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Old 08-26-2017, 03:35 PM
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Yes. To a great degree, the models with the solid full-length center block are more or less like solid body guitars, with hollow wings. The version like I have with the stair step tailpiece is pretty much a fully hollow body with a fairly small bridge block, under the bridge.
That's great news (that I wish I'd known a couple of weeks ago . . . ., grrrr). I like to know which factory made what Korean guitar and so learned that SPG builds D'Angelicos -http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/D%27Angelico and http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/SPG_Musical_Instruments_Co

SPG was originally part of Samick http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/Samick_History

Serial number info: http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/Serial_Numbers#SPG

SPG's birth was the result of a bunch of Samick employees who didn't want to see their jobs shipped off to China when Samick went in search of the next-layer-lower labor force cost, so they bought the company and kept it in SK - I'll bet they do good work for its own sake - I know those D'Angelicos look good.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-26-2017, 07:26 PM
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That's great news (that I wish I'd known a couple of weeks ago . . . ., grrrr). I like to know which factory made what Korean guitar and so learned that SPG builds D'Angelicos -http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/D%27Angelico and http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/SPG_Musical_Instruments_Co

SPG was originally part of Samick http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/Samick_History

Serial number info: http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/Serial_Numbers#SPG

SPG's birth was the result of a bunch of Samick employees who didn't want to see their jobs shipped off to China when Samick went in search of the next-layer-lower labor force cost, so they bought the company and kept it in SK - I'll bet they do good work for its own sake - I know those D'Angelicos look good.

Thanks for the info.
That's interesting to know!

One thing is clear to me from direct experience: South Korean D'Angelicos are made as beautifully and exquisitely as any Gibson I've owned or seen - and very reasonably priced for the fine quality and tone that they exhibit. I would eagerly recommend them to anyone interested.
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Old 08-26-2017, 09:43 PM
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My MIL lives just north of K'Zoo - when it's time for her funeral, I'm definitely hitting that tour
How incredibly gracious of you.
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:03 PM
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I own a Samick Greg Bennett Royale (thin line semi with Florentine cutaway) and it's an amazing guitar for the money.
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:01 PM
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How incredibly gracious of you.
Easy does it - it was a joke, that's why I put that little winky thing there at the end, so nobody would get upset about my MIL joke.
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Old 08-27-2017, 01:35 PM
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Heritage and D'Angelico were 2 of the companies on my hollow body short list. Neither had a small laminate fully hollow body, so I didn't go further, but those are great guitars, imo. The D'Angelico I was considering, EXCEL-SS, is made in Korea (whose quality I like), though others in their line are custom built in the USA (preferred, when I can do it).

I didn't start out looking for the semi/hollow sound, but once I A/B'd stuff I liked on both and came to appreciate the differences between solid body and semi/hollow, I knew I had to get one.

This was part of my inspiration:

Heritage's 'Prospect' is a smaller, laminate top/back semi hollow that might work for you. It has a 15" lower bout. Then, there's the H-530 with the same dimensions a Gibson ES-335 but Laminated top and back -and fully hollow.

I have a Heritage H-535, an H-155 Millennium, and their version of the Gibson Les Paul Standard, an H-150. There's a level of craftsmanship you feel when you pick them up. Every one is comparable to Gibson Custom Shop product.

IMO, they're the most overlooked gems in the guitar industry.
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Old 08-27-2017, 01:59 PM
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Heritage's 'Prospect' is a smaller, laminate top/back semi hollow that might work for you. It has a 15" lower bout. Then, there's the H-530 with the same dimensions a Gibson ES-335 but Laminated top and back -and fully hollow.

I have a Heritage H-535, an H-155 Millennium, and their version of the Gibson Les Paul Standard, an H-150. There's a level of craftsmanship you feel when you pick them up. Every one is comparable to Gibson Custom Shop product.

IMO, they're the most overlooked gems in the guitar industry.
I appreciate the extra Heritage info and agree with your observations (based only on what I've read elsewhere). My most recent GAS search just ended with my purchase of a Gibson ES 390, which is a 14" lower bout fully-hollow laminate b/s guitar. For reasons expressed above somewhere, I wanted close to 335 (semi/lam) tone in a smaller package (basically, and rightly or wrongly, I concluded that the smaller body needed to eliminate the center block to get the most interior space for closest 335 tone). Heritage offers the smaller bout in a lam, but not a fully-hollow lam, and its fully-hollows all have 16" bouts. If I decide to try a semi, however, Heritage is at the top of my must-check-it-out list.
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Musician's Friend has for their stupid deal of the day a D'Angelico Excel series exl-1 hollowbody electric guitar with stair-step tailpiece blue burst for $699. Deal is only for September the 6th 2017.
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:46 PM
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I appreciate the extra Heritage info and agree with your observations (based only on what I've read elsewhere). My most recent GAS search just ended with my purchase of a Gibson ES 390, which is a 14" lower bout fully-hollow laminate b/s guitar. For reasons expressed above somewhere, I wanted close to 335 (semi/lam) tone in a smaller package (basically, and rightly or wrongly, I concluded that the smaller body needed to eliminate the center block to get the most interior space for closest 335 tone). Heritage offers the smaller bout in a lam, but not a fully-hollow lam, and its fully-hollows all have 16" bouts. If I decide to try a semi, however, Heritage is at the top of my must-check-it-out list.
http://heritageguitar.com/guitar/prospect-standard/

Actually the Prospect has a floating center block. In other words it is hollow under the block. The block only attaches to the top part of the guitar. Very hollow sounding as a result.
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