What pissed you off today

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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby Jim » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:05 pm

I wanna start a debate with you lot:

Can the technical experts of us here please tell me how certain woods from which an electric guitar is made affects it's tone?

My thought is that the signal that goes down the lead is generated from the pickup, which induces a current from the motion of the strings, whose harmonics are generated from the string material and its resonance between the steel saddle and nut. Body construction appears to have no relevance on how the string harmony is shaped.
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby Strapping Young Kate » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:07 pm

I also keep getting random (other than Bloodstock-related) adds on MSN, but I'm always hiding on appear offline anyway.

And I think I have sunburn on my eyelids.
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby isabiggles » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:07 pm

siliconfury wrote:I wanna start a debate with you lot:

Can the technical experts of us here please tell me how certain woods from which an electric guitar is made affects it's tone?

My thought is that the signal that goes down the lead is generated from the pickup, which induces a current from the motion of the strings, whose harmonics are generated from the string material and its resonance between the steel saddle and nut. Body construction appears to have no relevance on how the string harmony is shaped.


I don't know for a certain but different quality woods create different tones. Some woods create a smoother sound and others a sharper sound. I'd assume it just has something to do with its physical properties.
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby AnnihiSlateR » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:08 pm

Im not sure, I know its definitely more important on an acoustic.

Does it not help with sustain?
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby kle110 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:08 pm

twilightoftheidols wrote:
kle110 wrote:Mine doesn't look metal though really. This is mine:

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So there :P


thats actually nice... you sure its a Dean? :P


Haha :D Yeah, Dean Evo Xm. Glad you agree hehe :P
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby twilightoftheidols » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:09 pm

siliconfury wrote:I wanna start a debate with you lot:

Can the technical experts of us here please tell me how certain woods from which an electric guitar is made affects it's tone?

My thought is that the signal that goes down the lead is generated from the pickup, which induces a current from the motion of the strings, whose harmonics are generated from the string material and its resonance between the steel saddle and nut. Body construction appears to have no relevance on how the string harmony is shaped.


Well it depends on the density of the wood I think... For example a Les Paul is thick and made of mahogany which is gives loads of sustain... I Honestly have no idea though :P

I'm hoping Alex is typing a nice long response as he seems the type to know about this :P
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby Littlemissmetal » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:10 pm

siliconfury wrote:I wanna start a debate with you lot:

Can the technical experts of us here please tell me how certain woods from which an electric guitar is made affects it's tone?

My thought is that the signal that goes down the lead is generated from the pickup, which induces a current from the motion of the strings, whose harmonics are generated from the string material and its resonance between the steel saddle and nut. Body construction appears to have no relevance on how the string harmony is shaped.


Ask Alex. I'm pretty sure he tried explaining something about it to me the other day - I do try and take it in but... I've slept since then ok??! :lol:
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby RedTeamWins » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:12 pm

twilightoftheidols wrote:Well it depends on the density of the wood I think... For example a Les Paul is thick and made of mahogany which is gives loads of sustain... I Honestly have no idea though :P

Just listen to the sustain! (but don't touch it)
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby Calibur » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:22 pm

Jus' plain lonely.

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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby Twaddlefish » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:33 pm

I know why fingerboards are made from different materials, the darker woods like rosewood and ebony give warmer, richer tones and the maple ones give a brighter, janglier sound.

As for bodies, mahogany is great for darker, softer tone as well as being damn near indestructible.

Ash, poplar and alder are the main three that Fenders are made from, and give a lighter tone, that gives more of a bite than a crunch when it comes to overdrive. Flame tops are usually made of a thin veneer of maple that doesn't add a lot to the sound, but is mainly for superficial purposes.

All in all, heavier wood = darker, richer tone. ITT = Get a fucking Gibson.
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby HollyTheHeadbanger » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:33 pm

Bodyache.

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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby twilightoftheidols » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:38 pm

Twaddlefish wrote:I know why fingerboards are made from different materials, the darker woods like rosewood and ebony give warmer, richer tones and the maple ones give a brighter, janglier sound.

As for bodies, mahogany is great for darker, softer tone as well as being damn near indestructible.

Ash, poplar and alder are the main three that Fenders are made from, and give a lighter tone, that gives more of a bite than a crunch when it comes to overdrive. Flame tops are usually made of a thin veneer of maple that doesn't add a lot to the sound, but is mainly for superficial purposes.

All in all, heavier wood = darker, richer tone. ITT = Get a fucking Gibson.


or an ESP that looks like one if you play extreme metal :P
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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby Metallinen » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:39 pm

siliconfury wrote:I wanna start a debate with you lot:

Can the technical experts of us here please tell me how certain woods from which an electric guitar is made affects it's tone?

My thought is that the signal that goes down the lead is generated from the pickup, which induces a current from the motion of the strings, whose harmonics are generated from the string material and its resonance between the steel saddle and nut. Body construction appears to have no relevance on how the string harmony is shaped.


This question can be answered with one word. Resonance.

When you pick/pluck/strum/smack/tickle a guitar string, the whole guitar vibrates with it. It's therefore not only the type of wood that effects the sound but how much of it. Hence why an SG, for example sounds 'thinner' than a Les Paul. Both are (normally) mahogany guitars, but the Les Paul has more wood in it, leading to a 'thicker' tone.

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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby Nantha » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:50 pm

i just rickrolled myself... twice :lol:

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Re: What pissed you off today

Postby jackcake » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:01 am

kle110 wrote:
twilightoftheidols wrote:Dean guitars are a disgrace to music :P


I love my Dean! It's my favourite, even over my Jackson! How very dare you :P


You haven't played for over a year and you go nuts when I offer to change the strings for you. :P
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