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

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

  1. Bristlehound

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    A Tokai Legacy 335 has just followed me home. When I've stopped playing it for more than a few minutes I'll say more about it. Here's a quick picture... IMG_20200115_155322.jpg
     
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  3. Sotakoira Musti

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    Semi-hollows. Just gotta love ’em.

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    Wow... so many awesome guitars, you folks have! What a wonderland of instruments wandering through this thread.
     
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  5. DHart

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    Couple of things... you can replace those humbuckers that you're not crazy about with TV Jones pickups that sound SO much nicer!

    And, I second your appreciation for the D'Angelicos. My 15" full hollow (aside from a small bridge block) Excel EX-SS is an awesome instrument. And I see that D'Angelico is now introducing an Excel "Mini" and a Premier "Mini" - semi hollows, with 14" bouts (14" x 1.75" deep) - just a hair wider and deeper than an ES-339 (13.75" x 1.6" deep). And two inches narrower than an ES-335 (16").

    https://dangelicoguitars.com/guitars/excel-series/

    The Champagne Premier Mini looks pretty cool.
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    @nojazzhere I get it, and hope that you are continuing to enjoy your non- solid! ;)

    It was a tough road since I wanted to like thinlines, or big ES-335 guitars.

    Demo’d some beauties, too! Finally, landed on the smaller Ibanez AM body. The AM-83 sparkle finish is not for some of you! It’s my first, and only semi (or hollow), and a great fit for me.
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    Nice+thanks! It’s one heck of a rhythm machine! I did a sort of lennonizing to my 325 (Please Please Me era), missing sanding the fretboard, disconnecting the middle pickup and wrong colour toggle bat. Doing solos with it is interesting at least!

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    That is one seriously gorgeous guitar
     
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    This just in, a seldom seen on these shores 1994 Patrick Eggle New York Broadway (and in fantastic shape, no less).

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    And, speaking of the above, I've got this incoming...

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    This one is arriving tomorrow.... it's a 'Grote'....whatever the hell that is, but for well under 200 bucks, who cares?
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    Little project I've been working on this week. Creating a new wiring harness (converting from metric to USA-size electronics, CTS pots, Switchcraft toggle & output jack, etc.) in preparation for converting my Epi ES-339 over to Cavalier "Phoenix" Firebird pickups.

    I've come to much prefer Firebirds to humbuckers, for their clean, bright, crisp tone, and I really love how well this ES-339 guitar plays and looks. (I actually like it even better than my Gibson ES-339 :eek: ).

    I found the guitar on Reverb, it's several years old, but looks like it's new-old-stock. Offered $339 for it and seller accepted. I like the slightly older models for the rosewood fretboards they used before the switch to Pau Ferro.

    Last to arrive were the custom pickup rings that I had made and it all came together tonight.

    The Firebird pickups really take the ES-339 to new heights in clarity, detail and tonal performance. It amazes me that they aren't used more commonly. They're like a blend of Fender single coil clarity and sparkle with Gibson/humbucker richness and lack of hum.

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    Ibanez JSM10. Purchased 2 years ago. Great bang for the buck.
     

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    It's a Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe project.
    Got the bare body off eBay, used some P90s & a harness I had on hand and found a neck & pickguard for it online.

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