#1
I am starting a blues/jazz rock band and was considering Picking up a hollow/semi hollow guitar since I am getting a fender Bassman 50 and was wondering what were some of the best ones in your opinion in the price range of $300-$600 dollars.

And some of the pros or cons for the Semi hollow/ Hollow body guitars.


Thanks in advance
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#4
Take a look at the Michael Kelly Vibe/Deuce Phoenix depending on what kind of tone you want.

I'm absolutely in love with the Deuce Phoenix at my local store.
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#5
I own an Epi Dot Studio and can vouch for it. It's simple yet elegant and really quite awesome. My only gripe with it is that it has a massive heel, and the build quality leaves something to be desired (though I might have just received a lemon.)
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#6
epiphone dot. if your price range was bigger, i'd say gretsch.
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Are they really in that price range?
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#9
No, I can vouch for the Dot Studio too. In fact, I find mine is built rather well. Excellent guitar for the money, though I'm becoming less satisfied with it as time goes on.......I think the humbuckers just aren't to my liking.....I'm more of a single-coil kind of guy.....

Also, the only real con you'll get with a fully hollow guitar is the feedback from the body. Since it's full hollow, it'll produce this sort of uncontrollable feedback on mid gain settings and higher; the amount of feedback also varies on your position to the amp. This can be cancelled out by putting a towel or a few shirts in the body, though there'll be a change of tone as well.

It you still want a full hollow, you've got a couple of options. If you want a full jazz guitar, the Ibanez Artcore full hollows are probably the best in your price range (there's a couple of Epiphones like that, but I'm unsure as to the price of those.) Otherwise, the Epiphone Casino is the only other full hollow that comes to mind, and that is indeed an awesome one. Assuming you don't mind the lack of upper fret access.

If you want a semi-hollow (which won't produce unwanted feedback at all, unless you play metal or something), your options open up quite a bit. Epiphone Dots (or Dot Studios) or Sheratons, Ibanez semi-hollow Artcores, even a Hagstrom Viking should all work for you.

EDIT: oh yeah, and that Gretsch they mentioned. I'm looking at both that one, the Casino, and a used Hagstrom I found to replace my Dot Studio.
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#10
Well, The dots are Decent looking, I haven't played one yet but plan to when i get to the music store next. But if that is not an option, Would a strat be to much different?

How much different is the tone in a semi hollow or hollow then in a solid body?

And for a blues-rock genre would a semi hollow or strat/tele be best?
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Well, The dots are Decent looking, I haven't played one yet but plan to when i get to the music store next. But if that is not an option, Would a strat be to much different?

How much different is the tone in a semi hollow or hollow then in a solid body?

And for a blues-rock genre would a semi hollow or strat/tele be best?


A semihollow/hollowbody with humbuckers and a strat are very different tonally, pretty much at opposite ends of the "warmth" spectrum.
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#13
the strat being the darker tone? and the semi being the warmer brighter tone?let me know
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#14
usually the opposite. Semi-hollows have more of a woody, darker warmth about them, where a strat would sound brighter.