For quite some time now, I have been intrigued by guitars of type ES 355 or similar semi-acoustic instruments. On the one hand I like the sound and on the other hand they are lighter than solid body guitars.
When I saw the new, hollow McCarty models at the Musikmesse '99 in Frankfurt ("Musikmesse" is Europe’s biggest fair for the music industry, music instruments and music education), I was blown away. The models are divided as follows: there is a so-called Hollowbody, it has a mahogany body with a solid spruce top and is quite flat, and then the McCarty Archtop, which is identical in construction. Its body is 1 inch thicker than the Hollowbody. If the top and back of the guitar are made of maple, the product name is Apendix II. If you look at the McCarty Hollowbody II (deep body, back and top made of maple) you could fall in love with it!
And then there was the McCarty Archtop Artist. She is a McCarty Archtop II (the thick, two maple) with a few extras. Well, what's a cool 10,000 US-Dollar with a little gold around the inlays and a Rio rosewood fretboard?
Before I forget it! The guitars are top class quality, sound etc. So much for the background. What is better than buying them? Do it yourself! I wanted to build myself a kind of hollowbody. In the following I have documented my efforts. I hope you like my work. I am always ready to answer your questions and suggestions!
In any case, I would like to thank you for your comments and suggestions.