ramen for the next five years? I saw the Agile Cool Cat Prestige yesterday, and it seems that you get a lot of guitar for the money with that, but I have never seen one of those guitars in person. The Ibanez Artcore series looks like it would fit the bill, too, as does the Epiphone Wildkat.

The LP look is so great, and they sound bitchin', too. I have only messed with Gibsons and Epi's in the local shop here, and they are WAY too spendy for me at this point. I know it isn't a hollowbody, but I want one of those black Agile LP copies for some reason. Anybody have one of those? Judging by price I could get two brand new guitars for not a lot of dough, which would be awesome....

Any and all opinions will be greatly appreciated. Oh, and if anyone has a Gretsch White Falcon laying around and it is just bugging you looking at it, I'll be a guy and take it off your hands.

Thanks! You guys rule!

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 Moai
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Oh, and girls swooning is a huge factor in my choice as well. I can admit that....:)

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(@blackzerogsh)
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Hey, welcome to the forums, you've just found the most useful and helpful guitar site on the net. Youre going to be amazed at how much stuff you find in the forums.

First of all, it seems you have gas. To clear things up it means gear acquasition(spelling?) syndrome. The constant hunger to buy new guitars/amps/etc.

As for your question, if you were to post a budget for yourself, you would get alot more help. When you do, I have some guitar choices in mind for you.


   
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(@gnease)
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Based on what you've said, give the Artcores a serious look. It's hard to believe you can't find something that sounds/looks right for you in that line. The prices may be a bit more than say the Oscar Schmitt line and the Epi Dot, but the Artcore fit and finish is of much higher quality and worth it.

The Epi Wildcat looks cool (to some) and probably sounds good with the P90 pups -- but those same P90s will hummummummmm. P90 lovers are willing to put up with it, but those with less tone elitism usually prefer to go humbucker. But those P90s do crunch.

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I've recently bought the AF75SB from the Ibanez Artcore series. Was about $350 and I love it to death. For what it's worth, the only girl that has seen it so far said it was by far the most beautifull guitar she has ever seen, so you should do fine in that department. ;)

Anyway, make sure you know the differences between full-hollow (my guitar, for example) and semi-hollow (ES335-style), pretty different guitars. Ibanez has both types well within the pricerange of what Epi offers.


   
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 geoo
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Welcome aboard. Not much too all

Have fun and enjoy the GAS

Geoo

“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn” - David Russell (Scottish classical Guitarist. b.1942)


   
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I have an Ibanez Artcore ag75 which I love for the mellow jazzy kind of sound. Runs around $300 or so which is pretty reasonable.

Also. G.A.S. stands for Guitar Aquisition Syndrome.


   
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 Moai
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I am not sure what my price range is. Value for the money is what I am looking for, I guess, so if I had to name a number probably around $500, but cheaper is definitely better!

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 Moai
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I have been looking seriously at the Artcores, for soure. What is the difference between semi-hollow and hollow, besides the obvious?

The one I have been looking at most is the Ibanez af75 series, either with or without the vibrato. I really liked the Cool Kat that Agile makes, with the abalone inlay and all. I just wish it came in white or black. I don't know a damn thing about Agile guitars, though. Their pics look great, of course.

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Any suggestions on a decent archtop/hollowbody that won't have me eating Ramen for the next five years?

I've got an Ibanez Artcore AM73, and I love it to death. Nice neck, decent pickups, and a fit and finish that match guitars with a far higher price tag. From personal experience I'd recommend any of the Artcore series. ( I played quite a few of them of them before deciding on the AM73 )

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I played around with an AF 75 at Guitar Center,
I walked out with a Schecter Omen6 but that AF 75 is still calling to me (I can hear it now "Jim Come and Take me Home"


   
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(@musenfreund)
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You might also take a look at the epiphone dot -- they're a bargain version of the Casino, I think. I played around with one a few days ago (before deciding to buy a bass instead of another guitar) and liked the feel of it.

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(@gnease)
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You might also take a look at the epiphone dot -- they're a bargain version of the Casino, I think. I played around with one a few days ago (before deciding to buy a bass instead of another guitar) and liked the feel of it.

Actually they are quite different, Tim. The Dot is a semihollow with humbuckers -- Epi's budget version of the Gibson ES-335. A Casino is a full hollow with P90s (single coils).

-Greg

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I have the Ibanez AF-75 Blue Burst. It is great, but the floating bridge can be a little tiresome to adjust to get it in tune. I got mine about three weeks ago and it is not exactly in tune past the first couple of frets. I am working on that using info and links on this site. I have played the Epiphone Hollowbodies, also. I personally like the feel of The Ibanez better. The Agile guitars have pretty good ratings, but if you can't play the guitar first, then you might shy away from it. Since you are a beginner, hollowbodies will be an interesting task for you as far as tuning, I've been playing for 20 years and it ain't too fun to get it in tune. Good luck.

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 Moai
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Ow, I never thought about what bridge to look for. And to be honest, I barely know what that means. Some of the guitars I have looked at have "Tune-O-Matic" bridges. I have Googled that term and found out some useful info, but I still don't think I really understand it.

Will the intonation get screwed up if I change one string at a time? In a sec I am going to search the forums for info on this...

My Godin SD has individual little "boxes" that each string goes in as it has a tremolo. At first I had to tune it all the time, but now it stays in tune for about five days or so, practicing for an hour or so a day. I haven't had to change the strings yet.

Oh, and I found the SX-GG8 at Rondo music. That is the one I like the best so far, and I can afford to get that AND the LP copy I want at the same time (an AL-2500)...Whoohoo! I have heard nothing but good about the guitars from them, so I am going to take the plunge. If only the SX came in white (sigh).

Bettie Page is the most beautiful woman who ever lived. You better recognize, G!


   
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