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Old May 19th, 2017, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best fit

I love jazz & blues. I've had many guitars but not exactly what I need.
I had a chance to buy a Gibson L-142, I hope is the right designation, but it was over $1,000. It was a hollow body the size of a les paul. I am a small guy with short arms, hands and fingers so a standard arch
top is difficult to play (though this doesn't seem to affect better players)
I'm looking for advice. Epiphone cost,
small neck like a strat, sustain like
a les paul but in a hollow body or if need be a thin line. It's all about tone and playing unplugged too.

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Old May 19th, 2017, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Affordable hollow body suggestions

Your problem, I'd suggest is "hollow body but plays and sustains like a Les Paul?"
Generally a hollow body for blues and jazz would have a shorter sustain compared to a solid but a more woody and darker tone - they are different animals. I guess a 335 -type with the block is a sort of compromise but you'll get great blues and jazz tone from a hollow body.

I have an Epiphone limited edition 1962 re-issue Sorrento - sort of thinline 175 with sharp cutaway and genuine Gibson mini humbuckers. Nice thin and narrow neck with no binding - excellent for blues and jazz but no rock machine. They only made 1962 of them but if you see one - get it - they weren't expensive being Korean.

The Epiphone Casino is worth looking at but hunt around, the earlier Korean ones seem to be made better. They all tend to come with rather overwound "rock" pickups but you can swop easily .

For a bit more money the re-issue "Newark Street" Korean Guild Starfire is a fine guitar; thinline and light.
Good hunting.
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Old May 19th, 2017, 09:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Check out the Epi ES-339 and the Epi Casino Coupe. Both are smaller than a Casino or an ES335/Dot. They both have slim taper necks which I find feel very comfortable to someone who has played mostly Fenders for the last 42 years. The 339 will provide sustain, the Casino Coupe will probably be a little louder acoustically as it has no center block. However, it will not sustain as well.
I have a friend who is about 5'-4" and uses an ES339 to play both Jazz and Blues. Close your eyes and you'd think he was playing a big jazz box. Hey, Ed Bickert played jazz on a humbucker equipped Telecaster!
I just don't think there is anything in a small body, thinline style that will provide very much volume unplugged.

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Old May 20th, 2017, 10:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I do remember a friend had a Guild acoustic which had a nice small neck. I feel like perhaps a custom guitar with a strat neck and gibson frets would be perfect. I've heard they can't remove much from shaving a neck and I'm guessing a custom made would be expensive and these other options sound better.
I just saw that epi now makes a semi hollow Les Paul Es Pro. Looks great! I will check out the ES 339. Thanks again, I really appreciate your help.

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