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hollow body - help me decide...
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tomerbe
what semi/hollow body best complements my eurorack setup? :-)

vox hdc77


gretsch chet atkins


or reverend pete anderson?
plord
Out of the ones you list, the Reverend probably. But in a perfect world, a Kevin Chubbock Hollowbody! Ok, maybe out of your price range. But holy jesus they are sweet:



More info: http://www.chubbuckguitars.com/Hollowbody.html
AntManBee
I'd suggest a mid-to-late 1960s Guild Starfire IV or II - they're still relatively cheap and are very nice guitars.
MrBiggs
tomerbe wrote:
what semi/hollow body best complements my eurorack setup? :-)


I don't know if you're kidding about the complementing the synth. If so, whatcha mean? If not, what's your criteria in looking for a hollowbody guitar, and what limited it to these three?
Muff Wiggler
I wholeheartedly second the Guild Starfire suggestion!

Wonderful guitars and a real bargain comparatively
tomerbe
MrBiggs wrote:
tomerbe wrote:
what semi/hollow body best complements my eurorack setup? :-)


I don't know if you're kidding about the complementing the synth. If so, whatcha mean? If not, what's your criteria in looking for a hollowbody guitar, and what limited it to these three?


not totally joking - i will be processing the guitar sound a bit, and love to get joe meekish echo/filtered guitar sounds (think of the solo in telstar). i thought a p90 hollow might get me closest, but the vox semi might give more options.

i would love a guild starfire - but my wife is very allergic to mold - used guitars are not an option... family first.
Danotranto
Cant really go wrong with a Gretsch. I had a g5120 with tv jones in it and I REALLY miss that one.
Howie_Doodat
Guild Starfires are incredible, but the new Vox's are modern classics, and i can't say the same for any other recent guitar.
sascha.victoria
I'm not totally familiar with the price of the guitars you listed but I think you might be able to get a 1982 - 1986ish Gibson ES335 Dot reissue. 1982 was the first year they reissued the Dot 335 and they did an excellent job. Similar to Fender the 80s reissue guitars are excellent guitars. Much better then anything made from the late 60s through the 70s by either company.
antimatter
AntManBee wrote:
I'd suggest a mid-to-late 1960s Guild Starfire IV or II - they're still relatively cheap and are very nice guitars.



yes, Guild , !!! underground still.
tomerbe
if guild was still making the starfire i'd be all over that, but i have to stick to new guitars...

played a whole bunch of gibsons ESs last night - they were ok, but awfully generic sounding.

played a couple gretsches - much nicer - maybe a little on the heavy side.

played an epiphone casino - sound was great - construction was cheap.

gotta drive 2 hours to try the vox... ugh.
visible cow
The Reverend looks good to me. It's not cheap but if it's anything like the value of my Gil Parris model you'll be getting a lot for your money.

I currently use a 1966 ES 330 for hollow body duties but I think they probably cost a ton now. Best guitar ever though!
tomerbe
thanks for the suggestions - nice to hear that people like the reverend and voxes. i was reluctant to drive up to LA to check em out, but now i think the trip will be well worth it.
emergencyofstate
I will say I am extremely fond of my Gretsch Chet Atkins. FWIW I haven't broken a string on the thing since I got it. It's amazing to me. I used to have to change strings EVERY show when I was using a Gibson SG as my main. It's also a bad-ass feedback machine when close to an amp (although that should be true for any hollow body)
loydb
Chet Atkins++

edit: by the way, how much *is* that Chubbuck hollowbody? That's freaking beautiful.
sascha.victoria
For what it's worth current Gretsch guitars are much better built then their vintage counter parts.

Out of curiosity, why must you get a new guitar?
plord
loydb wrote:
edit: by the way, how much *is* that Chubbuck hollowbody? That's freaking beautiful.


It depends on the woods, body thickness, and some other user-specified options, but probably somewhere between twice as much as the Vox and twice as much as the Gretsch smile Plenty more pictures on his site.
JonathanG
I'd probably go for the Gretsch or the Reverend. That Vox looks too goofy to me for some reason. As for a semi-hollow, I recommend the Yamaha SA2200 over any Gibson any day. Also would recommend the Guild Starfire that everyone has been talking about.
sunnyb
my bandmate has a vintage hagstrom and almost bought a vintage guild but someone else got to it first. both are seriously great and about $1000 .
construct09
ES 295
Diamat
Howie_Doodat wrote:
Guild Starfires are incredible, but the new Vox's are modern classics, and i can't say the same for any other recent guitar.

guild archtops and in my opinion one of the best archtop guitars for their prices.
shreddoggie
without knowing your guitar experience or taste its kindof a collection of peoples personal taste which may or may not apply to you...

Mine: I have played and owned tons of hollow bodies - I always prefer Gibsons. I really appreciate the practical consideration that, if I decide to sell it or don't like it or need some cash, the Gibson has always been an easier sale - THE name on the headstock. For some this matters, for others not so much. - this of course with the caveat that it must sound good in the first place - Gibsons are pretty reliable in this sense.

Playability is really important. Thickness and size as well as bridge height make a huge difference in how you relate to the strings - mostly with regard to the right hand. A 335 is a big thin medium bridge height feel, a 175 is a medium sized thick high bridge feel. This can make the difference between "I wail" and "I suck" especially relative to what guitars you are currently playing and/or learned on. Most of the guitars mentioned are closer to 175 style and in my opinion much harder to play than something really user friendly like a start - scale length notwithstanding.

Tone (imho) also varies much more than with solids. Center wood i.e. 345 or fully hollow? The box creates a circular relationship between the guitar and the amp. Highly desirable feature of a hollow guitar IF you can control it relative to your musical style.

I like the 175s - the way they feedback is sublime - very controllable. I have 2 ancient ones - 1 with p90s the other with PAFs --- for sound think Charlie Christian and Steve Howe. Kindof a bitch to play, compared to a dream like a Les Paul (except for the weight). The guitars you mentioned have a little more of an edgy retro sound as opposed to the percussive single coil extreme or the spongy humbucker extreme - to my ears a unique sound suited to specific styles. I personally would recommend a 335 to anyone looking for a semi unless they were looking for a very specific sound, or were an amazing player, or had some fetish for a specific retro bigsby sparkle thing.

Just my personal opinon - hope it helps.
yipe
A bit below the price range you were talking about, but Carvin makes some gorgeous semihollowbodies that I've been eyeing.

Won't pick one up anytime soon until I get this modular thing up and running.

EDIT: Forgot the link
Tronman
I've got one of these: http://www.rondomusic.com/as10002ts.html

It's a Korean knockoff of a Gibson 335 at 1/5 the price and of at least equal quality; in fact, it's better in quality and sound than my old 335. But this is the one I would really like:

http://www.rondomusic.com/coolcatprestvintstoptail.html
allblackpyramids
I love the gretsch in the photo . My go to guitar for insane feedback . goes 0 to 60 in seconds flat . Then gets way out of control and takes you on a roller coaster ride . Not my got to for anything . A les paul for thick chords and rhythm and single coil fenders , tele/jazzmaster for leads and melodies but they will never honk and squall like a gretsch.
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