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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Non wood JS sound

Whenever I see people reviewing JS10ths they are always gushing about the sound. I find that both the sound and the sustain suffer considerably compared to a wood JS. Anybody else think so? I find myself not really using the 10th or Crystal Planet much because it just doesn't sound as good as any wood JSs do. Anyone else?
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Re: Non wood JS sound

I had a JS10 for a few years and thought it sounded great. Not the SAME as the wood JS's, but certainly didn't sound bad - just different.

I had a great tone out of it, very full and smooth.
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Re: Non wood JS sound

I wouldn't say it sounds bad either. But it does sound worse to me. I will always pick a wood one to use over a non wood one. I find myself restricted a little playing the 10th. Especially compared to the JS2 PRM which I think you have also Toadfish
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Re: Non wood JS sound

Yeah, I do have the PRM and no doubt it sounds more like a JS than the 10th.

I used to gig my 10th and it had some serious balls to it. Brighter than the regular JS.

funny thing though is that the PRM sounds different to the 1200ca when unplugged! The 1200 is more vibrant and zingy, the PRM sounds a bit dull.

Plug it in, put on some spangly pants and turn up the volume though and it's pretty much the same.

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Re: Non wood JS sound

I can attest to the tone Toadfish is talking about as I bought his 10th. I have a few different JS models to compare it to. The mahogany body of the JS 6 has a deeper tone and longer sustain, imo, due to the denser wood and the hardtail. The fixed bridge of the JS 2000 also has a way of sustaining a note longer, imo, the fixed bridge allows the string to resonate more with the body of the guitar. The basswood bodies have a meatier tone than the CB. The CB has a way of getting more harmonics at the mid and higher end. The high pitch harmonics, (squeals) Joe gets with the pick attack and placement, combined with the trem arm are easier to do with the CB. It most definitely has balls and I do love the sound. The Crystal planet has more mid and low range due to the acrylic material. Heavier and denser than the basswood bodies that most JS models are made of. Toadfish made an excellent point however, about how similar they are when you crank them up and put them through the normal effects chain.

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