Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Is the higher end Artcore 3 piece neck better than regular 1 piece?
Thanks for the reply. I saw so much on the internet that thought that the one piece was not as stable but master builder Bendetto feels that there is also no difference.
Looking at the physics of it, wood is very soft and somewhat like a sponge to moisture and there will always be movement every which way daily, and even within the course of one day. I can't see how any truss rod isn't strong enough to keep things in check. I would think the strings pull one way and the truss rod pulls the other way to achieve desired neck relief.
Any movement that happens otherwise would be some twisting but anything really bad would probably have to have steam treatment or grinding down but then after that I couldn't see any future movement that would be detectable.
A severely twisted neck is wood that came in contact with too much moisture either before or after the neck was made. I saw what can happen to a guitar stored too long in a moist garage or worse, trapped in a flood. Given enough effort, literally anything can be repaired.
I have a tough "banger" guitar that goes everywhere with me in the car, on walks, and is indoors and outdoors with me. It's a solidbody and that thing is like a brick. Basically it's the only way I have made myself improve in all areas.
I rather like my Artcore I leave safe indoors but now I want a general purpose, tough Artcore all the time and I thought maybe the three piece neck models are tougher and can take what I put my LTD Viper solodbody through. Heck people cart around a cheap acoustic without consequence other than dings/scrathes so I was thinking something like an AM-93 or AF-95. I don't care about cosmetics on a banger guitar that is always with me, like a favorite pair of shoes, but I don't want the neck to fail or that and the top to warp or anything that would make the action too hard to play.
While I have treated strats and teles like the unbreakable tools they are, which also adds to their usefulness, I have never considered making a hollowbody my #1 travel, gig, and practice guitar because they were pricey and delicate, but I think due to great price I am going to have an Arctore be like a tough as nails strat and see if that works.
People don't generally use a hollowbody for punk and hard rock but I can't see why the affordable Artcore has to be a sit down jazz guitar. Do you rock out on any hollowbodies?
Last edited by 63Blazer; 02-28-2013 at 10:10 PM.