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Quest for a Hollow Body Strat

Jimmy MAck

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I love playing my Strat. At gigs or at home. But I love my hollow bodied guitars too. I have a Gibson L5 CES, a Guild Starfire III (fully hollow), an Epiphone Lucille and a 339 (semi-hollows). I've sold a few others that I hated to sell, but they take up too much room! I also had a Fender CS Thinline Strat, that WAS NOT hollow-like at all, wouldn't call it a semi-hollow either (by the sound of it).

I think my ultimate axe would be a nice playing, and expressive sounding, lightweight hollow body with Strat electronics for the tonal variations. I realize that a hollow body will be quite a different animal from a solid body Strat with that bridge and vibrato TP

My choices seem to be: a chambered out Strat body from Warmoth or somebody, an old Harmony Rocket with 3 p/ups, or making my own project guitar with parts.

I was even more severely smitten when I saw Keb Mo playing a Hamer Monaco III. Semi-hollow and 3 P90's, with a 5 way switch to get some "out of phase" quack going. But expensive!

The Epiphone Riviera with 3 P90's is a boat anchor. And sounds like one too.

Any experiences, recommendations? I have a limited budget, and I would love to be able to try a Hamer Monaco. I know what Strats feel like.
And there is a Gretsch Electromatic (semi-hollow) with 3 pickups. Any knowledge of these ?
I really need a lightweight guitar like the Casinos, or Starfire III.
 

JimHalinda

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Starcaster reissue, with Telenator T2 wide range pickups. Waiting on my T2s, and my Starcaster gives that semihollow strat sound (in my opinion).
 

cutaway

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i don't really think you're going to get this massive tonal variation with a chambered or semi-hollow strat body. if it's weight that's an issue, then I get it.

the guitars you've mentioned the Moncaco and the Riviera are WAY different than a hollowed out strat body.

Yamaha made one called the Troy Van Leeuwen, but it's hard to find. good luck.

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Stratburst70

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G&L makes a semi-hollow Legacy, S-500 and Comanche.

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Since the G&L's have treble and bass controls instead of your usual tone stack, you could get a lot more variation in tones.
 

cosmic_ape

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Cole Clark used to make a semi hollow Strat, called the "Hollow Baby". They no longer make electrics, but I thought that one sounded great. Maybe you can find one used...

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bikeracr

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I know you said limited budget, but if you are able pull the money together, I would go to Suhr to see if they could make a custom. There area number of other custom builders who could do it too.
 

robertkoa

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I believe Tom Anderson makes a hollow body strat, and tele.

I think you will be more likely to hear the Hollow Body with a Set Neck but Anderson's Wedgie joint might be a close Second for Tone Transfer.

An extremely resonant H-S-H Set Neck Long Tenon semi hollow Strat might be an Ultimate for me but with a "lucky" piece of wood a thicker or heavier solid body might work also.

The long tenon set neck is something I want to try in Long Scale.

When you block and deck the Trem on a very tight necked Angle headstock Strat - it's borderline semi hollow anyway.

IMO Strats lose resonance on Floating Trem , not enough down pressure at headstock ( needs Angle ), and ridiculous gaps in neck pocket , needs all three changed to get major difference in Tone Transfer .

My point is to really hear the hollow body better to address those issues-
UNLESS - you get to hear it first- because IF it sounds great and you hear/ feel the Hollow Body- my little suggestions go out the window.
 
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buddaman71

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I've owned and played a few thousand shows with my 96 Tom Anderson Hollow Classic I got 20 years ago at the Dallas Guitar Show. It's still the best electric guitar I've ever owned.

I've also owned the solid version of the same guitar and sold it after a couple years. The hollow definitely has a bit "airier" tone.

Here's a simple, middle of the night instrumental I recorded with the Hollow Classic back in about 2000 if you want to hear it.

 

cutaway

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By the time you rout (swimming pool?) for the pickups and trem, how much is there left to hollow out?
Jerry Garcia mentioned in an interview WAY back in the day that a strat sounds hollow because in a way it is.
 

T Dizz

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i don't really think you're going to get this massive tonal variation with a chambered or semi-hollow strat body. if it's weight that's an issue, then I get it.

the guitars you've mentioned the Moncaco and the Riviera are WAY different than a hollowed out strat body.

Yamaha made one called the Troy Van Leeuwen, but it's hard to find. good luck.

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HOT!!!!
 

robertkoa

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I've owned and played a few thousand shows with my 96 Tom Anderson Hollow Classic I got 20 years ago at the Dallas Guitar Show. It's still the best electric guitar I've ever owned.

I've also owned the solid version of the same guitar and sold it after a couple years. The hollow definitely has a bit "airier" tone.

Here's a simple, middle of the night instrumental I recorded with the Hollow Classic back in about 2000 if you want to hear it.


NICE!
Beautiful playing and I love the non screechy beautiful soft scream it has-
( you play it so well too) gorgeous.

I love the darker tones compared to Strats that Andersons often have.

I love when they ( sometimes)have the 'Strat Piano' way beefier acoustic/unplugged tones too- where 10's sound like 12's.
 
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buddaman71

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Beautiful playing there buddaman7.

NICE!
Beautiful playing and I love the non screechy beautiful soft scream it has-
( you play it so well too) gorgeous.

I love the darker tones compared to Strats that Andersons often have.

I love when they ( sometimes)have the 'Strat Piano' way beefier acoustic/unplugged tones too- where 10's sound like 12's.

Thx for the kind words guys.

Here it is in a live gig recording of a Keith Urban tune outro jam I played with my band a few years ago too if you want to check it out.

http://www2.digitech.com/soundcomm/patches/GSP1101/OUTROSOLO.mp3
 




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