Help me out here with a few custom guitar questions :-)!
I'm thinking about getting a custom guitar. Why? Because there is nothing on the market that meets my demands.
Now the two main demands i have are these:
-Everything has to feel very solid, no cheap components.
-Tone is another very important element, and ofcourse it's up to the player to deside what's "good or bad", but let's say i want the guitar to sound a bit thicker, i might get a blocky heel, or maybe neck thru... Here is where i need some opinions, but we get to that part later...
My idea of a "perfect guitar" is this:
1: Basswood body, and for the shape it has to be a RG. Now i was thinking about making the body a little thicker, would this fatten up the tone? Like more mass= more tone?
Besides that, basswood is kinda white looking. But i like the look of lightbrown wood with a maple top. Could some sort of oil make this darker, or is mahogany the only brown looking wood?
2: Flamed maple top (orange spray)
3: 24 jumbo frets (stainless steel, because i hate to wear off the frets like a always do).
4: One humbucker bridge, one single coil neck (not sure what pickups yet, but since "tone" is the main element, i would say nothing with too much compression and output...).
5: Fixed bridge, or string tru... now, can anybody tell me what the best sounding solution is?
6: Fat maple neck and maple fingerboard. But here i have this "crazy idea"... I love maple necks, because of the snappy sound, and look/feel. But.... when pairing this with a maple top, things might get a bit "too bright", so i was thinking... What if i get like a thick rosewood fingerboard, but with a maple veneer... Is that crazy?
On the other hand, if the body was mahogany, things might smooth out with the maple neck/fingerboard, but than again it "might" sounds less tight. Besides that i don't see many guitars with mahogany body and maple necks. Why?
7: One volume knob, no tone. I don't use tone knobs, but when removing this, would the guitar sound "brighter"? I heard this somewhere...
8: Five way switch
9: Tuners, i don't know yet, any recommendations? Grover?
10: Should i get locking nuts for more tuning stabilty, even if i don't have tremolo?
11: any recommendations are welcome!
When replying, please use the number system so i can get answers related to my questions. That would be great! Thanks :-)!