F holes vs no f holes

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  1. Pseudohobbit

    Pseudohobbit Member

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    I've been doing some research but thought it best to post here. Is there much difference in tone/sound quality on two different semi hollowbodies, one with and one without f holes? Example: some Gibson 339s come with f holes and others don't. I'd the tonal difference negligible?
     
  2. AaeCee

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    I've played my share of SHB types with holes vs. none and do think there's a discernible difference. The ones with holes sound, well, holier :). That certain hollow resonance is just a bit more pronounced with f-holes, with of course the slight cost of a propensity for feedback, which may or may not be an issue for some players.
     
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  3. SPROING!

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    Definitely makes a difference.

    A Gretsch Pro Jet is as semihollow as a 335 but you'd never know it until you felt how light it was. It looks and sounds like a solid body guitar.

    The top moves when f holes are present. It changes things.
     
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  4. old goat

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    No holes or real f holes are both fine. Painted f holes are a crime against nature and a violation of the Geneva convention.
     
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    Like when a PRS Hollowbody goes into feedback, and the guitar breathes gently on your inner forearm through the f holes. It's pretty magical. :)

    =K
     
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    Paul Gilbert f-holes are an abomination and should be attacked with a sharp chisel.
     
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  8. SPROING!

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    Or a router...
     
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    Feedback the main issue.
     

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