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Old 10-19-2014, 10:57 PM   #1
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Physically large guitars

What are some decent examples of guitars that are literally large in size? For instance the Fender Starcaster. What are the advantages of these large semi hollows? Just looking for some basic education.
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http://www2.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/solidbody-or-hollowbody-guitar-0829-2012.aspx
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The Schecter UltraCure is Robert Smith's version of their Ultra body shape.
Being a tall guy, he traced and magnified a body, making it substantially larger than normal.
Another example of this method would be Buckethead's Gibson Les Paul.

I'd say this increase in size increases sustain, and personally I like the way larger guitars feel against me when sitting down. A logical downside would be added weight, unless the body would be chambered or weight-reliefed.
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Large semihollow and hollowbody guitars like the Gretsch White Falcon and Reverend Manta Ray/Tricky Gomez probably resonate and project better acoustically than their smaller bodied cousins. Whether that translates through the pickups & amp into a richer sound is a matter of some debate.

Large solidbodies like the DBZ Imperial, Dean Zelinsky Private Label Zenyatta and Fret-King Ventura probably have better sustain, due to increased mass.
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Gibson es137, like a big les paul! Very versatile you can play anything from jazz to metal. Also has a center block which stops unwanted feedback.
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Gibson ES, Explorer, Flying V, most BC Rich's, don't know the upsides, except you can probably use a BC rich in a zombie apocalypse as a weapon
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I don't Consider 335's or Sheraton's to be big guitars... I mean they're wide but they're relatively thin.

My Godin 5th Is a pretty big guitar ( atleast and inch wider then my Sheraton and 2˝ inches deep) And the Depth and general helps with the Acoustic projection.

on a solid body I guess it could be for sustain or just general look.
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Es-175


I want one, but can't justify buying one right now be cause I play music that would not fit the hollow body.
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Es-175


I want one, but can't justify buying one right now be cause I play music that would not fit the hollow body.


There's quite a few bands I can think of that play on the heavier side that use semi-hollows, not too many that do full-hollow though. I personally love the sound of a distorted semi-hollow for big riff rock, it doesn't do as well for the diddlies and the noodly leads that are popular in metal, but man do chords sound huge. Feedback is a bitch of course.

As I have said before TS, why do guitarists do anything? The TOANZ!
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Extra size isn't going to increase sustain. Maximum sustain would theoretically come from a string anchored to infinitely small points in a vacuum.
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Extra size isn't going to increase sustain. Maximum sustain would theoretically come from a string anchored to infinitely small points in a vacuum.



You can get some pretty long notes out of those hollows and semi-hollow with all that feedback though!
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The best sustain I've ever heard came from one of those little carbon fibre cricket bat Steinbergers. Talking natural sustain here, not Gary Moore/Santana style feedback driven sustain.
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I'm sure, Steinbergers are the shit, and they are a company that actually innovates. I imagine they'd be the ones to make a guitar with awesome sustain with nothing to it just to screw with guitar players at large
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