#1
Hi all,


The other day i was watching MTV2 and saw Super Massive Black hole
(by the way Muse's new album is great) and realized that Matt Bellamy was using one of those plastic body guitars, i presume there made of acrylic because they are transparent. This got me thinking, why is such an acomplished professional such as Matt Bellamy using a guitar like that? Surely the tone would be aweful. But maby its ok for Muse because they use a hell of alot of effects anyway.

But what about Dave from the Foo Fighters? In one of his vids....i cant remember which, he is using one of these acrylic body guitars as well, whats up with that?

We all know a high quality wood such as Mohogany and Spruce will give a nice one and sustain, infact lets face it wood is hugly important when buying a guitar because it affects the tone alot. So surely a plastic guitar must suck.

Any ideas on whats going on?

#2
My theory is that the guitars really do suck...it's just that the amps and effects are so good it still sounds good, while a normal guitar would sound even better.
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#3
Maybe they don't care?

PS am i the only that thinks that guy looks really constipated in that picture?
#4
flea used a bass like that and so did there guitar player in dani california video
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flea used a bass like that and so did there guitar player in dani california video

the played it only in the video they didnt use them for recording
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#7
I think that if you rely a lot on effects or strong distorsion it may not matter that much.
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#9
They actually like the tone, perhaps?
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#10
They do it for the looks.. They would never record in the studio with those guitars I should think (hope..). Plus they have **** expensive amps anyway that can compensate for the (slight) loss of tone due to the acrylic body.. But in the studio, no way.
#11
Skunk Baxter had one of the first acrylic guitars. It was a Strat. It's an interesting theory, but yeah, I think "effects magic" plays a part. Don't know, though...never played one.
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#12
Didn't Keith Richards play an acrylic body guitar? Well, I'm absolutely positive he played a transparent one, though...
#13
It cant be JUST for looks, in the picture above, thats Dave Grohl using one of those guitars in a LIVE Foo Fighters concert. Either there is some quality in those guitars or he's insane and played a really bad concert .
#14
The acrylic gives an incredibly punchy mid and treble, very responsive when overdriven, the only downside is the sustain is a bit crap.
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a lot of people use them live. when you are playing live, your tone can suffer slightly and no one will really care much if you are still playing everything right and putting on a good show. they just use them because they sound decent and mostly because they look cool. but like someone else said, in the studio they will use their best equipment. the acrylic would be only used live...well unless the guy rally loved the tone...
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#16
Kirk Hammet had one filled with some wierd type of blue goo called the WaveCaster.

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Maybe they don't care?

PS am i the only that thinks that guy looks really constipated in that picture?

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Yes..and considering the music fall out boy plays i'm surprised they care about tone.
#20
i'd think all the amps and rack mounted **** would probably compensate for the loss of tone and sustain and any other natural elements when it comes down to a 'normal' wooden solidbody guitar. And i've read that Kirk Hammett had a guitar filled with his own piss or something.
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i'd think all the amps and rack mounted **** would probably compensate for the loss of tone and sustain and any other natural elements when it comes down to a 'normal' wooden solidbody guitar. And i've read that Kirk Hammett had a guitar filled with his own piss or something.

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#23
Okay, the guitars you guys are talking about are the Dan Armstrong models made by Ampeg. The body is made of a material called lucite. The pickups were designed by Kent Armstrong (Dan Armstrong's son). If I remember correctly, the pickups were made so that they could be interchangeable with other pickups released by the company. Google it, people. These guitars are awesome.
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#24
also Edwards (ESP company in Japan producing replicas of many other guitars) have also got an acrylic model aswell though no word on when its getting released
#25
Yes but so what? Interchangable pickups would be good i suppose because you could change from bluesy pups to hard rock, but considering the body is made from lucite the pickups wouldnt be done justice.
#26
they dont sound too bad. think about it. john bohnam used an all acrylic drum set (i know that its different, but still same theory) it sounds different. but not neccesarily bad
#27
It's possible that acrylic/lucite guitars don't have a bad tone period, not becuase of effects magic. Play one and then post your theory.

The material isn't used often most likely becuase it's very heavy.
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#31
hmm, i read its not transparent, its mirrored (Matt Bellamy's), cant remember where i read it though, hes got a few others like it too.

Dave Grohls in 'All My Life' vid, now thats deffo acrylic though...
#32
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Didn't Keith Richards play an acrylic body guitar? Well, I'm absolutely positive he played a transparent one, though...


Yes he very much did. Izzy or Gilby used one in The Garden video by GNR. They cant soudn to horrible, loads of arstist has used them.
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