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Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by cappei, Nov 25, 2017.
Danelectros have masonite bodies. Those guitars certainly get some love from certain quarters.
huh, uh, huh, huh huh, huh.... Wood....... Huh huh, huh huh , huh huh.
Plastic guitars with wooden necks . . . makes no sense.
It’s subjective but my guitar I’ve had for 30 years has mellowed in sound subtly but right where it needed.
Someone else tried to look at it from a scientific perspective:
“Researchers in England say that laboratory tests conducted on wood commonly used to make violins supports age-old claims by musicians that the regular playing of a stringed instrument improves its tone.
Dr. David G. Hunt of the School of Engineering Systems and Design at South Bank University in London says his studies with pieces of spruce show that continuous forced vibrations similar to those experienced with regular use of a musical instrument changes the nature of the wood.
In a letter published in the current issue of the journal Nature, Dr. Hunt and a graduate student, Emmanuel Balsan, said that wood vibrated in conditions of high humidity increased in stiffness and saw a decrease in dampening coefficient, a measure of cycles of vibrations emanating from the material. Both factors are known to help provide more pleasant tones in spruce, mature pine and other woods used in instrument sounding boards, experts say.”
You're talking about acoustic instruments there - but we are talking about solid bodied electric guitars, which were specifically designed to eliminate the very factors (resonance etc.) that you are describing. It's a total non-sequitur to assume that factors that affect a Strad will equally affect a Strat.
With the greatest of respect, Graham Chapman's explanation of "woody" in the Monty Python sketch I posted makes just as much sense!
I always ask myself "Who is funding the university reseach?" before taking the findings with a pinch of salt...
...and were other researchers able to get the same results?
Those effects aren’t eliminated in an electric though, just minimized.
I would play a broom stick as long as it has a truss rod and strings. The kind of wood the guitar is made out or has never bothered me either way.
The truss rod would be optional...
LOL sadly I live in a small town with two signal lights so broom stick selection in this town is minimal. Therefore a truss rod is mandatory. I tried a aluminum broom stick one time and the sustain was terrible.
I see what you did here...