Archtop Recommendation

Posted by Tom Diecidue on Mon, 01/15/01 - 09:23:57.

Hi,
I am looking to buy an archtop in the $400 - $800 range. I tried out an Epiphone Alleycat and am interested in comparisons with other Epiphone archtop and any other guitars out there that are a good buy for the money. I own a number of guitars like Fender, Parker, Ibanez, Taylor, Gibson etc... However, I do not have an archtop. I don't have a lot of money to spend on this one.

Any recommendations or comparisons?

I play a variety of music. I am looking for a good archtop to play some jazz stuff.

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Re: Archtop Recommendation

I'd say go vintage! A new Epi is going to depreciate when you touch it. Track ebay for old Epi's and Gibsons, Guilds, and Gretsch (just for pricing and ideas). Try to get a carved top, but watch out for the neck. Many of these old things need a reset, but the rewards are great! 800 should get you a very nice vintage archtop.

Re: Archtop Recommendation

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http://www.gryphonstrings.com/
-see old things that are new. Lemme know what yo think

Re: Archtop Recommendation

I would try ebay and gbase.com to get an idea of the archtops offered in your price range. I'll put in a plug to sell my first archtop, an Epiphone EmporerII Joe Pass model. It has a solid spruce top with a laminated maple body. It has a full, mellow sound and very easy action for both comping and single string work. I've owned it for less than a year and I'm selling it because I've recently stepped up to a Guild X170. The Epi Joe Pass is an excellent and economical choice for any jazz player. I'd sell mine for @ 600.

: Hi,
: I am looking to buy an archtop in the $400 - $800 range. I tried out an Epiphone Alleycat and am interested in comparisons with other Epiphone archtop and any other guitars out there that are a good buy for the money. I own a number of guitars like Fender, Parker, Ibanez, Taylor, Gibson etc... However, I do not have an archtop. I don't have a lot of money to spend on this one.

: Any recommendations or comparisons?

: I play a variety of music. I am looking for a good archtop to play some jazz stuff.

Re: Archtop Recommendation

I just purchased an Epiphone DOT from www.bethesdamusic.com for $329.
It was a deal compared to its $899 list.
As a bonus, I was offered a Limited Edition flametop with gold hardware for the same price.
It is now a prized member of my guitar collection.

Re: Archtop Recommendation

I happened into Willie's Guitar store in St. Paul. Mn.
Check their website..
I was looking for a hollow body as well as a Guild bluesbired. I had never seen an Alleycat before, and after auditioning it for about 1/2 hour, I fell in love. The thin neck pickup (thin humbucker) is what sold me... It had the bite of a single coil, but the meat of a humbucker. Definately try one out, if you haven't yet. It's a nice guitar.

Re: Archtop Recommendation

Check out www.12fret.com used and vintage site has daily listings and just picked up a "stray" alleykat for sosn Jazz Camp

Have heard complaints about cheap electronics but being 2002 model and under waranty should be safe!

: I happened into Willie's Guitar store in St. Paul. Mn.
: Check their website..
: I was looking for a hollow body as well as a Guild bluesbired. I had never seen an Alleycat before, and after auditioning it for about 1/2 hour, I fell in love. The thin neck pickup (thin humbucker) is what sold me... It had the bite of a single coil, but the meat of a humbucker. Definately try one out, if you haven't yet. It's a nice guitar.

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