#1
ok, i know that if you break your neck you can replace it with a bolt on, which is why i use them, but why do Satriani, Vai, and Petrucci use them if they can afford pretty much any guitar ever? doesn't it take away some sustain?
#2
sometime you don't need too much sustain, it happens to me
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#3
A well built and designed bolt on can still get very good sustain.
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#4
Normally on neck-thru/set-neck guitars the neck is painted, they dont like that, they prefer unfinished with clear varnish.
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#5
The difference in sustain isn't as dramatic as many people say it is. Some people just prefer bolt-on necks.
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#6
painted necks = slower shredding (in some cases)

EDIT: i personally find bolt on necks alot more comfortable than painted necks. alot smoother and natural.
#8
Is this a bolt on neck? ...
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#10
^yes, and there are bolt-on necks with great upper fret access, it is on Ibanez RG's
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Amen, amen. I actually am glad I have a bolt on RG because I want to put a neck with a maple fretboard on it, and maybe a slimmer feel. Although RG necks are already friggin slim. It's one of a few things I want to go to my guitar to make it my frankenstein monster of righteous shred.
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^yes, and there are bolt-on necks with great upper fret access, it is on Ibanez RG's


and Caparison guitars as well.
#15
^ heh, caparison fanboy :P

Just imagine if those caparisons where setthru, or set thru, it'd be crazy/
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^ heh, caparison fanboy :P

Just imagine if those caparisons where setthru, or set thru, it'd be crazy/


they did have a Caparison set neck Superstrat but discontinued it but the Angleus is a set neck carrying on with the whole PRS theme with the rotary switch
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they did have a Caparison set neck Superstrat but discontinued it but the Angleus is a set neck carrying on with the whole PRS theme with the rotary switch


Would that be the Through and Through with the nice sparkley paintjob Pete has? Plus the CA won't arrive for another month, I'm mad yet so happy.
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Would that be the Through and Through with the nice sparkley paintjob Pete has? Plus the CA won't arrive for another month, I'm mad yet so happy.


yeh i think it is. but **** me Pete has got 8 ****ing Caparisons. and **** another **** id be pissed. but really im not too sure since Caparison have produced a V with a set neck as well so their plenty more out there that i havent found yet
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^yes, and there are bolt-on necks with great upper fret access, it is on Ibanez RG's

Yeah i can get to the 24th fret with ease.
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#20
Neck joints are in no way indicative of the quality of the instrument. In a lot of cases (for example, the LTD or Epiphone line of guitars), you can almost guatantee that their bolt-on neck models are lower quality guitars. It costs more to produce set neck and neck thru instruments, so they reserve that for their better models.

The same is true of other brands - particularly non-Japanese import instruments. The 'better' neck joints are usually reserved for their higher end instruments which cost more. So if a particular guitar model is offered with different neck joints, generally the bolt-ons will be the lower end models. And I think this is why a lot of people tend to equate bolt-on necks with low end guitars, when if fact, that's not always the case. A well-built bolt-on will be every bit as good as any neck-thru or set neck guitar, and will probably sustain better than lower end set neck and neck thru guitars.

For example, lets' compare the ESP KH-2 models. They're both top-of-the-line instruments offered with both bolt-on neck thru construction. The quality of both instruments is identical. The neck joint will makes a negligable in the instrument's overall sustain.

The guitars sound different due to the different construction, but they will both play wonderfully and sound great. Generally the real advantage with (many) set neck guitars and all neck-thrus is that they usually offer better upper fret access because they don't have a huge heel, neck plate, and bolts. But in cases like more Gibson guitars, upper fret access is pretty horrible even with a set neck. And this is more of a case of personal preference with the player.

The more 'complex' neck joints in no way guarantee a better guitar either. Take the LTD EX-260. It has a set joint and it's an atrocious guitar. The neck joint is far larger than the bolt-on EX-50's joint. Jackson, Fender, and Ibanez (amongst others) have been making top-of-the-line guitars with bolt-on necks for years.
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#21
Its actaully nice to have a bolt on because its much easier and cheaper to replace the neck. One time I was trying to fix my friends guitar, and I was adjusting hte truss rod, but I was knew so I gave it as many turns as possible, to make a long story short I ruined the truss rod and the neck. I never told him it was me and I havent talked to him since though.

Im guessing he replaced the neck.
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