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chambered solid body electric's ?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:49 pm
by birddog
These would obviously seem lighter. But what does it do to tone & sustain ?
What about guitars like 72 Tele Thinline, I know its considered a semi-hollow body how does its sound differ ?
Any body with expierience with them ?

Wally

Re: chambered solid body electric's ?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:32 pm
by Bournio
I've played with a guitarist who uses one (ooo er)

I couldn't comment on the tone, we were using too much distortion, they don't feed back as easily though! I'm very tempted by them, I just need the money...

Re: chambered solid body electric's ?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:33 am
by zhyla
A friend had a Gretsch chambered solid body for a while (some one-off production of DuoJet). Sustain was incredible and it really had a great sound. But that could be attributed to the Gretsch-ness and not the chamberedness. It was a bit lighter than a non-chambered version.

Regular semi-hollowbodies (335's, Casinos, etc) seem to range from not really affected much by the body to sounding very different. I think a lot of this has to do with how solid it is under the bridge. My advice would be find something that sounds good/different to you and not worry too much about what is inside.

Re: chambered solid body electric's ?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:14 am
by NEONMOONY
I have a Guild Bluesbird which is a chambered, mahogany, solid body (looks much like a Les Paul). It is a wonderful guitar with sustain and no feedback issues as in true hollowbodies. However, there are great sounding guitars in all varieties. In electrics, the pickups make a world of difference. In several instances, I have taken guitars that I thought were so-so, installed hot pickups, and ended up with a different animal.