The choice among hollow body guitars is ultimately quite large and in the end depends a lot on the specific preferences of a particular person. Whether someone prefers a hollow body guitar for live performances or for the rehearsal setting, and more importantly depending on specific sound preferences deriving out of the playable genre.
Hollow body guitars are well-known and appreciated for their long sustain and good bright sound. This is complemented however by some great warm clean tone, for which hollow body guitars are renowned for. All of it makes them the best option for genres like blues or jazz.
In order to make choosing the best hollow body guitar easier, this list here aims at bringing out some of the best guitars currently out there. The list includes guitars in the medium, as well as in the higher price range.
1. Gretsch Guitars G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody Electric Guitar
This great hollow body guitar comes with a bound single-cutaway hollowbody with some nice bound f-holes and a good maple neck. It features a bound 22 fret medium jumbo rosewood fingerboard with hump-block pearloid inlays.
Other main features include some fine Black Top Filter’Tron pickups, a three-position pickup switch, classic “G” arrow control knobs, and a rosewood based Adjusto-Matic bridge. The guitar also comes with a Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece.
All in all this guitar sounds very good, and does not really cost that much for the actual quality it gives. It works great in live settings and is a pretty versatile hollow body guitar.
2. Ibanez LGB30 George Benson Signature Hollow Electric Guitar
This nice Ibanez comes with a spruce top and flamed maple back and sides. It also features a 3-piece Artstar mahogany/maple set-in neck, an ART-1 bridge and a 20 fret bound ebony fretboard with pearl and abalone block inlay. The guitar features a pair of high quality Super 58 custom pickups and a LGB30 tailpiece.
This great hollow body guitar is well suited for blues and jazz, but works for a variety of genres. It is not the cheapest hollow body, but one of the best for blues and jazz.
3. Epiphone Emperor Swingster Hollowbody Electric Guitar
The Epiphone Emperor Swingster comes with a single-cutaway archtop laminated maple/birch body and select spruce top. It also features a set 3-piece hard maple slim-tapered neck, and a 20 fret rosewood bridge and fingerboard with thumbnail inlays. It has a pair of good quality Swingbucker pickups and Grover Rotomatic 16:1 tuners, as well as a Bigsby vibrato with wire arm tailpiece.
This great Epiphone hollow body works well for jazz, country and rockabilly. It also has a relatively moderate cost, so it would be a value for money deal.
4. Gretsch Guitars G6120 Eddie Cochran Hollowbody Electric Guitar
This great Gretsch hollow body comes with a three-ply arched maple back and three-ply maple sides, while also having a maple top. It also has some double-bound oversized “F” holes, while featuring a 2-piece maple neck along with a 22 fret rosewood fretboard and bridge.
The guitar utlizes a DynaSonic single-coil bridge pickup, and a Lindy Fralin “dog ear” single-coil neck pickup, while other features include a Bigsby B6GBVF tailpiece along with gold and polished aluminum hardware and Grover V98G Sta-Tite tuners.
This rather expensive Gretsch sounds truly great, and the rather high price of the guitar should be the only drawback. It works well in any live setting and is great to play.
5. Guild A-150 Savoy Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar
This great hollow body guitar that features a Guild A-150 body comes with laminated flame maple back and sides, as well as an arched solid spruce top. The guitar features a Vintage Soft “U” 3-Piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck and a 20 fret rosewood fretboard and bridge.
It also comes with a great DeArmond 1000 “Rhythm Chief” floating archtop pickup, as well as Grover Sta-Tite Die-Cast tuners and an Opaque Plexi pickguard.
It is a rather expensive guitar, but again it gives you a lot of quality for the money spent.
6. Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino Natural
This rather expensive Epiphone comes with 5-ply maple back and sides, as well as a maple top. It also features a one-piece mahogany neck and a 22 fret rosewood fingerboard. The guitar has a P90 USA single coil rhythm pickup, and a P90 USA single coil reverse treble pickup. Other features include nickel hardware, 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle controls and Grover tuners.
The Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino has some fine pickups and hardware, and sounds truly great. It is rather on the expensive side though, which is however its only drawback.
7. Gibson ES-330L Electric Guitar
This great Gibson comes with a plain maple laminated top, back and rims, as well as a fully hollow double-cut body. It also features a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck with long narrow tenon and a 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid small block inlays.
The pickups are great Vintage style dog-ear P90 single-coils, while other features include a trapeze tailpiece, ABR-1 bridge and kluson-style tulip button tuners.
All in all it is a great sounding hollow body guitar from Gibson that completely justifies its rather hefty price.
8. Rickenbacker 360W Hollowbody Electric Guitar
This fine Rickenbacker comes with a nice walnut body and a set-in maple neck, along with a 22 fret maple fingerboard and a 6 saddle bridge. It has 2 hi-gain pickups and Schaller machine heads, and is quite renowned for its great warm sound. Rickenbacker guitars have built a fine reputation and this great hollow body keeps this fine reputation intact.
9. PRS Hollowbody II with 10-Top Electric Guitar
This nice hollow body guitar features a carved figured maple 10-Top with mahogany sides, as well as a carved figured maple back. It also has a mahogany neck and a pattern neck carve, along with a 22 fret bound East Indian rosewood fretboard with Ivory/brown bird inlays. The PRS Hollowbody II also comes with a PRS Piezo stoptail bridge and some fine 57/08 pickups.
The downside of this fine guitar is obviously its price. While it is a great guitar then perhaps the extravagant price tag will scare possible buyers away.
10. Taylor T5z Classic Acoustic Electric Guitar
This fine Taylor acoustic-electric hollow body guitar comes with sapele back and sides, as well as a tropical mahagony top. It has a sapele neck, an ebony fingerboard and headstock overlay. The guitar also comes with a three-pickup configuration of an acoustic body sensor, as well as a visible bridge humbucker and a concealed neck humbucker. It also features five-way switching and onboard tone controls.
All in all it is a great acoustic-electric hollow body guitar that works fine for any live shows and for various genres.