#1
Hey everyone,

Lately I've been thinking a lot about saving up for a semi-hollow, because they're gorgeous guitars and I like the tone of a lot of them (well as far as I've had the chance to hear them in real life)
Now, my question is this: does a semi-hollow sound off loud enough to use it acoustically? I was wondering because I jam with a lot of my friends in parks and such (perfect way to spend the summer if you ask me) and if I had a semi-hollow I'd love to bring it along.

Oh, and yes I used the search bar and looked around youtube but I couldn't really find anything worthwile..
#3
it depends what semi-hollowbody you are talking about. some semi-hollowbody guitars are bigger than dreadnought style acoustics, others (like the thinline telecaster) are even smaller than the average solid body.
#4
if i were u i would go down to your local guitar shop (or the nearest big one) and try a few out
#5
Hm yea I probably should've added an example;

One of the guitars that I'm curious about and is in my price range at the moment is the epiphone dot, but I can't find one anywhere near me to try out... so does anyone have any experience with them and playing them unplugged?
#6
Quote by MrKoks
Hm yea I probably should've added an example;

One of the guitars that I'm curious about and is in my price range at the moment is the epiphone dot, but I can't find one anywhere near me to try out... so does anyone have any experience with them and playing them unplugged?


i have one. acoustically, it's louder than a solid body, but MUCH quiter than a full acoustic. it wouldn't be loud enough to jam with other people
#7
Ah ok... thanks for the replies everyone

Guess I'll keep using my stagg (I know, I know.. but I quite like it myself) for the outdoor jammin'
#8
If you're talking about a bigger-bodied semi-hollow or hollowbody, like an Epi Broadway, Gretsch White Falcon or a Gibson ES-175, then yes, those will be loud enough acoustically.

If you're talking about something like a Fender Thinline Telecaster or a PRS semi-hollow Custom or the old Epiphone Les Paul ES, then no, those won't really be loud enough. They're louder than a solid or chambered electric, but their bodies simply aren't big enough to produce the same volume that a full classic hollowbody or an electro-acoustic will.

I've actually used an Epiphone Dot (generic Casino/ES-335 style semi-hollowbody) as a 'travel' guitar, and it was just loud enough acoustically to use in a hotel room by myself without disturbing anyone else. It wouldn't have kept up with an electrco-acoustic though, let alone a full acoustic.
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#9
I think I'm going to have to keep rethinking my choice of guitar... man budgets suck though :/

But seeing how playing it unplugged was a big part of my leaning towards a semi-hollow, I might yet reconsider the whole plan.. but man they are some sexy guitars.
#10
Are you also considering full-hollow body guitars? Most semi-hollows are much quieter than full hollow bodies. They'll probably be able to keep up with acoustic guitars quite well.
#11
Hm yes that might be a good idea... except I haven't really found any .. well, low-budget hollow-bodies so far. But I'll go see some time this week if the shops around here have any new additions.

Really is too bad because the epiphone dot was looking like a sweet deal.
#12
Quote by MrKoks
Hm yes that might be a good idea... except I haven't really found any .. well, low-budget hollow-bodies so far. But I'll go see some time this week if the shops around here have any new additions.

Really is too bad because the epiphone dot was looking like a sweet deal.

http://www.rondomusic.com/wno630na.html

Full hollow body
#14
Quote by MrFlibble
If you're talking about a bigger-bodied semi-hollow or hollowbody, like an Epi Broadway, Gretsch White Falcon or a Gibson ES-175, then yes, those will be loud enough acoustically.

If you're talking about something like a Fender Thinline Telecaster or a PRS semi-hollow Custom or the old Epiphone Les Paul ES, then no, those won't really be loud enough. They're louder than a solid or chambered electric, but their bodies simply aren't big enough to produce the same volume that a full classic hollowbody or an electro-acoustic will.

I've actually used an Epiphone Dot (generic Casino/ES-335 style semi-hollowbody) as a 'travel' guitar, and it was just loud enough acoustically to use in a hotel room by myself without disturbing anyone else. It wouldn't have kept up with an electrco-acoustic though, let alone a full acoustic.


+1.

This is right on.

My grandfather has a Gibson ES-137 and Gibson ES-335. I've played both of them and the ES-137 is considerably louder than the Gibson ES-335 when they're played acoustically.
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#15
I have a Gretsch 5129, which is a full size hollowbody. At home it sounds really loud, but when I tried to play with acoustics, I was drowned out. Big time. A hollowbody will NOT hang with an acoustic volume-wise.
#16
Yea I looked some up on the internet as well but the problem is, I live in the Netherlands so P&P is through the roof, but that's not the only problem; I'd really like to try a guitar out in person before I actually part with my hard-earned cash... especially since my budget isn't that big and I've heard low-budget guitars differ in quality immensely.. so I think sadly I'll just have to wait it out. But I am going to compile a list of guitars mentioned here which most fit me, and ask my local shops if they've got anything coming in in the near future... or I could always order it but I'd have to be really sure about wanting it.

It would be so much easier to just get an epi les paul xD

And I think the whole acoustic thing's off then, because my intention really was to jam with people playing nylon acoustics, and seeing how that's not exactly viable...