Re: Wood and it's tonal character for custom Jem
It is funny you should say that.
In fact I put some thought into it today again, and thought I should look to see what wood Fender used in some of the Stratocasters that I really like.
Here is the reason.
I love the sound of the Jem7VWH...and I have one.
I also love the sound of a Stratocaster, but I don't have one. The reason being I do not like the necks on them...at all!
So I thought to myself, if I made a custom guitar I would model it after the best of both of those guitars.
When deciding on the pickups I would select them based on output and properties that would give me the best of both models, being single coil and humbuckers. This may allow me to get the qualities associated with both the Jem and Strat. Of course there would be some sacrifices made as I expected when taking on this project.
I want the best of both worlds...cake and eat it too. I must be crazy...right?
My thoughts are to use a nitros finish that starts at the extreme edges of the body with a solid pearl white, much like my Jem. Then, I would quickly fade to clear when moving towards the center of the body where the pick ups are.
I have not decided on a pick guard, but if so it would be clear...of course.
So now I think the choice of wood would be either Alder or some species of Ash, but I need to do some research to see what Cray, Yngwie, Clapton, Beck, Johnson, use.
Just checked...the internet is amazing...Alder it is.
O.K. now here is a big one that totally threw me for a loop.
Is it true that the neck material makes a big difference in tone.
I have never had anything but Rosewood and I read on another forum that the difference in tone from Rosewood to Maple is huge.
Is that really true. I have never heard such a thing.
Let me know and thanks.