No matter how aggressively I picked or
set up the amp, the chambered body and
maple/mahogany combination contributed
a woody resonance, while single notes
remained crisp and articulate.
Great Feel and Killer Sounds
When I first took our Semi-Hollow from
its big Cedar Creek case, I was pleased to
find it light at just 6. 85 pounds. I gave
both the headstock and bridge a little tap
and they resonated noticeably—a clue that
this would be a toneful guitar.
Hanging on my shoulders, the Semi-Hollow felt balanced and comfortable.
It also felt very compact, especially compared to Gretsch semi-hollowbodies or an
ES-335, which is a full 2" wider.
The neck has an inviting medium-sized
C profile, and with its 25" scale, 12" radius,
and smooth, low action, the guitar can feel
like it’s playing itself. It takes very little
effort to traverse the neck playing single-note lines or barre chords along its length.
The guitar feels just a little tight for bending, but that’s certainly attributable to its
.011 set of strings.
Unplugged, the Semi-Hollow has a
colorful and echoic character, thanks to
its chambered construction and wooden
tailpiece. The sound is warm and at times,
unmistakably mahogany-like, with a little
extra snap that’s likely attributable to the
Running through a Fender Pro Junior,
our Semi-Hollow—equipped with twin
Seymour Duncan ’ 59 humbuckers that can
be coil tapped—offered a broad spectrum
of killer tones. On the neck humbucker, the
tonally more diverse than a standard semi,
and its Brazilian-rosewood components
reflect a design sensibility you don’t often
see on offerings from major manufactur-
ers. And at around $5000, this completely
handmade guitar isn’t that much more than
a lot of big builder’s high-end offerings.
Artinger is rich and open sounding, which
called for some blues-rock meandering—
especially with an overdrive pedal in the
mix. And rolling back the tone and volume
conjured a harmonically rich jazz tone that
was perfect for some Wes Montgomery
But the Semi-Hollow also has a rude
side. The bridge humbucker has a penetrating tone that will cut and command
attention for fierce rock soloing and driving, forceful rhythm work. No matter how
aggressively I picked or set up the amp,
the chambered body and maple/mahogany
combination contributed a woody resonance, while single notes remained crisp
The Semi-Hollow would be a remarkable guitar on the strength of its humbucking sounds alone. But the coil-tapping
capabilities are a big bonus. By tapping
both coils and using various pickup combinations, each alone or together, I was able
to get sounds that were almost Fender-like
in the manner of Ernie Isley, but with some
of the hollowbody color of Leo Nocentelli’s
you’re in the market for a serious,
professional, and capable semi-
hollow that deviates from the norm.
you’re a traditionalist when it comes
to guitar design, or your billfold is
a little thin right now.
If you’re a semi-hollow aficionado searching
for a guitar that departs from the traditional
templates, you should definitely check out
an Artinger Semi-Hollow. This guitar looks,
feels, and sounds awesome. The mahogany
back and maple top tonewood combination
gives the Artinger an expansive range of
colorful and detailed tones. It’s lighter and
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