I have a Sheraton that I like - it's ok, but by no means great - and I'm constantly looking for an upgrade. The problem is that I find most of the semi-hollows I try to be very thin sounding. They all sound like they have a brand new set of strings (in a bad way); very bright, unfocused and nothing like the warm, woody tone I expect from a 335-style guitar. I'm talking unplugged sound by the way. I don't want to call out any specific brands or models, mainly because I can't remember the name of every model I've tried. But they are quite a few and they all make roughly the same weak impression on me, acoustically. Admittedly, I have tried only one semi-hollow in the upper price range and that is ES-335, (yes, I live far away from any major city) but that was ten years ago and my ears was in another place back then so that doesn't count. Maybe it's just a matter of build quality that becomes much more appearent with 335-styles than solidbodies? Or are these shrill sounding guitars exactly what semi-hollows should be, just like one expects twang from a Tele? Anyone with similar experiences?