Is it possible to put them in order?

Lhdr

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Obviously its a combination, but what are the most most important factors in determining the sound (tone) of a guitar. And by what factor? Please put them in order of importance as you see it.

Body wood
body top (if it has one)
body shape
pickups
amp
neck wood
hardware (tuners, bridge, stop)
nut
electronics
strings
frets
Finishes
 
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Sorry, let’s assume they are played through the same amp. Take away amp sound, just guitar.
 

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It's the perfect combination of everything. You could have the most tonal and lightweight piece of honduran mahogany, but with any other components being subpar or hastily assembled, it won't much matter. So if I chose body wood, body top, neck wood as the top three, if the rest blow, that order of importance means absolutely zero. Looks great on paper, but this doesn't really work.
 

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IME...

Pickups
Electronics
Body Wood
Neck Wood
Hardware
Body Top
Strings
Frets
Nut
Finishes
Body Shape
 

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I think I'd put body shape higher, but, like all this stuff, a subtle difference in design makes almost no difference, but radically different shapes, including thickness, construction, etc make a big difference. Nut makes zero difference beyond open notes.

Something like "nature of construction/design" is pretty highs up the list -- like full depth archtops vs 335s vs LPs vs SGs, etc.
 

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hands
amp
pickups
electronics
strings

all the other **fairy dust you mentioned

**I know some people swear they hear it, but I have never been able to tell the difference in "tone woods"
 
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My ears, my hands and the sound in my head.
(Yes, the voices have abated :naughty:)
Everything else is mental masturbation.
 

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Nobody mentioned "speakers" yet?!



People will go through 50 pickups before they try 3 different drivers and, often, the speakers are cheaper to try than the pickups!
 

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Generally speaking I think we’re mostly hearing;

amp/speakers
Pickups/wiring
Scale length
Body shape
All the rest
 


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