#1
Been wondering from watching youtube videos of guitar covers...

Do guitar shapes make a difference? It seems that a lot of guitarists are using Les Pauls and Stratocaster guitars with Active pickups.

Does the shape make a very noticeable difference in sound? or is more of a personal preference?




Also, what tuning is A# F A# D# G C ?
Saw it while trying to find tabs for "Last Light - Bury Tomorrow" (its been one of my current favorite songs, so I've been trying to learn it. I got the rhythm parts down (sort of...), just the fast parts, I'm not sure how to pick the strings that quick while going to the other strings and picking those...
The guitar parts at here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YokRGWZsQIc&t=51s

Thanks
-Parac
Last edited by Parac at Feb 10, 2016,
#4
I don't think so.

But at some point I ran across some university research that suggested that the shape of the guitar *does* affect certain frequencies' absorption. I think they were looking at an Explorer or star-shape guitar and comparing it to a LP.

At the time I just waved it off. I'll see if I can find it and let you decide for yourself if there's anything to it. You asked about a "very noticeable difference," and I'd still have to say no...

Edit: Found it!

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/guitars.html

This is work performed by Dr. Daniel A. Russell while he was a physics professor at Kettering University from 1995-2011. Currently conducting a graduate program in acoustics at Pennsylvania State University.
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#5
No. In fact, even the wood makes no difference at all in electric guitars!


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#7
Some have told and said everything effect's tone. Fat necks wood and everything. I do not believe that. But they do. And will talk about it all the time. New guitar day Mahogany Stratocaster. The wood gives it a fat strong sound. But I do not believe a lot of that. It might effect it a little.
#8
not shape, but body and neck thickness does IMO. take something like a LP which has quite a thick body and compare it to an SG, which has a thinner body in comparison. the difference however i dont think is a great deal and as has been said above, electrics affect the tone far more.
#9
The size/thickness of the guitar body/neck as well as the type of neck joint may have some effect on sustain but IMO with an electric guitar, especially with a distorted tone, the wood type and body size would have very slight effect if none at all.

To me "tone woods" are something to consider when purchasing an acoustic guitar.
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#10
Quote by Parac

Also, what tuning is A# F A# D# G C ?

That's Drop A# tuning.

Your other question has been answered above already
#11
I have been always reading that wood affects sound and certain pickups don't sound well on certain body woods... thickness affects sustain as far as I know
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#12
Well if it does'nt make a difference then why do an SG and an LP with the same pickups sound so different?I know they do because i gigged with both for a good few years.
#13
And these guitars had the exact same pickups, capacitors and pot values etc... for you to be able to conclusively say that body mass is accounting for the difference? Pickup height the same as well?
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I have been always reading that wood affects sound and certain pickups don't sound well on certain body woods... thickness affects sustain as far as I know


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#15
Considering Fender built a guitar out of cardboard and it sounded like any other strat, I'm going with no on the tone wood debate. If it has any effect, it's not noticeable at all.
#16
ML's and Mockingbirds body shapes only affect sounds because they attract douchebags who don't know what practice or mids are.
#17
Everything has some effect on the sound. IMHO the least important is the "tone wood". Play three guitars of the same modal and they will all (hopefully) sound slightly different. If that wasn't true why would you spend hours at a music store trying out five modals of the same guitar (Strat, Tele, Les Paul etc.) The differences are not dramatic in any case, certainly nothing that can't be tweaked with a little EQ on your amp. I own four Epiphone Les Paul's of different types, some made in Korea and some in China and probably all made slightly differently. Three of them sound very similar even though one is an Ultra II and is weight relieved, one is a Standard and one is a Custom. The fourth one is a 1960 Tribute with Gibson 57 Classic pups and CTS pots. That sounds different than the other three but again it's not night and day noticeable to most people, it's just slightly different and I think the pups, pots and Mallory caps make it sound different not the mahogany or maple cap.
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#19
Most guitar companies think wood changes the sound of an instrument , though it might be in a real small way
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#21
Easy answer: It's well below either aesthetics or comfort in terms of what you'll notice, if there's a sound difference at all.

There may be something to be said for the body affecting the sustain of a note, but again the list of things with a greater effect on that is pretty much everything else on the guitar.
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#22
I think that's a dignified place to make sure this doesn't get out of hand, as usual.