3 Best Hollow-Body Guitars Under $500

3 Best Hollow-Body Guitars Under $500

Hollow-body guitars were first created in the 1930s. Their sole purpose was to increase the overall volume of guitars. This way, they would be able to compete with the loudness of instruments such as horn sections in jazz bands.

Nowadays, we have the power of amplifiers and electric pickups to achieve a great level of loudness. Nevertheless, the sound that a hollow body produces is incomparable and solid-body guitars nor acoustic guitars can successfully replicate it. This makes hollow-body guitars a rare, yet special breed.

It is particularly difficult to find high-quality hollow-body guitars at an affordable price. However, after proper research, I have found the 3 Best Hollow-Body Guitars Under $500, so here goes:

Ibanez AF75G Hollow Body Electric Guitar Reviews

Ibanez AF75G 3 Best Hollow-Body Guitars Under 0
Ibanez AF75G

Specs:

  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany/ set-in neck
  • Fretboard: Bound Treated New Zealand Pine
  • Bridge: ART-1 bridge
  • Electronics: Two Classic Elite P-90 styled humbucker pickups

It is incredible how many guitars on this list and most lists out there have models from the Ibanez Artcore Series. Once again, Ibanez gets all the praise for making affordable hollow-body guitars with excellent quality. The Ibanez AF75G is one of their most recent models (2017) and is an excellent choice of a guitar.

The Ibanez AF75G has a maple body, back, and sides. It also comes with a mahogany set-in neck and bound treated New Zealand pine fretboard. One of its main characteristics is the gold-tinted ART-1 bridge. Paired with the natural resonance of hollow-body guitars, the ART-1 bridge provides a noticeable improvement in sustain, as well as tuning stability.

As for sound, this guitar comes with two Classic Elite P-90 styled humbucker pickups that offer a rich tone with a nice low-end to it. The only issue you could have with these pickups is a bit of hum can occur. However, this can be easily fixed by guarding your pickups or getting an improvement. Again, for the price, this guitar holds a pretty high standard and is recommended to anyone looking for a jazz-blues style of guitar.

Pros

  • Full maple body that ensures wood continuity
  • Very affordable and great quality
  • Nice back finish with gold-tinted hardware for improved aesthetics

Cons

  • Its P-90 pickups are not the best out there, could use an improvement

AMAZON: Ibanez AF75G

Gretsch G2420 Streamliner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Reviews

Gretsch G2420 Streamliner 3 Best Hollow-Body Guitars Under 0
Gretsch G2420

Specs:

  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fretboard: Laurel
  • Bridge: Stop Tail
  • Electronics: Dual Broad’Tron BT-2S humbucker pickups

Gretsch guitars have become some of the most sought after models and have been favored by many guitar legends such as Chet Atkins or George Harrison. Out of the Streamliner Series, the Gretsch G2420 is one of the best hollow-body guitars you can find out there without having to spend huge amounts of money.

Patterned after Gretsch’s renowned 6120 model, this guitar features a laminated maple body, back, and sides. It also includes a nato neck (nato is an Asian tonewood similar to mahogany but cheaper) and a 22-fret laurel fretboard. This guitar is actually pretty big in size and might prove to be slightly uncomfortable for people used to thinline electric guitars. However, its size is one of the reasons why the natural sound and resonance of the Gretsch G2420 is of higher quality than expected.

Talking about sound, the Gretsch G2420 comes with its classic dual Broad’Tron BT-2S humbucker pickups. A particular clear tone with noticeable warmth and depth you might not find on other guitars. It also includes independent volume controls for each pickup and master tone and volume control, as well as a 3-way selector for versatility.

The Gretsch G2420 is an excellent hollow-body guitar with high-quality and versatility at a relatively affordable price. This guitar is the best choice for someone looking to dive deep into the jazz world.

Pros

  • Excellent wood quality at an affordable price
  • Thin neck provides great playability
  • Nice tone with considerable versatility but great for jazz

Cons

  • Sound lacks s bit of bass response

AMAZON: Gretsch G2420 Streamliner

Ibanez AG75BS Hollow Body Electric Guitar Reviews

Ibanez AG75BS 3 Best Hollow-Body Guitars Under 0
Ibanez AG75BS

Specs:

  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany/ set-in neck
  • Fretboard: Bound Laurel
  • Bridge: ART-1 bridge
  • Electronics: ACH1 and ACH2 humbucker pickups

The Ibanez AG75BS is yet another model from the Artcore series (we’re seeing a trend at this point) and holds to the same standards. This guitar is of very high-quality at an affordable price, making hollow-body guitars available to someone with a tighter budget.

The AG75BS is made out of a maple body, back, and sides. As mentioned before, this gives the guitar nice tonal continuity. Maple is also known to make the overall sound crispier, brighter, and with more resonance. This guitar features a single-cutaway design with an archtop which I don’t particularly favor since it makes it slightly harder to reach the top frets of the guitar.

As for sound, this guitar comes with two Classic Elite humbucker pickups, the ACH1 and the ACH2. They both have their own unique sound, which gives you versatility between the two. In reality, these pickups are a bit thin sounding and could definitely use some improvement. Nevertheless, for the price, they are of great quality and will work just fine.

It is expected that for a guitar to be more affordable, some corners will be cut. That is the case with the Ibanez AG75BS. However, this is an ideal guitar for someone who is particularly interested in jazz.

Pros

  • Maple gives it nice bright tonal qualities
  • On the low end of price-range, very affordable and great quality
  • Great for jazz

Cons

  • Pickups could use an improvement
  • The single-cutaway design makes it difficult to access top frets

AMAZON: Ibanez AG75BS

Conclusion

After thorough research of the models found on this list, it is difficult to deny that the Ibanez Artcore series is a blessing for anyone looking for good guitars at good prices.

Between the Ibanez AF75G and the AG75BS, I’d slightly favor the sound of the latter. This holds especially true for someone looking to play jazz and blues music (which is why you would usually look for in hollow-body guitars).

Having said that, I really liked the overall sound, construction, and aesthetics of the Gretsch G2420 Streamliner and would be my top choice in this 3 Best Hollow-Body Guitars Under $500.

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