This page picks out the best cheap hollow body guitars (also known as
semi-acoustic guitars) as rated by
of players. Guitarists on a budget can now get that sweet tone only a
sound box can produce.
Every guitarist should have a hollow body at
hand to open up their tonal range and inspire their creativity in new
As with the solid bodies, as little as $400 will get you
a high quality
semi or full hollow... as long as you know where to look...
Hollow Body #1 (Semi HB)
version of the Gibson ES-335, and just as well
known (for the
right reasons!). It's a big
sounding semi, so even if you were specifically looking for a full
open up your options a bit.
If you're after a quality double cut archtop, backed by the mighty
Gibson, the Epiphone
Dot is simply incredible
value for money.
Versatile semi - good for rock as well as
jazz & blues
Well rounded, balanced tone with plenty
of high end bite
Quality bridge and tuners = great sustain
Humbuckers / Hardware: Chrome / Scale: 24.75 in. / Nut Width: 1.68 in.
/ Neck Joint: Set / Neck: Mahogany / Fingerboard: Rosewood /
Body: Laminated Maple / Top: Laminated Maple
What users say
Classic Gibson features (big curves, fat set
neck), but surprisingly versatile. All the cost cutting measures from
the Gibson original have been the right ones, preserving everything
that matters - tone, build and playability.
stock humbuckers produce a wide variety of tones, from vintage jangly
to boxy and boomy. It even has just enough snarl for arty punk and your
raunchier blues numbers.
The Epiphone Dot is not the mellowest
sounding hollow body, so if you like your rhythm playing with a funky
bite you'll appreciate being able to cut through the mix a bit more
without sacrificing those warm box tones. The Dot is often seen/heard
used in a rock context so you can be assured it will handle any
distortion you throw at it.
Saying that, many have
changed the stock pickups in an attempt to get something more
specific to their tastes. Personal preference will dictate whether you
do the same.
Well rounded is how you could best describe the
Dot. You can get so much out of it, which is exactly what tempts more
open minded players
away from the Les Paul to the ES-335. If you want a classic hollow body
that will still be able to handle modern, distorted sounds
without the unwelcome side of feedback at stage volumes,
is a solid pick. It's a gem even to the "played there, played
Hollow Body #2 (Full HB)
Artcore series is always a sure bet. It's always one
of the first budget conscious recommendations you'll get from more
experienced hollow body players. Ignoring for a moment the very
reasonable price tag
though, it's seen by many as just a good guitar for any price. The
its own, in other words.
Impeccably crafted and assembled, you can be
confident you'll be ready to play out of the box. With the quality of
construction and finish, you're left asking how they can possibly make
it at this price. Well, ok, cheap labour might have something
The Ibanez AG75 truly is a
work of art, bearing striking resemblence
to Gibson's classic ES-175 jazz box.
stock humbuckers feed through what can only be described as a scooped
clarity. So you have that mellow jazzy vibe from the sound box, but the
pickups and the wood separate each note in the chord cleanly and
Give the bridge pickup some gain and you have some surprisingly
cutting, yet not harsh, lead tones. The rockers will have enough to
play with here (just learn to control the feedback - this is a full
hollow body!), whereas the jazz, funk and blues players will truly feel
at home in the neck position.
With grover tuners and solid strap buttons, you can rely on the AG75 to
take you through a lengthy set.
boxy, resonant, big and beautiful - everything a full hollow body
Guitars on This Page
Not sure which one is right for you? This comparison table might help...
who want a versatile semi that will handle distortion and rock as well
as jazz & blues.
who want a more traditional, full bodied jazz box.
ES-335, double cutaway. Well balanced sound.