Who plays a semi hollow body?

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  1. tomkatzz

    tomkatzz Member

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    And why? I'm thinking of another guitar purchase. I just sold a Gibson Les Paul and still have a USA Strat.

    Based upon recommendations from posters on the Gear Page I'm looking at Heritage and Carvin.

    Both companies have some nice looking semi hollow body guitars as well as Les Paul looking guitars.

    Why would a player choose one over the other?
     
  2. JimmyR

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    I play mainly hollow body or semi hollow guitars. I just like the sound and feel. Simple as that! I play whatever guitar gets thesound I hear in my head. I like solid body guitars too, but I seem to gravitate towards the warm woody snappy tones of guitars with air in them.
     
  3. oldrock

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    If you want the traditional semi hollow sound, you should at least try one of the ES-335 dot reissues. I must have tried a dozen semi hollows to try to find that sound and nothing quite did it for me till I found this one.
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    Been wanting one for over 20 years so I am a happy camper now. Sounds good unplugged but really shines when running thru a good tube amp with just a touch of bite on the gain.
     
  4. wildschwein

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    I've got one of these (Custom Guitar Workshop TE-3):
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    And one of these (Custom Guitar Workshop Jazz Custom 607):
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    Nice airey tones that I just can't extract from solid body axes. I like these guys mainly for jazz and lightly overdriven blues sounds.
     
  5. semi-hollowbody

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    Ive got an epiphone dot and its my favorite guitar...I just like the woody tone...something about it keeps it in my hands more often than my SG or Les Paul...clean, dirty, really dirty, it sounds awesome...


    plus they look so flippin cool...all guitars should have f-holes, real or painted on...;)
     
  6. vbjamin

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    I use these ones. The Ibanez AM205, has a wider range of sounds than any other guitar I have.
    The Gibson ES-325, really has a unique tone due to the mini hums
     
  7. Kooshball

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    not sure why inspired me to pick up the epiphone dot, but I love it. its a great contrast to my fender strat. It can get a great clean tone and now that i've upgraded the pickups it can handle gain REALLY well.
    its a great great guitar.
     
  8. bluegrif

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    I'd take a good look at the Hamer Newport. Nothing beats Hamer's quality. I'm considering one myself.

    My current semi is one of the somewhat rare early 80s, Japanese-built Epiphone Rivieras. These guitars are nothing like the current Epiphones and are something of a find. Built for just a few years (maybe about 79-84) they have fat, set-necks, humbuckers and high quality materials and craftsmanship.
     
  9. Flyin' Brian

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    I had this Prospect made by Heritage. It's become my #1 by a long shot. It's more "hollow" than others because the center block doesn't touch the back. This gives it a very warm sound for jazz, but still keeps the sustain from the block being attached to the top.


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  10. Blue Fin

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    I like two kinds.

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    Ibanez AS103 (NT finish). You can find these new on eBay for about $650, or new in a shop for $800. I love mine. (They also come in burled maple and spalted maple wood/finishes.)

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    If you can afford a bit more ($,1200 - $1,500) I'd say find yourself an Ibanez Artist 2630, or its slightly younger (and smaller) cousin, the AS200. These guitars (IMO) rival the quality and sound of ANY (yes, I said ANY) semi-hollow out there:

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  12. TDJMB

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    I've got a wide range: solid strat, solid w/humbuckers, chambered w/z90s, and now a Collings I-35. Its woody sound adds to the tonal variety. And there's an attack / compression to the notes that's killer. You may want to keep in mind bout width. The standard 16" is too wide and hikes up my right shoulder when sitting. The Collings' 15" is only 1" but it's a big difference.
     
  13. GCDEF

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    Can't say enough good things about my Heritage 535. Noticeably better than the Gibson 335s I've owned.

    The Carvin looks smaller than the traditional 335 style and is built quite a bit differently. I would imagine it's got a different sound to it, and being a single cut, probably feels more like a Les Paul to play.
     
  14. mainsale

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    I'm kind of partial to my Gibson Les Paul Florentine

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  15. Boogie92801

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    I have owned many, many hollow body guitars including 40's, gibsons, 60's gibsons, guilds, gretches, and some others. The yamahas are ok and the heritages are very nice but for the money the 339 is the best thing out of gibson since the Johnsy A and it is actually affordable.
     
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    I have a Heritage Blues Deluxe which is nearly identical to Flyin Brian's Prospect, the main difference being, the center block is actually bonded to the front and back on mine. It's a super sweet guitar and I play it all the time!
     
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    My Gibson ES-137 Classic is an amazing guitar. It can scream like a Les Paul when I want it to, but it has beautiful cleans as well. Oh, and the smokey blues tone it gets out of my Fender Champ is unbelievable.
     
  18. Stratosphere

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    Some, acoustically, sound like a bit like banjo when not plugged in. Others don't. I'd advise avoiding those that have that banjo-like quality.

    I think they are less resonant overall.
     
  19. Gibfenderson

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    339, Gibson Vegas high Roller, 335,125t, Eastwood T 184mx, Dearmond m75.

    Love semis clean on a good tube amp
     
  20. GuitarsFromMars

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    I have a 2006 Memphis made 1959 ES-345 TDVC,replaced caps and p/u's with BetSet and Bees...smokes.
     

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