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My first semi-hollow body

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funkypadre    2

I've been in the market for a semi-hollow for awhile. This Ibanez AS93 in violin sunburst was too good of a deal to pass up. It's 2012 model (used of course) that I got for about half the price new. I can't stop playing it! It has an easy feel and great tone. I named her, "Scarlett."

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KendoSurf    1

I'll echo Mike's question and then ask another. Since I've only played solids and acoustics, what are the characteristics of a semi-hollow that make it appealing? Aren't the Sheraton & Sheraton II semi-hollows too? :shifty:

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funkypadre    2

Good questions from both Mike and Kendo. I have always wanted to play jazz and more blues. This guitar is great for both provided that you have a decent amp (and I am being very liberal when I use the word, decent). The neck is easy to navigate and the pickups are meant to mirror the PAF humbuckers of the late 50s. Semihollows are advantageous because this type of guitar is less prone to issues with feedback. For years, I've wanted to get an Epiphone Casino, but have worried about the potential noise from these guitars. Casino guitars sound great but often have issues with noise and feedback, because these guitars are truly hollow-bodied. In either case (semi-hollow or hollow) there is a bit more presence in the sound that is produced. Is it significantly better than my Les Paul? NO... Does it offer a different tone and structure? It certainly does. I love it!!!

My guitars:

Martin D15M Acoustic

Fender HellCat

Fender Mexistrat '94

Fender American Special '12

Fender Squier Special Bass IV

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funkypadre    2

And I completely missed replying to your Sheraton question...yes, a Sheraton is a semi hollow. Semi hollow guitars offer a lot of flexibility. You can pretty much play any style. The neck p/u on my AS93 has that jazz tone. I was looking for that. I haven't played a Sheraton, but it is a beaut. Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend plays one.

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pHGTRSpider    32

I have always thought that the beauty of semi-acoustics is that they are more "live" at lower volumes, e.g. sustain and feedback. That's certainly what I found with my Yammy and Ibanez.

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