#1
I ran a search for this and couldn't come up with much. I was wondering, how much affect if any does shape have on sound? I was thinking since sound is just vibration, any alteration in a shape could affect that could it not? for instance if you took an RG and a jem that were virtually identical except for the monkey grip would the two produce a different sound?
#2
i think thats probly the smallest thing behind, pickups, string size/maker, wood type, amp, pedals, how the person plays.. then maybe shape.. unless it was like a guitar with a neck and a pickup and no body, then it might come into play
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I think theres bigger things than that to effect your overall sound, shape is an extremely minimal difference in sound if at all. Wood is far more important as are pickups, amp, electronics, whether its set neck or bolt on.
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People have said that the RR1 sounds kinda thin because of its shape. The sound starts under where you pluck the strings then vibrates out. A monkey grip wouldn't matter that much.
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Yes, the shape of an electric guitar does affect the sound. Here is a simple explanation. The voltage signal coming out of the guitar is created by magnetic field perturbations caused by string vibration. The string vibration is influenced somewhat by the vibration of the guitar body. The vibration of the guitar body is influenced by its shape and material properties. So different guitar body shapes will have some influence on how the strings vibrate.
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It does... But about as much as having a set neck vs. a bolt on neck does sustain... Which btw has been scientifically tested and bolt ons have *slightly* more at most frequency ranges.

So get the guitar that looks and feels right to you. The shape is basically unimportant.
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It does... But about as much as having a set neck vs. a bolt on neck does sustain... Which btw has been scientifically tested and bolt ons have *slightly* more at most frequency ranges.

So get the guitar that looks and feels right to you. The shape is basically unimportant.
I agree with you. I don't hear any difference in tone or sustain between guitars with bolt-on necks and those with set-thru or neck-thru-body construction. The one undeniable advantage that set-thru or neck-thru construction offers is playability at the higher frets. The big block of wood where the bolt-on necks attach to the body is definitely somewhat of an impediment; however, if one has only played on guitars with bolt-on necks, he/she would probably never notice.
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The main aspect of body shape is how much wood mass each shape has. There is mdoe wood in a Les Paul body than an SG body, and that is the main (in fact almost only) reason why a Les Paul and SG sound different even though they are often made with exactly the same type of wood and use the same sort of pickups and electronics.

Get an alder Strat and an alder Les Paul and the LP will still sound deeper, thicker and have more sustain, simply because there is more wood in an LP body. Get an alder Firebird body and you'll get an even thicker tone with even more sustain than the LP.
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what about an ibanez ICX120? I haven't compared it to anything else directly, but the body is kind of oddly shaped
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More wood = More sustain
Though not that noticeable
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they actually do. not a big difference but they do. strat styles are more rounded in tone and things like V's are more open. headstock shape also apparently makes a big difference, but mroe for sustain. v shaped anything is supposed to have more sustain/body mass ratio. dont quote me on this, i just hear this sometimes and i somewhat agree.
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I agree with you. I don't hear any difference in tone or sustain between guitars with bolt-on necks and those with set-thru or neck-thru-body construction. The one undeniable advantage that set-thru or neck-thru construction offers is playability at the higher frets. The big block of wood where the bolt-on necks attach to the body is definitely somewhat of an impediment; however, if one has only played on guitars with bolt-on necks, he/she would probably never notice.

maybe it's quality? my old mexican strat ahd almost no sustain compared to my jackson and the LTD i have right now has a bit more than my strat but way less than my jackson. my jackson is neck thru and the other two are bolt ons..
tone wise though, bolt and neck thru do sound different. bolt on's seem to have a bit more tone or sound fuller or something. a little different.
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The main aspect of body shape is how much wood mass each shape has. There is mdoe wood in a Les Paul body than an SG body, and that is the main (in fact almost only) reason why a Les Paul and SG sound different even though they are often made with exactly the same type of wood and use the same sort of pickups and electronics.

Get an alder Strat and an alder Les Paul and the LP will still sound deeper, thicker and have more sustain, simply because there is more wood in an LP body. Get an alder Firebird body and you'll get an even thicker tone with even more sustain than the LP.


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isn't resonance the opposite, though? the lighter, the more resonance? kind of why it's a balancing act, and heavier isn't always better...

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I always heard its rather the mass/weight rather than the actual SHAPE*.

Thinner guitars sound different from thicker guitars. SG or Flying V vs LP. However, the grade of wood and construction overshadows that factor much more. I've heard really crappy thin sounding LPs that weighed heavier then Rosie O'Donald.
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