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Playing Style on Semi-Hollow/Hollow vs. Solid Body?


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I don't, but some here, might? The biggest difference for me, has always been the "warmth"

and rounder tone, of the semi-hollowbodied gutars, in comparison to the Solid bodies. They

can have, in some situations, a tendency to feed back, before a solid bodied guitar will. So,

I may change something in that regard...usually position/distance from amp, if possible. Or,

quite often, you can just back off the volume on the guitar, a bit...and cure it, that way.

But, I still use pick attack dynamics, as well as tone/volume control dynamics, the same way

as with a solid body. Other's may differ...

 

CB

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I don't for the most part although with my Dot I tend to play maybe a little more softer. However, with my WildKat I tend to play it like my Strat or the ARC300 solid body that I had. I think the P90's play into that.

 

FWIW, I play all like crap and there is the commonality in whatever it is I play, but I do it with a smile on my face.

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Only a bit. My Semis I have 11s with a wound G and my SGs I use 10s with unwound Gs mainly rhythm. Depending on the guitar I take to pratice I play a bit lighter on the high strings on chords as the unwound G can get a bit plinky sometimes.

 

Other than that same.

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I play them differently, but I really can't explain it.

 

I mostly play my Casino (hollow) and sometimes and ESP/LTD Faux-LP.

 

Each guitar has a different "personality", and is stronger or weaker at different things, and I try to exploit the good things about each.

 

I do this with all my instruments, and even different synth patches designed to emulate the same instrument.

 

Charlie Parker (one of history's most famous Saxophonists) once said, "You don't play the sax, you let the sax play you." And I believe that applies to every musical instrument and synth patch.

 

I try to find out what they do well, and how they express themselves, and then use a facet of my personal expression to get the most out of it. I use my ears to tell me.

 

Insights and incites by Notes

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For those of you who have both' date=' do you change your playing style at all depending on which you're using?[/quote']

 

Not much my playing style, but do prefer the sounds I can get out of them over solid body ones, for the sounds you would normaly go after with a solid body guitar...if that makes any sense.

 

What I mean, and it might sound weird to some cause I know it does to me at times, but I prefer an overdriving sound out of a hollow or semi hollow body one better than I do out of a solid body one most of the times.

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Not much my playing style' date=' but do prefer the sounds I can get out of them over solid body ones, for the sounds you would normaly go after with a solid body guitar...if that makes any sense.

 

What I mean, and it might sound weird to some cause I know it does to me at times, but I prefer an overdriving sound out of a hollow or semi hollow body one better than I do out of a solid body one most of the times. [/quote']

 

Yep....I can get the overdriven tone/sustain, much faster (lower volume) with a semi, than with the solids.

I love both, truly. But, for "blues" and any other "Classic" (blues) Rock." I just prefer the tones of a great

semi-hollow body! My Sheri has the best of both, really...as it has the "mini" humbuckers, and so has the

warmth and roundness of the semi, but the "bite" of a solid body, if I want it. Great guitar!

 

CB

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Know what you mean Charlie. I love the sound I get from the P-90s out of my Casino with some grit, it doesn't sound so forced..if that makes sense. Then again I prefer the sound I get from my '61 clean like for chord melodies...I tell you I'm weird when it comes to things like that. Then again I've never considered any one electric guitar to just be for a specific gender.

 

Years ago I showed up to a jazz gig with an SG....I've always have had a thing for SGs. Anyhow a couple of folks that I've never had met or played with before where giving me that weird look. After playing for a while they complemented me on my playing and tone...one of them saying"I'd never would have guessed that" referring to using an SG for jazz. For me it's more of a feel, or comfort, instead of a certain guitar for a certain type of music....pretty much like most here I guess. I guess maybe I shouldn't feel so weird after all...or alone in this.

 

Still looking for a semi or hollow body thin line with humbuckers though, and another tube amp....just never seems to end do it :-k .

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Well, it's fun to take what's thought to be a "non-traditional" type guitar, into a Jazz or

some other situation, and prove that it's NOT the guitar...but, the player! I've seen lots

of Strats and Tele's in "Jazz" situations, and had I not been watching, I wouldn't have

really known. There IS a fullness and rounder tone, to the Hollow bodies, but I have heard

very, very, similar tones, from everthing from SG's to Telecasters...So... "Just play," you know? LOL!

 

CB

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I tend to string my solids with 11's and the semi's with 12's so I definitely play them differently. It's not so much the sound for me as it is the feel. I get a warmer feeling from the semi's, and tend to jazz them up more.

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Sorry I can not remember since I bought my dot all my other guitars have not seen the light of day.

But one thing I will say is I feel when I play my dot I have to play it if you know what I mean.

As in I do not need to think about what I am doing On my strats teles ect but do on the dot.

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