- Oct 23, 2007
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You've got so much to learn! There's witch hats vs. speed knobs, m69 rings vs. stock, ivory vs. black vs. cream switch tips, various brands of fretboard oils, all of these factors come into play!The grain pattern doesn`t affect tone any more that flame vs plain top does.
The only factors that come into play is weight and chambering....and the pick guard on or off of course.
Interesting my R7 also has really straight grain, to the point where I wondered if it might be African (it’s not) it’s 2003 model, 8lb 10oz of p90 spankiness.
I can see that when looking at something like a xylophone with their long strips of wood, but on a virtually almost square chunk of hog of almost 2" I doubt the impact on tone-out-the-amp or sustain of swirl will differ from straight grain... Probably more impact from weight and density of the chunk of wood if anything.Yes...but, good luck hearing it?
Grain-orientation does affect how wood resonates, but the only real way to "test" it, is using the tap-tone method. Can't do that on a finished guitar, unfortunately.
Doesn't that involve a personal judgement on tone though.....the sort of judgement that is essentially irrelevant to anyone else as they might have completely opposite tastes.Well if you can believe Dana Bourgeois. His statement on tone woods is. (paraphrasing) The tighter and straighter the grain. The more pleasing the tone.