Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Paraparaumu, NZ
Best guitar design? Your thoughts;
Y'know in terms of pure design - so from a playing point of view only, nothing to do with aesthetics or personal preference with regard to the look of guitar, what guitar do you think is the best available? Points to consider are;
Upper fret access - so, body design.
Electrics and hardware quality - for example does the jack socket go loose over time? Does the finish tarnish easily and does that bother you? Is feedback a problem? Does the p/up selecter make intrusive noise when swapping between p/ups during playing? Perhaps you think fewer controls are better? Please explain why if so? How well does the vibrato system perform (if there is one installed), can you do just as you like with the bar without risk of tuning problems or are you limited in what you can do with it? How easy to use is the vibrato system? so, can you play any technique while holding the bar with your third and little fingers without this being intrusive or do you have to let go of the bar to be able to palm mute for example?
Range of sounds available - so pickup selection etc
Ease of playing - so, pulling off string bends as wide as a step and a half without choking anywhere on the fret board, how the neck profile affects vibrato, fast shredding/sweeping, holding chords without your hand tiring, the guitars natural sustain etc etc. Also consider how fast the fret wire wears and how good the fret work is levelled from the factory - buzzy spots are unacceptable. Body contouring for comfort, depth of cutouts, overall weight and balance should all be considered.
I think Ibanez' jem/RG design is best in terms of pure function. What do you think is better and why?
Please don't use character, soul, or mojo as reasons for something being better - i'm asking about physical, solid reasons for why you think a design is the best. Your choice may not actually be your favourite type of guitar for this reason - that's cool if it is the case.
Thanks in advance for your opinions!