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Cool Hollowbodies (under $750)?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, May 5, 2011.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Looking at maybe getting a cool retro looking hollowbody under the $750 mark. I do like the ones with chrome pickups, bound bodies and necks, blocks on the FB, etc.

    Eastwood Classic 4 and Hagstrom Viking come to mind. Others?
  2. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    anyone? :bawl:
  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

  4. Jack Casady....
  5. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
  6. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
    Epiphone Allen Woody signature Rumblekat is hollowbody but has no F-holes. Great tone and for a very fair price:


    Ibanez AGB200:


    All basses mentioned here are short scale, just FYI.
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  7. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
    hey, Pilgrim - Was the 5123 available in orange only? It's kind of a moot point because there is no way there are any still left, I'm just wondering.
  8. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Eastwood Classic 4 (30" short scale)
    Jack Casady (34" scale)
    Gretsch Electromatic (32" scale)

    I'm not familiar with the Ibanez Artcore basses but them too are in this category.
  9. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Orange was the only color I ever saw.
  10. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    aria tab bass seems cool, would like to get one
  11. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
    Are you talking about the G2202 Electromatic? Because that's not a hollowbody.

    Are you talking about the 6073 Electrotone? Because there's no way in hell you can get that for less than 750 dollars.


    Mar 13, 2011
    I got that joint and love it. I wish it came in white but its a great bass. I traded in my old beater squire and got it down to 650 after the discount so u can get it under 750 :)
    i never ever considered a bass like that but it caught my eye and i played it to see what it sounded like and had to buy it. Super smooth.
  13. sd5


    Apr 20, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    I have a friend who uses the Epiphone Jack Cassidy in a blues band - sounds great.
  14. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    My favorites:

    Reverend Rumblefish (gotta give it the plug, doubt if you can find one under $750 these days)

    DiPinto Belvedere Std (the deluxe is probably good as well but I haven't tried one)
    Waterstone ME-1/ME-2
    Epi Casady
    Godin A4

    Those were the ones that come to mind quickly as being good'uns so those are most memorable of the ones I've tried. Other than my Rumblefish the DiPinto is the one I wish had worked for me ergonomically as it sounded great, was pretty well built and nicely affordable. The Italias all look cool but I've never tried any.
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I can also vote for the Casady, but it is NOT a hollowbody - it's a chambered bass. The Artcores are semi-hollows. The Gretsch 5123 (not the 2202, for those who didn't read closely enough) is a full hollowbody. There aer very few actual hollowbodies out there - most are semi-hollow, meaning they have a sound board down the middle of the body. This is helpful to reduce potential for feedback but does alter the sound somewhat.

    This info noted above is correct:

    Eastwood Classic 4 (30" short scale)
    Jack Casady (34" scale)
    Gretsch Electromatic (32" scale)

    Interestingly enough, the Gretsch is a 32" scale but overall, the instrument is actually longer than the Casady even though the Casady is a 34" scale. neither one of those is a small bass - they both are significantly larger than most solid bodies. The Gretsch is almost 2" deeper front to back than the Casady, so it's a bit of a handful for some. Depending on model and year made, the Artcores are either 30" or 34" scale, but they're about the same body depth as the Casady.

    The Casady has a fantastic sound and the "varitone" control on it does give you a variety of sounds....you really can't go wrong with it, and used ones should be under $600.
  16. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Agreed. Btw, I noticed at Sweetwater (and perhaps everywhere else) the black finish Casady bass sells new for $699 but the goldtop finish sells for $799. I guess the gold finish costs more to produce?
  17. Rugaar


    Apr 11, 2007
    I believe the Artcore AFB200 is full hollow body. It's got a 30" scale.
  18. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    It's the one in Pilgrim's post #3 above -- sells new for $799 if you're lucky enough to find one at your local GC. They were a limited run as I understand it.
  19. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    That's a nice looking bass. Kudos to Ibanez!
  20. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
    OK, I gotcha. :) Yeah, I doubt they're still around new.

    As for my recommendations above, I assumed that this thread was for both full-hollow and semi-hollow with the word "Hollowbodies" in the title just being a general category heading that people often lump both kinds into. I know they're not the same thing but they tend to go in the same category.