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reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 15th, 2014 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Under $500 would be even better.

I used to have an Ibanez Artcore one - the model with the violin finish that they don't make (in lefty) anymore. Now Ibanez only offers the kind of maroon colored one. I sold mine because the frets seemed so small - even though they were supposed to be mediums. And the fret material seemed kinda soft.

As I shared recently, I tried the new D'Angelico, but didn't think it was worth $1,300. I'm wondering about the Hagstroms - they get mixed reviews. I don't mind changing pickups and electronics if everything else is solid.

The Washburn HB35 gets lots of love, but isn't made in lefty. Epi Dots are very hit and miss - I've not been real impressed with the righties I've tried.

Then there's the new lower end Gretsch hollow and semi-hollows - some offered in lefty. Not totally turned on by those, either.

What are you other lefties playing for semi-hollows?

LeftyMeister
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Jan 15th, 2014 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you look at Epi's try before you buy. I ordered one online and got a lemon.

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Jan 16th, 2014 03:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What about a tokai

about $550

LeftRightOut
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Jan 16th, 2014 03:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

or heres another but double the price

This ones a MIJ Tokai

LeftRightOut
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Australia

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Jan 16th, 2014 03:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Heres an Edwards with seymour duncans

Little over you budget though $950

reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 16th, 2014 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those Tokai's look interesting...I've recently seen a few comments about the MIC ones - why oh why does that MIJ one have to be BLUE? Although it would match my Ice Blue Metallic Warmoth Strat nicely... compared to the MIK D'Angelico's, I'm sure it's a cut above... (thinking here about my MIJ Elitist LP that is so nice...)

...Have you bought from them? I'm wondering about the shipping (probably around $100-120) and doing the deal through the internet...

LeftRightOut
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Jan 16th, 2014 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mikey

haven't bought from them (yet) I have purchased a guitar from Ishibashi and freight was about $150
send them an email only thing it will cost you is
time

still don't know whether the pots will be wired correctly though

speaking of Ishibashi they have a lefty Yamaha 335 copy in the used section

Just type lh in the keyword box of the search panel

reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 17th, 2014 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the link ... it's tempting. Wish I knew if it was made in Japan - probably MIK or MIC...

...don't have time right now to inquire...maybe later.

reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 17th, 2014 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I sent an e-mail info request about that Yamaha, since it's a late 70's-early 80's model that was made in Japan. Pretty rare, and probably worth the $1,000 or so it will cost me (with the shipping from Japan).

The funny thing is, I have a daughter living in Japan, but about 2 hours from Tokyo (if that's where this guitar is); too bad I didn't see this before Christmas and have her bring it home to me when she came for the holidays (she flew out of Narita in Tokyo)! But that would be a major hassle for her just to save about $150.

I'll keep you posted...

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 04:53 PM, Jan 17th, 2014)

LeftRightOut
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Jan 17th, 2014 10:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Mikey if I knew it was and old 70/80 model I would have snapped it up myself ;(

Ishibashi are pretty good with their description of guitars I've found

When I emailed them about the 62RI Tele I purchased off them. They answered everything I asked from frets to finish they even noted the truss rod was maxed out.

Your daughter lives in Japan I see that as a good excuse for a holiday to go guitar shopping ;)





reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 18th, 2014 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I just made payment for the Yamaha SA 1000 through paypal ... now I wait to see if they send tracking information for shipments.

I'm excited! This is something I've been trying to find for a looooong time - a good, Japanese made semi-hollow - and a lefty is so hard to find!

It was a little over my budget, but it was MIJ, around '79 when they were kicking our butts in quality, so I think it will be worth it. It's not a maple ply body - it's birch or beech. I suspect that with this design that won't make a huge difference in tone.

I'll keep you posted!

reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 21st, 2014 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Update: So far, Jason at Ishibashi has been very good to work with - especially considering the 15 hour time difference.

He said the guitar is at one of their 15 guitar stores somewhere in Japan, so it will first be shipped to him; he'll inspect it and get it packed for shipping, probably Friday. So I'll get it sometime next week.

Age confirmed: he said the pickups have a stamp of July '79 on them. So this thing was built around the same time as an old acoustic Ibanez lefty that I bought new when I was in college (and still have). It was also made in Japan, but it's all laminate, so while it's not worth much, it has lots of sentimental value to me - learned a lot on that guitar - my first true lefty!

Pics and review here when the Yamaha arrives.

Napman41
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Usa

Jan 21st, 2014 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Southpaw guitars is doing a special run of 100 lefty Epi casinos. $630.00 with a 7 month lead time. They are also doing a run of Epi Texans for under $450.00.

LeftyMeister
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Jan 21st, 2014 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What's a Texan?

Napman41
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Usa

Jan 21st, 2014 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's an acoustic with a slightly smaller than jumbo body size and a somewhat narrow neck.

Epiphone Texan acoustic

LeftyMeister
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Jan 21st, 2014 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool!

reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 22nd, 2014 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've always wanted a Casino, too! A true hollow body - and I suspect they'll have P-90 pickups?

That Texan at that price sounds too good to be true - I wonder if it will have a solid top, at least? If so, I might be interested, otherwise, I'll pass.

LHW

Southwest Ohio

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Jan 22nd, 2014 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

""That Texan at that price sounds too good to be true - I wonder if it will have a solid top, at least?""

The specs. says it has a solid spruce top and a solid mahogany back.

reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Jan 22nd, 2014 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I saw those specs, but also saw that it included a pickup - and I'm wondering if all those specs can really come in for under $450 on a left-handed version...?

reverend mikey

west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Jan 22nd, 2014 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Casino

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