Why doesn't everyone just play a semi-hollow?

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  1. OM Flyer

    OM Flyer Member

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    was thinking about some of the traits that many (if not most) players seem to be looking for in an electric guitar: Light weight, lots of sustain, comfortable body, and versatile tonal options. It occured to me that all of these needs are easily met by my ES-339 (and similar guitars like the Sheraton, 335, 336, Riviera, Thinline, etc., etc.) If semi-hollows essentially offer the whole package, why do people play solid-bodies at all?
     
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    With respect, IMO that is an absurd notion. What the heck does the "whole package" mean anyway? It's quite different for me. The virtue of each guitar model has to do with the very distinct tonal characteristics each guitar type gets, that's the aspect most guitarists are concerned about. There are profound tone and feel differences between a 335, Les Paul, Strat, Tele, Danelectro, Rickenbacker, etc, etc. The 339 does not even get close, except approximating ES335 tone. Far from being the "whole package", a 339 is not even in the box for me.
     
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  3. Strat God

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    My 355...it's all I need.

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  4. tim gueguen

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    Plenty of semi's aren't light anyways. And comfortable body shape depends on your body and size, not just the guitar's.
     
  5. GAD

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    My ES335 isn't light at all. Great guitar, great tones, but It's not the guitar for playing Dokken or Motley Crue.

    It doesn't have that strat twang...
    It doesn't have single coils...
    It doesn't have that ash body thru-neck sustain (naturally)...
    It doesn't have a Floyd Rose (I know many waill say "thankfully") :)
    It doesn't project like an acoustic...

    etc. etc.

    That being said, if I were to cull the herd down to one guitar, it would probably be an ES-335 or derivative.

    GAD
     
  6. bluesjuke

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    Well we would then have threads like,
    "I'm thinking about getting a Solid Body".

    The 335's do cover quite a bit and there should be one in everyone stable.
     
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    No. Well, maybe in some cases.

    But a 335 doesn't suit 70% of my needs. A chambered guitar can, but not a 339 or etc.
    Course none of my heroes have a guitar like mine.
     
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    so... shouldn't you call yourself 335God ??
     
  10. mike80

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    For my style, I've never found a hollow-body that I like.

    I like heavy guitars
    I like the sound of solid bodies
    I like crunch, and lots of it.


    For some stuff, hollow bodies are nice. For what I play (heavy alt-rock/metal), they're not.
     
  11. Vintage-tone

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    They brake too easy when you have to smash em into some bloke who is crawling up drunk on stage ...
    They brake too easy when you re too drunk and falling off the stage ...
    The feedback a lil too much when using a couple of Marshalls and two AC30 all at once...
    They don t come often with a floyd rose , oh wait I don t play a guitar with a Floyd Rose ... but some do !
    Maple neck 335 are pretty rare even tho never unseen ...
    They do sound pretty ****ing far from a strat or a Tele ! :D
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    long story short, I love em but they are what they are and will never replace a LP, a Tele or a Strat neither in the way they sound feel or play .
     
  12. rhinocaster

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    It's simple.

    Semi hollowbody guitars don't offer the whole package.

    No guitar goes.
     
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    I dig my 339 too, but it doesn't do what my Strat, Tele, full-hollow or many of my other guitars do. That's why I use more than one guitar.
     
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    I do feel like ES335s are pretty freakin' sweet. If it weren't for feedback I would probably have two or three. I dig the big body, I dig the neck and overall feel, and I think they can fit into a lot of different situations. They do country well, they can rock with some low gain authority and they can be unreal pretty. No they aren't gonna get Stratty single coil tones or roaring LP crunch, or like metal stuff but they can fit really well into some of those same situations. So, yea OM Flyer I'm with you, I can see where you're coming from and I do certainly suggest a ES335 for the individual wanting to cover a lot of musical ground and not of the super strat necessary variety.
     
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    That's what I'm sayin'... I have a Strat too, but I find myself picking it up only when I want that Strat quack. The semi-hollow nails the remaining 95% of the tones I'm looking for.
     
  16. bluesjuke

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    If I had to choose one humbucking guitar it certainly would be a 335 above all others but I use a Strat and Tele for many other things besides quack.
    Single coils can be very versatile themselves

    The 335 could keep me from missing my Les Pauls though.
     
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    i still like the tone of single coils and a solid body...
     
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    Hi Strat God, how come it's a 335 and not a strat???
     
  19. treeofpain

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    My 339 is great, but it does not sound like a Les Paul. Or a Strat. Or a Tele. Or an SG. Or a (fill in the blank here).

    And we haven't even gotten to the looks of the guitar. Some guys just hate the looks of a semi.
     
  20. bluesjuke

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    "Some guys just hate the looks of a semi."

    I thik they are gorgeous!
     

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