#1
First off, sorry if this has been done, or its in the wrong forum. I've never played live, except for one school thing, so I havent been able to test it out, but if you were to smash a guitar holding it at the neck, would it be possible to just replace the neck without any other changes? Or would smashing it dislodge the pickups and bridge etc.. It's just out of curiosity.
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#2
Dictionary:smash (smăsh)

v., smashed, smash·ing, smash·es.

v.tr.

1. To break (something) into pieces suddenly, noisily, and violently; shatter.
2.
1. To throw or dash (something) violently so as to shatter or crush.
2. To strike with a heavy blow; batter.
3. Sports. To hit (a ball or shuttlecock) in a forceful overhand stroke.
4. To crush or destroy completely: smashed all resistance.


i'm pretty sure that if you smash your guitar it'll probably ruin the intonation. and the guitar.
#4
Most likely, it'd be a wreck. Pickups, bridge, neck, anything really. If its something cheap and a bolt on neck (like a Squier) and your that determined to "look awesome" then go ahead. But if your trying to destroy a Les Paul/SG or something with a set neck, your not gonna get it back to being in 1 piece.

Basically, how much do you value your guitar? If not highly, go ahead
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#5
Think about the mechanics of this scenario for a little while...

You're holding the guitar by the neck, swinging it at speed. The part of the guitar moving fastest will be the body as its further away. Coincidentally, this is also the part of the guitar that will impact with the ground/amplifier/bassist.

Now, what do you think happens. Will the kinetic energy of the swing bypass the body allowing it to remain intact whilst the neck inexplicably shatters? Or will it cause damage in and around the point of impact as the sudden decelleration causes the enrgy to be dissipated through the body and also lost as heat and sound?
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#7
I caught an old Kiss show back in the 1970's when I was a kid. Paul Stanley ended the show with the guitar smashing routine, and then threw the pieces into the audience.

I was only 9 years old, but I noticed that:

a) The guitar he smashed was a cheap piece of crap, and not the expensive Ibanez Iceman he had been playing all night

b) It was obviously rigged so it would be easier to "smash" without injuring himself or anyone else

Even The Who (the kings of all equipment smashers) kind of "staged" the smashing so it looked more violent than it really was.

I read somewhere that Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) bought a bunch of cheap violins in the early days of that band...he used to pull one out, play a certain song on it and then smash it.

So, I wouldn't be worrying about how to fix your guitar after you smash it...I'd try to find something you would not mind destroying in the first place.
#9
No the first thing that will hit the floor is the body. It will wreck the paint if the body doesnt split at the same time. The neck will probably be the surviving part actually.
#10
Hendrix smashed (and burned) a guitar and gave it to Frank Zappa. The only thing salvageable was the body. The pups and pickguard were melted and the neck was burned and split.
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Hendrix smashed (and burned) a guitar and gave it to Frank Zappa. The only thing salvageable was the body. The pups and pickguard were melted and the neck was burned and split.


True that.

I just read an article on that guitar actually.
#12
as long as you just smash the neck and theres no super bad body damage just replace it. like what ive seen done before is someone throwing the guitar and it landing on the headstock, which breaks, but only the necks replaced which is alot cheaper than trashing the body or the entire guitar
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Hendrix smashed (and burned) a guitar and gave it to Frank Zappa. The only thing salvageable was the body. The pups and pickguard were melted and the neck was burned and split.


And then Zappa fixed it up and proceeded to shred on it.

So if you're going to smash your guitar, be sure to leave its remains to a fantastic musician.
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And then Zappa fixed it up and proceeded to shred on it.

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#15
if you're going to smash a guitar, put on a damn show and smash it. give people pieces, burn it. don't pansy it and put it back together.

either do it, or not do it, what ever kind of show you want to perform,
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First off, sorry if this has been done, or its in the wrong forum. I've never played live, except for one school thing, so I havent been able to test it out, but if you were to smash a guitar holding it at the neck, would it be possible to just replace the neck without any other changes? Or would smashing it dislodge the pickups and bridge etc.. It's just out of curiosity.

Why would you smash a good guitar(Granted it may be a cheap guitar still NO). Your not Kurt Cobain or Jimmy Hendricks so don't smash your guitar you'll look like a tool.
Oh and Smashing a guitar dose irriversable damage to sound and structure of your guitar.
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#18
Don't do it.

That's all the advice I can give you.
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#21
i also noticed at twickenham janick gers of iron maiden swapped guitars with a different one before he started swinging it round and throwing it around
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#23
First off, why would you want to smash a guitar? To look "cool" Hell you probably will, but then you'll just be the dummy with a smashed up guitar.
#24
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Why would you smash a good guitar(Granted it may be a cheap guitar still NO). Your not Kurt Cobain or Jimmy Hendricks so don't smash your guitar you'll look like a tool.
Oh and Smashing a guitar dose irriversable damage to sound and structure of your guitar.


srsly?

and really, it all depends on your opinion. i know my guitarists throw their $800 guitars around on stage like nothing. i personally cringe at the thought of intentionally damaging my own gear, or gear that i care for, but if you're really set on it, then you can.

but if it's your first show, don't bother, please.

play well, then once you have a reputation, go on a mad coke bender and THEN smash guitars.
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