In what way does a hollow guitar sound different from his solid twin?

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  1. adrinalino

    adrinalino Member

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    In what way does a hollow guitar sound different from his solid twin?

    What exactly changes to the sound if a solid body guitar gets hollow spaces in it and does it matter if there are openings in the body (f-shaped holes for instance).

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    Um abra├žo,

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  2. TDJMB

    TDJMB Gold Supporting Member

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    I think the attack softens and the tone warms as you move from solid to chambered to semi to fully hollow.
     
  3. JimmyR

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    Well I've owned solid and chambered Les Pauls, both with HBs and P90s. While I appreciate the tone of the solid Les Paul and recognise that it is the sound that made the guitar what it is, in both P90 and HB formats I prefer the chambered guitar. The sound might be a tiny bit "thinner", but I gain better defined bass strings and a less compressed feel. My only LP at the moment is a chambered R8 with HBs and it sounds incredible to me. It sounds like a great Les Paul but with better then normal bass string twang. I love it!

    However with Telecasters I probably prefer the solids. Because a Tele with regular Tele pickups already has all the twang that you could want the chambered (thinline) version can be a bit too airy and bright. Bear in mind that I seem to gravitate towards hollow and semi-hollow guitars and that I like uncompressed, punchy fat sounding guitars. But I have to have a well-defined, some would say twangy, low-end.
     
  4. adrinalino

    adrinalino Member

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    If you say the sound is a bit thinner does that mean there is more high in it and less bass?

    Groeten,

    Aad.
     
  5. Marty s Horne

    Marty s Horne Member

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    I've had both solid and chambered Les Pauls as well. The solid LPs to me are edgier and cut through a band better. The chambered LPs are warmer and to my ears a little fatter sounding but with less midrange. Here's my chambered Les Paul Elegant (Custom Shop).
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  6. Waxhead

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    Play some and find out for yourself :)
     
  7. lumco

    lumco Most of the roads I travel are muddy Gold Supporting Member

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    I have Tom Anderson Hollow T Style guitars which are very light and sound great, but the Solid T I have from Tom Anderson I always seem to play first and more. More vintage feel, more vintage sound and little less spanky. Hollow T's are very much in your face airy sounding ( in a good way if that is your style). I just like the Solid better. It all works though.
     

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