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reverend mikey



west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 15th, 2014 08:26 PM        

Under $500 would be even better.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> Then there's the new lower end Gretsch hollow and semi-hollows - some offered in lefty. Not totally turned on by those, either.<br /> <br /> What are you other lefties playing for semi-hollows?



LeftyMeister

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Jan 15th, 2014 08:30 PM        

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



LeftRightOut

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Jan 16th, 2014 03:42 AM        

What about a tokai



LeftRightOut

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Jan 16th, 2014 03:43 AM        

or heres another but double the price



LeftRightOut

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Jan 16th, 2014 03:45 AM        

Heres an Edwards with seymour duncans



reverend mikey



west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 16th, 2014 11:07 AM        

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...)<br /> <br /> ...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        

mikey <br /> <br /> haven't bought from them (yet) I have purchased a guitar from Ishibashi and freight was about $150<br /> send them an email only thing it will cost you is <br /> time<br /> <br /> still don't know whether the pots will be wired correctly though <br /> <br /> speaking of Ishibashi they have a lefty Yamaha 335 copy in the used section



reverend mikey



west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 17th, 2014 01:35 PM        

Thanks for the link ... it's tempting. Wish I knew if it was made in Japan - probably MIK or MIC...<br /> <br /> ...don't have time right now to inquire...maybe later.



reverend mikey



west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Jan 17th, 2014 02:53 PM        

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).<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> I'll keep you posted...



LeftRightOut

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Jan 17th, 2014 10:32 PM        

Thanks Mikey if I knew it was and old 70/80 model I would have snapped it up myself ;(<br /> <br /> Ishibashi are pretty good with their description of guitars I've found <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> Your daughter lives in Japan I see that as a good excuse for a holiday to go guitar shopping ;)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />



reverend mikey



west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 18th, 2014 09:55 AM        

Well, I just made payment for the Yamaha SA 1000 through paypal ... now I wait to see if they send tracking information for shipments.<br /> <br /> 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!<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> I'll keep you posted!



reverend mikey



west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 21st, 2014 12:10 PM        

Update: So far, Jason at Ishibashi has been very good to work with - especially considering the 15 hour time difference.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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! <br /> <br /> Pics and review here when the Yamaha arrives.



Napman41

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Jan 21st, 2014 02:35 PM        

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        

What's a Texan?



Napman41

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Usa

Jan 21st, 2014 05:01 PM        

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



LeftyMeister

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Jan 21st, 2014 05:03 PM        

Cool!



reverend mikey



west Omaha, east NE

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Jan 22nd, 2014 09:02 AM        

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

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

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        

Casino



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