#1
Hello,

I was just wondering what people mean when they say something like "the neck has a quick response." What is "response"?

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#2
tbh, i've never herd that

i would assume it has something to do with how easy it is to move up and down the neck quickly
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#3
i think what you might mean is action. action is how close the strings are to the fretboard (fast/low action is closer, slow/high is farther away). so a fast response would mean the neck has a low action.
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#4
I always thought response just meant "feel", and wasn't measured in terms of "quick" or "slow"
#5
It's not a common term. Traditionally, the 'response' of an instrument was how well it picked up on subtle changes in playing style, such as picking force, subtle vertical vibrato vs subtle horizontal vibrato, etc. It could also be applied to simply how well vibrations resonate through the neck; on some guitars you can play a full chord and barely feel anything on the back of the neck, on other guitars you can lightly brish a string with your finger and feel the vibration all the way through the neck.
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#6
Thanks for the replies.

I was just reading about body tonewoods on Taylor's website, and in describing one wood (cocobolo), they write: "Fast and responsive, with moderate note decay, it’s articulate with lots of note distinction." I can understand "responsive," as in the wood better reflects subtleties in attack, but what in god's name does "fast" mean? It apparently doesn't refer to note decay, since that is described separately, and it can't have anything to do with action or the neck since they're just talking about the wood of the body.

Any thoughts?
#7
Well first thing, 'tonewood' is a term used for acoustics, it doesn't apply to solid body guitars. But that's just a little thing.

As far as 'fast' goes, I would assume it meant the same as note attack and decay. But yeah, they already mentioned that seperately, so God-knows what they're trying to imply.
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