Quote: from ericbrowning on 1:13 pm on Jan. 21, 2001
What I was wondering is if it might sound really open and cool if I put the stop tailpiece on, not filling in the cavities, just leaving them open. *Perhaps a pseudo-hollowbody sound or something like that.
Hmm. Sorry to disappoint you, but i don't think your theory will work in reality, Eric.
First of all, if you remove the TRS, you'll have a big hole going all the way through the body, and a deep cavity in the rear of the guitar. If it's a recessed trem, you'll have a cavity in the top of the guitar as well. Those big holes leave nowhere to physically mount a bridge/tailpiece combo on the surface of the guitar. You have
to fill the holes just so there's a place to attach a surface-mounted bridge/tailpiece into the guitar!
Second, the sound of a hollowbody doesn't come as a result of simply carving holes on the outside
of a solid body. The unique hollowbody sound comes from air resonating within hollow cavities inside
the guitar's body and projecting out through the soundhole(s). Removing wood from the outside of a solidbody guitar just reduces its mass and potential resonance.
If it were as simple as routing or drilling holes in a solid body to get a pseudo-hollowbody sound, you'd probably see a lot more swiss cheese guitars around.