Well, there are many articles talking about this problem but I found them not too clear about the body styles and the pickups, which are one of the most important criteria when looking for an electric guitar. Check this out if you don’t really know what body style suits you the most or what type of pick up to choose.
1. BODY STYLES
Based on body type, guitars are divided into three main categories: hollow, semi-hollow and solid. Sure we know the clear distinctions of the three, but the biggest impact that is relevant to how each type of guitar will sound like. In general, most are suitable for any kind of music but some are designed especially for specific genres.
- Hollow Body
The hollow body, just like its name: it is completely hollow inside, is the original design of electric guitars. The great Charlie Christian and Eddie DurhamHollow-bodied guitars have laid their handson the Gibson ES-150 in their jazz songs, even though it is also famous with folk, country, rock and roll musicians. The hollow body is very good at providing warm and mellow tones, so if you are looking for these, then this is the one for you. But don’t think hollow-bodied electric guitars can’t give raunchy and sweet distortion, in fact, they do that very well. So in conclusion, a proper hollow body guitar can help youto produce great classic blues or rock sound.
- Solid Body
This is by far the most common body type in the world, and maybe the most iconic ever made. Solid-body guitars are designed to handle the widest range of tones, reduce feedback and increase sustain thanks to their construction. This style is like, born to play incrdebly well rock and alternative music. Howerver, even if you can’t make up your mind of what type of music you are going to play, it’s not likely that you will pick up the wrong one.
- Semi-Hollow Body
Like a mix between hollow and solid body guitars, semi-hollows are made like this: hollow inside but still have a solid wood block running through the center of the body. This design achieves is meant to increase the sustain and reduced feedback of solid-bodied guitars, as well as retaine the mellow tones of hollow-bodied guitars. This is why semi-hollow guitars have become extremely popular with blues musicians such as Freddie King and Chuck Berry. The combination between mellow and sweet, crunchy and awesome sounds makes these kind of guitars become the king of classic sound.
The pickup is one of major fators that make produce the sound of the guitar. Simple explanation, it is a magnet that is wrapped around by a coil of wire which receives strings vibration and then transfers it into electrical signals that can be amplified as a sound at the end.
Normally, there are two main types of pickups: single coil and double coil (or humbicker).
Single coil pickups are made up of a single wire coil, representing the simplest form of pickup technology nowadays. Single coils brings about punchy, bright sound with the drawback that tends to make a lot of noises under the form of a hum.
The dual coil or humbucker, which is said to “buck the hum” common in single coil pickups. Like the name, it’s about two single coil pickups are set together to help a richer, more powerful tone that has no extra noise. While it is said to be the last choice of them all, since many players prefer the brighter, punchier tone that single coils bring back.