Semi-Hollow able to handle heavier tones?

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  1. Luís Sacramento

    Luís Sacramento New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a PRS SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Tremolo, and I've heard it is an incredibly versatile guitar, handling both clean and heavier stuff beautifully.

    I've heard every possible demo I could, but wasn't able to find much on heavier tones demos.

    My question would be - how well can it handle, say, heavier tones in the realms of psych and more stoner-y music? As for cleans I know it does the job perfectly.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    They’re fine with heavier tones (pickup choice being subjective). They’re not all that hollow, so no feedback worries.
     
  3. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    As @sergiodeblanc stated, semi-hollows are more resonant than full solid bodies, but do not feedback much more at all, especially compared to a full Hollowbody.
     
  4. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    The SE Zach Myers handles the heavy stuff quite well.
     
  5. Tony M.

    Tony M. New Member

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    Semi hollow...heavy sound?
    I would have to say yes.

    I used to play an ES 355 through a DR 103
    and a pair of EV SRO12 loaded 2 X 12 cabs,
    channels jumped and maxxed, master at 2 or 3 o'clock.
    The guitar handled it nicely and sounded quite heavy indeed.

    Now I play an S2 cu22 semi or an S2 Mira semi through a much smaller rig.
    It's not as loud (few things are) but is capable of sounding just as heavy.
     
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  6. tyfu20

    tyfu20 New Member

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    Most definitely, I have one of the special edition blue matteo Custom 22 semis and a Zach Meyer, both can handle whatever you throw at them. Just get it already. You know you want to:)
     
  7. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    This is relative to your stage volume and pickup choice, but the CU22 should be fine. In fact, the semihollow adds drive/sustain - at the right volume - that brings great character to the heavy stuff.
     
  8. jm9239

    jm9239 New Member

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    My CU22 Special Semi Hollow handles high gain tones quite well. No issues.
     
  9. drdoom8793

    drdoom8793 THAT guy at Chick-fil-A

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    I play an HB through a cranked Mesa Dual Rec with no unintentional feedback (I can push it into feedback if I really try). You'll be fine with a semi-hollow.
     
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  10. Keith Williams

    Keith Williams New Member

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    Looking forward to doing my own testing of this as I have a new S2 Mira Semi-hollow on the way from the folks at Chuck Levins. I'll be cranking my five watt amps to loud home studio volume asap.
     
  11. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Incubus’ guitarist was well known as a Hollowbody PRS player during the Nu Metal era. Whether the tones are heavy enough for you, of course, is up to you.

     
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  12. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Looks like he's playing a full archtop there, too!
     
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  13. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    i believe so. I really like a lot of their recorded work.
     
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