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Budget hollow body guitar I can hang p90s on?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:39 pm
by IvanSC
Ive been looking at the lower end of o body archtops suitable for rockabilly/swamp rock fopr some time & arrived at the conclusion that I should maybe pick up an archtop with no electrics & roll my own. Any thoughts, all you DIY luthiers?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:50 pm
by Sam Spoons
Godin 5th Ave maybe but what about this one https://www.thomann.de/gb/the_loar_lh_306t_cor.htm
I have an F style mandolin by the same maker and it is excellent.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:51 pm
by blinddrew

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:04 pm
by Watchmaker
https://reverb.com/p/harmony-archtone-h1215-sunburst?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3rf2yo-84AIVmODICh1JCw7xEAQYASABEgKs6PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&hfid=18219006

Easy enough to carve a P90 shaped hole in and cheap enough not to worry over if it goes south. And hella fun to play.

Re: Budget hollow body guitar I can hang p90s on?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:07 pm
by Wonks

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:36 pm
by Wonks
So how much beyond your normal budget of zero are you prepared to spend, Ivan? The 335 not twangy enough?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:29 am
by John Egan
Sam Spoons wrote:Godin 5th Ave maybe but what about this one https://www.thomann.de/gb/the_loar_lh_306t_cor.htm
I have an F style mandolin by the same maker and it is excellent.

The 5th Avenue Kingpin2 is a great guitar, with nice P90s. It reminds me very much of an old Gibson ES125.

Regards, John

Re: Budget hollow body guitar I can hang p90s on?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:29 am
by zenguitar
How about coming at it from a different angle...

If a slim line would suffice, there are always bargains to be had secondhand with Aria TA series semis. And there are quite a few companies who put P90's in humbucker size packages. No cutting or routing required, just a pick-up swap.

Andy :beamup:

Re: Budget hollow body guitar I can hang p90s on?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:19 am
by Wonks
Just note that Ivan hasn't mentioned P90s.

I'd have thought he'd be looking at Gretsch style guitars and pickups. There's always the Gretsch Streamliner range, or a used Electromatic.

Re: Budget hollow body guitar I can hang p90s on?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:21 am
by Wonks
Also, by now he'll have forgotten he wrote this post. :D

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:18 am
by blinddrew
Wonks wrote:Just note that Ivan hasn't mentioned P90s.
Apart from in the thread title... ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:28 am
by Wonks
Shoot me now! :headbang: :headbang:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:30 am
by Wonks
Emi's 330? I'm sure he'd be happy to lend it to you if you can't afford to buy it.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:38 am
by Wonks

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:12 pm
by Dr Huge Longjohns
Second hand Epi Casino comes with P90s.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:43 pm
by Humble Bee
Yes the Casino! It's the only hollow body in epiphone catalog with P90's. The others are semi's I believe...
A Gary Clark Jr Casino with Bigsby just passed by my place with his owner over Christmas. I would go for that one if I was in the market for a budget hollow body...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:32 pm
by Hewesy
Zen beat me to it but the Aria TA is a good 335 copy, I've had one for ages and it's a solid guitar for the money.

P90 size hums would fit in nicely, or maybe add some decent wood surrounds to reduce the mount width. I think AllParts did some nice sets at one point.

Hewesy

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:42 pm
by Wonks
Knowing Ivan, he's going to be after something pretty specific, so we'll need to wait until he's around again and can spend some time conversing.

Re: Budget hollow body guitar I can hang p90s on?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:46 pm
by IvanSC
My havent you lot been busy! I have been (and still am) ill. Just starting to come out o fit as the prescribed meds start kicking in and... I got bloody GOUT!!!

FWIW I love my ES335 especially now I can play it through my Fishman Loudbox Artist amp! A match made in heaven.
But I have a yen for something with a deeper hollow body & one or two P90s. Getting even deeper into bayou territory these days and there are some things I cant do on any of the fender-y guitars or the Gibson. I did have a look at the Godin with 2 P90s but cant find a decent used one. Nick Barraclough has a rather fine ES225, which is what got me started on this particular quest. Trying hard not to lumber myself with a lot of work that I am ill suited to with one of those pitbull kits...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:43 am
by blinddrew
They're not particularly tricky (i made one after all), but they are pretty time consuming. But i guess you know that already. :)