SE standard Hollowbody vs SE Hollowbody II

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  1. cloud_dog

    cloud_dog New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Looking for any advice on pros and cons when comparing the hollowbody standard with the hollowbody II.

    Can't find much online that splits the two other than the difference in wood used for the tops.

    Anyone got experience with either?

    I know it is subjective and depending the needs, but I am intersted to know the real differences in these guitars so I can consider which one would suit me better.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    The Standard has a mahogany top which will render it more mid-focused. Think big jazz box on the neck pickup, but not limited to that by any means. The Hollowbody ll has a maple veneer top. More treble on the neck pickup. The other two settings can sound remarkably similar- both pickups/ bridge pickup. There will always be slightly more treble on the ll. Go to the PRS website, you can get any other info you need, and demos. Go play them and see what you think. I opted for the standard because of the balance of the sound to my ears. Also keep in mind that changing strings will greatly alter the sound. Half rounds = more trad jazz. NYXL’s =brighter, more lively, standard= more balance, and still very articulate. YMMV. They’re very good guitars.
     
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  3. cloud_dog

    cloud_dog New Member

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    Thabks you, great advice and appreciate the info. I would love to test them out but all the stores are closed here. I did find the demos on the prs site and will hunt some more out.

    I am looking to use it as more of a blues tool and looking to complement my CE24, so difficult one, leaning toward the hollowbody 2 as seems brighter but capable of some of the darker tones of the standard. I do think the standard looks amazing in the red burst though! Good dilemma to have.
     
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  4. kipkohl

    kipkohl New Member

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    I also have the standard and think it has an amazing tone. I don't think I would want anything brighter. The neck pickup sound is especially good with a deep, rich, but not muddy bass quality. I have not played a SE HB II, so cannot speak to how it compares.
     
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  5. cloud_dog

    cloud_dog New Member

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    I can see that I may be watching a good number of videos and scouring reviews for the next few days :)

    Thanks again for the comments if anyone can comment on the Hollowbody II that would also be awesome.
     
  6. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Rumor has it that the guy who did the PRS video liked the Standard better. I’m a blues player as well, and played big jazz boxes for years, always longing for true hollowbody sound where I could bend the strings. The standard got me there. Then we had the shut down, and I can’t gig it.
     
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  7. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    The YT video that Bryan Ewald did for PRS was a good comparison.
     
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  8. cloud_dog

    cloud_dog New Member

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    Went with the SE hollowbody 2 in charcoal burst. Lovely cleans and feels very light and a pleasure to play, I think it also looks great! Thank for the comments.

    Pic if anyone interested.
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  9. kipkohl

    kipkohl New Member

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    Nice
     
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    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Just beautiful!
     
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  11. Suba

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    Congratulations! I got the same one in April. Fantastic guitar!
     
  12. Jerry Rodriguez

    Jerry Rodriguez New Member

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    Hello, yes I can say a lot about it. I purchased the hollow 2 tricolor this February, incredibly awesome looking guitar! The body is light and when you play, it vibrates through you. The finish is flawless and the head stock is the best I've ever owned. The guitar case is small but protective. The tuners are not locking but very decent! I did have to adjust the string height, the finger board is a little bit wider, feels like a 14 inch radius. I do like it. The 58/15 s pickups is were I became, well not sure. This is just my opinion, they lacked meat. I felt that they were thin sounding, at times muddy, I can't quite pinpoint it. But I immediately said to my self, the pickups must go, the alpha post must be replaced with CTS pots, and I would place a .22 cap. I've played through a Peavy and Vox amp. I debated on what to do: upgrade it, sell it, or live with it. I felt it would be sacrilegious to gut out this beautiful new PRS. The factory wiring was so tucked up and clamped to the inside body, upgrading would be very challenging. After 2 months of debating, I went for the upgrade and did it myself. After a 2.5 hour surgery, I installed Damarzio 36th anniversary pups neck, bridge. I purchased a customized PRS harness be Emerson with a .22 cap, and CTS pots. OMG! Now it sounds like a bold, big sounding 355 like sounding guitar, wow, I really love it now and it's a keeper! I also considered Seymore Duncans Jazz neck and bridge. Some people my love the 58/15 s, but I guess may guitar is no longer a pure PRS but I am pleased.
     
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  13. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Nah - that just makes you an owner. I got the Hollowbody standard, and I've thought about changing the pots. I'm just not sure of my ability to do the change w/a Hollowbody. Pickups? Eh - not sure. So far, I'm fine w/the stock. That may change over time. Right now, the guitar gives me a voice I didn't have in my arsenal, and it's been a surprise how often it's fit what I'm working on.

    Did you get the harness from PRS? And did you have to drill for the CTS pots? I had to do that on my 7-string when I put US pots in. One slight mishap, but at least it's not visible.
     
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  14. Jerry Rodriguez

    Jerry Rodriguez New Member

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    Hello, the PRS harnest came with the CTS pots, its superior to the stock, if you look on EBay now, there is one on sale, type:
    ,Emerson Custom Pre-Wired Kit For 2-Knob PRS Guitars
    Run $96!, I told them exactly what I need it for and they further modified it, was worth it. I have some decent experience with installing pickups, pots, wiring, it can be very tricky with semi-hollow bodies, if I can figure out how to post the pictures of my work I will. I documented it to help someone else. This Emerson harnest comes with a 0.022 orange cap, its was easy to solder. But fishing everything through the f holes and bridge hole is the challenge. Thanks for the reply.
     
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  15. Jerry Rodriguez

    Jerry Rodriguez New Member

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    Oh, the Emerson CTS pots fit perfectly through the Alpha pot holes on the guitar, didn't have to enlarge the hole. I do have a tool for that but never used it.
     

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