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Gibson ES-335 Figured Sixties Cherry

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Epiphone Inspired by Gibson ES-335 Cherry

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Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Thinline 3 Tone Sunburst Maple Fingerboard

Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Thinline 3 Tone Sunburst Maple Fingerboard

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Epiphone Inspired by Gibson ES-335 Vintage Sunburst

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Ibanez AF55 Artcore Tobacco Flat Semi Acoustic Guitar

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Gretsch G5655TG Electromatic Center Block Junior Bigsby Black Gold

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Gibson Custom Shop 1961 ES-335 Reissue VOS Vintage Burst

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Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Thinline Natural Maple Fingerboard

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Epiphone Inspired by Gibson ES-339 Pelham Blue

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About Semi Acoustic & Hollowbody Guitars

Semi acoustic guitars and hollow body guitars are both styles of electric guitars. Although they have more acoustic properties than a standard solid body guitar, they are still designed to be plugged into an amplifier.

Hollow body electric guitars were originally designed as jazz guitars. They feature an archtop construction - as opposed to the flat top of an acoustic guitar. They were designed in the style of violins and cellos and were particularly known for being made in New York in the 1920s and 30s by brands like Epiphone, Gretsch and D’Angelico. As popular music developed it was clear these large hollow guitars didn’t suit being played though loud, overdriven amps as they would feedback uncontrollably. In an effort to quell the feedback, two things happened. They were made with thin bodies like the Epiphone Casino. Or they were made with ‘centre blocks’ like the Gibson ES-335.

A semi acoustic guitar is a hollow body with a centre block running through the middle. This means the guitar is only hollow in the wings. This makes it a halfway house between a solid body and a hollow body. Semi acoustic guitars can handle overdriven and distorted sounds without feeding back in the same way as a semi hollow guitar.

The sound of semi acoustic and hollow body guitars is airier than solid body guitars. They have less midrange so instead have a softer, less in-your-face sound. These guitars are very popular for blues, soul and jazz.

Why Choose a Semi Acoustic or Hollowbody Guitar?

  • Perfect for blues, soul and jazz
  • Soft, airy sound
  • Often lightweight

Frequently Asked Questions about Semi Acoustic & Hollowbody Guitars

Question: Which semi-acoustic guitar is the most popular?
The Epiphone ES-335 Dot is the semi-acoustic guitar that sells the most. Cherry is the most popular finish. It is based on the famous Gibson ES-335 which we also sell in all of our guitarguitar stores.
Question: What style of music is suited to a hollow body guitar?
Hollow body guitars certainly suit jazz, blues and soul. They are played a lot in pop and rock music too however from The Beatles to The Strokes to Slowdive. Just beware - feedback may be a problem!
Question: Do semi acoustic guitars sound like acoustics or electrics?
Semi acoustics are firmly in the electric guitar family. They are strung with electric strings and designed to be plugged into an amp. They have a slightly different tone than solid body electrics but definitely in the same ballpark.
Question: Can you play a semi acoustic guitar without an amp?
You can, in the same way you can play a solid body electric guitar without an amp. It just doesn’t sound like much. To really enjoy the rich tone of semi acoustic guitars, you need to plug them into an amp.
Question: Can you play a hollow body guitar acoustically?
You can and some old-school archtop guitars are built to be played acoustically, without even having pickups. Really though, most modern hollow body guitars are meant to be plugged into an amp.