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  •  Technically... (9+ / 0-)

    ...a semi-hollow body guitar, the Gibson ES series had a block of wood in the center, which made the instrument less prone to unwanted feedback.  
    Now, that other guy you referenced played a Gibson Byrdland in his early years, and that is an actual hollow-body electric. Sadly, his unusual choice of instrument wound up being the most remarkable thing about his guitar playing, which was basically run-of-the-mill bar band boogie. And he switched over to solid body instruments some years ago.

    •  electric spanish... (5+ / 0-)
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      was the generic tag for everything from es-5, to the 125, 225, 140t, etc. the 335/45/55 series from the late fifties were the semi hollows (except the 330, a true hollow body) and can be great guitars, i have a 1964 345 and its a magnificent instrument. and despite the usage of the short scale byrdland by a sad waste of oxygen, its origins are pure pedigree. billy byrd and hank garland (the byrd and land) helped gibson build a truly different flavor for gibson. and my condolences to mr lee's family and loved ones.
      tung sol

      There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

      by tung sol on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:15:36 PM PST

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    •  Clapton used a 335 in his Cream days (4+ / 0-)
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      but the master of the semi-hollow has to be B.B. King.  I have an Epiphone version.  Roy Orbison, too, favored those, and and a lot of '60s guys played semi-hollow (or fully hollow) Gretsches and Rickenbackers.  

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:43:34 PM PST

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