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Interested in a hollow-body. Whatcha got?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by SixStringSlinger, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    That guitar looks awesome!
     
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  2. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I have a 2019 Trans Black one also. I kept the original ProBucker pickups in because, much to my surprise, they sound excellent, and even more so in split-coil/single-coil mode.

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    Highest quality Epiphone I've had, aside from the Japanese Elitist models. They have bound f-holes, too.

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    My Wine Red model is a 2016, with rosewood fretboard.

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    Unfortunately, the Epi versions are very scarce and difficult to find (owners are keeping them). But you may find a couple of them on Reverb from time to time. Gibson versions are more plentiful because they're extremely expensive and their owners are willing to let them go.

    Gibson made them in their Epiphone plant from 2008 to 2019 - over 10 years! But only made Gibson branded versions in the USA from 2014 to 2016 - only 3 years.

    The Epiphone versions are closely kept by their owners and hard to find. They have nice full necks, not skinny ones as on the Gibsons. And, I prefer the Epiphone versions with their bound f-holes.

    Sadly, ES-Les Pauls are no longer in production under either brand.
     
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  3. Wulf

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    another feast for my eyes.
    im not surprised the epi ones are being held onto either.
    fabulous looking guitar...bet they all play as they look too.
    i was daft enough to get a cherry red casino...lacklustre pickups...a buzzy(acousticaly) switch...in middle position it became a fuzzy blur when playing...and the E string would snag under a fret end...or 2 or 3...i got rid quickly and never thought anymore of it...i think it was either a friday afternoon one..or a monday morning hangover one...i was dissapointed...but...my fault for buying online.
    as i said..the sheraton is really good one to play...i was lucky with that..got it for peanuts and it sings
    the one guitar i had to part with due to money worries was a mint cond ric 330 in jetglo...original case..25 yr old guitar that looked like it was made last tuesday...i still get a bit watery eyed when i think about it
     
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  4. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    The Epi ES-Les Paul was a high-priced Epiphone model and as such, they were made quite nicely.
     
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    Epiphones when good are great guitars...i know you get what you pay for...i had a woolworths hollow body that i got second hand as a stage feedback monster that i didnt have to worry about (no one would pinch it..."Audition By Woolworths")...i paid a tenner for it from a junk shop...that was by far better built than that casino...it sounded good...had no vices whatsoever its
    another one i wish i still had..i think it had "top twenty" pickups...i think theyre the same as old sears ones?..chrome singlecoil with white (or black too) top and screws for poles.(were they made by Dearmond or someone?).2 switches for pups...and a wigglestick...that worked ok too...it got destroyed on stage as part of our chaotic act at that time (there is actually quite a funny story behind its demise)
    thats what they got for asking "know any charts songs?...you know...top ten stuff?"
    we replied "of course"..hence got gig..north east england workingmans /social club..
    We omitted to tell them we didnt play that stuff and did mostly our own
    http://guitarz.blogspot.com/2009/04/colt-peacemaker.html
    the man who built that was my long time friend and mentor when it came to fixing and building up guitars by the way
    sadly no longer with us...eccentric genius and a Gentleman to the core
     
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    I played their version of a 335 in a music store, and I thought it was fabulous. I have a question, though -- does the OP want to hear about semi-hollows, or just completely hollow guitars?
     
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    When I was in high school, the local celebrity band was a blues band and their front man played one of these. It made a big impression on me. My D'Angelico today is the same size and shape.
     
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    I have the Excel SS. I paid $700 for it used with a case, which a low price compared to what you normally find. It is mostly hollow save for a small block under the bridge. It is very bright-sounding and articulate.
     
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    I recently acquired a cheap Epiphone LP Jr with a plywood body. My plan is to plane it down a 1/4" and route out a body like the one you pictured and add a 1/4" cedar top with F holes for my own ES LP type. Then adding SD P Rails and Triple Shot Rings. The candidate: upload_2020-11-22_13-45-16.jpeg upload_2020-11-22_13-44-49.jpeg
     
  10. SixStringSlinger

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    I started this thread out of a curiosity about fully-hollow guitars. I have a Reverend Tricky Gomez that scratches my semi-hollow itch just fine.

    That said, I'm loving the responses so far, and if the odd semi-hollow sneaks in, it's no big thing ;)
     
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    Steal of a price. I bought mine for around $1700 a few years back. Fabulous instrument and worth the money.
     
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    That will be a fun and cool project!
     
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    I've had Ibanez Artcores that fit into both categories, hollow and semi hollow. They were all excellent guitars. But as I have said somewhere else, there's really no reason for any production guitar manufactured in the past 10 years to be anything less than excellent. I will say there is a definite tonal difference between a hollow and a semi-hollow guitar, and the hollow guitars are a bit easier to work on because they don't have that big stupid block of wood going down the center...
     
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    kingpin.jpg I continue to be amazed how people are missing out on the North American sleepers.....Godin.

    For a great full hollow-body in the vein of a Gibson ES-175...go with the Godin 5th Ave. Kingpin II
     
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    I agree!

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    you started something here methinks...
    it is an interesting thread too
    bet your enjoying it too (saw that you were...laughed at self...left it there anyway!)
    Nice One !
    Skol
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    I got a Gretsch Fairlane Blue 5420T not too long ago. Love it, feels great, plays great, sounds great and looks great. I like the stock pickups a lot, might have the electronics changed at some point but nothing that’s a big deal.
     
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    Godin is definitely a great option to look into. I don't have one, but if I was to buy another hollow body, I'd definitely consider a Godin.
     
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    Yeah, you should - I'd definitely rank the Godins one or two levels above the typical Chinese/Korean budget archtops (with the exception of Eastmans, which are even better).
    For reference: I've owned semis and full hollowbodies from Ibanez, Gretsch (Electromatic & Historic series), Epiphone & Loar. The workmanship of those is quite good (with the exception of the bad fretwork on the Loar), but the Godin sounds and feels a lot more lively - no wonder, it has a super-thin top (thinnest I've ever seen on a laminate top hollowbody), super-thin finish (compared to the thick poly on the others - the paint alone almost seems to be thicker than the complete top on the Godin, and that's only a slight exaggeration), and is a whole lot lighter.
    The Epi, Ibanez & Gretsch I have tried feel like ELECTRIC guitars that happen to have hollow bodies - the Godin feels like an ACOUSTIC with P90s added - much more like those '30 to '50s originals.
    Oh, and the P90s on the Godin are really good, too, relatively bright, no mud at all.
     
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