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Hello

 

I'm currently learning to play on an encore strat styled electric guitar that i piked up for £30 2nd hand. It'd pretty tatty and when my brother brought round his les paul styled electric i found it a fair bit nicer to play. I tend to get moaned at when using riff repeater on some songs as it's repating the same bit so was thinking of getting semi acoustic. The one that i like is the epiphone es 335 dot which seems to get good reviews: http://www.musicradar.com/reviews/guitars/epiphone-es-335-dot-213412

This is in my budget (£300 max), i am a big oasis fan so seems great for that as i can use it for the accoustic parts (may not sound perfect but hey ho im not great yet lol)

Is there any other suggestions? It doesn't need to be semi accoustic but it'd be a bonus, budget is £300, needs to be fairly easy to play... by this i mean i had an ESP LTD f-50 going back a fair few years and just didn't find it comfy to play.  shame as it was in blood red and looked ace!

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I had a dot studio and it was a great guitar.  The only problem was that it was a fairly large-bodied guitar and I mainly used it with Rocksmith sitting down, so it was a little uncomfortable.  That said, BB King can deal with it so maybe it's just me.

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The ES 335 is not a semi-acoustic, it's a semi-hollowbody electric. Which means it probably has a solid core through the middle, holding the pickups and bridge.

 

You won't get much of an acoustic sound out of it, maybe a bit more than a regular electric, but not much.

 

They're big guitars as cstewart points out -- I have a Hofner Verythin CT, which is similar although the body's thinner. One advantage of that larger guitar is that it forces you to sit up straight while playing! Worth checking out are the Epiphone Casino/Sorrento reissues -- they're hollowbody guitars (still not acoustic though).

 

300 pounds is a pretty decent budget -- tons of great guitars in that price range these days. Your best bet would be to go to a store, try out different guitars there. Or have a look around at used guitars, you can go higher end for less money.

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I'll recommend the Epiphone ES-339. It's also in the semi-hollow line, but the body size is somewhat smaller; between a Les Paul and a Dot. Should be pretty close to your price range as well:

 

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-es-339-pro-electric-guitar

 

 

sleepy

Acoustic Guitar:  Seagull Maritime GT  Playing Since:  8/11/2011

Electric Guitar:  Epiphone Les Paul Jr.  Playing since:  9/25/2013

Bass Guitar:  Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Special  Playing Since:  2/17/2014

 

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I have the ephiphone dot and would recommend it only if the size suits you. i am 6'5 so it feels just fine in my hands. the sound is pretty good.  it's light years better than my old guitar. it plays like an electric but has the comfortable feel of an acoustic. as far as copies go it is quite good, it is hard for manufacturer to cheap out on construction with this style of guitar.traditionally for blues/jazz.bluegrass styles but dave grohl uses this style of guitar and still sounds great, in alternative.

 

go to a store and try one out. if it suits you you will know straight away, or not.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Ha, yep...that's definitely quite different than a Dot! But hey, it sounds like you're happy, so that's all that matters...congrats!

 

 

sleepy

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Acoustic Guitar:  Seagull Maritime GT  Playing Since:  8/11/2011

Electric Guitar:  Epiphone Les Paul Jr.  Playing since:  9/25/2013

Bass Guitar:  Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Special  Playing Since:  2/17/2014

 

"The road of life is rocky, and you may stumble too. So while you point your finger, someone else is judging you." --Bob Marley

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