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

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by DHart, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. nathanteal

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    I can respect this. I'm in a conundrum of being guitar-less at the moment, and contemplating my next move. My previous guitar was the MJT Thinline in my avatar, and while I concede that semi-hollow Teles do little for the sound, the weight relief alone was enough to second guess getting a solid-body again.

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    An ES-335 is one of my dream guitars, and then there's the Guild Starfire III, which is butter too.

    I'll probably end up doing a carbon copy of the MJT though (with slight improvements, courtesy of retrospect), if buying back isn't an option.
     
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    I have been hoarding them to the point of selling some off. Otherwise it's some 7-8 Epiphones, a Gibson, a Gretsch and a Guild.

    A real sleeper model is the Epiphone ES 135. Made in the Peerless factory, only available in blueburst (like the Gibson model, but it was also in more colors). Amazing quality.

    I am selling mine in a deal I made with myself so I could buy an ES 333, but I kind of hope I can pay off the Gibson before it sells so I can justify keeping it.


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    06 Epi Sheraton II (USA), Heritage H 550, and D'Angelico Excel SS. Not shown: Epi Elitist Riviera 12 string All pictured are equipped with piezo bridge pickups and Roland GK 3 pickups for guitar synth. 20171114_133120.jpg 20171114_133334.jpg 20190121_120752.jpg
     
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    I suffered some buyers remorse when I bought this brand new Gibson ES-275 last year because, as we all have learned, Gibson hasn't produced a quality guitar in decades and you can get the same quality tone and feel out of an Epiphone or a Grote at a fraction of the cost. But after playing a few big band gigs and being involved with a few half-assed jazz jams, I am really... I mean REALLY enjoying this POS Gibson.... enough that I don't mind the gold hardware (which I typically don't like).

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    I have one of those - a 56 ES-125, my birth year guitar. It's in very good condition and only required some minor repairs when I got it. I know I paid too much for it, but what's done is done and I don't let that bother me anymore. I do enjoy this guitar, but I like the 275 waaaay better.

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    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    I've kind of lost much of my appreciation for humbuckers. So much so that I replaced the buckers in my ES-339 with TV Jones TV-HT Hilo'trons (single-coils)
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    and replaced the Kent Armstrong humbuckers in my D'Angelico EX-SS with TV Jones T-Armonds (single-coils)
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    and one of my ES-Les Pauls got a pickup transplant, also with T-Armonds
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    The clearer, more articulate and detailed tones (with single coils) just delight me! :)
     
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    Not a great photo but my 2 1/2 Hollows. I LOVE the Gretsch Hollow body sound.

    Gretsch 6119 Tennesee Rose (sounds amazing)
    Framus Hollywood (the 1/2....built like a Danelectro and a great slide guitar)
    Gretsch 6122 II (plays unreal, doesn't sound quite as good as 6119 but pretty damn good anyway).

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    Yes, sir. Those are my guitars, and I made the image.
     
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    My 339 has 57 Classics in it, same as LP Trad. But the body style really makes a difference, especially clean. But wind it up and it does give you that mighty humbucker tone as well
     
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    Gibson 135 with p90s
     
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    I have a fetish for the Ibanez Artcore series.
     
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    They are quite a bargain if you buy them used!
     
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    I always wanted a Gibson ES-125 thinline from the first time I saw one, and knew there was no way I could afford it. The Epi Century was on my wish list, and when the Grote hollow bodies came up I knew that was probably the only way to get something like it for less than 500 bucks or so. The Grote plays terrific, every bit as good as any of my other guitars, and has that open sound that I've only had with my Casino.

    I spent the holidays playing both, though the Grote may play a tiny bit better!
     
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    My two.... One semi hollow and one hollow. Both amazing.
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    The first is a 2018 ES-335 with MHS hums, and the second is an Eastman AR503CE with a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover in the neck.
     
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    That Eastman is AWESOME!
     
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    Sheraton came with mini hums. Love the clarity and tight, focused bass they provide, add in the acoustic sheen the piezo bridge gives, and I have s beautiful clean tone. I like the tone of the Epi, I've added mini hums to my D'Angelico Excel. The tonal transformation was amazing, enough to make me put down the Epi for a while. Next mini hums recipient is the Heritage H550. THAT should sound fantastic.
     
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    I love the warm tone you can get from a thinline 335 type guitar. I went through a few of them, including a Gibson 335 until I found a keeper. Eastman T486. Hand made with all high end components inside and out plus a silky Ebony board, bone nut and a nitro finish.

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  19. DHart

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    I'm one who prefers a sparkly bright clarity in my guitar tones.

    I agree on the move from regular humbuckers to mini humbuckers - brighter and more clarity.

    My D'Angelico Excel-SS perked up wonderfully by replacing the buckers with T-Armonds.

    For a while, I had a set of Gretsch FIlter-trons in it, and they too were a nice improvement over the Armstrong humbuckers. A bit brighter, with more detailed clarity.

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    My only non solid! Modded Cabronita.

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