Looking for a hollow body thats within reach

Mattdive

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I'll second the Ibanez Artcore AF75T, but try to play as many as you can, as they do vary quite a bit. Several years ago, I ordered a blue one that took too long to get to the store. They "lent" me the red one I played in the store. That one sounded huge and played like a dream. The blue one I ended up with plays great, too, but not like that red one (I'm sure it had nothing to do with the color, though).:)
It's built pretty tough, but may not resonate as much as a more expensive Gibson or Gretsch.
The pickups are definitely not high output. Switching between the Artcore and LP requires some "knobbin'" on the amp (or a booster pedal). They sound pretty good, though, if you want a jazzy blues feel. The trem is a bit stiff - as many have said here - but I rarely use it anyway.
To sum it up, the Ibanez Artcore is more guitar than it costs to get one. Get an Epi dot to round out the collection, too, since the hollowbody Ibanez does not sound much like the semi-hollow ES style guitars.
 


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