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Juice Nichols

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Sep 13th, 2017 11:46 AM        

I've been searching for sometime for a semi-hollowbody guitar. I love the looks of these guitars, but I find myself hard-pressed to fork over $1800 for a Korean import.<br /> <br /> I did a forum search for info on these but came up empty.



jazzguy



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Sep 13th, 2017 12:03 PM        

go to the jazz guitar forum and you'll find plenty of info, this place is Fender City.<br />



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Sep 13th, 2017 12:56 PM        

I tried one of the 335 style models when they first came out; ended up sending it back.<br /> <br /> Build quality was excellent, materials seemed very good (natural finish flamed maple front and back on the one I ordered). Pickups were 'meh' didn't have any character.<br /> <br /> Overall, I decided for the price it just wasn't worth it (and when I ordered, these were around $1,250, so you're right, $1,800 for a Korean guitar is a stretch).



Juice Nichols

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Sep 13th, 2017 01:42 PM        

"go to the jazz guitar forum and you'll find plenty of info, this place is Fender City."<br /> <br /> Saw plenty of info on the USA models, but not much on the MIK versions.<br /> <br /> "$1,800 for a Korean guitar is a stretch"<br /> Thanks. That's what I thought.<br />



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Sep 13th, 2017 02:43 PM        

I think they're way overpriced for what they are: a pretty nice import. But they are nowhere near the quality of the originals.<br /> <br /> If you're going to spend that much on an import, check out Eastman. They are MIC, but the woods, components, and workmanship are very very good.



Te 52



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Sep 13th, 2017 03:44 PM        

When they were hand made one-at-a-time instruments, they were nothing short of legendary.<br /> <br /> Now, just part of the pack.



Bubbalou



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Sep 13th, 2017 07:19 PM        

I played a newer model in Guitar Center a while back. Wasn't really impressed.



FunkyKikuchiyo



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Sep 13th, 2017 11:27 PM        

Yeah, I'd say check out Eastman, or get an Ibanez or Epiphone (whichever one feels better) and use the money savings on replacing hardware and electronics.



Juice Nichols

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Sep 14th, 2017 04:39 AM        

Thanks guys. You confirmed what I was thinking. One of them I looked at online the "Made in Korea" sticker wasn't even put on straight. I guess that should have told me all I need to know.



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Sep 14th, 2017 05:41 AM        

I'm not sure who's buying them at the prices they sell for.



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Sep 14th, 2017 05:49 AM        

I bought an Ibanez John Schofield Signature semi-hollowbody about a month ago. Very pleased with it. MIC but really nicely put together. Beautiful guitar and very easy to play. One of the 1st things I usually do with any new guitar is swap out 10's or 11's for 9's. (Wimpy old fingers). I haven't had to do that with the Ibanez as the action is low & quick. I will still put 9's on it but I am in no hurry. One of the big aesthetic pluses on the John Schofield is the smaller headstock. I think it looks much better than the usual headstock. Also, the price was not so bad @ $1,099.99.



woody

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Sep 14th, 2017 10:11 AM        

You could get a very nice used Gibson ES 137 for less than the D'Angelico. They are excellent guitars.



reverendrob

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Sep 14th, 2017 06:28 PM        

The thing is that it's all about how much QC and oversight the company puts on its contractors for that sort of work - Squier took off when Fender stepped up their game, Epi in China these days is damn good if you buy high-end, etc.<br /> <br /> See no reason why these *couldn't* be good, but $1800 is a stretch when you can get actual new Gibsons for that.<br /> <br /> Ok, you'll have to wait for the sales, but, well, they give them away every six months or so.



Leftee

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Sep 14th, 2017 06:45 PM        

They do have a nice lefty offering. I just can't get past the price.



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Sep 15th, 2017 01:20 PM        

Current Vintage Guitar mag has a great review of the D'Angelico Premier Bob Weir SS semi. $1100.



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