Semi hollow body guitars: advantages, disadvantages?

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  1. DIXØN

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    advantages: extremely versatile, airy-open tone, nice feel.
    disadvantages: potential feedback issues with high volume/gain.
     
  3. DIXØN

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    Feedback is usually good in my style anyway. :) Otherwise, there's a volume control for that. (I play a single coil currently so I'm no stranger to unwanted noise issues...)
     
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    Great resonate tone that just doesn't come from a solid body.

    Large body that can be uncomfortable.
    They are a bitch to change pickups/electronics.
     
  5. 2112

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    Because I always wanted a guitar with the Union Jack on it - but I live in the USA and the wife is Scottish :dude.

    Or you can play Punk on a guitar with butterfly on it and still be cool :confused:.

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    Either way, there is a certain sound that you can not get from a solid body and in most cases is worth the trouble.

    Good luck.
     
  6. 6stringer

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    Check out Cp Thornton Guitars. They are not your typical archtops. Give Chuck a call, he will answer your questions.

    http://www.cpthorntonguitars.com/

    They are amazing guitars.
     
  7. BigDoug1053

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    Go for it! Hollows and semi-solids are cool.

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    Wow 2112 - that's a great looking Artinger :) What pickups are those? How does the guitar sound - mellower or grittier?
     
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    What's the best way to control the feedback? I have an Epi Zephyr Regent that feeds back like a beast. Would a feedback shark or destroyer inline help?
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  11. mainsale

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    I think semi-hollow guitars just might be my favorite guitars overall. I love that third dimension to their tone. It's hard to describe. Some call it an airyness. It is distinctive. Here's one of my favorites. It's a Terry C. McInturff Royal. It has wonderful tone, a tuned port, great balance, plays easy and is a little different.

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  12. Dave Orban

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    Add a sound post. It's basically a block of wood or a thick dowel that "connects" the top and the back, under the bridge area, restricting sympathetic vibration. The ends are "shaped" to match the contours of the underside of the toop and back, and it's either pressure-fit or assisted by a spot of Elmer's glue.

    I had one made for my 175, and it made all the difference, for me. ;)
     
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    Very cool. What diameter dowel did you use (does it matter)? Thanks for the tip!
     
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    Mine's not actually a dowel, but a rectangular piece of pine, about 1-1/4" by 1-3/4... just some scrap from the lumber pile...
     
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    Thanks. fishing it through the pickup hole and using the f-holes to wedge it in might be a challenge...
     
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    Not that bad. Takes patience, though. ;)
     
  17. Jim Fairbairn

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    Here's my current favorite......Hamer Newport with Maple top. I would love a Collings I35, but don't have the funds.

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    Thanks, the pickups are the Barden Two Tone and great thing is no noise and not much volume drop in the split position since they are separate pickups for each blade and as a hum - act like a hum.

    Very clear and full clean or distorted. So really just depends on what I put the guitar through as they seem to let the guitar show through and interact with the amp - not add much character themselves - which can be good or bad, I suppose and perhaps a Barden character ;). Some old Rush sounds quite good with this guitar and that's fine with me. :D


    Sorry to the OP to go OT.
     
  19. GAD

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    Advantages - tones you'll just never get from a solid body
    Disadvantages -... dunno

    I love mine. My goal is probably to have a killer custom shop CS356 similar to my custom Barbera, but with a nice fat neck.


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    I would alway choose a 335 over a LP.
    They are alive!

    Any feedbackI've ever gotten was welcomed, well used and controlled.
     

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