F holes or no F Holes in a Semihollow???

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  1. straightblues

    straightblues Member

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    I am having a semi hollow body guitar built. Trying to decide whether or not to have f-holes put into the top. Make your arguments to help me decide.
     
  2. OM Flyer

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    I got no argument to make, but I vastly prefer F-holes. They don't necessarily have to be "traditional" shapes; you have lots of different options, a few of which are pictured below.

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  3. 335guy

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    I just prefer the way traditional f-holes look. IDK if they make much of a difference on the sound of a semi-hollow bodied electric guitar. The BB King 355 doesn't have them, Gretsches have them painted on, but most semi hollow bodied guitars do have them. It's a throwback to the arch top acoustic guitars before pickups were used. I think it's mostly cosmetic, but I prefer the f-holes.
     
  4. Fu Schnickens

    Fu Schnickens Member

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    Soundholes make a guitar more interesting. They don't even have to be f-shaped.

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  5. MattNgai

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    Yea I agree with everyone else. A sound hole just is aesthetically better.
     
  6. Help!I'maRock!

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    either. just no fake f-holes.
     
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    On a simi hollow, F holes for sure, just no fake F holes.
    I see you are in So Ca.
    Are you having your guitar made locally?
    Reason I am asking is I also live in So Ca. and know quite a few of the local builders. Do you mind saying who is building this for you. If you dont want to post it, just send me a PM. I wont post the name if you dont want it known.
    I am just wondering who the builder is.
     
  9. ajeffcote

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    Semi hollow or hollow, if there are no holes it's just a wannabe!
     
  10. Whiskeyrebel

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    Three words regarding the sound hole shape:
    Mud

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  11. BigPapiFan

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    F-holes! A semi-hollow without f-holes is like a pair of jeans without a fly.
     
  12. straightblues

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    The builder is from So. Ca. but now like in No. Ca. It is Roman Rist. He has built three other guitars for me.
     
  13. PixMix

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    I say either traditional "violin style" f holes or none. I find most of the above posted ones very unappealing in this sort of way:



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  14. straightblues

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    Anyone have strong ideas on the tonal differences??
     
  15. zguitar71

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    There is Less feedback with out f holes in higher volume settings, this is why BB King had Gibson make a 345 without f holes that became the Lucile model. I have a 347 (has f holes) that I have played at very high volume in loud bands and not had a feedback issue but could get it to feedback when I wanted it to and control it easier than I could a Les Paul. A fully hollow guitar I think the f hole make a bigger difference. As far as cosmetics I like f holes.
     
  16. edhamgtr

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    F-hole
    tonal difference when amplified loudly - none (feedback can indeed be a problem and get your guitar resonating in unhappy ways).

    perceived difference while amplified and low level - yup. some acoustic zing get's to your ears.

    Sitting playing unplugged - awesome.

    Me likey F-holes.

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  17. gpro34

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    Aesthetics is your main concern, then go F hole. Functionality over form, then go sans F hole. Less to go wrong, stronger, no feedback issues, etc.
     
  18. bluesjuke

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    My preference is strongly for them.
     
  19. custom53

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    Or you could put actual "holes"...!

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  20. mikealpine

    mikealpine Silver Supporting Member

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    Like the look, don't like the feedback. Had a beautiful PRS HBII that I sold because I wasn't able to deal with the feedback. If you know how to control that, then get the f holes.
     

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