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

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

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    Pro audio star, a seller with very polarized ratings, has a great deal on D'Angelico Deluxe SS right now. The top of the import line, these are normally $1999--no joke. Now the red is $699. Quite a buy for someone in the market. The DC model (with no f-holes) is $799 in black.

    EDIT--Looks like it extends to the entire Deluxe series. Just search 'D'Angelico' on Pro Audio Star, who must have gotten the lot of the them to blow out.


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    A couch shot of some of my Epiphone semi-hollowbodies:
    Epiphone Casino Coupe, Dot Royale, WildKat & BluesHawk.
    (not shown Es-339 Pro)

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    Hi Ray... I know that you know that I sure don't intend to make your head hurt! :)

    Yes, I seem to be managing the variety just fine. Obviously, it's a passion for me. It took a lot of time and effort (done over quite a period of years) to get all the guitars to this point of fine tuning, but at present, they are all set-up and sounding glorious to my ears. (I have done quite a bit of pickup swapping and wiring harness tweaking.)

    I totally understand your view toward humbuckers, which is why nearly all of my semi-hollow and hollow-body electrics now have Gretsch-style single coil/TV Jones, and FIlter-tron type pickups in them. Of 24 or 25 guitars, just three have traditional PAF-style humbuckers in them and two of those three have the split-coil feature, which brings wonderful single-coil tones. So, having semi-hollow and hollow body electrics does not require having humbuckers. ;)

    I don't think the variety distracts me from my music at all. But if it does, I'm happy anyway. Quite the opposite, I think - I get new inspiration everyday by playing different guitars. I do cycle through at least two or three of them every day. Some of them may go a week or weeks between being played. Some I just play for a few minutes, am reminded of how I love it, then grab a different one. At this point, I don't have any that I'd be happy giving up. :lol: I really enjoy the variety.

    Life is good and I'm creating new musical ideas everyday, which seems to be the sweet zone for me. I also thrive on learning new and unusual chords - I love the sound of complex chords and chord changes. New and different tunings are helping me with that, as well.
     
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    It doesn't make my head hurt that YOU have all these beautiful guitars. It would make it hurt a LOT if I owned them though. I'm glad you have them and even more glad you enjoy having and playing all of them. We're all built differently. Even having two electrics and two acoustics, I feel I sometimes get too hung up thinking about guitars and not enough time thinking about playing. At the moment one of my electrics is in the shop and one of my acoustics is in it's case because it's insanely humid down here at the beach, so I just have one of each within sight (and immediate reach) and my head is rested. I just decide whether I want to play acoustic or electric and then do it.

    For you the equation is obviously different and more power to you... Enjoy!

    -Ray
     
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    I was thinking about ordering one of their thinline tele bodies - but with p90 routes. Curious what you would have done differently?
     
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    I learned to play on a Hofner Senator, from the early 60s. I'd love a Casino but I've yet to find one without a toothpick neck (especially at the nut).

    I like this one.....
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    My hollowness, is filled by a Vintage Modified 72 Thinline Telecaster, natural ash.

    It plays wonderfully, and sounds airy and is delightfully, light.

    Tele twang and lots to be gained.

    YMMV
     
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    Check the new MIC standards. The neck is not “Baja big", but not a toothpick either and I’ve read somewhere that they have grown bigger over time. I’d compare that to the 60s C Fender used on the Baja60s, Classic 60s and old AVRI 62 strats.
     
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    Thanks. I will have to seek out some new Casinos. Most of the ones I've played have been Korean examples, from the early 2000s. :)
     
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    A few little errors on my part that I wouldn't make again, eg., installing tuners the right way the first time (PRE-DRILL EVERYTHING), getting a separate wire to ground the bridge rather than trimming off some of the bridge pickup lead for that application, may opt for a soft-V neck profile next time, filter'tron routes to better match the pickguard curve and to get some separation between the pickup and the front edge of the bridge plate.
     
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    IMG_1888.jpg My only hollowbody... I picked this up probably four years ago in a trade. It has some blemishes in the finish but all in all is a solid guitar, it had a little grounding issue which I worked on before Christmas.
    So fast forward to last Sunday and I am back on guitar on the Worship Band. Typically I have played a P90 custom, a strat or a tele, but we were doing this song that had a very rhythmic part that none of the afore mentioned guitars really worked. So I grabbed the old Jazz Box (which is what I called it since I got it to practice my finger picking) and played through that song. The tone fit so I went to the next song which has a really big lead line, and it fit as well. So I went to the next song and it worked too, so a decision was made.

    So this last Sunday it got it's maiden voyage and it sounded great. I had a lot of people tell me that it sounded really good and seemed to cut through the mix against the acoustic and the Schecter the other guitarist was playing.
     
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    Now for something moderately different,

    Yamaha AES 620HB (2005)
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    A couch pic to show relative size:
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    I think of the Yammie as a sort of half-hollow body, but it is a favorite guitar.
    I bought it without pickups.
    I currently have a Dream 90 (n) and Mean 90 (b) installed. Its a very nice combination. I was looking for a little brighter neck pickup to go with a bridge P90.
    weight is 7.4 lbs.
    Thick maple cap over mahogany body.
    Neck .87" to .98" I like the profile and size.
    I change the nut to a pre-slotted Tusq. This fixed a problems that others have noted about this model. The stock string spacing is quite narrow on a standard width neck. The Tusq nut fixed this and was a drop in replacement.
    Not sure what this guitar sold for in 2005, but they were crazy to discontinue it.
    Highly recommended. I love Yamaha quality.

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    That Yamaha is pretty cool! Never seen anything like that.
     
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    In a moment of weakness (I need to stay the heck away from Reverb) I struck a deal for this. Dealer was asking $395. I offered $339 and he took it. (It's an ES-339.)

    It's on the way as I write this. A pair of TV Jones Classics (TVJ's version of Filter'trons) waits in the wings!

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    Been showin' this big ol' gal some love lately...

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    My first guitar is my avatar guitar. Hollow body ES330 style with a Firebird neck and A5 Fat Minibucker bridge is awesome. Love the tones I get from it.

    I've been gasing for a Casino Coupe or Wildcat lately. Also a ES175 type. But I have about 20 guitars now including some unfinished projects, running out of space.
     
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    I know I’ve said this before after looking at this picture
    But dang I’d love to have a byrdland
     
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    I have not seen any Ibanez semi-hollow love here. My only semi-hollow now. Great playing, great sounding after pickup change and for very little money. Maybe one day I will graduate with the big dogs and afford something else, but for now I am delighted. 2CB76145-3090-444B-A7B4-1691EB111F99.jpeg
     
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