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18-12-2014, 14:04   #1
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Help me pick my guitar!

Well after a long period of not having a guitar to hand, I want to rectify the situation. I always leaned towards electrics ( even just for messing with on the couch) but am looking for something with a bit of warm tone and at the same time, some umph!! The budget isn't massive ( defo can't go over 500) so with that in mind any suggestions or advice is much appreciate.

Having a look on Thomann, a Gretsch is a bit beyond me so was checking the following Epiphones:

http://www.thomann.de/ie/epiphone_sheraton_II_bk.htm
http://www.thomann.de/ie/epiphone_casino_nc.htm
http://www.thomann.de/ie/epiphone_ul..._b_stock_2.htm

If anyone has any info on these or possible other options I havent included, please let me know!

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18-12-2014, 14:15   #2
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Sorry, I should have said, I am looking down the road of semi-acoustics. hence the above
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The Casino is a full-hollowbody, not a semi-. It is a thinline though, which makes it look similar on a visual level. It's much more prone to feedback than the likes of the Sheraton, for example.
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18-12-2014, 15:32   #4
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Cheers.! My technical knowledge wouldn't be great. I like the look of the Sheraton, alot. Looking at the Thomann site, they have the Wildkat and The Dot for circa 350. Would there be much of a difference quality wise? Has anyone a preference for which of all these is best? I'm pretty much shooting in the dark at the moment.
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Cheers.! My technical knowledge wouldn't be great. I like the look of the Sheraton, alot. Looking at the Thomann site, they have the Wildkat and The Dot for circa 350. Would there be much of a difference quality wise? Has anyone a preference for which of all these is best? I'm pretty much shooting in the dark at the moment.
As far as I'm aware the wildcat is more of a les paul that happens to be semi hollow (I think?) and the Sheraton is more of a es335 size
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19-12-2014, 10:22   #6
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Unless you are heel bent on buying new, I would consider going second hand. I have a Korean made Sheraton which is of much better quality than the current Chinese models - they come up regularly on Adverts for around the €350 mark which would give you the option to upgrade the pickups and electrics which many do. A fantastic guitar and a huge variety of tones available.

Don't rule out the Gretsch options though - again 5 series Gretschs are regulars on Adverts although I would imagine you'll be spending close to the max of your budget to secure one.
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Cheers for the replies! I think from everything I see and hear, the Sheraton is the one for me. I was under the impression that the this one below, which is on Thomann is Korean? Find that information hard to find on the site. I have no problem buying second hand only that where I am and where most of the gats are that I would be interested are geographically removed from each other! That, work and kids makes it difficult for me to give something like that the time.

http://www.thomann.de/ie/epiphone_sheraton_II_bk.htm
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The above is made in China. Production changed from Korea to China about seven or eight years ago.

They're nice guitars - much nicer after a pickup change, as said.
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21-12-2014, 09:34   #9
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Cheers guys for all the info. Based on all said here maybe best thing I can do is try and go second hand and hope something comes up in my area. Maybe that way I might be lucky and come across something really nice for round 500. Fingers crossed some nice guitars come up after Christmas!
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wait and save for a les paul Standard.
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wait and save for a les paul Standard.
Completely different guitar. He's looking at semi-hollowbodies.
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wait and save for a les paul Standard.
Yes, there's no comparison, really.
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27-12-2014, 18:50   #13
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Hi guys. Well have been drooling over gats for the last couple of days.A Korean Sheraton seems to be my main option. But after thinking about it, I was looking at something like below and thinkin of stickin it on the credit card. Any advice?

http://www.thomann.de/ie/gretsch_g56...omatic_blk.htm
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28-12-2014, 01:28   #14
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I think that's an astonishingly high price for a Chinese-made guitar.

In 2008 I got a mint Pro-Line G6118 Anniversary model for just over the price of the above Electromatic. A while ago, for sure, but it goes to show.

Have you considered anything by Reverend Guitars?
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Thanks. As far as I can see the Gretsch is Korean made?. Those Reverend guitars are lovely but I found it hard to try and track down a seller for them
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