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#1
I was wondering something. This might again be a stupid question like my lightbulb thread but I am seriously wondering.

Would it be possible/has anyone ever made a guitar purely out of solid stone or rock, like quartz or marble? What would even be cooler is a guitar made of bloodstone. I'm sure it would be heavy as fuck, and would also be expensive, but how would it sound?
#2
Probably like shit.

Stone isnt very resonant.

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it'd probabaly be good for rock

Gosh darn it, ya beat me to the punch with that joke.
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heavy as f**k and will be a bit awkward to join the neck onto it...
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it'd probabaly be good for rock


What about STONEr ROCK?

/fail
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I know Ibanez made a solid brass guitar.
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I know Ibanez made a solid brass guitar.

You are aware that brass is a metal, right?
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There is a VST plug-in that's meant to make your guitar sound like it's made of different things (including concrete and human flesh). Can't remember what it's called but I had it downloaded once.


Edit: Found it! http://www.acmebargig.com/product/red-shift/
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Quote by mike_oxbig
technically it's an alloy....


I believe that it's still a metal, but it's not pure.

I'm sure it a brass guitar would be great for metal.

/fail
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You are aware that brass is a metal, right?


since when?!
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this thread is in serious danger of overdosing on puns


The guy with the stone guitar who plays stoner rock overdosed.
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Quote by ChemicalFire
There is a VST plug-in that's meant to make your guitar sound like it's made of different things (including concrete and human flesh). Can't remember what it's called but I had it downloaded once.


Edit: Found it! http://www.acmebargig.com/product/red-shift/

Hah!

I particularily loved their disclaimer at the bottom!
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#21
1) A solidbody of the right kind of stone should have excellent sustain, but would be heavy (unless chambered and or thin) and might be brittle.

2) Stone can be quite resonant:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twKeGKsT-EU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8ycuDy90ks&feature=youtube_gdata_player

3) brass is and always will be a metal, specifically an alloy of the metals copper and zinc.

4) good luck getting one made!
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#22
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Now these are actually convincing.

Though it would indeed be far too heavy to have a whole guitar made of stone, but imagine a guitar made of a typical tone wood (mahogany, alder, etc.) but have a top made of marble, or even bloodstone.

You can't deny a guitar topped with this would look awesome:

#23
You can't deny a guitar topped with this would look awesome


Another hobby of mine is jewelry design, and I can tell you Mother Nature has some STOOPID-KOOL stones out there that would make killer guitars...at least visually. Maybe even auditorially.

Rutilated quartz...Gibeon meteorite...moonstone...gold-in-quartz...snowflake obsidian...moss agate...picture jasper...chysocolla & malachite...jade.

Definitely wouldn't want to try the guitar windmill around the neck trick with one, though- someone's liable to get killed!
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#26
Maybe to cut weight, you could go for a RKS or Steinberger-style body.
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#27
I meet a dude who was looking at guitar mags and he started talking to me about his friend who used to make them out of granite. Supposedly they sounded very bright and obvuisly were super heavy.

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technically it's an alloy....


technically its still not a stone
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technically its still not a stone

True, but as metals are refined from ores- stone- there will be certain similarities in terms of resonance and sustain...and with greater toughness and less weight.
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#32
Oh shiz, what have I done?

I put a link in that original post, stop arguing whether brass is a stone or not. This isn't a Dobro thread. -_-
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#34
I've seen a few of them turn up for sale on ebay. They are out there, usually home builds though, I don't believe a manufacturer has ever done it.
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#35
Well, I already PLAYED a guitar made from solid stone on the Musikmesse 2011. A dealer exhibited his custom build "Stonehenge-Guitar", with a solid granite body and a wooden neck (maple I believe) and after I challenged him, by louldy wondering if said guitar would even sound anything near decent, he actually asked me to play this guitar, and I gotta say that it was awesome. Great sustain, attack was very good, and it sounded truly great. Great for Blues, Rock, Blues-Rock and even Metal. Not a jazz guitar though and very, very heavy. I had to play it sitting down, since it was too heavy for any belt.
Conclusions: Great guitar, looks great, plays great, sounds awesome, unique instrument, body is completely indestructible, nicely balanced and as far from neck heavy as you can get. Bit too heavy though. (And too pricey, Tag on it was 30000€, or at least that's what I remember.)
#36
the fender custom shop has an artist guitar series in which they give builders free range to do what ever they want. one of these was in fact made of some sort of stone if my memory serves me correctly, I believe it was a strat with some sort of egyptian thyme.
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#37
one of the few ideas I had but never actually researched if anyone else had done it because as a player, tech, and professionally a stone mason, figured it was a stupid idea. I was thinking all stone body and neck mind, purely as a piece of artwork to present to a few friendly guitarists I know, one of which is infact an artist now with a gallery locally which would be a cool place to display it.

Having seen this I might start keeping an eye out for a suitable piece of granit again.
#38
jeebus crap bronze is a metal.

holy shit mined from stone. so it's gotta be stone?

what in the name of flying ****.
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#39
Quote by Cornishrob

Having seen this I might start keeping an eye out for a suitable piece of granit again.

I bet you can find some good stuff from the places that stock material for countertops.

Heck, you might try practicing on materials like corian or silestone.
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#40
given a quarter of an inch thick...1.5 feet wide and 2 feet long..

a slab of granite weighs 10 pounds.

normal guitar sized slab at 1.8 inches weighs 76 pounds.
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