Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia
Re: The Effect of Body Wood
I have found that if there is good construction, and you use a very solid and chunky trem, eg. Ibanez Edge, Schaller, OFR and some others, you still get much of the tone character coming through from the timber. If you can transmit the string resonance through the trem posts to the body effectively, you still end up with similar effect, where the body can dampen or reflect various frequencies, ie. tonewood properties.
Where the trem is low quality, well you don't get to transmit properly in the first place, so you won't go anywhere near the woods tone, let alone a decent sound or string sustain.