How much of the body is hollow in a semi hollow?

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  1. kmiko

    kmiko New Member

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    In the semi hollow guitars, how much of the body is hollow?
     
  2. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Pretty sure the hollow portion is visible inside the "f" hole...I'd say about the top 1/4 to 1/3 of the body...sound about right???
     
  3. colinkanders

    colinkanders Compulsive Noodler

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    Yep, closer to 1/4. It's just the upper section of the round part of the body (ie. not the horn).
     
  4. Tag

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    My Artist 3s and Artist PS is WAY more hollow than that. There use to be an x ray of it, and almost every part possible is hollowed out. Thats the build with no F hole and its routed from the back, then a cap glued on. Without looking REALLY close, you would never even see the seam they did such a great job. These guitars, especially with the trems, are flat out AMAZING. My favorite semi hollow build ever.

    I will get a flash light and look inside my Cu22 semi hollow ltd, but I am pretty sure the upper horn is hollow, and all the way around the bottom. Hard to tell though without an x ray.
     
  5. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    I thought all the Core hollows looked like this inside:
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  6. kmiko

    kmiko New Member

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    That's a great pic, thanks! But I'm guessing that's of the full hollow body, not the semi? A picture like that of a semi hollow would be perfect. Anyone?
     
  7. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    Oh, you must be talking about the S2 lineup of semi-hollows, yeah? Or SEs?
     
  8. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Or any of the Core semi-hollows, like the P245SH, special run of 408 SHs, a special run of CU24 SHs, etc.
     
  9. merciful-evans

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    I varies a lot. Sometimes its just the upper (north of the strings) part that is hollow.

    In a traditionally built model with carved top, carved back and all the bracing struts and purfling, its similar to Lester Paul's log. Because the center is all solid wood.

    A full hollowbody archtop design tries to keep everything outside the acoustic chamber. The tailpiece, the bridge and pickups are all surface mounted.
     
  10. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    I know, but I’ve wanted to say that forever.
     
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    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Der Hans der kann's

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    Back in the Birds and Moons days, I built a thread for all the PRS X-rays for the various semi-hollow and hollow guitars. Would be fun to try and recreate that thread some time.
     
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    That was the one I was talking about! Very cool pictures of some very hollow semi hollow PRSs!!
     
  13. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Way before my time, but just goes to prove the old adage about doctors and lawyers.....:D:p
     
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  14. Tag

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    This should help the OP.

     
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    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    I’ve always been obsessed with these guitars. The idea of a semi-hollow with a trem just gets me going.
     
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  16. kmiko

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    Thanks!
     
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    You can buy a cheap endoscope for about £10

    Safer than x-rays ;)
     
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