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Best Hollow Body Guitar?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by rabbitpunt, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. rabbitpunt

    rabbitpunt Member

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    What is the Best Hollow Body Guitar in your Opinion? or Semi Hollow Body?
     
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    I just want to say the one in the above photo and be done, because that is one killer guitar kevmin!:dude

    But it depends on what you are looking to do musically and what you want to spend. For me it's my Gibson Johnny A.
     
  4. rabbitpunt

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    I'm looking along the lines of Rock..... i want to control feedback really nice and cut really well with a warm feel... and nice resonation....i want really gritty sound to come out of the amp as well...
     
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    If you get the opportunity go check out a Gibson Johnny A. It's a great guitar and it might be what you're looking for. There are several threads about them with photos (including mine) in this forum.

    Joe
     
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    50's ES series guitars are really cool too, but that Thorn I posted the picture of is the best hollowbody I have ever owned. I wish I still had it... It sucks being broke!
     
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    i have a gibson historic reissue, '63 ES335 that gets KILLER rock tones...The es335 generally seems to be one of the most popular hollowbody electrics in rock music...
     
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    <insert plug for http://www.heatleyguitars.com here>. If I had some money to spend on another custom, he'd be the first one I'd go for. I'm dying to get one of his standards. I have a modern and a tradition and they're exceptional guitars.
     
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    This is my guitar. Even small ...but it's got full arch top sound.

    PS, When I showed this to Johnny A, he really wanted this.
    I told him... You have own signature guitar!

    I love it.

    Version R Sakashta Walking bassline

    Tomo
     
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    Tomo,
    i don't know if you know this already, but the Germans were building archtops with a similar top and back construction in the 30's-50's. Roger Rossmeisl( designed the famous Rickenbackers in the 50's)'s father did some of them.
    Great looking guitar, and looks very comfortable to play and convenient to haul around.
     
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    Anyway, this one sounds really good- probably the best neck pup tone i've ever heard personally.
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    That's beautiful, Tomo!

    Forgive me, but the rounded body edges remind me a little bit of this Kritz guitar:

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    -Ben
     
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    If you are considering going custom and especially semi / hollow, don't make any decisions until you talk to Bill Chapin.

    He has several different tuning techniques that will make your guitar sound exactly like you want it to. My Chapin Fatline is an incredible guitar. I've got one with p-90s on order now.

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    Finally if you have the Cash, I don't believe you can go wrong with a Stevens.

    cmn
     
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    PRS hollowbody spruce. ES335 or maybe a tele thinline......;)
     
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    Hi Rob,

    I don't know about that. Let me know more. Website?

    You have nice L5 ? Look forward to seeing it.

    I really enjoy my Version R. It's small & comfortable, yet
    reallly full sound. I would like to get old L5 someday.

    Tomo
     
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    Best? Current production? I'd bet Benedetto or Manzer. But they're over $20K. There's a whole bunch of custom builders too in the $6-20K range. More reasonable? Soloway, Moll, Sodowsky, Gibson, Heritage, Japanese licensed D'Angelico, Japanese licensed D'Aquisto, Hofner Jazzica, Eastman, Ibanez George Benson. Classics? D'Aquisto, D'Angelico - $15-$50K? Best is a wide open term.
     
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    I am by no means a hollowbody expert but I had a Gibson CS336 with a 50's neck that was a great guitar. One of the few I regret selling. Only downside was upper fret access with the smaller than a 335 type cutaways.
     

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