Some of the world’s most beautiful, memorable and iconic music has come from semi-hollow & hollow body electric guitars crafted from legends like Tom Petty, Noel Gallagher and BB King. Whether you’re a professional musician touring the country or simply playing for pleasure in your home, there is a semi or hollow body guitar to suit your needs.
The main difference between hollow body and semi-hollow body guitars is a semi-hollow body (or semi-acoustic) guitar has a solid center block running down the length of the body while a full hollow body does not. Semi-hollows are known for producing a sweet clear tone ideal for blues, folk, jazz and Indie rock. Hollow bodies are perfect for a pure, rich performance during smaller, more intimate gigs. Both types are noted for having clear, bright warm tones and excellent resonance during performance. They are guitars with ‘soul’.
As with any type of guitar, semi and hollow body guitars come in different shapes, sizes and constructions. Most come with six strings and are generally a bit more lightweight than a solid body guitar, making them a bit easier to hold and control. Generally a smaller guitar with a shorter neck is ideal for beginners or those with smaller hands so they can focus on mastering the instrument before moving on. As you gain more knowledge and experience you may want to consider a larger instrument to really drive your sound home. Many guitars come in durable solid wood like alder or maple while others are laminated or a combination of both. The guitar you select really just depends on personal preference and individual tastes.
Take some time to think about what kind of music you want to play and how you want to express yourself creatively. The Gibson Custom ES-339 Semi-Hollow electric guitar has the impressive streamlined look and versatility of a solid body with rich, biting tones ideal for any genre, be it rock, jazz, blues or even country. On the other hand, the classical sound and warm mellow tones of Gretsch G6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody Electric guitar makes it ideal for venues small and large.
Choosing the right semi-hollow or hollow body electric guitar is a big decision; after all, your instrument will be providing years of stellar stage performances or relaxing backyard play. Whatever you decide on, rest assured you’ll look and sound your very best every time you start whaling on your electric guitar.