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Electric Instruments: Semi-Hollow Body

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When I was a teenager in the 60's and 70's, there just weren't as many electric guitars to chose from. But if you wanted the best, there was really only one choice...a Gibson Les Paul. My favorite was the famous "Black Beauty", a black Les Paul Custom with gold hardware...very sweet! Well I bought a brand new one about three years ago (currently for sale on the Solid Body page ...sorry SOLD)...but I got a little surprise...I'm too old and my back is too sore to play a regular solid-body Les Paul! Then I discovered the Gibson Les Paul Florentine Plus...and WOW...I was in love again. These semi-hollow Les Pauls are Custom Shop Models in production only between 1995 and 1996, so they are relatively hard to find. They are not only several pounds lighter than a solid-body LP, the "Plus" models (made with flamed or quilted maple tops) are simply gorgeous and have a phat, resonant sound and great sustain. Think of it as a Les Paul meets an ES-335...perfect for classic rock, blues or jazz. I have also recently discovered that Epiphone made a semi-hollow LP model (called the Les Paul ES) which are even lighter than the Gibson LP Florentines and also have a wonderful resonant tone and great sustain. If you still need to rock, but your back is killing you...try one of these on for size. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE them, and I think you will too! Also check out the vintage Gibson ES-335/345/355s recently added to the website.
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photo of 1968 Gibson Vintage ES-335TD Red
1968 Gibson Vintage ES-335TD Red
  photo of 1997 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus
1997 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus SOLD
  photo of 2001 Gibson CS Les Paul Florentine Ebony
2001 Gibson CS Les Paul Florentine Ebony SOLD
  photo of 2005 Epiphone USA Sheraton II Reissue VSB #2
2005 Epiphone USA Sheraton II Reissue VSB #2
  photo of 2007 Gibson ES-339 Cherry '59 Neck
2007 Gibson ES-339 Cherry '59 Neck SOLD
  photo of  Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Cherry
Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Cherry SOLD
 
photo of  Epiphone Rare Les Paul Elite Ebony
Epiphone Rare Les Paul Elite Ebony SOLD
  photo of 1997 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Dark Cherryburst
1997 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Dark Cherryburst SOLD
  photo of 2002 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Dark Cherryburst
2002 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Dark Cherryburst SOLD
  photo of 1998 Epiphone Rare Les Paul Elite Ebony
1998 Epiphone Rare Les Paul Elite Ebony SOLD
  photo of 2003 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine All Mahogany
2003 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine All Mahogany SOLD
  photo of 1999 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Cherryburst
1999 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Cherryburst SOLD
 
photo of 1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Emerald Quilt
1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Emerald Quilt SOLD
  photo of 1997 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Figured Flame
1997 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Figured Flame SOLD
  photo of 2002 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Cherryburst
2002 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Cherryburst SOLD
  photo of 2000 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Cherryburst
2000 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Cherryburst SOLD
  photo of 1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Tobaccoburst
1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus Tobaccoburst SOLD
  photo of 1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine VSB
1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine VSB SOLD
 
photo of 1997 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Red Sparkle
1997 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Red Sparkle SOLD
  photo of 1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus
1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus SOLD
  photo of 1995 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Ebony
1995 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Ebony SOLD
  photo of 1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus 5A Natural
1996 Gibson Les Paul CS Florentine Plus 5A Natural SOLD
  photo of 1979 Gibson ES-347 Tobacco Sunburst
1979 Gibson ES-347 Tobacco Sunburst SOLD
  photo of 1970s Gibson Vintage ES-335TD Walnut
1970s Gibson Vintage ES-335TD Walnut SOLD
 
photo of 1999 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Cherryburst
1999 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Cherryburst SOLD
  photo of 2000 Epiphone Les Paul ES Ltd Ed Cherryburst
2000 Epiphone Les Paul ES Ltd Ed Cherryburst SOLD
  photo of  Epiphone Rare Les Paul ES Custom Ebony
Epiphone Rare Les Paul ES Custom Ebony SOLD
  photo of 2000 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Cherry
2000 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Cherry SOLD
  photo of 2000 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Amberburst
2000 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Amberburst SOLD
  photo of 2000 Gibson Custom Shop ES-446 Cherry Sunburst
2000 Gibson Custom Shop ES-446 Cherry Sunburst SOLD
 
photo of 2005 Epiphone USA Sheraton II Reissue VSB #1
2005 Epiphone USA Sheraton II Reissue VSB #1 SOLD
  photo of 2005 Epiphone USA Sheraton II Reissue Natural #1
2005 Epiphone USA Sheraton II Reissue Natural #1 SOLD
  photo of 2005 Epiphone USA Sheraton II Reissue Natural #2
2005 Epiphone USA Sheraton II Reissue Natural #2 SOLD
  photo of 2001 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Edition
2001 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Edition SOLD
  photo of 1998 Epiphone Rare Les Paul ES Custom Ebony
1998 Epiphone Rare Les Paul ES Custom Ebony SOLD
  photo of 1999 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Amberburst
1999 Epiphone Les Paul ES Limited Ed. Amberburst SOLD
 
photo of 2004 Schecter Diamond Series C/SH-1
2004 Schecter Diamond Series C/SH-1 SOLD
 
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