Re: Thicker necks / neck joints = thicker tone? WTF?
Well, I read this all and here is what I have learned from books about guitar making and physics of sound. Not uber technical stuff trust me.
Okay, If a guitar is more dense the string will have more sustain. The reason is simply that the body wood doesn't soak up much of the vibration. Thus, this leaves the string to vibrate longer uninterrupted. This however does not equate to tone. Tone is objective and sustain is measurable. So while I believe a heavy set neck guitar has better tone in a way, there is no way to prove it.
But, you can definitely prove a denser guitar will have increased sustain. I think it was Fender, but I am not sure, that made a granite guitar just to test the properties of sustain and the guitar sustained for days it seemed but who would want to play a guitar made from granite? It's weight would be too much for any person to hold on a strap for long and the problems just come out from there.
Once again none of these things equal tone, only sustain. The rest is subjective and in my opinion case by case. For example, Satch has an amazing tone and so does Carlos Santana and their guitars are miles apart form eachother in design.
*edit* I originally wrote graphite, I should have written granite. sorry it was late.
Last edited by kotornut; 01-30-2008 at 09:15 PM.