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Hi Jason!

I've been playing guitar for a few years now, mostly on an acoustic since I have my own. Recently I've been looking into electric guitars and have been thinking about buying one around Christmas time this year.

I'm really into the sound of a smooth jazz guitar, hollow body preferably. It has a nice look and probably has the richest sound.

I've read into this kind of guitar a bit, but I wanted to hear your opinion on what type I should get, if you have any preference of your own. I'm looking for something reasonably priced, maybe nothing more than $300 but still has a quality sound.

Thank you!

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Hi Kyla, I don't think there really are any real hollow-body Jazz guitars in the 300.00 range worth considering. In my opinion, if you're serious about playing guitar, it's well worth it to save your money & get something that you won't outgrow in a year. Cheaper quality instruments just don't respond the same way that the higher end ones do & that seriously limits your playing interns of expression. If you're having to fight an instrument to get it to sing, it's just not that fun. There are a lot of places that will offer financing, that's how I buy my instruments & it works quite well! SO now onto choices: There are a few really high quality contenders, even Gibson now has some fully hollow instruments that are affordable on financing if you save up a little for a down payment. My first choice of course is Gibson cause that's what I play, but I've played all the others that I will mention & they are all great.

I play an ES 390. It's a fully hollow-body thin line guitar with P-90's & it easily goes from Blues to Jazz to Rock without ever missing a beat. I have my friend's Super 400 here on loan of some recording & my guitar sounds just as good as that one. (Different, but still just as good) I also play an ES 339, that's a little less Jazzy sounding, but it can still get the job done.

Next on the list is the D’Angelico EXL-1. It is a beauty of a Jazz guitar. Sounds absolutely stunning & is a joy to play.

Next up is the Eastman AR605CE Again, just a beautiful sounding instrument, play like a dream.

My last choice on the list would be Godin's 5th Avenue Jazz model. Again, superb craftsmanship, sound & playability.

Any of these guitars are a dream come true & I can guarantee you that if you spend the money on one of these, it'll be a guitar that you keep for a lifetime.

It's also worth mentioning that there is one other guitar that I really like, although it's not quite in the same league as the others, it's still a kick ass instrument. It's Epiphone's Joe Pass Emperor II Pro. While it's not quite as responsive as the others from a strictly acoustic perspective, plugged into an amp, it's wicked!!!

Hope that helps, if you need anything else, just drop me a line!

Peace - J.

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Jason Fryer is a Canadian musician, producer, recording engineer & music instructor. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he attended the Musician's Professional Workshop on scholarship from Montreal radio station CHOM FM, studied Classical Music & Art at Vanier College, & holds a degree from Herzing Institute in Micro Computer Electronics. A veteran of the Canadian Music Scene, Jason has had the honour of playing with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Juno & Maple Blues award winning artists such as Jerome Godboo, Eric Shenkman, Jerry Mercer, Steve Marriner & Matt Sobb, Al Wood, Murray Kinsley, Leigh-Anne Stanton, Rod Williams, Thomas Starwalker Clair, David Maracle, Greg Morency, Scott Price, Simon Meilleur & Bobby Watt are but a few of the many Canadian greats Jason has enjoyed sharing the stage with. He has also had the rare & esteemed privilege to work with & study under legendary producer/engineer & former V.P. of Island Records Rob Fraboni. (Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt) Rob's generosity in sharing his vast & expansive degree of knowledge & expertise in the field of sound recording has been an invaluable asset to Jason's development as a producer & recording engineer.

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I have been playing guitar for over 30 years & tour regularly with my band River City Junction. We play a mix of Blues, Jazz, Funk, Motown, R&B & Classic Rock so I can help answer any questions related to these genres as well. I also have extensive experience using many different brands of guitars, amplifiers & effects. I do most of my own work on my guitars, & I also build & repair my own pedals & tube amps, so I can help with questions of a technical nature with regards to these subjects as well.

Organizations
River CIty Junction Tone King Records

Education/Credentials
Musician's Professional Workshop Scholarship (CHOM FM)
Vanier College (Classical Music - Guitar)
Herzing Institute (Micro-Computer Electronics)
Have taken numerous online courses in recording/engineering

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