- Jun 28, 2008
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Then, I apologize in advance.The post isn't about what materials are used as I never mentioned it so let's not turn it into a 'Wood makes a difference' tirade, thanks.
What a solid body electric guitar sounds like unplugged has absolutely nothing to do with how it sounds plugged in. When plugged in the pickups, caps, pots and amp are the only things that matter. Wood plays zero in how the guitar will sound when plugged. If you believe otherwise, it is all in your head and has never been proven.
That is right, wood is for looks. I have a really great looking one piece body Strat Partscaster that I built. But there is almost no difference between it and my MIM. Read the history of what Les was trying to do when he built the "first" LP out of a 4 by 4.
Not to derail the thread, but I beg to differ.Wood has nothing to do with how an amplified guitar sounds. I only play them unplugged before I buy it to find any fret buzz. Fret buzz will show up when it amplified and I may not hear it. Some one will tell me about the problem, people love to find faults. I just check the oil unplugged.
Every electric guitar I've ever owned sounded pretty much the same unplugged (minus the volume, of course) vs. plugged in. In other words; the various inherent "acoustic" properties of the woods were still present in the amplified signal.
The ONLY way to remove any sort of influence from the body would be to somehow isolate the pickups from the any sort of vibrations, which is near impossible, even with "floating" pickups (hence the reason most jazz-guitars that have them are able to retain much of their acoustic tone).
Anyone who doesn't "get" this, obviously doesn't understand how pickups actually work?
It really isn't that complicated.