Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by Walygatr, Jan 10, 2019.
This may be one the coolest guitars I've ever seen and I've seen 14.
Nice post. The guy does a genuinely nice job, but ultimately it is just another ugly plastic guitar IMHO.
An alder nitro finished strat looks about 1000x better IMHO (and likely sounds a lot better).
I don't play guitar but how do you tell what sounds better?
Isn't it the guy playing the guitar that makes it sing?
He should make one out of pubes next.
14 guitars? Look at Mr Fancypants
You can tell by listening to it. You are right in that there are guys I can never sound like, because I do not have their right hand (no homo).
However, based on construction, the material can have a huge impact. Once you seal a guitar in plastic (and a lot of finishes over wood are essentially plastic), you tend to flatten and deaden the sound. For example, in the clip you provide, Eric Johnson is playing a semi-hollow body where materials get more important. Most of my guitars have very light finishes as I want to "hear" the wood (once again, no homo).
It takes an ear. You normally have to have a decent amp to tell anything subtle. You can watch videos where blindfolded experts can't tell the difference between a gibson es-335 or an epiphone es-335 (which would be the cheaper foreign built model) or a Mexican or American built fender. The older a (wood) guitar is the better it sounds, like an old violin.
That's cool as hell.
Thank you for sharing.
It's definitely a show piece. I don't know if the epoxy works against the wood.
I have this hunk of shit that sounds and plays like shit, but it looks good hanging on my wall and is actually worth a couple hundred more than what I paid for it.
BTW Guitars are like women. You can get most to do the job. But the expensive ones feel better in your hands.
Very cool looking.
As a collector, i always say the pickups, strings and amp make much more of a difference in tone than the body wood.
Then you've got these dummies who say a rosewood fretboard sounds warmer than and ebony fret board or some shit.
GTFO with that BS.
On an electric guitar, there is imperceptible difference.
@garypagetwo - How are you with tools? Men who can fix and make stuff are super Chaddy.
I build things with code.
I think it is hard to single out just one. I am fortunate to have a lot of great guitar shops (I almost always buy vintage and used) and the differences in tone and projection can be massive (yes, I said massive, but non-players would probably barely notice lol). I would rank: design + wood --> pickups --> amp --> strings. The important part is it is "design + wood". Wood alone can be meaningless on some guitars.
I always go for endangered species rosewood, simply because I hate the "green" movement (or whatever they call it now).
I think I do need paperwork if I ever take them across the border to prove when they were made.
I hear you. Body mass is definitely a factor in tone, more in sustain, but yeah.
But still, you put P90s in a strat, you will sound closer to a Les Paul than a strat no matter the wood
Ifind graphite definitely adds a brighter tonebut not too many steinberger players out there.
personally my tone comes from my fingers!
A coffee table made that way would be pretty sweet. Would take a lot of pencils though.
The luthier took lumber from the garage where Master of Puppets was written and made it into a guitar.