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    Cool Semi/Full-hollow Body Electrics

    This thread, as the title says, is for the posting and discussion of Semi/Full-hollowbody electric guitars.

    After two years of owning just an acoustic guitar (Tanglwood Nashville II Solid Top - great for the price of just 190 including a hardcase), and as a result of properly "getting into" the Beatles when the remasters came out last year, I was inspired to start a band, and figured I was going to need an electric guitar.

    I'd always known that if I was going to get one, it'd be a semi or full hollowbody, due to my love of fifties rock 'n' roll and rockabilly. And generally, they're classy looking instruments.

    I ended up getting the Epiphone Casino, a full-hollowbody guitar, most well-known as one of (if not the) Lennon's most used guitars. Paul and George each had one, too.


    It differs from the Gibson 335 in that it's (as previously mentioned) a full hollowbody - there's no tone block down the centre of the body- and that rather than Humbuckers, it has two P90 pickups (essentially beefed up single coils).

    Here are some photos of mine, in its beautiful transparent Cherry red finish:


    Cost me about 450 from www.dv247.com
    I'm considering putting a Bigsby vibrato unit onto it, though I'm not sure whether I'd like to risk being stuck with some problems people have mentioned having, after installing one.

    Anybody else here like semi/full-hollowbody guitars?

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    The Bigsby tail would not be my choice. It is the best trem of the bunch, but I prefer hard-tails... like the 335. The Casino, however, is a sweet guitar with more frequent feedback issues than the "DOT". It is one of my two favorite archtops, though.

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    Gretsch hollowbodies are some of the coolest guitars ever.

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    Sorry to burst your bubble, mark, but that gretsch isn't a hollow body. Those f holes are just stickers. You can see the shadow of the pickguard over the bottom one.

    I haven't tried one yet but I have been drooling over the xaviere semi hollow les paul style.

    As far as your casino goes that's a beautiful guitar. If you do end up putting a bigsby in, let me get that tail piece off you!

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    I am no expert but I love the Gretsch's with the chunky looking Bigsby, my ideal guitar. Prefer the thinner bodied ones to the thicker. All based purely on asthetics as I'm a crap player.

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    Yessss I adore semi/full hollow body guitars, although I've only ever owned solid body electrics. I'm currently saving up for a Gretsch Brian Setzer hot rod.

    That is a beautiful guitar, by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NukeDOC View Post
    that gretsch isn't a hollow body. Those f holes are just stickers.
    Whoa. You're right, I can't believe I didn't notice that, haha, they're so fake looking.

    Just done a bit of research, and apparently it is a hollowbody, but for whatever reason they didn't put F-holes on that particular version. Sort of like B.B. King's Lucille, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markwell View Post
    Whoa. You're right, I can't believe I didn't notice that, haha, they're so fake looking.

    Just done a bit of research, and apparently it is a hollowbody, but for whatever reason they didn't put F-holes on that particular version. Sort of like B.B. King's Lucille, I guess.
    oh cool. does seem funny that they would make a hollow body and then put face f holes on the top. hahaha. maybe its to avoid feedback issues?

    anyway, i havent tried one of these out but they are very intriguing to me....

    the price is right. and the pickups arent half bad from what i hear. i installed some GFS mean 90 P90 pups into a custom build and even though they have a p90 version of this guitar, i would rather get the humbucker version and drop the mean 90's in.

    this is a xaviere xv-550 semi hollow body les paul style. and for only $240? i need to break the piggybank open for this one. so after $30 for locking tuners, $70 for a pair of mean 90 pups, $10 for a 330 style trapeze tailpiece, $20 for some chrome knobs, you've got a sick looking les paul style semi hollowbody with some mean pups for less than $400. awesome sauce.
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    That thin looks sweet, the wood is beautiful.

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    Yep. Hollow is my next major purchase. Been playing Gretsch and Epiphone all weekend.

    Leaning to the Gretch Electromatic, but I'm not in a hurry. I do like the Bigsby myself, warts and all.

    The new epi's and Gibsons seem a little overrated to me so far. I've played a few vintage that were amazing, but the new ones are a bit lacking to me. Played a $2k Gibson right next to a $300 Ibanez and the Ibanez had better fit and finish and sounded better. Not that it was great either, but I was surprised at the sloppy and weedy sounding Gibson. Epi's were just ok too. the Gretch on the other hand was surprisingly well put together for the price and had the tone to boot.

    So for now Gretsch is on the short list. I'll play more before I make the call though.

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