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soggybag

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Post Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: November 14, 2012, 23:37
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Here's a great little experiment measuring the differences in tone woods.

http://www.stormriders.com/guitar/telecaster/guitar_wood.pdf

Spoiler Alert!

Seems the conclusion is there can be a perceived difference when listening to the instrument un-plugged, when amplified pickups seemed to amplify strings with little input from the wood.

Oinkus

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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: November 15, 2012, 05:39
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We need to get Mythbusters to do some of these tests on TV so we can watch ,listen and learn ? Information can mean whatever you want it to mean depending on how you do tests , but both of these are pretty straight forward. I just go by do I like the sounds I hear coming out of my stuff , everything else really doesn't matter to me.Of course I also go to great lengths to things to guitars to "Improve??" them.It's the whole insane craziness of the definition of what is good or bad.

soggybag

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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: November 16, 2012, 08:31
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I agree, these types of tests and the results leave a lot of questions. I just threw this out there because I feel like I'm bludgeoned by the word "tone" any time I read about guitars stuff. You bring up a great point: What is tone? It's obviously many different things to many different people. So it's BS to sell or make claims of "amazing tone".

jeremy

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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: November 16, 2012, 14:22
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yeah, "Tone"fiend indeed - what is that Joe guy on?! 😉

Oinkus

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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: November 17, 2012, 05:25
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I always say "Tone is the knob that's next to volume"

joe
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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: November 20, 2012, 20:05
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Well, there's tone, which has about 97 definitions, and timbre, which can mean something similar, or not. What's confusing about <i>that</i>? 😉

soggybag

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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: December 3, 2012, 14:48
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I was just reading some descriptions, It seems to me that "they" will say anything is a tone wood, if they have made a guitar out of out. In the past Mahogany and swamp ash were the stuff. Now days bass wood and alder, pine, just about anything can be called tone wood and get a flowery description, if someone is willing to write it.

Double D

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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: July 16, 2013, 09:20
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This thread is a little chilly, but I just realized that I now own three guitars that are made of plywood: my Frankentele Cabronita, my vintage Guyatone double-8 steel guitar and my Kay/Univox Effector. All three sound great acoustically and electrically. My only worry is the amount of stress I put on the neck bolts of the tele, with my habit of bending the neck all the time. We've already installed huge screws to hold it together, but I keep a real close eye on it.

soggybag

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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: August 17, 2013, 22:13
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Plywood might be stronger than solid wood. Imagine you have layers of wood running at cross grain to each other. Again I see evidence that "Tone Wood" is more marketing than reality. I had a Danelectro for a while, I'm not sure what it was made out of, maybe masonite and some cheap unnamed wood for the neck, it sounded great and was fun to play.

Sound is the something you make, it is not made for you, and it doesn't sound any better if was made in the Gibson marketing department. Didn't Jeff Beck say something like "tone is in your fingers"?

mwseniff

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Post Re: Myth Busters: Tone Wood!
on: August 24, 2013, 04:24
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Quote from soggybag on August 17, 2013, 22:13
Plywood might be stronger than solid wood. Imagine you have layers of wood running at cross grain to each other. Again I see evidence that "Tone Wood" is more marketing than reality. I had a Danelectro for a while, I'm not sure what it was made out of, maybe masonite and some cheap unnamed wood for the neck, it sounded great and was fun to play.

Sound is the something you make, it is not made for you, and it doesn't sound any better if was made in the Gibson marketing department. Didn't Jeff Beck say something like "tone is in your fingers"?

Danos were masonite (pressed wood) with lumber originally scavenged from pallets and shipping crates for the neck and internals of the body. Or so the stories were told.

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