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joebloggs 04-18-2020 08:23 PM

My recommendation would to look at some Eastman guitars. I would start with the AR 500 to 900 series models.

mefoolonhill 05-09-2020 03:16 PM

Eastman 503CE
I can recommend this model. Super good amplified sound, and enough acoustic sound for practicing. Just a bit thinner in the body than a full-depth archtop.

pf400 05-12-2020 11:20 AM

Might help if you specify which guitars you've tried that didn't suit you. Can vouch for Eastman, Godin, and Gretsch personally. If you want to add overdrive to your sound, try out pedals and amps with the guitar you chose, otherwise you could get into a never-ending tone hunt. Stay safe!

Triple Zero 05-13-2020 06:27 PM

If you’re going for that acoustic Mississippi Fred McDowell vibe, the older, cheaper archtops are where it’s at... Harmony, Silvertone, etc. They made a bunch of them in Europe too. I have a small-bodied Framus with bronze strings on it and it’s nothing like your run-of-the-mill modern “jazz“ guitar. Single notes can sound like you’re shooting them out of the soundboard with a bow and arrow. The strings are key for this— I don’t think you can get the same sound with electric strings.

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