Best-Selling Semi-Hollow Body Guitars

The most popular semi-hollow body and ES-335-style guitars on Reverb, updated daily.

When the Gibson (Electric Spanish) ES-335 debuted in 1958, it was nothing short of an amplified revelation. Since the early ‘40s, manufacturers were trying to figure out how to stick a magnet on an archtop and project the guitar’s rich warmth enough to compete with big bands of the era. By adding a center block, acoustic bracing, and f-holes, they put a tamper on the feedback and gave rock, blues, and jazz guitarists a staple instrument.

There are as many 335-style semi-hollow bodies on the market as there are hit songs fueled by one. The familiar shape of the Ibanez Artcore AM93, the signature looks and tone of the Fender Thinline Tele, the rowdy rockabilly sensibilities of the Gretsch G5622T Electromatic: All have their attractive points, but it’s best to compare them side by side.

Find the best-selling models on Reverb, decide which one is the best fit for you, and start strumming out some warm, throaty hits of your own.

This page updates in real time with current data, so what you’re seeing is up-to-the-minute rankings. Click on each entry for more info and check out the bottom of the page for more details on buying a 335-style guitar.

What to Consider When Buying a Semi-Hollow Body Guitar

Shape

With acoustic design playing a larger role, the body is going to be a large factor in the sound you get. The Gibson or Epiphone ES-335 and its variants offer those room-filling rich harmonics, while sleeker options like the ES-339 and Fender Telecaster Thinline get you closer to solid-body sound with more bite.

Set vs. Bolt-On Neck

The sustain and resonance inherent in a semi-hollow body is a large part of their allure, and how the neck connects will affect response. A set neck will afford longer sustain but also runs for more money and a greater risk of breaking, while bolt-ons offer ease of repair and more affordable prices but less sustain.

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