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

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

  1. bftfender

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    Wish I could say that Danny is purty, but I can't! It's GORGEOUS!
     
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    I've always loved them, this 355 style build is my one and only.... but maybe someday I will add a few more hollow/semi hollows hopefully, seeing all these others posted has me drooling over them
     
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    Thank you. I really love this guitar - it's entirely hollow aside from a small block to support the bridge, which sits directly below the bridge. And the build quality/materials are top notch. This model is around the $1500 price point, but I've played D'Angelicos at the $800 price point which are wonderful guitars!

    Great airy tones, and with a 15" bout, just a little smaller than a ES-335 (16" bout), and hollow vs. center block.

    In size, the D'Angelico EX-SS slots right between an ES-335 and an ES-339.
     
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    vgallagher... I'm a huge fan of the ES-339, as the 13.75" lower bout is a nice, comfortable body size - right between the compact ES-Les Paul (which I love) and the (somewhat, for me) large ES-335.

    The ES-339 is not too big, not too small. Really nice size! Goldilocks would approve. :lol:
     
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    The only guitar I've liked in sunburst. I normally hate sunburst but on a Gibson 339 it just seems to work.
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    I really like mine. The weight factor between my Sheraton and the SS seems almost 1.5:1.
    If you like your tone clear, add a piezo pickup bridge and a volume control such as a Fishman Powerchip. I had the Powerchip installed where the bridge tone knob was, so now I have a volume control for each pickup, a volume control for the piezo bridge, and a universal tone for the magnetic pickups. Adding just a little bit of the piezo puts a beautiful sheen into the sound. In addition, I am able to use a TRS jack on my output cable and a Y cord with the piezo/acoustic sound routed to the PA or an acoustic amp. This setup makes my Epi or Danny sound absolutely huge- tight round bottom from the mini hums and an acoustic sheen and air from the piezo.
     
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    Mario Martin is building me a Thinline T right now to replace one Kirn I sold. It was the finest middle position sound I’d ever heard in a Tele, maybe in any guitar. Humbucker in the neck and traditional Tele bridge pickup. Of course the pickup combination had a lot to do with it but I’m convinced the semi-hollow construction played a role too. Mahogany body, maple top and maple neck. Interesting combination but sounded great. Of course this one ain’t bad either. upload_2020-1-4_23-4-50.jpeg
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    I am loving my Eastman T59/v with Antiquities. Better than all of the 335s I played before I ended up with this one.
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    Looks like there's some I35 in that case!
     
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    I see you've got a T-Rose. Great guitar here's mine.

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    20191006_004141.jpg 601e7406592a4d16d1af1c54e7f13eba(2).jpg I too migrated to hollowed out guitars. First a thinline. That didn't do a thing. Then a dot studio. Gave me a taste of the sustain but needed fairly extreme volumes. Then tried a big hollow body jazz box. Prob was at gig vol with gain it was hard to control. And the big body just felt too big to manage on stage. Finally I found a nice deal on a pretty fully hollow casino coupe and it hit the goldilocks zone for me, juuust right. Light, resonant, note hang time, controlability and very comfortable size.


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    Nice Beachbum... as usual, our tastes in guitars are quite aligned!
     
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    I went through a phase with semi hollows for a year or more. I was so taken with their versatility that I thought I was actually moving away from stats and teles - I think there was even a few months there when I didn’t own a single Fender. But then I realized I really have no taste for humbuckers. And as much as I love P90s, when I have them in a guitar hanging next to a strat or tele, they don’t get played. So now those are all gone. All I have is a strat and tele and the tele is in danger - I’m back to my age old habit of playing the strat 95% of the time or more. The only role the tele plays is to to occasionally get played and remind me how much I love strats, and that’s with a tele I really like and had fully bonded with. I may just be a one electric guy, and there’s no question of what that one electric would be.

    Don, your collection never fails to impress me - your gear always looks impeccable and it’s all really NICE stuff! But it frankly makes my head hurt. If I was surrounded by all that, I don’t think I’d ever get around to playing music - I’d be too busy just playing guitars all the time... But if you can manage it all and it enhances your playing, more power to you! I think it would distract me and detract from what I’m actually trying to do with my guitar(s)... But I know I’m an exception around here.

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    Maybe it's my age showing, but I'm with you on the "big bodied" guitars. Mine are both true hollow bodies, but when set up properly, they can play as well as any solid body, and you can get tones from them that are impossible to get with a solid body. I had a D 'Angelico EXL-1, (I wish I still had it), and recently got a Gretsch G2420 Streamliner. I did have to invest some money to get the Gretsch to play well, but now it's (the Gretsch), my favorite, and most versatile guitar. It's the most inexpensive guitar I own, (that's including the expensive fret level/dressing/crowning job, @$250) and at least right now, I have really bonded with it!
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    I have a very intense love affair with fully acoustic archtops with DeArmond pickups. They are very different beasts.

    But recently I scratched the itch for a thinline hollow. I had tried semis, bout found the feel and sustain too close to that of a solidbody. Plus I tried humbuckers and P90s and this confirmed that I am a single coil maniac. So I just got me a Casino - Xmas gift!

    I love it. The attack and sustain are totally different from strat, tele, and my Archies. So far I played it clean only and it's a blues and bop machine. But I'm sure it can rock too!
     
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    I've been using a Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III almost exclusively for the last year. It's sweet.
     
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    First the Fenders and now this. It seems we're simpatico.:)
     
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    HEY FOLKS!

    Some really, really beautiful guitars pictured here!!!

    VERY NICE!!!

    Thanks!
     
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    One of mine is this Epiphone Sheraton. It's a 2012 but it was made in Korea even though they had already started making them in China a couple years earlier so I was happy to pick this up at the time.

    I've added a maestro tremolo, DeArmond gold tone pickups, some new tuners, and the bridge with nylon saddles.

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