All guitars are different yes. I personally put 0 stock in what they sound like acoustically, mainly because they are not acoustics and won't be played that way.
NiilopiWell. Atleast some think a resonating guitar is what theyre looking for as do i. And some just that its something to laugh about. Thanks for your response
Some honest one's too. You basically said the same thing I did. The OP has to decide for himself, you can get a quality instrument that sounds great at any price point, and PLUG IT IN AND PLAY IT TO ASSESS IT.There are some preachy, condescending responses in here - no wonder I rarely visit.
One guy in particular just can't help himself in any thread I see him in.
Asses the guitars in a way which suits you - apply your own metrics - come to your own decision.
The bottom line answer to your question is that there is a huge variance in quality between historics. Yes, an element of the final tonal result will be subjective but, that aside, they're not all great - most are good, and a very small number (at least based on the sample I've personally experienced here in the UK) are outstanding guitars in absolute terms.
Electrics can't add to what's there already, but they can certainly subtract.
Of course, you have to plug it in and play it to fully assess the guitar but there are desirable properties that can be determined from an acoustic assessment.
Good luck in your search . . .
Absolutely true. It would just be a shame to pass on "the one" because of a crappy set up.Still, if its awesome from the start, it’s not likely it’ll be worse after setup and tweaks, right?
Agreed here too. But my point is, there could be a gold nugget in that turd if the turd factor comes from the fact that it's been hanging on a wall for six months getting wailed on by everyone that walks in the store.I can relate to what your saying there freebyrd.
Espesally the bike bit as I come from a biking family(not racing though). And your right about fettling something to make it yours. And that I find applied to anything even my wood working tools.
The only thing I would say and it' a saying from when I was in army(sorry if it offends any one) you can't polish a turd! Basicly if its a bad one from the start you will struggle to make it good let alone perfect. Thats with everything in life not just guitars.
Thanks for clearing this up, helps me a lot and I agree to your logic.Niilopi
If you want to explore in detail why a resonant solid body guitar is not a desirable thing, please take a look at the recent 50s wood tone thread. My comments on that thread start here. Unless I've messed the links up .
What I'm going to say next is so important I'm going to put it all in red bold, which isn't something I'd normally do:
Beware confusion of terms! People talk of resonance - which means wood resonance - when they may well mean string vibration. Loud string vibration is good. Loud body resonance is not. Technical details on the linked thread. It is essential to be clear about what actually makes a solid body electric acoustically loud. Definitions matter...
Good luck in your search!