View Full Version : Chambered vs. Semi-hollow bodies

03-01-2013, 11:52 PM
Hi guys,

I remember from the BAM days, someone X-rayed their guitars, and showed the different routing between the chambered models vs. the semi-hollow bodies. (I'm talking about the semi-hollow WITHOUT F-holes.) Is there any consensus regarding what each style of routing does from a tonal standpoint? Does anyone still have those X-rays?

What are the differences in sustain?


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03-01-2013, 11:55 PM
Wish granted.


03-02-2013, 07:06 AM
Thanks, Hans!

Now...which sounds better? Solid, chambered, or semi hollow? :)

03-02-2013, 07:40 AM
Contact TAG, Brad...hasn't he already done a complete and thorough dissertation on the differences between the two? With sound clips as I recall. Just can't remember where he posted it.

03-02-2013, 08:36 AM
Now...which sounds better? Solid, chambered, or semi hollow? :)All of the above. ; - )

03-02-2013, 08:39 AM
So, without bumping that old thread, did anyone ever x-ray one of the SC245s?

BTW, the LP cork sniffers debate this all the time although the old method of swiss cheese weight relieving used by them is a little less scientific. Most seem to be divided on the subject of solid vs chambered vs. weight relieved.

03-02-2013, 08:52 AM
I only have real experience with one semi hollow PRS. My Artist 1 is semi hollow and weighs 6.2 lbs. It sounds really good, with perhaps just a tiny bit of an EQ scoop...just a little brightness or "sizzle". But I don't know if that's due to the body or the Artist pickups.