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Old October 21st, 2015, 10:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do I need a full hollow electric?

I am in a funny position. A friend is retiring due to health issues and selling most of his gear. A small, but very functional piece is his recently purchased Ibanez AFS75T TRD with its OHSC. He's offering me the buddy price, a ridiculous deal. As it happens, I do not currently own a full hollow archtop electric. The acquisition will necessitate selling off at least one of my current herd, probably my Dean QSE acoustic/electric. My question is really what will a full hollow electric do that my center-block guitars won't?
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Old October 21st, 2015, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IMO it depends on whether you gig or not at large volumes. Feedback can be horrendous. Hollow-bodies can be great guitars, but centre block guitars are easier to gig.
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Old October 21st, 2015, 04:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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IMO it depends on whether you gig or not at large volumes. Feedback can be horrendous. Hollow-bodies can be great guitars, but centre block guitars are easier to gig.
Mostly I play small saloons, when I gig these days, and if they get too loud, I pull out the Melody Maker.
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Old October 21st, 2015, 04:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Right now, I'm leaning toward getting it, just because if it doesn't work out, I can sell it. It's not a huge investment so we'll see. I've asked my friend to hold it until tomorrow and I'll give it a current look over, though I did a set up on it in January, this year and it was like new. (it's a 2004)
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If you play jazz the hollow body just seems to be mellower than a semi-hollow. If you just play rock/blues/country etc, stick with the semi. I do the odd outing with a jazz trio and I've thought about getting a Joe Pass or something but my ES137 fits the bill for the 3 or 4 jazz gigs I do per year. If I played a dozen or more, I'd consider a jazz box.
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Old October 21st, 2015, 07:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What will it do that a semi-hollow won't? It will HOWL!

But seriously, although I don't own one, I have in the past and they have their own charm. Wait, I do have one! I have a Gretsch 6120, I guess that counts, kinda, sorta...
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 10:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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So, after turning down the Ibanez and getting my buddy's guitars ready to sell, a long lost brother showed up for a belated birthday dinner and I was gifted with this classical A/E, with solid red cedar top and mahogany back and sides. Great playing and good sounding guitar. Trying to find my inner Kaori Muraji.
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She looks like a real keeper Bids. I bet she sounds as nice as she looks!
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 08:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow, that one does speak a different love language. I like it.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 06:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Do I need a full hollow electric?

Full Hollow body electric, if you play jazz or rockabilly absolutely need one!
And the electro classical, is that a Ramirez? I had a 4E, that was a great guitar but too expensive for how little it got played in the end as I played less and less classical.


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