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The Kurt Rosenwinkel Forum » Tag: semihollow - Recent Posts http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ The Kurt Rosenwinkel Forum » Tag: semihollow - Recent Posts en Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:36:45 +0000 gleepglop_ on "How to make a Semi-Hollow guitar play more easily?" http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/topic/how-to-make-a-semi-hollow-guitar-play-more-easily#post-14401
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gleepglop_ 14401@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>No, it's not common.<br /> To be honest, it sounds like there is something wrong with the guitar. Semihollow guitars are not normally any more difficult to play than hollowbodies or solidbodies. </p> <p>First thing, it's important to be clear what tension is.<br /> <strong>The angle of the neck does not affect string tension.<br /> </strong><br /> The "break angle" of the string at the bridge and nut can affect "feel" though not the actual tension. This mainly causes the string to feel stiffer close to the bridge/nut (if the angle is high). It's usually a fairly small effect—to the point that I don't think I've every really noticed it. </p> <p>Actual tension is determined by the interaction of three things:<br /> 1) Mass per unit length of the string (roughly, how heavy/dense the string is)<br /> 2) Pitch the string is tuned to<br /> 3) vibrating string length (i.e., scale length).</p> <p>Higher mass = more tension at pitch (assuming pitch and length are held constant)<br /> Higher pitch = more tension (assuming mass and length are held constant)<br /> Longer string length = more tension (assuming pitch and mass are held constant)</p> <p>So, point 1: 12s are totally within normal tension for any standard hollow or semi-hollowbody and should not cause any problems for someone with decent technique. So the increased mass is not likely the problem, though I don't know what you were used to before. Most acoustic guitars have at least 12s on them.<br /> Point 2: I assume you are using standard pitch, so this is not likely the issue<br /> Point 3: I assume that it was built with a standard scale length between 24.75in and 25.5in. A 25.5in scale will feel a bit tense if you are used to 24.75in, but not so much that you'd feel like you're fighting the guitar. This might be a factor but probably not. </p> <p>If you are used to light strings (11s or under) and a short scale, then the 12s and a 25+in scale might be enough to make you a little uncomfortable, but based on your description I don't think the tension really is the problem.</p> <p>It does sound like probably the action is too high. This has nothing to do with tension in itself (an exception is if the tension is so high that it warps the neck, which usually takes months or years, and which really shouldn't happen with normal tuning, normal strings, and proper construction).</p> <p><strong>The truss rod does not adjust the action, only the relief in the neck. If the relief is correct, trying to use the truss rod to adjust the action will cause problems.</strong></p> <p>Based on your description, it sounds like the neck angle is nonstandard. If the angle is too small, this is why you can't lower the bridge any more to lower the action. I have a hollowbody like this (it was actually done intentionally, though), and it required a custom bridge that was lower than a standard bridge. </p> <p>Without any more info, I'd guess that the only solutions would be to reset the neck at a standard angle or to make a custom bridge that was low enough to get decent action with the current angle. </p>
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fakejake 14400@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Could you post a picture of the guitar? This might help finding the reason for the high string tension. </p>
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Thu, 17 Mar 2016 23:56:30 +0000
Din 14394@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Hello!</p> <p>I got a new semihollow guitar in november, made by a guitar maker friend.<br /> The guitar looks stunning and sounds very nice, but I'm having a difficult time playing it because of how much tension the strings have.<br /> I have very good technique and with any other guitar I can play whatever I want, but with this one i'm very limited.<br /> My friend told me that the guitar has a lot of tension on the strings because I'm using 0.12 and because of the angle in which the neck is joined to the body (which I think it's common).<br /> I didn't thought this could happen when we were designing the guitar, I thought it would be able to be played like butter.<br /> I never played a semihollow before, just 3 hollowbodies and their playing was super easy, even more easy than on solidbodies.</p> <p>The action can't be lowered anymore on the bridge, maybe just a little from the neck truss rod.</p> <p>What could be happening and what can I do to fix this situation? Is it common to have a SH that isn't easy to play?</p> <p>Thanks! </p>
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rjzol6c6e 13884@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Hello schwa. Again as I stated before, the Fatboy has 24 frets so it pushes the neck pickup maybe and inch closer to the bridge which is going to decrease a touch some of the deeper lows, low mids being fed to the pickup by design. However, I believe the fatboy throws some of that back by resonating the strings themselves through actual vibration. The top feels likes its moving air although there is no f hole. Its a fast guitar transient but not as immediate as a solid body. Also there is a robust airy sound that is its own. I am not familair with much of Moreno but I do not believe the guitar itself is thin, but believe the guitar equipped with stock Holdsworth pickups it just too bright. Better bright than muddy, but I've changed the entire sonic spectrum on mine with the Harmonic design z90 pickups. These pickups increased the low end, kept the mid range intact, and also gives me the slicey but not harsh top end that single coils offer. If im playing a fusion type piece, ala Wayne Krantz, I can get there with the tone maxed,,,however if I shave it down slighty and change my attack and volume,,,,,wala ,,kurt territory. I have not had a problem with feedback, although it will feedback. It can contain itself at bar level playing and rehearsal playing( unless your turning the gain to super high levels, which doesn't appeal to me with a guitar of this type or any other for that matter) . Remember,pickup height,and tone cap selection as well as potentiometer choices are often very overlooked. I am sure many guitars have been scrapped or are sitting in cases screaming to get out and be played because of mix match choices. Hope this helps! Bob </p>
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Poparad 13850@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>I used 250k pots and .047 MFD caps.</p> <p>The neck pickup has a nice big sound to it. If you're going for the Moreno thing, I think this could get you in the ballpark.</p> <p>For feedback, acoustically it's like any semi-hollow. Not as resistant as a solid body, but not as bad as a true hollowbody. I don't have issues with using it for louder rock contexts. I did have an issue with the pickups squealing (they're unpotted), so I did my own wax potting job to them and it fixed that up right away. </p>
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schwa 13849@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Thanks for the responses!<br /> Poparad and rjzol, can you elaborate on the neck pickup sound? I go for a pretty Moreno-ish sound (think the solo fr Karma on invisible cinema...) Is the neck sound too thin to get me there?<br /> Also, how is the guitar with feedback?<br /> Thanks </p>
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aramaya 13837@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Poparad, what pots and caps did you use? I have a Hofner very thin that I love playing but would<br /> like to darken the bridge pickup a bit. </p>
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Poparad 13836@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>I also play a Fatboy, and I love it. The above post is right: it's kind of it's own sound. It's got the warmth of a hollowbody, but the bite of a Strat. It is a very bright guitar stock, so I replaced the tone pots and caps with some lower values so I could darken up the tone the way I like. It's not going to sound as full and fat as a traditional 135 or 335 style hollow. A bit thinner, but also more focused and crisp than those guitars. I have a Gibson ES 135, and although I love the fullness, it can get tubby and muddy sounding too easily, especially in the low end.</p> <p>The guitar is super comfortable to play. The neck is very fat, but in an ergonomic way. The entire fretboard is easy to reach, and it's a pretty lighweight instrument. </p>
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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:58:09 +0000
rjzol6c6e 13835@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Hello schwa. I have a beautiful Carvin holdsworth fatboy guitar. I did not like the humbuckers that came with the guitar as I felt they were too bright . I put in some Harmonic Design z90 big single coils and its sounds great. You can mess with the tone caps to taylor your high end, or roll down the treble a touch to get more of a jazzier sound. As far as the box itself it resonates like crazy, because the back and the top do not touch the bracing at all except for under the bridge. Keep in mind that the neck pickup is closer to the bridge(24frets) than most gibson scale guitars but, it's a sound all its own worth checking out. I have not tried the newer semi guitars from Carvin. The hollowness of the guitar translates well through the pickups and is dynamic. Id check them out if you get a chance. I love mine. thanks </p> <p><a href="http://carvinbbs.com/viewtopic.php?p=547796#547796" rel="nofollow">http://carvinbbs.com/viewtopic.php?p=547796#547796</a> </p>
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:48:38 +0000
schwa 13833@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>FWIW, the rest of my rig is</p> <p>xotic bb preamp -- boss dd3 (always on) -- Fulltone Fatboost (usually on) -- polytone minibrute 3 </p>
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schwa 13832@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Hey, everybody,</p> <p>So I've been getting closer to the sound in my head, but I am starting to feel like my guitar is getting in my way. For a long time, I played a 1967 Guild CE100D, and then started using a Strat with humbuckers (Dimarzio Air Classics) to get a more focused, modern sound.<br /> Anyways, the strat feels kind of dead in some spots on the neck, and I don't know how much I like the long scale length. So I'm going to sell some gear and get a new guitar.</p> <p>So, my question is:<br /> 1: Has anyone here tried any Carvin semi-hollows? I'm interested in the HF2 FatBoy and the single and double cutaway semis, and curious about the HH2 headless.<br /> 2. How different are semi hollow and solid body? can you get a good tone (I'm thinking Kurt, Mike Moreno, "that sound") from a solid body?<br /> 3: what other guitars should I be looking at ?</p> <p>Thanks! </p>
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nowjazz 11739@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>I have tow guitars for sale, The Sadowsky is all new( Violin burst), plays and sounds perfect with super low action! 3000€<br /> The D'Angelico is from 2002 whit solid spruce top (natural), sounds fantastic and very easy to play! 2500€<br /> Original hardcase included.</p> <p>Send me a email for pix.</p> <p><a href="mailto:per-oscar.nilsson@hotmail.com">per-oscar.nilsson@hotmail.com</a></p> <p>Malmo, Sweden. </p>
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classiceast 6925@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Take a serious look at a nice EQ pedal.<br /> I manage to fatten up my tone on 012 and 016 strings quite a bit with an EQ. </p>
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Sat, 24 Mar 2012 11:57:42 +0000
Joxo 6924@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Are your e,b,g strings very low adjusted ? Try to get the string a bit higher from the fretboard and se.<br /> Also to get a fat tone with that Kurt type energy u need a heavy large pick.<br /> A stock sadowsky should be fine and do what u ask if its setup right. If it is, then keep on play it to figure it out. A new instrument almost always needs a lot of time to be understod. /j </p>
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jorgemg1984 6922@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Good ones jake, don't know why I forgot them! </p>
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fakejake 6921@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>have you tried raising the pickup height just on the treble side?<br /> i experimented a lot with the pickup and polepiece height on my 335 until i found the 'sweet spot'. </p> <p>another parameter you can experiment with is where you actually pick the strings, closer to the bridge or closer to the neck. again, i feel every guitar has a sweep spot in this regard. </p>
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jorgemg1984 6920@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>Those two strings are tough to manage in the guitar - I don't like them too fat (spiky) nor too thin (bright). Here's some ideas</p> <p>1) You can keep increasing gauge, I am using 015 019 these days</p> <p>2) A new pickup</p> <p>3) A good EQ pedal that gives you more control over those frequencies</p> <p>4) Have you tried messing with the bass on the amp? The bass fattens the overal tone sometimes.</p> <p>Good luck! </p>
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Tazdingooooo 6919@http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/forum/ <p>I've recently purchased a Sadowsky Semi-hollow. The craftsmanship is undoubtedly impeccable, the low register is very warm and resonant and the guitar has great responsiveness and sensitivity.</p> <p>However, compared to my old Ibanez Gibson ES 335 copy, the unwound B and E strings on the Sadowsky sound a bit thin despite the great clarity. I've increased the string gauge from 12 to 13 (12's sound and feel like 10's on this guitar for some reason), raised the pole pieces, played with the EQ, but still failed to fatten the sound of these two strings. I'm looking for the tone that Kurt has on his Untitled Improvisation video (clear and textured but still fat). In that video, his high strings sound like they have higher tension, and thicker and "grabbier" (I know this comes down partially to technique).</p> <p>I've gone to the luthier and tried on a few heavier bridges and tailpieces, since the issue was acoustic. They succeeded in fattening out the tone, but also dulled it down. In the end I opted to keep the sensitivity of the Sadowsky tailpiece and bridge.</p> <p>ANY IDEAS?? </p>