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    Default SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    Hi,
    Has anyone done this? How did it turn out?

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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    Would be curious about this, too. I think it might feedback pretty easily, in good and bad ways.
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    Hey Mincer! Yeah maybe hey. I have a pearly gates bridge (around 8k) in a 339 and I still get feedback if Im using distortion or overdrive. I've even had weird experiences with stock Epiphone PAF type pickups - notably using an Orange amp.. But there's a good chance I was just too close to the amp, we didn't have much space.
    I was thinking to just go with a 59 in the bridge then!

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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    We're talking about the 59/Custom hybrid here, right?
    I think that it would work fine in a 335. Sure, you might have to dial back the tone a bit, but I think that it would work.

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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    The tone is probably fantastic. The worry would be possible feedback (the bad kind) at stage volume. It might not even be a problem, as the pickup isn't THAT hot. It's just a concern. For bedroom playing or recording it's probably awesome. My personal preference would probably be to swap in an A4 or UOA5 magnet, but ymmv.

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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    Well, feedback is always a concern with high preamp gain, high volume and a semi-hollow. Some people avoid it by just facing the amp away from them, or jut being far away from the amp. I not ever play with that much gain, so I use unpotted Antiquities with my Eastman 335 clone- I get feedback, but only the good kind.
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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    I have a BB3 in my 335 and it feeds back pretty easily, even on larger bar stages. I have a Schecter 339 style with an SH16 that is chambered instead of ply and is ok with lower levels of gain, heavier rock tones require a lot of attention to volume knobs. I frequently leave my neck volume rolled off and quickly flick the toggle when I'm not playing.

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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    It really depends on your amp, speakers, settings, if yiu use pedals, etc.
    I played a 335 with a really hot bridge pickup with no problems at all. It is definitely worth trying the Hybrid!

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    With a warm, rich unoriented magnet (A2 or UOA5), the '59/Custom would be very nice in a semi-hollow.
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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Locher View Post
    It really depends on your amp, speakers, settings, if yiu use pedals, etc.
    I played a 335 with a really hot bridge pickup with no problems at all. It is definitely worth trying the Hybrid!
    In the mid 2000s I met a guy who'd installed a Distortion in a 60s vintage ES-335 back in the 80s. Not only did it not have feedback issues, it sounded amazing.
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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    I don’t see how a pickup is going to affect feedback with a semi-hollow.

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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    Quote Originally Posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
    I don’t see how a pickup is going to affect feedback with a semi-hollow.
    Well, a hot pickup in concert with high gain and high volume can cause feedback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Well, a hot pickup in concert with high gain and high volume can cause feedback.
    I agree, but a semi-hollow at high volume with any amount of gain feeds back very easily. Seems kind of like juggling 6 balls, then deciding not to try 7 because you might drop one

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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    If you use a decent noise gate, you should be able to stop any unwanted feedback by muting the strings.

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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    Here is an Epiphone Dot Studio with a JB (way hotter than a 59/Custom). The amp is a 100 watt Marshall combo. The squeel you hear early on is the Blackstar/Ibanez on the right. Check out 2:20 or so for some cool rockstar moves. At the end of the bridge / intro solo I point the guitar right at the amp. I think you'll be fine...but that's me.

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    Ted Nugent Birdland high gain and volume. Anyone who saw him live in the late 70's knows you will be fine!
    Thinking hard about dropping the Hybrid I have on hand into my Carvin AE 185 semi hollow.
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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    I would think the Hybrid would be fine in the Carvin- it isn't quite like a 335 or Byrdland in it's hollowness.
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    Default Re: SH-16 in Semi-hollow body 335

    Quote Originally Posted by blueman335 View Post
    With a warm, rich unoriented magnet (A2 or UOA5), the '59/Custom would be very nice in a semi-hollow.
    ^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^

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