Really enjoying semi-hollow and hollow body electrics lately...

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  1. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Over the last six months of so, I've become increasingly drawn to my semi-hollows and hollow-body electrics, and even added a few more.

    Among them are a pair of ES-Les Pauls, a Gibson ES-339, a D'Angelico EX-SS, a PRS Custom Semi-Hollow SE-22, and a Gretsch G6119 Tennessee Rose. What a joy these guitars are! Can't leave out the Fender '69 Thinline and Cabronita Thinline either, though they don't give nearly as much "air" to their tone.

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    Not that I don't still love my solid body Teles, but the airy-tones and the light-weight bodies are really getting a lot of my appreciation lately.

    I would guess that I'm not alone here in this appreciation for guitars with "air".
     
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    I know the feeling. Rather than buying any more instruments, my resolution this year is to get some much needed fret work and other non- structural repairs done on the 1956 ES125 I've had for a while so that I can leave it in a better state than I found it. Even in the state it is, it's a pleasure to play.

    This pic is very flattering.

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    Oh yeah!
     
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    Es335 or 339 is on the want list.
     
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    That’s a great photo, by the way!
     
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    Recently, I acquired an Epiphone ES-175 Premium. This guitar is nothing short of beautiful in the way it plays and sounds. The build and finish are incredible. I'm not sure if I'll ever gig with this guitar, but I sure am enjoying it here at home.
     
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  7. stormsedge

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    I was thinking this very thing last night while I was hammering my ears checking out my Christmas amp...I started with my Epi Riviera P93, then my T Thinline 12, and finished with my Nashville Deluxe. For my ear (remembering I've had a couple of electrics, but really only played acoustics for >40 years), the Riviera sounds more like "me"...though admittedly it could be the difference in pickups and the Thinline 12 still needs a setup. Thankfully there is plenty of time for experimentation and tweaking. ((New amp is a Quilter 201 thru 2 1x12s...loud!))
     
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  8. Guitarteach

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    Yep... love ‘em.

    This pair, both stock, have well over a hundred years of action between them..

    Amazing designs - got it all.. girth, bite and jangle. The P90s in the ‘63 Casino are vicious and edgy when cranked but can be so woody and warm too.

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    I think i want starcaster in natural blonde. But i always have found these guitars to not be comfortable to play?
     
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    I got a 339 Studio a couple of years ago. My only gripe is that i wanted the 2 vol/tone config but it was one each. And rolling the volume down past about 9 really kills the sound but that part can be fixed . But the full volume sound and the fit, finish and feel were so good I kept it. A 2014 model

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    Nice collection!
    My fully hollow Chet with it’s painted on F holes is still easily my best sounding electric guitar!
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    I had picked up a thinline knockoff, hoping to get some hollow body effect like my peers 335s, but the thinline tone was subtle, if different at all - really, couldn't tell much difference with my regular tele (but it still looks cool). Its probably not representative of a good Fender thinline. Anyway, my recent ES-330 is very much a hollow body at any point that you want to exploit that feature. Mine is very controllable with feedback in a great way, after you learn how to manage it. Very much worth the effort.
     
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    Yeah thinline tele-types really don't give you the traditional hollowbody sound.
    Likely due to the pickups and bridge, I'm guessing
     
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    But then again, I've got this thinline
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    Note the p-90s, which of course you do find on big archtop hollowbodies.
    It still sounds pretty much like a solid body, though.
    Maybe the bridge comes into play there, I dunno
     
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    Late to the party, but with a new-to-me Gibson ES-339, and I agree it's wonderful.

    It brings a LOT to the party - it can out-jangle and chime any guitar IMO, and also can bring a deep, deep organ-like bass.

    Quality issues are non-existent, and it's very comfortable and light, I've been grabbing it first ever since I got it. The sustain and resonance are remarkable. I thought I didn't like humbuckers, but the tones this thing is capable of taught me a lesson I'm glad to learn.
     
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    Recently purchased a Gibson 135 - p90’s - unpopular so they are relatively cheap. Paid just under £1000 1996 model with the p100 pickups replaced for bare knuckles, but with the originals included in the sale. Sounds ace, love the size feels very acoustic which for me is great.
     
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    I never understood why these didn't catch on more
     
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    I like the minimal look no block inlays or binding on the neck - but maybe for others it’s was a little too stripped back. I was originally looking for a 330 but they are serious wedge
     
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    Just this week I "re-joined" the club. Since the early sixties, I've wanted (but never could afford) a Gibson ES 335.....preferably in Cherry Red. All I ever OWNED and played were solid bodies.....Teles, Strats, PRS, Gibson etc. I just received my Grote ES 335-style semi-hollow, and it's a BEAUT! My guitar tech, who set it up, (and it did require a full fret dress and level) was so impressed, he immediately went on line to order one for himself, but they're all gone. Here is a pic before I completely re-wired it to my preferred configuration. More to come! ;)
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