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im kinda lookin for a hollowbody guitar that i can customize just how i want but im not lookin for the huge pricetag. preferably with mini humbuckers or filtertron'ish pickups......is there such a thing? believe me if i wasnt paying for college and had a spare 2 grand i would buy a gretsch so fast......but since that isnt the case im lookin for a project. i wind my own pickups so i plan on rewinding or straight up replacing whatevers on it. slap a bigsby, lockin tuners, tone switch, roller bridge and maybe even a preamp on and i'll be set. has anyone played an oscar schmitd? or any of those fairly cheap ones on eebs? thanks for the help

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I'll 3rd the Ibanez Artcore thing. I bought one about a year ago, with the same thing in mind as you. I like it so much I haven't touched a thing on it yet. In comparion to the Epiphone dots, the Ibanez is a MUCH better value.

Both GFS and TV'tron make humbucker sized filtertron like pickups. I may still drop a set in my Ibanez, but its not on my short list at the moment.

George

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I'll 3rd the Ibanez Artcore thing. I bought one about a year ago, with the same thing in mind as you. I like it so much I haven't touched a thing on it yet. In comparion to the Epiphone dots, the Ibanez is a MUCH better value.

    Both GFS and TV'tron make humbucker sized filtertron like pickups. I may still drop a set in my Ibanez, but its not on my short list at the moment.

George

it seems like the artcore is the way to go. i played a used one in guitar center that was set up pretty badly, but i checked the neck felt pretty good and such. i dont believe in gfs filtertrons, a friend of mine got a 'hot' one for bridge position, i measured the resistance in series: i believe it was about 14 k....... filtertrons measure around 4k. they also dont use 42 awg formvar wire, i believe they used 43 awg poly wire. gfs also uses ceramic magnets in one of their "filtertrons", where gretsch uses alnico 5.

i prefer to wind my own coils, they turn out much better than gfs or seymore duncans. the second pickup i wound was an invader copy, threw it in my friends epi sheraton and that pickup screams through his pignose. its less sterile sounding than the invader. the only pickups i like enough to stick them in my guitars are bartolinis (bass) and lace sensor. so theres my speil about pickups......

if tvjones pickups were a bit less pricey i would grab a set, but i will just wind my own pickups

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I had a really nice Turser 335 dot clone (sold it to somebody who couldn't live without it), but I went through a dozen or two to find a really good one. You're going to run into that same situation on any inexpensive import semi-hollow, be it Ibanez, Epiphone, Samick or whatever. There are some real dogs in all those lines, but if you can pick and choose from a fairly large selection, there are a few real gems to be found. Look for intonation, playability, clean fretwork and good fit and finish, and expect to replace pickups, and you shouldn't go far wrong.

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