- Oct 23, 2015
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short or trans tenon ?
Just add my 2 cents to the tenon argument that was brought up in the past a few times on this thread.
The Les Paul has about the most neck/body contact of almost any traditional electric guitar. The most important "tone" aspect of the neck is where it becomes a solid, inflexible, mass which is the point where the neck no longer has any give to it. This happens way up on the 16'th fret of a Les Paul.
On a, ahem, "transitional" tenon (or most other joint styles) you have about 15+ cubic inches of solid contact with the body. At that 16th fret the neck becomes as solid as the body. The sidewalls & base of the heel with any full contact glue joint really, in effect, become the body of the guitar.
If you think a "long tenon" extra lip of 1 or 1.5 cubic inches at the far end of the heel makes a difference....PUT DOWN THE CRACK PIPE.
Yes, the argument might be a little more gray if the neck connected at the 20'th fret with a thinner body but at the end of the day it's where the neck makes contact, how well the joint is cut/fit, and the thickness of the body that give that part of the guitar it's character stamp.
But, alas, for the tenon lip coalition I submit object A:
For, this Norlin of infinite sustain beyond the cosmos must be a force of universal reckoning.
My '76 LP Deluxe has so much sustain that is ridiculous..maple neck, rocker tenon..
I really believe that people get stuck in "only the old way is the good way" mentality.
I defy anyone to be able to tell a short rocker tenon vs a long tenon on a recording.