#1
Are chambered guitars worth looking into? Ive played plenty semi acoustics, and obviously the feedback is an issue, but would the guitar still feedback if it were chambered?

How does the tone differ, say from a les paul normal and a chambered.
#2
id say it wouldnt because the sound isnt coming from the hole like an acoustic would, rather, its staying inside and creating more harmonics and sustain.
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#3
Epiphone chamber all of their les pauls, there have been afew les pauls why have less than others but every single one has been.

Its the same with gibson apart from their traditional. Otherwise every les paul would weigh a tonn. Im sure PRS do it to their guitars too
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#4
Chambered Les Pauls are definitely worth it.
The sound is warmer plus the guitar is better balanced and more comfortable to play standing up.
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#5
If it's something as heavy as an old Peavey T-series without chambers, then yes, chambering definitely helps. If it's as light as a Squier Strat without chambers, I don't think they'll help much.
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#6
Epiphone makes pretty crappy guitars. The only exceptions being the John Lennon Casino and the old USA ones from the 60s and earlier.

I have a bunch of Gibson Les Pauls because I have a job and a college education. The chambered ones sound good, but IMHO they sound more like an SG then a LP.

Oh, and I got my first Gibson Les Paul when I was 12. Why buy junk? I still have that Les Paul, Gibsons are a great investment.
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Epiphone chamber all of their les pauls, there have been afew les pauls why have less than others but every single one has been.
Completely wrong. There are only three Epiphone models that have been chambered: the Ultra, the Ultra-II and the Joe Perry signature. There was also the short-lived Epiphone LP ES which was semi-hollow complete with f-holes. All other Epiphones are, and have always been, solid.



Anyway, as far as whether chambering is good or not: it completely depends on the wood used. If the wood is crapper, chambering helps improve sustain and response. If the wood is higher grade, chambering will only hurt sustain and response.
Tonally of course it always thickens up the sound, but that's a purely personal preference.
Weight is the same deal as sustain and response, if it's cheap wood then chambering it will lessen the weight but if it's higher grade wood, that shoudl be naturally lighter anyway and so there shouldn't be a need to chambered the guitar then unless you're a feeble 8 year old girl. Are you a feeble 8 year old girl?

In terms of feedback, you won't have any problems with the typical chambered guitar. semi-hollows and full hollow body guitars can of course suffer from feedback, but just covering up the f-holes will minimise that (which incidentally is why B.B. King has his guitars made with f-holes, but still hollow inside).



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Epiphone makes pretty crappy guitars. The only exceptions being the John Lennon Casino and the old USA ones from the 60s and earlier.

I have a bunch of Gibson Les Pauls because I have a job and a college education. The chambered ones sound good, but IMHO they sound more like an SG then a LP.

Oh, and I got my first Gibson Les Paul when I was 12. Why buy junk? I still have that Les Paul, Gibsons are a great investment.
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Well, it is the truth. I do own a bunch of Gibsons and the chambered Les Pauls sound good, but they sound more like an SG then a LP. Sorry if you can't handle the truth.

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#9
If you're playing the brutal deathmeteal that seems popular around here, you'd probably want a non-chambered, pretty dead piece of wood. If you're doing mid-gain stuff or lower, you should be fine with anything you choose, but I personally prefer more complex sound. That doesn't necessarily mean chambered, just a nice unplugged sound. That's not the best way to describe it, but oh well.

A chambered guitar should be lighter, but it varies from guitar to guitar since the wood isn't consistent. mrflibble covered some of it, not the most eloquent post ( ) , but all the info's there.
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Quote by carl drew
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Well, it is the truth. I do own a bunch of Gibsons and the chambered Les Pauls sound good, but they sound more like an SG then a LP. Sorry if you can't handle the truth.

Save your milk money or get a job. Don't waste your money on crap.

There isn't that much of a tonal difference between them; the SG is a bit brighter, but that wouldn't work with the chambering thickening up the tone (I didn't notice it THAT much to be honest, but hey, I'm use a fair bit of treble and unboosted mids, if that's the word for it cause it isn't exactly scooped, when I'm using humbuckers).

To be honest, I'm for the chambering, because it takes the weight down to being around a Strat, but to me, it keeps the sustain and the tone. It doesn't really sound like a semi hollow, in my opinion. (and to all the people saying that it kills sustain, look at ES335s). People said that LPs were too heavy, they got what they wanted, but now they don't like it. What Gibson should do is have another couple of models which aren't chambered, but keep the ones that are.
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^ I own both and have played them for years. Also have 4 Gibson SGs. The chambered Standard that I have is more along the lines of an SG - a lot more midrange.

Great sounding guitar - doesn't sound much like a LP.

Which have you actually owned at the same time or are you one of those types who only played a couple in a shop?
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Quote by carl drew
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Well, it is the truth. I do own a bunch of Gibsons and the chambered Les Pauls sound good, but they sound more like an SG then a LP. Sorry if you can't handle the truth.
You're talking to the person on these forums who's had more LPs pass through his hands than anyone else. Chambered LPs most certainly do not sound like SGs in any way, shape or form.

That's also not even the issue, the issue is you're being an obnoxious little turd...

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Like that.

Click my profile, scroll to my gear, you'll notice I've got the words 'Gibson', 'Custom' and 'Shop' in there.

Stop assuming that you're some kind of all-knowing guitar guru and that everyone else must surely be a 12 year old with no money, an Epi LP-100 and a Frontman amp. Some - many, in fact - of us do have extensive experience with guitars of all forms, including Les Pauls, and that's not even the main point here. Stop being a presumptuous, obnoxious, arrogant turd. If you have an opinion on something, then great. However, you do not express your opinion as if it's some kind of flawlessly proven fact just because you said it, nor do you express your opinion as if nobody else could possibly have a different idea or take on the subject. Do not start assuming other users are in any way below you and for the love of that all that is holy, stop being a jerk.
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You're talking to the person on these forums who's had more LPs pass through his hands than anyone else. Chambered LPs most certainly do not sound like SGs in any way, shape or form.

That's also not even the issue, the issue is you're being an obnoxious little turd...

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Like that.

Click my profile, scroll to my gear, you'll notice I've got the words 'Gibson', 'Custom' and 'Shop' in there.

Stop assuming that you're some kind of all-knowing guitar guru and that everyone else must surely be a 12 year old with no money, an Epi LP-100 and a Frontman amp. Some - many, in fact - of us do have extensive experience with guitars of all forms, including Les Pauls, and that's not even the main point here. Stop being a presumptuous, obnoxious, arrogant turd. If you have an opinion on something, then great. However, you do not express your opinion as if it's some kind of flawlessly proven fact just because you said it, nor do you express your opinion as if nobody else could possibly have a different idea or take on the subject. Do not start assuming other users are in any way below you and for the love of that all that is holy, stop being a jerk.

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Quote by MrFlibble
You're talking to the person on these forums who's had more LPs pass through his hands than anyone else. Chambered LPs most certainly do not sound like SGs in any way, shape or form.

That's also not even the issue, the issue is you're being an obnoxious little turd...

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Like that.

Click my profile, scroll to my gear, you'll notice I've got the words 'Gibson', 'Custom' and 'Shop' in there.

Stop assuming that you're some kind of all-knowing guitar guru and that everyone else must surely be a 12 year old with no money, an Epi LP-100 and a Frontman amp. Some - many, in fact - of us do have extensive experience with guitars of all forms, including Les Pauls, and that's not even the main point here. Stop being a presumptuous, obnoxious, arrogant turd. If you have an opinion on something, then great. However, you do not express your opinion as if it's some kind of flawlessly proven fact just because you said it, nor do you express your opinion as if nobody else could possibly have a different idea or take on the subject. Do not start assuming other users are in any way below you and for the love of that all that is holy, stop being a jerk.

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Anyways, I tried some chambered Les Pauls before settling on my weight relieved....they sounded good.....different but good. I liked the weight relieved LP more though. Like anything, just try it for yourself no matter what you are looking for and you can't go wrong.
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