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An electric guitar style
Hollow Body Electric Guitar
© Frank Ford, 2/7/01; Photos by FF

Some dedicated electric guitars have bodies that look much like acoustic guitars, but are generally much thinner, front to back:

This is a double cutaway hollow body electric.

Yes, it does have a bit more of an acoustic "voice," but it is considered strictly an electric guitar. The hollow body contributes a good deal of tone "color" to the amplified sound.

Like most hollow body electrics, this one is quite shallow:

An electric jazz guitar with a body depth the same as an acoustic may be referred to as having a "full body" or "deep body."

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