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Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar Buying Guide

September 21, 2010 by  



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Semi hollow body guitars also known as semi acoustic or semi solid guitars are essentially electric guitars which offer a best of both worlds of sorts. They were created especially for players who wanted the resonance of a hollow body while having the feedback resistance, bite of the solid body guitars. As it has a solid block of wood running through the center with hollow body “wings” on both sides. The result is what is now popularly known as the Semi-hollow body guitars.

Semi-Hollow Body Advantages

As said above, the semi-hollow body can offer the best of both the acoustic while negating on the feedback issues that are seen at higher volumes, along with the bite and sustain of a solid body. Some other of its advantages includes, has a thinner body than standard acoustic guitars, allows hollow-body like resonance and is lighter than a solid-body.

What is a Semi-hollow body ideally suited for

Guitarists along many music genres have preferred the semi-hollow body guitars for their jazzy hollow-body resonance coupled with the punchy rock and roll type music. Semi-hollow body guitars are used across:

  • Country – Roy Clark.
  • Rock – Alex Lifeson, Dave Ghrol and Chuck Berry.
  • Pop – Roy Orbison, Noel Gallagher, Carl Wilson.
  • Blues – Freddie King, B.B. King, Otis Rush.
  • Jazz – John McLaughlin, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour.
  • Soul – Travis Wammack, Dennis Coffey.

Prominent Semi-Hollow Body Guitars

  • Gibson ES-335: This was the first most successful hollow body guitar to hit the market. Many variations of this design have been inspired as a result.
  • Gibson ES-339: This is a smaller version of the Gibson ES-335.
  • Epiphone Dot: The Epiphone Dot is a low cost version of the Gibson ES-335 and offers the tone which has become a favorite with blues and rock players.
  • PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow: Has a tone which is distinctly high end in bite.
  • Gretsch Duo Jet: Includes routed chambers which offer better acoustic resonance.
  • Ibanez AS73: Has an adjustable bridge and humbucker style pickup.
  • Fender Telecaster Thinline: Has routed chambers with a solid center body. Offers excellent resonance and is also pretty light.
  • Italia (Brand): Has a big line of pretty well known Semi-hollow body guitars.

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