Well I had such great responses the last time I posted this when I was shopping for my solidbody Guild (vs Gibson RB basses of a similar era) that I've decided to have a go at it again, this time for the hollowbodies. In one corner, the elusive and increasingly expensive Guild Starfire in either maple or mahogany. In the other, its arch nemesis, the Gibson EB-2, though it'd have to be a EB-2C because that bridge pickup really opens up the possibilities. With the Guild, a single pickup is fine, especially if it's a Bisonic or a Dark Star. I'm looking into hollowbodies (might be looking a long time at this rate) with a couple of caveats: - They've got to be short scale 30"-31" or so. 32" is possible, but 34"s are out. - Mahogany is the optimum wood, but there are some excellent examples in maple as well. - Set neck is optimal for me. It's just how I roll these days. But like many things, I can make exceptions. - Single coils vs humbuckers? Well.. The most crucial detail is that both of these basses (I believe, though I could be wrong) are blocked to reduce feedback. It seems few hollowbodies are center-blocked like this. There was a Hagstrom that had internal bracing blocks, but not so much as to reduce feedback in high-volume situations. Runners-up? Vox, maybe.. maybe even a Hagstrom Concorde, maybe a Fender Coronado, though they are maple bolt-ons. Oh well, let the poll decide. The price ranges on these guys are highly similar, with the Gibsons being in te Starfire range (just about 2 grand to just below, and the Fender Coronado seem to be as well), with the Vox and Hagstroms going for between 1200 (upper end of a Vox player), or 900 (upper end of a Hagstrom player).. Keep it clean, gentlemen!