#1
Yup, lookin into another geetar, and this time I think I wanna try a hollowbody. I've seen a few folk really shred on a hollowbody before, but I of course have no idea what the hell guitar they were actually playing, so I come for the infinite wisdom of UG for advice. Help?
#2
hollowbodies(es-175,alleykat) dont handle distortion well, at all
semi-hollowbodies(es-335, dot sheraton) arent great for metal either, but better than the hollow bodies
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#3
I think Gilbert did a song on an ES-335 or similar recently, but keep in mind you'll probably have to dial the gain back. Now... you forgot a few things.
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#4
BC Rich make one, it's an awful pointy thing with dagger-shaped F-holes. Probably closest to a metal hollowbody you're gonna get, or you could try a Thinline Tele or something like that.
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#5
Hollow bodies aren't often used for metal. I'm not saying you can't do it. The reason for this is that a hollow bodies resonate more. When your playing with heavy distortion and playing really fast, the efect of the extra resonance is negligible, it's kind of a waste, but not really. If you wanna use a hollow body for metal I'd go with a epi Flame Cat or a Gibson Zephyr. An Ibanez artcore would work too.
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BC Rich make one, it's an awful pointy thing with dagger-shaped F-holes. Probably closest to a metal hollowbody you're gonna get, or you could try a Thinline Tele or something like that.

thats right BC rich dagger, dean makes one too, but i think its a 12 string
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BC Rich make one, it's an awful pointy thing with dagger-shaped F-holes. Probably closest to a metal hollowbody you're gonna get, or you could try a Thinline Tele or something like that.

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#8
i honestly don't think you want a hollowbody for metal.
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#9
It would depend on what kind of metal you want to play.

If you're playing relatively clean shred, you might be all right with a semi hollow of even a full hollow.

If you're going to play extra-heavy-chug-chug-br00t4l-m3t4lz0rz you probably won't be able to get away with a full hollow and even a semi hollow might not be a good idea.

If you don't have a huge budget, I recommend a Hagstrom, Ibanez or maybe even a Peavey.
#12
try the ibanez artcores

some of the are like halfsize (their not massive jazzboxes i mean)


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#14
Are you playing anything heavier than rage?
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#15
Look at hellyeah (only band to come to mind) they use semi hollows also that Wes Borland sig. Heard some clips does the job pretty good.
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#16
a thinline tele might be a choice for you. maybe an artcore.
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#17
If you want to play metal, and you've got the money to buy a new guitar, then why in heaven's name are you looking for a hollowbody?!
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#18
Metal covers a lot of ground, so....

Didn't Izzy play a Gibson ES 175 on the first GNR record?

Like the last guy said, if you're using mass quantities of gain, perhaps a hollowbody isn't the best choice. For straight rock, they work quite well. The Cult "Electric" comes to mind here...
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#19
hmm, well idk if this well help you at all but i think
this is a grestch hot rod hes playin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMe4_hMOhos
sounds pretty bad ass to me, not really metal, but kinda heavy sounding
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hellyeah blows...
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#21
a pro teacher i know uses holly body he has some custom carvin. Its got some clever technology so it doesnt feedback like a bitch but still sounds amazing
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#22
ive heard of people who put Styrofoam pieces in the sound holes to reduce unwanted feedback, can give that a shot
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#24
Dave Grohl's main guitar is a Gibson ES-335, I think it handles their sound well.
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#26
Iono, Queens of the Stone age almost exclusively use hollowbodies.
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#29
Ibanez Artcores dont have as much hollow space as other hollowbodies do, so they take higher gain slightly better. Go with them!
#30
the only downside is feedback, but this can be handled based on where you are in relation to your amp, also tshirts in the guitar help dampen the feedback. You may also need higher output pups, and pup swaps are a pain in the arse in hollowbody guitars
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#31
I have used a ES-335 through a JCM 800 and played some metal and it wasn't too bad. Don't know if it would be my first choice though.
#32
Rather than just tell us "metal," which is a hideously vague term 'round these parts, do specify, please. What bands exemplify the styles you're after? That would be very helpful, man.

But even then... I can't think of any kind of metal where a hollowbody would be appropriate. It's like saying, "I'm really into stuff like Fleetwood Mac, Elton John... but I need an amp. I was really considering a Kerry King Signature Marshall. Thoughts?"
#33
Ben from Breaking Benjamin uses a sweet PRS semi-hollow on occasion. If your going for crunchy low-gain metal then something like that should handle it, but you wont get any high gain stuff happening.
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#34
hollowbody guitars don't sustain or handle distortion as well as solid body guitars.
So you would start out with two handicaps. These are going to be two of the most
important factors of your metal. Your tone also won't have as much weight behind it.

I think it would be cool..but I don't see it going very well. I think you could do some
nice slide blues on one though.

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#36
Paul Gilbert uses an Ibanez Artcore for most if not all the songs on the United States album, which has shred and distortion.
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