#1
I don't suppose there is any surefire way of telling right??
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#2
solidbody guitars are often heavyier
and they feel solid
there are some like the les pauls that have a chambered body to make them lighter but i think they are still considered solid body electric
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What do you mean exactly? Where it has chambers? Or if it's made of mdf or actual wood?

If it's the latter, check the neck pocket or the cavity.
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#6
put you ear to the back of the body, hold if for 15 seconds if you hear a "ping" kind of sound get an onion and rub it just on the G B and LOW E strings, put the guitar on the ground resting on the bottom straplock spin the guitar 3 times counter clock wise and pick back up and listen to it again, after 10 seconds if it makes a swoosh sound then you know that it is for sure a hollow body.
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#7
Gibson only makes certain guitars currently that are unchambered and un-weight-relieved.

If you're looking for a specific brand, check up on their history to make sure.


Generally strat shaped guitars are solid, no chambers. Same with SGs.

LPs are weight relieved or chambered.


My Fernandes Ravelle was WAY lighter than my Ibanez Iceman IC200, both listed as solid mahogany. The Fernandes was also twice as loud played unamplified.

Generally you can tell by the feel. Learning the history of the specific brand will help a lot as well.
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post a pic. everyone should be able to tell ya in about 5 seconds....
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#13
Yeah, If it's a Fender Strat, it will be solid. Some guitars may have a swimming pool route under the pickguard, and that will make them lighter. Along with the fact that strat guitars have the spring cavity where other non-trem guitars do not, it will make them lighter.

I know that my guitar (Epiphone Special II) isn't even wood all the way through, Most places it's plywood, it has some hollow spots under the 1/4" thick finish and little chunks of cheap real wood in other places, I found this out just by sanding the cavities out of the black paint (non-conductive) that they painted them with and routing the control cavity a little bigger.


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By solid wood I mean 1 piece... Are some strats not plywood (ie slabs of wood stuck together)? By rule of thumb strats are solid????
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By solid wood I mean 1 piece... Are some strats not plywood (ie slabs of wood stuck together)? By rule of thumb strats are solid????


The only way you can tell if a body is a one piece is by removing the finish and looking to see if the body is made up of multiple pieces.
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By solid wood I mean 1 piece... Are some strats not plywood (ie slabs of wood stuck together)? By rule of thumb strats are solid????


You are talking about 2 entirely different things. Plywood is thin sheets of wood glued together, 2 or three pieces of solid wood glued to make a single body is not plywood.

Most run of the mill guitars will be made of more than one piece. Single piece body blanks are expensive because they are cut from a big tree. The cheaper the guitar, the more pieces will make up the body as a rule of thumb.
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put you ear to the back of the body, hold if for 15 seconds if you hear a "ping" kind of sound get an onion and rub it just on the G B and LOW E strings, put the guitar on the ground resting on the bottom straplock spin the guitar 3 times counter clock wise and pick back up and listen to it again, after 10 seconds if it makes a swoosh sound then you know that it is for sure a hollow body.


Red onion works best.
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#19
mute the strings and knock on it if it sounds hollow, it is
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Personally, I'd use a shallot.


Preference for me, is Red Onion or a small bunch of fresh Spring Onions. Had not thought of using a Shallot, but then I'm not La Di Da....
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#22
It's a Squier, so it's either made of plywood or at least 3 pieces of solid wood. Most people can't tell the difference, so who cares?
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Preference for me, is Red Onion or a small bunch of fresh Spring Onions. Had not thought of using a Shallot, but then I'm not La Di Da....

has anyone ever considered pickled onions? i know it seems crazy but it really works better in my experience
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^ Really? You must be doing it wrong then.. Pickling them will change their density and it won't work as well. I'd imagine the swooshing would be less of a swoosh, then, maybe more of a splat.


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I'm really into using elephant garlic for this for its mild flavor and ideal diameter.
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#26
no no no pickling causes vinegar (the liquid the onions are pickled in) to drip into the body itself and gives more for the vibrations to bounce off of thus a louder swoosh
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I use horseradish. The fumes cause hollow bodies to shed a tear, but solid bodies are immune because they can't breathe.
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#28
^^ makes sense showing the guitar a picture of a dead puppy works for this method aswell
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Damnit, now I have a hankering for Spam and Onions.
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#31
Easiest way to see if a Strat has a plywood body is to remove the pickguard and spring cover and look in the cavities. If you find an un-painted spot (or if it's not painted at all), you should be able to clearly see whether it's a solid block or whether it's multiple layers like plywood.
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seriously though. wtf you cant rub onions on your guitat to see if it is hollow
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yeah... I guess that is true sometimes

Just look at the wood to tell, that's the answer.

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#34
i'm gonna say take the neck off and look at the neck pocket, it'll show you the wood
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You are talking about 2 entirely different things. Plywood is thin sheets of wood glued together, 2 or three pieces of solid wood glued to make a single body is not plywood.

Most run of the mill guitars will be made of more than one piece. Single piece body blanks are expensive because they are cut from a big tree. The cheaper the guitar, the more pieces will make up the body as a rule of thumb.


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