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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-27-2011, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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The Effect of Body Wood

I'm aware that with on a guitar with a 'string through body' bridge (like a Telecaster) the body wood has a significant effect on tone - ash, alder and mahogany for instance sound quite different.

It's also recognised that tremolo bridges have an effect (many would a say a detrimental one!) on tone, something we live with for the musical benefits of having vibrato functionality. I've read that for instance the traditional fender tremolo, with its six screws attaching it to the body 'sucks' less tone than the newer twin pivot bridges.

With a locking tremolo, where the only contact of the bridge with the body is at the two knife edges, I would expect that body wood, whilst still having some effect, would have much less of an influence on tone. And logically therefore, that locking tremolos (arguably like EMG pickups ) are great 'levellers'.

Expert opinions most appreciated.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-27-2011, 07:19 AM
 
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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.
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