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Unread 01-26-2004, 10:45 AM   #1
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semi-hollow body electric guitars

Do any of you out there use a semi-hollow body electrict guitar when you are leading worship at your church? I have a Rickenbacker 330 that I pull out for songs that just call for that awesome, full sound that only one of these guitars can produce.

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Unread 01-26-2004, 12:43 PM   #2
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I use a Washburn HB-35 through a Carvin Nomad 112, and the combination of the semi-hollowbody through a true tube amp is just beautiful. I love the tone of a semi-hollowbody, although I must admit that someday I'd love to go full hollowbody ala Trey Anastasio. Right now I'm running my guitar into a TS-9 into my amp with a DD-5 in the effects loop, but I'm hoping to add a compressor and maybe an equalizer so I can use my wah without killing my tone.

Semi-hollowbody is definitely the way to go.

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I use a Gibson ES-335 on the worship team. The 335, combined with a Yamaha DG Stomp, and chained to the house PA system, makes for a very versatile set up.

One big advantage of a semi-hollow is that I can practice at home without plugging in.
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i use only hollowbodies. I like the sustain they have as well as the warmth of tone.
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I'm looking into gettign a ES-335 or an ES-137. I love their sound and like you said you don't need an amp to practice. Which is nice.
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i see it's your first post. welcome to the forum!

i don't 'lead' worship but i do worship so maybe you won't mind me chiming in too.
semi-hollow body is the *only* way i will go with electric now. my first semi-hollow body was a danelectro 56u2. it had a unique tone for sure, and it got me further interested in semi-hollows. then i decided to put together my own electric guitar. i would've went completely hollow body but i didn't find a builder that would make a completely hollow body at the time i was buying parts. i'm picky and like to put together my own electrics now so off the shelf just wouldn't work. my body was made by warmoth, and it's based on the fender thinline semi-hollow design obviously but it has even more hollow areas than their design. anyways, i *love* the sound i can get from my semi-hollow. that middle of the road sort of acoustic sorta of electric vibe. semi-hollows are incredibly versatile guitars.
if ya wanna hear the sounds i get from mine you can check out some short clips here:

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I don't lead, but I do play a Washburn HB30 through a Peavey Classic 30 when I play electric on our worship team. Ditto the comments above about tone - there's just nothing else like it. I have a couple of other electrics, but I keep coming back to this one - it has been my favorite for a long while now.
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Thanks for the warm welcome into the forum! I recently joined a worship team for a new contemporary service that began at our church 3 weeks ago, so "leading worship" is a new experience. Are there any other Rickenbacker fans out there? They're awesome instruments -- just ask Martin J. Smith.

At the moment, I plug into a solid-state 200W Roland amp with my Rickenbacker, since that is all we have available. Any suggestions on the type of amp that is best suited for these semi-hollow body guitars?
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I'm looking for a twelve string hollow bodied electric,but can't come anywhere close to afford a Ric.I'm looking at a Dean right now,around $400,anybody know another affordable twelve string hollow bodied guitar for under $ 500? The Dean is the only one I've seen recently.
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Any suggestions on the type of amp that is best suited for these semi-hollow body guitars?
Any good valve amp. Peavey Classic series or Fender Blues Junior at the budget end of the market. Various hand built 'boutique' amps at the high end.

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look for something with tubes, as they will accentuate the natural warmth of a hollowbody. I use a 5150, another great choice is a roland jazz chorus
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Semi-hollow... mmmm... yeah, actually, that's my guitar for my name. It's semi hollow. Light as a guitar shaped feather would be, plays real nice. I like mine alot because it's not the sterotypical Gibson semi-hollow shape. Although that's all fine and dandy, and alot of awesome players use them, I like mine because it's different and suits me.

I like the semi-hollow guitar because it doesn't hurt the back and has a good sustain along with a good sound.

Mine is good because it has tonal variety of acoustic and electric. A good amp you can mix both signals from one output and get lots of variety. Or get two amps and have one output for each...

But I like all the guitars people have mentioned so far. Mine's a little expensive for most people though, about a grand new. (Figure in strings and a case.) Got mine used and barely abused for much less.

And yeah, something with tubes. If you're looking for a practice amp, at a SS practice amp price, I say go with either a Kustom tube 12 (which you could subsitute in a 12AT7 for less death metalish gain) or a Pignose G40V. These are really loud and have one channel. If you mix it right you can get whatever you want. New tubes in this one is a near-must, but it provides to be a great $220 amp. Worth much more in my opinion. (BTW - was modeled after the blackface tube amp... is nearly identical in electrical design.)

Or another good SS amp would be anything Hughes And Kettner. The one I really like is the Tour Reverb. Not made anymore, and drives a $500+ price tag used. Never seen it less than $500 used, but I haven't checked the net either. . . . This one is three channel and gets you a near tube like tone as close as an SS have ever gotten before (IMHO)
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My friend bought a Rickenbacker 360 Mapleglow, and I absolutely fell in love with the sound of the semi-hollow body. I love that guitar, and when I finally purchase an electric, it will be semi-hollow.
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I'm looking for a twelve string hollow bodied electric,but can't come anywhere close to afford a Ric.I'm looking at a Dean right now,around $400,anybody know another affordable twelve string hollow bodied guitar for under $ 500? The Dean is the only one I've seen recently.

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Mine is good because it has tonal variety of acoustic and electric. A good amp you can mix both signals from one output and get lots of variety. Or get two amps and have one output for each...
I come so close to buying a Carvin AE185, but I found my Washburn HB-35 at a pawn shop and, after trading in my crappy, bottom line Epiphone Les Paul, I got it for under $300. It's a sweet guitar and I just couldn't pass that up.

How do the Fishman pickups sound on it? Is it a convincing acoustic tone, or is it obvious that it's coming out of an electric guitar? The dual outputs and fishman pickups made that guitar really tempting.

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