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The semi-hollow electric has been played by guitarists of every genre; from Keith Richards to Larry Carlton, Freddie King to Mick Goodrick, Wolfgang Muthspiel to Robben Ford, and John Scofield.

Some of my favorite recordings done on a semi-hollow are 'In Passing'(Mick Goodrick); 'Miles of Aisles'(Joni Mitchell with Tom Scott and the LA Express), 'Still Warm'(John Scofield) and too many others to mention.

I've owned several semis during my career.

Recently, I had the opportunity to play an Eastman T386, their version of the classic Gibson ES335. Unlike a lot of other guitar makers, Eastman guitars are in essence, made by hand. No CNC machines, only pin routers, bandsaws and highly skilled luthiers.

It's an exemplary instrument. It feels and looks like an older guitar, and has the sound of an older instrument, without the limitations of a vintage guitar. The fretwork is perfect. All of the Eastman electrics use Jescar fretwire. The nitro finish is evenly applied, and very lightly, so that the wood really breathes. The hardware is Gotoh, and the pickups are designed by Kent Armstrong. It's easily the quality of guitars costing 2-3 times as much.

Many thanks to Eastman for an incredible semi-hollow.







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