#1
Hi guys,


so, I see lots of people saying that you cannot use semi hollow body guitars for rock (harder stuff), but I have seen bands like foo fighters (chris shifflet) using semi hollow bodies in heavy songs, with a nice tone.


You guys have some tips on how to use a semi hollow body with distortion and not have feedback, noise..?
Someone told me that I had to cover their holes with some kind of tape.
I dont wanna play metal, just stuff like foo fighters, new found glory...


I dont own a semi hollow body guitar, I'm posting this thread cuz I'm curious, and also for other people see and solve their questions.
Are this guitars heavy?


Thanks in advance, GuitarUser.
#3
rev horton heath uses a big box and plugs it into a stack of marshalls...

I'd get a big piece of foam and toss it inside... but honestly this will only be an issue at breakneck volume so unless you play out or with a band... don't worry about it. I have an es295 that I play distored all the time... and there's nothing quite like it!
#4
Yes you can do it. When you are getting too much feedback, just cover the holes

Or use the rag method.
#5
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very nice guitars man, never heard about mayones...

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hm.. I play big concerts like every weekend hehe

@imgooley
sorry, never heard about this rag method thing. can you tell me more about?


thanks for the answers.
#6
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rev horton heath uses a big box and plugs it into a stack of marshalls...

I'd get a big piece of foam and toss it inside... but honestly this will only be an issue at breakneck volume so unless you play out or with a band... don't worry about it. I have an es295 that I play distored all the time... and there's nothing quite like it!


cool guitar man, tell me more about it sound
#7
Quote by GuitarUser


@imgooley
sorry, never heard about this rag method thing. can you tell me more about?


thanks for the answers.

Stick a rag into the cavity. It'll stop the massive feedback most of the time.

BTW, for semi's/hollows with distortion and massive volume:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYOV8uu17t0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGWlSMFNRag&feature=related
#8
would putting a noise gate like the ISP Decimator in front of the amp get rid of the feedback? im trying to solve this issue right now as well because my T5 is a semi-hollow. I play pretty loud and practice and gigs. Its not metal, we play sort of Goo Goo Dolls kinda stuff, but I do crank the gain on my Maz and have the master about 3/4 of the way up.
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#11
Two great examples. Alvin Lee (Ten Tears After) played a 335 through a Marshall twin stack in the Marquee when he had the blues residency there. Loud as anyone and no house PA in those days. Steve Howe (Yes) played a Barney Kessel jazz guitar (4" thick body) a lot at huge concerts and festivals. They were never a quiet band.
I'm not a fan of stuffing a hollow to deaden feedback. Better to do some clever EQ work and leave the guitar to do its thing naturally.
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Two great examples. Alvin Lee (Ten Tears After) played a 335 through a Marshall twin stack in the Marquee when he had the blues residency there. Loud as anyone and no house PA in those days. Steve Howe (Yes) played a Barney Kessel jazz guitar (4" thick body) a lot at huge concerts and festivals. They were never a quiet band.
I'm not a fan of stuffing a hollow to deaden feedback. Better to do some clever EQ work and leave the guitar to do its thing naturally.


I'm used to solve feedback problems on mics with EQ. I do a pretty good job.
With a 7 band EQ will I be able to solve this feedbacks on semi hollow body?
Do they only give feedback or do they give any kind of hiss/hum?
Are this guitars heavy?


Thanks!
#13
See: Foo Fighters.

EDIT: You don't even have to do much with it, just put on a bit of distortion, fiddle with the EQ, should sound good.
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#14
My Dot is pretty heavy. Not as heavy as a Les Paul, but still heavier than you'd think. It's not uncomfortable though.

Theres no hiss or hum, and in fact I very rarely get feedback (unless I want it! haha).
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#15
You won't have issues with feedback if you're standing away from your amp, and you're not using a ridiculous amount of gain. Semi Hollow Bodies and Hollow Bodies are naturally really fat sounding, so there's no need to pile on distortion to get a fat sound. And if you have issues with feedback, buy a 6 pack or two of Hanes white t-shirts and stuff them in the sound holes, which should help resolve some of the unwanted feedback.

Aside from single coil equipped guitars (Fender Jaguars, Jazzmasters Telecasters, etc.), semi-hollow/hollow body guitars are my favorite; there's nothing like plugging into a loud amp and feeling your guitar resonate with the power the guitar has.
#16
What would you guys say about this guitars neck. Is it closer to a strat neck or to a lespaul/sg neck?
#17
I don't understand why people say that you'll get crazy feedback. I consider it myth.
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I don't understand why people say that you'll get crazy feedback. I consider it myth.

With a semihollow, it pretty much is a myth. Most people seem to forget that semi's have a solid block of tonewood running down the center of the guitar.
#20
semi hollows dont feedback that much first of all, second of all even when the do feedback its only when you are not playing. so an easy remedy of this is to have your tuner set to silent so you can just step on the tuner and kill your sound until you are ready to start playing again. but with a semi hollow you probably wont have to do that even playing in loud band situations
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#22
only if you can dial in the exact frequency of the feedback and take it out, which would probably mess up your tone. like its been said feedback isnt an issue with semihollows. with full hollowbodys it isnt much of an issue unless you are playing very loud and you stop playing and take your hands off the strings. most feedback can be handled by just muting the strings with either your picking or your fretting hand. i would know, I play my acoustic through my amp like an electric its not going to be an issue
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#23
Semi's will be fine really. It's only a problem if you've got a cranked amp and a proper hollow jazz box.
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cool guitar man, tell me more about it sound

would love to...
it's a great big jazz box with p-90's so... it can sound exactly like the gtr track to 'ol 97' by johnny cash (not sure if you've heard that one - it's old!).

basically - it is the quintessential rockabilly gtr.

it can also get a decent jazz sound (jazz purists wouldn't like it).

the dang this is hobbling to play. giant neck, giant scale length... def not built for speed! I bought it purely for THAT sound.
#26
Ummmmm, Alex Lifeson anyone???

Still plays in stadiums and coliseums with his 335, and he does just fine.
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#27
this is an old thread but if anyone ever views this id recommend a noise gate..might be a little expensive but yeah..i listen to a lot of alexisonfire lately and dallas green (guitarist/actual singer) uses semi-hollows and they play something like posthardcore punk (basically screamo with actual vocals with it) they use a lot of distortion..by the sounds of it a distortion pedal. but ive always had this problem with my ibanez because of the pickups. i just went and found a perfect distortion.

id have gain/drive at about 6.5 most of the time or occasionally 8 (avenged sevenfold kind of) bass 7-8 so its not so trebley and then mid at about 4 (i used to use it at like 7) and treble at about 9-10 so its still fairly high..i think most of the problem for mine was the mid being too high. i know that muse and silversun pickups use a similar distortion to eachother. which is about 2-3 on the mid and the bass and 8 for treble..i think gain/drive is about 8..i believe thats what it was live. you can fiddle around with your settings but id say most of it is because of the mid and distortion being a little too high. if you use a pedal id say maybe have the distortion at about 3o clock (which would be an 8) and level and tone at 12 (half) if the distortion is too much maybe try a crunchy tone? which would involve the pedal being fairly low on distortion. hope it helps a bit..its only my findings with a similar problem with an electric guitar
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