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Thread: Semi/Full-hollow Body Electrics

  1. #11
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    Mar 2010
    The Oregon Country

    Cool Two words: Vintage Guild

    They produced a good number of classic models from the early 50s to the late 90s in all colors, shapes and sizes, with a variety of great pickups, both fully hollow and semi-hollow too.

    These are tools for working musicians in every genre imaginable.

    If you have a chance to play one, you will definitely want to buy one.
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  2. #12
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    Dec 2009


    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyCoyote View Post
    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.
    Talk to an honest Gibson dealer or salesperson about QC issues (as well as the buy in)...the Ibanez are simply better values.
    Last edited by luvdat; 05-06-2010 at 02:48 AM.

  3. #13
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    Mar 2009
    West Palm Beach, Florida


    I second the choice of Ibanez. I have a 1997 AS-80 that is just incredible. You might want to check out their website as they do mention which guitars are full-hollow and semi-hollow.

    Here is mine -

    The color is Transparent Butterscotch and I removed the pickguard.

  4. #14
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    Jul 2009


    I have a Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Hollowbody II that I absolutely l-o-v-e. An incredible guitar, sweet looking with much playability, and loaded with warm tones and a nice chunky bite at high volumes. Here's a description from the PRS website: "Carved inside and out with only a small block under the bridge connecting the back and top, the Hollowbody family offers brilliant acoustic qualities for a thinline hollow electric. The Hollowbody II, our most popular semi-hollow instrument, has solid mahogany rims with a solid, deeply carved figured maple top and back. With the optional patented PRS/LR Baggs Piezo System, you can plug this instrument into your PA or recording console and your amp at the same time. This piezo option instrument has a huge array of tones and simple switching possibilities."

    Mine has a blue matteo finish, but otherwise looks the same as the above posted pic (from PRS' website). I don't have the piezo option on my PRS. Like others here, I prefer a hard-tail over the installed twangbar.

    If you 'd like something less expensive, but with great twangability, the SE models are cool: here is the semi-hollow PRS SE that sells for US$650. The SE Custom Semi-Hollow has a mahogany back, maple top, 22-fret wide-fat mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and SE humbucking pickups. The addition of a hollow chamber and modern f-hole give it a musical midrange and internal reverb. Overall it's a very light, comfortable and versatile guitar. It won't make your shoulder sag after a 4-hour gig.

    I bought this model, same gorgeous natural color, to play at gigs as I usually don't take my high-end PRS guitar to a bar/club.

    My only other hollow-body guitars are a Rickenbacker 360 and a Fedner Tele Thinline. The Rick is just a 6-stringer, not a 12-string. Lots of chime!! The neck is thinner, which places strings closer, and can be a hassle for chording when I haven't played it for awhile. I usually have to doodle and twang on it for awhile before I use it to play for a gig or recording. So it's not seen much use, but its a great guitar for the guitarsenal. ;-D As for the Tele, I l-o-v-e it: great classic Fender twang (with the single coil PUs), lighter than a regular Tele (again, good for a 4-hour club gig), and wonderful woodsy-tone (just a little 'rounder' at low volume). Can't go wrong with a Tele.
    Last edited by telebob; 06-27-2010 at 06:43 AM.

  5. #15
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    Apr 2011


    You can see the shadow of one of the bottom of the plate. I have not tried, but I was semi-hollow Les Paul style baba Xavier. As for his casino is a beautiful guitar. If you are in Bigsby, allows me a piece of the tail!

  6. #16
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    Dec 2010
    Capital District, New York


    I have an Epiphone ES-175 reissue, hollow-body archtop electric.

    P-90 pickups, laminated maple top (just like the current Gibson ES-175), very sweet player.

    I actually bought it because I'd been jonesing for an archtop guitar for years, and finally found one I could afford - but I bought it for the acoustic sound, not the amplified sound. I've plugged it into a Vox AmPlug AC30 a couple of times, but the only time it plugged into an amp was a the store, before I bought it.

    The price was very good - I think it is $499 at Musician's Friend or Guitar Center , but I paid $416 at my local shop, then another $80 for the hardshell case.

    Oddly enough, as much as I like it, I just don't play it - I tore a tendon in my left arm a couple of years ago, had surgery to fix it last year, and can't play a guitar for more than 30-40 minutes without intense paid. But since I can play the ukulele for a few hours before my arm starts to ache, that's my main instrument now.

    I can highly recommend the ES-175 reissue to anyone who wants an archtop hollow-body electric guitar.

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  7. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Cincinnati, OH


    Currently mulling over the Gretsch G5120. I've always wanted a Gretsch hollow body, but it's still the bottom of the line model. You can get 'em for about $700.

  8. #18
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    Oct 2018


    Noob question, are hollow bodies lighter than other electric guitars? I have fallen in love with photos of a gretsch on our local equivalent of craigslist. Apart from losing picks down the f hole are they any issues with ease of playability relative to a solid electric?

  9. #19
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    Apr 2019
    Kyoto Japan


    Hi, Davoravo! Fender Startcastor and Gibson 335 (hollow body) are about 3.8kg and almost same. Les Paul is famous in heaviness and it is about 4.5kg. The only issues about playability in hollow body I have heard is howling. B.B King often put towel in f hole in order to prevent howling. Gibson's B.B. King model of 335 has no f holes. :-)

  10. #20
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Honolulu, HI


    Quote Originally Posted by Davoravo View Post
    Noob question, are hollow bodies lighter than other electric guitars? I have fallen in love with photos of a gretsch on our local equivalent of craigslist. Apart from losing picks down the f hole are they any issues with ease of playability relative to a solid electric?
    Depends on the specific guitar. Gretsch has been using center blocks recently and those don't exactly make for light guitars.

    Also, I've never lost picks in f-holes. They're too small and far away from the normal picking range to play a factor in pick loss (at least for most people).

    Regarding playability and Gretsches in particular, it's player dependent. Some adjust the action way high and put monster strings on so it's a fight to play (they insist it makes for great tone), where others use normal strings and the only issues they ever run into are:

    1: Thinking the Bigsby is to blame for tuning issues (99% of the time, it's either the bridge or the nut that's causing issues)

    2: Having the bridge move if they lean their picking hand hard on the bridge (some models have pinned bridges, most don't. There are ways to fix this from lightening your picking hand to applying something under the bridge like bow rosin, sandpaper, or double-sided tape. You don't need much to keep it in place because the strings do most of the work)

    3: Learning the controls (Eric Clapton loved his Gretsch, but said it was too confusing to play and moved to other guitars)

    But if you can find something from 2005 or newer or older than their Baldwin years, you probably have a great guitar to play with.

    Side note: just because a Gretsch (specifically) doesn't have f-holes, doesn't mean it isn't hollow. ;-)
    Last edited by Just Russ; 08-08-2019 at 01:15 PM.

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