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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-24-2003, 09:58 PM
 
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The only reason for doing so is so Ibanez could make a chrome satriani model where the chrome would stick and not peel like Joe's guitars are doing.
That's about right. I was at Cort when they were coming up with Luthite. It was a Korean thing, starting with the Ergodyne basses. They tried to sell Fender and others on the idea but only Ibanez picked up on it. They were asking me about it when the first ones were so heavy. They were like lead. I told them to whip more air into the mixture, but then they acted like they knew that already. It does basically sound like nothing. Sort of a Steinberger thing. If someone thinks it sounds better than wood, its because they prefer the sound of the pickups uncolored by the warmth of whatever wood. But we know it isn't a "tone machine" because with hollow chambers, it sounds like a fisher price "my first guitar." It's horrible when hollowed. Solid, though it's truly a transparent sound. But it's just soft enough to lack the extra sharp attack of an ash, walnut, or something with a maple top. So there's something not "clean" about it to me. These are all just opinions, so maybe its the greatest thing in the world, but remember, it came from the same people who brought you ebonite fingerboards.
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post #17 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-18-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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Re: Luthite vs. wood

hi,i have one ibanez edr470ex with luthite body...
What do you think is better for the body pickup??
Patronize Dimarzio Evolution for Neck And Dimarzio x2n good?
What is your suggestion?
Considering the body of the guitar ...
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I have frequently ranted about this on other threads. The JS10th is not the same as any wood JS. It has slightly less sustain and a more muted bassier tone. I don't like them so much from a sound perspective. And the JS90th has a different sound from almost any of the other wood ones because of the ebony fretboard. In my opinion it's a bigger difference than the mahogany ones vs basswood.
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And I just sold my JS2K Crystal Planet because it sounded and felt even worse to me than a tenth. Guitars need to be wood. I have a JS tenth I like to look at, but when it comes to playing the tenths are my last choice.
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and we have yet another thread resurrection
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Like Jesus, except I'm more into this one...
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Are the human ears able to hear such a difference?
Or only can someoen with the "absolut ear" can hear it???
Just a wise question !!!
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Lots of people can hear the difference, some can't. I can hear it.
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