#1
I had a dream last night about playing a guitar made out of a solid block of steel. If such a guitar were made, what would it sound like? I dreamed the sustain was of epic proportions but I cant remember how it played.

I imagine it would weigh a freaking ton, too.
#3
isn't that called a resonator guitar?
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I had a dream last night about playing a guitar made out of a solid block of steel. If such a guitar were made, what would it sound like? I dreamed the sustain was of epic proportions but I cant remember how it played.

I imagine it would weigh a freaking ton, too.


I did actually see something like that a while ago, but I can't remember for the life of me where, I think the forum I was on at the time said it sounded really trebly and indeed did weight a tonne.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resonator_guitar

They weigh a ton. Also, the way something sounds in your dreams is never how it sounds in real life. Case in point, Tartini's dream with the Devil:

Tartini allegedly told the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande that he dreamed that The Devil appeared to him and asked to be his servant. At the end of their lessons Tartini handed the devil his violin to test his skill—the devil immediately began to play with such virtuousity that Tartini felt his breath taken away. When the composer awoke he immediately jotted down the sonata, desperately trying to recapture what he had heard in the dream. It was successful with his audience; however, Tartini lamented that the piece was still far from what he had heard in his dream. What he had written was in his own words "so inferior to what [he] had heard, that if [he] could have subsisted on other means, [he] would have broken [his] violin and abandoned music forever.
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#6
I think all the people who are saying resonator are missing the point, I think he means a solid bodied electric guitar made of metal, like a strat carved out of Iron or whatever
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#7
I'd imagine that being a ****ing bright tone, and godly amounts of sustain.
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#8
There have been "solid" body guitars made out of aluminum before. Although they haven't been made for some time the brand Abel Axe or something like that made aluminum solid body guitars with a bunch of holes drilled in them likely for weight relief. As far as steel goes, its probably not something you would want to play because of the sheer weight. And if you were going for a large heavy block of metal, I bet instrument brass would sound better
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I think all the people who are saying resonator are missing the point, I think he means a solid bodied electric guitar made of metal, like a strat carved out of Iron or whatever


Thats exactly what I'm saying!

However resonator guitars are still pretty ****in' badass.

Why would it sound bright? I suck at understanding acoustics. I guess the sheer mass would help with the sustain but I cant imagine how else it would sound, especially if pickups were on it.
#10
Weight would be a really big issue, I don't think you understand how much money 'solid' chunks of steel are either. Remember, the whole stock has to be atleast 1-3/4" and atleast 40" x 20".

You also need the tools to mill it, along with enough knowledge on metal working. You'd need a CNC for starters, along with a bandsaw equipt to cut steel.

Nice idea, but really unrealistic without enough knowledge, skills, and tools.
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#11
I saw something like that

http://projectguitar.com/gal/2j.htm

If you hollowed out the body I dont think it would be too heavy. I would suggest using aluminum though because it would be lighter and not rust. Plus aluminum was used in old kramer necks and they worked fine.
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I saw something like that

http://projectguitar.com/gal/2j.htm

If you hollowed out the body I dont think it would be too heavy. I would suggest using aluminum though because it would be lighter and not rust. Plus aluminum was used in old kramer necks and they worked fine.

There! That's it. See, Warmoth neck. Pretty sure it was on the site.
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search for michael angelo vatio, he has a V in this things you see on the floor i dont remember how its called now, im shure its steel lol
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There! That's it. See, Warmoth neck. Pretty sure it was on the site.


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Weight would be a really big issue, I don't think you understand how much money 'solid' chunks of steel are either. Remember, the whole stock has to be atleast 1-3/4" and atleast 40" x 20".

You also need the tools to mill it, along with enough knowledge on metal working. You'd need a CNC for starters, along with a bandsaw equipt to cut steel.

Nice idea, but really unrealistic without enough knowledge, skills, and tools.


Oh I know I'd never personally make it, I was just thinking theoretically, if it were to be done, how much it'd weigh and what it would sound like if it were carved the same as, say a Gibson LP.
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Its been done here before, I think.

Id rather play a guitar made from agathis instead of steel. And I do NOT like agathis guitars.
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There's nothing wrong with agathis, and playing an all steel guitar would be pretty sweet.
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#21
On Ed Roman's web page he shows a guitar made by the guy who custom makes knives and swords. It's all stainless steel and a very cool looking guitar. I have no clue what it might sound like but it looks like something a Klingon would use as a weapon on Star Trek. LOL

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Quote by NorseGodofRock
Oh I know I'd never personally make it, I was just thinking theoretically, if it were to be done, how much it'd weigh and what it would sound like if it were carved the same as, say a Gibson LP.


You definitely could make one if you really wanted... Id suggest using heavy gauge sheat aluminum and building it like an thinline acoustic.
#23
steel is pretty damn heavy... a guitar sized peice holy sh*t a back breaker! id guess 75 - 100 Lbs


aluminum would be a better choice as far as weight i think