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    Default Advice about lefty (semi)hollowbody guitar

    Hi all,

    Iím a guitar newbie. Iím currently learning and practising on an acoustic guitar (a rather cheap Ibanez AEG 10). I really enjoy it. Iím considering to buy a second Ďbetterí guitar and I have my mind set on a (semi)hollowbody guitar. I prefer Ďwarmerí tones. My fav genres are blues, rhythm & blues (old school), rockabilly, rock Ďn roll, country, early rock (60s-70s), soul, funk, pop. With all do respect, the heavier genres (hard rock, heavy metal, etc.) isnít my cup of tea.

    Currently, Iíve been considering these options:

    - Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II (P90 pick-ups)
    - Eastwood Classic 6
    - Epiphone Casino / Dot (unfortunately, at the moment, they donít make them anymore for lefties)
    - Gretsch has different lefty options, but it seems that the Gretsch hollowbody guitars have a more pronounced rock sound (correct me if Iím wrong).
    - Viking Hagstrom (similar impression as about Gretsch)
    - Ibanez (?) (I have no idea how good their hollowbody guitars are; it seems only the lower priced AF55 is currently available for lefties).

    I noticed that there are also some very cheap hollowbody guitars (Gibson 335 copied) produced by lesser known brands, like Harley Benton, Artist Guitars, Gear4Music, etc.

    Any thoughts, comments, suggestions would be very much appreciated.

    My budget: +/- 500 - 1000 $ (maybe even a bit more).

    Many thanks. Glad to have found fellow lefties :-)

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    Welcome... check out Eastman too. I recently bought a relatively inexpensive Ibanez (AS73) semi-hollow, it's really a good guitar for the price, great sound too- paid $125.

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    You can't be wrong with a old korean Epiphone Sheraton.

    Also, beware of the P90. That's a very distinctive pickup, you'll either love it or hate it. I kinda hate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveGH View Post
    Welcome... check out Eastman too. I recently bought a relatively inexpensive Ibanez (AS73) semi-hollow, it's really a good guitar for the price, great sound too- paid $125.
    Thank you, DaveGH!
    I’ll add Eastman to my list. They seem to have some nice lefty options :-)
    Good to know about sound quality of Ibanez AS 73.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassine View Post
    You can't be wrong with a old korean Epiphone Sheraton.

    Also, beware of the P90. That's a very distinctive pickup, you'll either love it or hate it. I kinda hate it.
    Thanks Bassine for your suggestion!
    I’ll check the P-90 pick-ups (and the sound).

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    I have played a couple off that list. I vote Godin. You'll feel right at home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic_ape View Post
    I have played a couple off that list. I vote Godin. You'll feel right at home!
    Right at home? Holy smoke! Thank you for your vote! :-)

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    Thanks for all suggestions so far. Iíll study the specifications (and availability) of the suggested guitars in detail and Iíll try to figure out what might be my personal Ďbestí choice. Darn, though there are much less lefty options, Iím still having trouble deciding :-D

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    I know i'm late to the party here but ibanez artcore semi-hollows are INCREDIBLE guitars. I had one as my main during my actual years playing out and gigging and the thing went all around the country with me and kept tune no matter what the conditions, and sounded great in almost any sort of situation. One of the more versatile unsung guitars in the biz. I had one similar to this but without the pickguard https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/s...3LEEW&usqp=CAE

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    I'm with Bassine on the Sheraton....great guitars.....

    I almost made the mistake of putting my up for sale last week...finally came back down to earth.....

    https://flic.kr/p/2h6QnMX

    https://flic.kr/p/2h6PD9E

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    You could probably find a nice Heritage 175 or 335 style for around $1000 if you are patient.

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