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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-11-2001, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Bodies that are HOLLOW... - good, bad, or just ugly?

I have the opportunity to pick up a 1974 ES-175T. Note, that the 'T' means it is a thinline version of the guitar (Gibson). Now I've been led to believe that hollow body guitars are more prone to feedback. This guitar is totally hollow...not like a ES-335 with the block down the middle. Is feedback really that big of an issue? I like to play clean mostly, but I'd like to kick in the distortion once in a while too. Does having the thinner body perhaps aid the crazy feedback problem? I mean, Ted Nugent used hollow bodies. Hmm...but then again he was the feedback king. Is it controllable? Are there any mods I could do?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-11-2001, 09:47 PM
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I have three semi's and a hollow body and I can tell you from bitter experience that feedback with a hollow can be a wailing pain in the butt... but it's all about a fine balance between volume, gain, proximity to the amp, and position. Even in small rooms at stage volume, I can usually find a place that gives me a break from feedback (though I often have to get angled away from the speaker just a certain way). Add a little gain to the situation and chaos ensues. Sure Ted does it, but he's playing outdoor venues and arenas last time I checked - it's different in a 120 seat pub. Brian Setzer manages to do it, but he's not applying liberal doses of gain. Ultimately, I prefer semi's - they suffer from feedback to some degree as well, but are FAR more controllable, and offer most of the airiness and slap and depth in the tone that you get out of a hollowbody. I've heard of people stuffing pillow cases and paper towels through the sound holes to fight feedback :lame: - if it comes to that, I'd rather just grab a solid body axe.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-12-2001, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I've heard of people blowing up BALLOONS inside of the hollow chambers to battle feedback. Pretty crazy stuff. I think I'll look into a Semi Hollow Body. The Epiphone AlleyKat is a inexpensive and high quality piece of work. Plus, I don't know about a Gibson from the 70's....I heard the quality was so-so. Actually, I don't even know if the newer Les Pauls suit my tastes!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-19-2001, 10:28 PM
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Check out the Hamer Semi Hollow body, this are a very underestimate guitar manufacture who is actually produce a very high guality guitar, price is cheap considering the quality from the guitar.
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