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Hollowbody jazz-rock guitar luthier?

mertas

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is there any luthier ready to make great design guitar in combination with great sound for jazz/rock.

I am thinking to create hollowbody guitar in 15-16" based on PRS Hollowbody design (prs is too small 14" - no air for jazzy sound)

not interested in traditional 335 gibson shapes...


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Route234

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Not sure if they do something exactly like you want, but Id look at Scott Heatley and Matt Artinger.
 

joejazzguitar

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Not sure if Matt makes a 15" or 16" body (though his guitars are extraordinary...my Artinger spruce-topped semi-hollow is a killer).

You might want to check out a Collings Eastside, which is an amazing 16" full hollowbody; I sold my PRS spruce-topped hollowbody for the Eastside and never looked back..
 

stan p

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I like my Monty guitar for semi-hollow seven that does jazz and rock! I would recommend his Tonemaster or Blues Queen (335 look alike), if you like sweet silky upper mids accented.
 

jads57

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Benedetto Bambino, more Jazz than rock! But I'm sure they'd install a small block under the tailpiece for a stop/tune o matic style bridge if you asked! Or you could just go to a stock Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion.
 

nmiller

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Benedetto Bambino, more Jazz than rock! But I'm sure they'd install a small block under the tailpiece for a stop/tune o matic style bridge if you asked! Or you could just go to a stock Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion.
I use my Bambino for rock, but then I custom ordered it with P90s. They didn't raise a fuss about the pickups (just a minor upcharge for special routing), so it's worth asking about a block. As a significant structural change, though, they might tack on a significant charge for it.
 

journo

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Hi,

I know you said you weren't interested in 335 style bodies but I still cast my vote for the Collings I-35. Works a charm for your intended use. That's how I use mine. Different shape but similar in function could be the Collings SoCo. Can be had i 15" or 16" with choice of maple or spruce top.

Cheers,

Mats N
 

gtrckl

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You might look at an Ribbecke Electric Halfling. It does a 335 and Les Paul thing.
 

The bear

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Plus one for the Collings Soco deluxe. There is a new laminated 15' version coming out, they already have a 16' version.
The regular maple top soco is 15, I have one of those as well as one with a spruce top. These can be special ordered.
 

tsbot

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Another vote for Artinger - just received my hollow a month ago and couldn't be happier!
 

tremayne007

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And to further the Artinger love fest, another vote here. I have had the pleasure of spending some time with two of his beauties, the Koa supreme and a lovely cocobola backed (#196 I believe). Fantastic guitars. Smooth playing gorgeous axes with tone for days... I will be putting a down payment on one later this year..
 
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shawntp

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Personally for my tastes...it has to be fully hollow. Once you put that center block the instrument looses too much air.

The guitar I wanted so bad to do it for me was the carved top Collings I-35 but even it had too much edge/focus and too little air.

I think the magic these days is in a fully hollow 16" build with a 2"-3" body depth. This gives me the best of both worlds (full hollow sound but better feedback resistance for effects/volume).

I think this is a popular form factor in a lot of current laminate archtop designs.
 






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