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So then, four guitars that can all be classed as semis, but each with its own distinct character in terms of construction, feel, sound and playability.
The Xtone PS-2 is impressive in terms of its good build, more solidbody feel and overall playability. Of the four, it’s the one more likely to appeal to those with heavy rock tastes who want to acquire the classic look of the semi-hollow, but still rock hard.
PRS’s SE Custom Semi- Hollow instantly gives you classy PRS looks with masses of vibe and fabulous build quality, all in a compact package that’s a sniff under £700 and much cheaper on the street. Here’s a guitar that might feel like a solidbody but really works like a good semi. This isn’t an easy feat to achieve, but it’s proof that PRS’s SE line is about more than just building affordable versions of its USA guitars - this one is unique.
Vintage’s AV3H might not be in the same league as the PRS in terms of fit and finish but it’s one of our favourite models in the brand’s ‘Advance’ line. It could almost be the perfect semi/solid hybrid - it’s nimble, the neck is ideal and it offers almost every variant of semihollow tones possible. Even with its minor finishing issues, the AV3H could be a mainstay in anyone’s collection.
Finally, there’s the Ibanez AS93, which is the most mature-feeling of our quartet, with its posh, ES-335-inspired stylings. It takes less risks with the hallowed semi formula and offers a brighter tonal palette, an arch-top-meets-semi feel and good value for money. It’d suit anyone from rebellious rock’n’roll cats to aspiring funky fusioneers with its bling-meets-sing vibe.
If you don’t already have a semi in your collection, it might be time to wise-up and add some air to your sound. No clear winner here - just four great places to start your journey.
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