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Hollow and Semi-Hollowbody Guitars
Modern hollowbody guitars date back to the 1920's, when Lloyd Loar designed the Gibson L5. They're defined by a full, hollow body with an arched top and back that are either carved or presssed out of a single piece of wood or laminate.

The bracing is different from a flattop guitar, and they have f-holes for a timeless look and distinctive sound with plenty of midrange. Cutaways come in two flavors, round (Venetian) or sharp (Florentine). Brand-specific design elements include the cast of the trapeze tailpiece, the cut of the pickguard and the trademark headstock shape.
Semi-hollowbody guitars have thinner bodies that are not entirely hollow. Their purpose is to bridge the gap between hollowbody and solidbody guitars. The Gibson ES-335 was the first to appear in 1958, using as solid center block running right through it.

With feedback reduced and sustain increased, it still retained the important tonal qualities of a full-hollowbody while permitting the use of stoptail-type bridges. Multiple variations exist now with models sporting f-holes, not-so-f-holes or none. They're all made with hollow chambers to create their magic sound.
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