Anyone ever play a semi- hollow strat?

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  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Wonder what that's like...saw this this morning on the Rondo site...
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    Anyone ever play a shell of a strat?
     
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    Do swimming pool routes count? Aren't those only hollow under the "F" hole?
     
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    I’ve played one. And owned Thinline Tele’s. My conclusion is it’s just for looks and to allow them to use heavier wood and still produce salable weight guitars.

    I’m convinced the differences people hear in Thinlines are:

    1. Induced by eyes.
    2. Caused by the mahogany for traditional Thinline.
     
  4. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I slapped an f hole decal on my main tele years ago :cool:
     
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    And most importantly, did you hear any difference?
     
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    Eric Johnson liked them. :)
     
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    I played the new EJ with the F hole.
    I think it’s primary effect is slight weight reduction.
    The F hole in my avatar guitar is faux/fake/not real.
    I love the look, but dislike the actual sonic effect of F holes on electric guitars.
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    G&L used to have a seme-hollow version of their S500. I don't know if it is still an option.

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    I think Fender has them now don't they?
     
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    I have owned Thinline Telecasters, I agree that it seems to be mostly for cosmetics / weight. I didn't notice any real tonal difference between the semi hollow and a normal Telecaster.
    I think that would apply to a semi hollow Strat too. To me the F hole on a Strat just looks weird.
     
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    That is very clever yet deceiving you have deceived me Bill!

    Is there anything else you’re not telling us , I’ve looked at your tele many times and never could tell it wasn’t An F-hole
    :(
     
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    Agreed. It looks OK on a Tele (although I am not drawn to it), but it just seems wrong on a Strat.
     
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    I plunked on one , EJ model, a few months ago in the store. I liked it. Not sure if I'd buy one but I can't rule it out
     
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    To me a solid body Stratocaster is the most perfectly balanced guitar when hanging from a strap. The neck to body weight ratio is perfect. I would be concerned about losing that balance. I've always loved the look of and used to own SGs but gave them up because of the neck drop. I see no reason to mess with perfection.
     
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    I built one at the end of last year. It was made out of a heavy chunk of ash so it's still about the weight of an Alder Strat, maybe a bit lighter.

    I typically play unplugged, always have, so I've noticed my thinlines to be a little more resonant, maybe they vibrate a bit more. Plug them in and they sound about the same as any other guitar. I like them for the looks and the weight. 20191117_150926.jpg 20191214_230225.jpg 20191214_230817.jpg
     
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    I spent about an hour today playing 3 eric Johnson strats that my buddy has. 2 of them are the semi-hollow with the f-hole, one is a solid body. I did not hear any advantage to the f-hole guitars and I much preferred the solid body. so much, in fact, that I have set my heart on one of them (I've got a bunch of stuff to put up for sale, hint, hint!) as my next guitar. but there wasn't anything wrong with the semi hollows, I just think they are ugly.

    but if you like those f-hole strats, and want to buy one, Willcutt's in Lexington has a bunch of them and I don't think they are moving too good - you could probably get a good deal with them on one.
     
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    It definitely depends on how much of the guitar is hollowed out. If it's just a small chambered body, it's not going to matter much

    Fender Japan used to make a Thinline Strat that was more like a semi-hollow body guitar without the typical pickguard for rear mounted pickups.

    I planned to build my own one day when I get around to doing it.
     
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    I notice a small difference soundwise (it might be placebo, in all honesty, I haven' t played it in a long time) and a huge difference in weight, between my thinline tele and the other teles.
     
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    Double post
     
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    I think they're funny looking, so much so that I've never been particularly curious to play one. The thin line Tele, on the other hand, looks pretty perfect to me -- and it's not just cosmetic, I've got one in Shell Pink that's an all-night player & weighs in at exactly 6 pounds.
     
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