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If you’re looking for the classic hollowbody guitar look with more sustain and less feedback, you’re looking for the semi-hollow guitar sound. Unlike their hollow brethren, a semi-hollow guitar body isn’t completely hollow on the inside the way an acoustic guitar is.

In the case of the iconic Gibson ES-335TD (possibly the most recognizable model in this class), a block of wood runs through the center of the body between two hollow cavities on the top and bottom. This is perhaps the most common aspect of a guitar that would make it “semi” hollow instead of full hollow.

Reverb offers a wide array of semi-hollow body guitars, from thinline Telecaster models from Fender as well as many of Rickenbacker's iconic designs like the fab 360-12, not to mention an entire genre of Gibson ES-335 imitators.

What are Semi-Hollow Guitars?

Semi-hollowbody electric guitars—also known as thinline guitars—often look like hollowbodies from the outside but contain some degree of solid construction in the body. Compared to full hollowbody designs, these guitars tend to feedback less and offer arguably more sustain in their sound while still giving the classic feel and sound of air moving through the guitar.

What are semi-hollow guitars good for?

Semi-hollow body electric guitars have a diverse sonic range and are strong contenders for everything from country and blues to progressive rock and beyond. They’re especially desired for their warm and resonant sound, and can be as punchy and bright as a full solid-bodied guitar.

Should I buy a semi-hollow guitar?

If you’re looking for a middle ground between the warm tone of a hollow body and the sustain and lack of feedback of a solid body guitar (with a little weight reduction, to boot), you should consider a semi-hollow guitar.

Can semi-hollow guitars be played acoustically?

Semi-hollow guitars do offer a louder acoustic sound than completely solid bodied guitars, but still not as much as a full hollow body guitar. It might work when played acoustically in a small room, but you probably wouldn’t want to mic it up on stage the way you would an acoustic guitar.

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