Originally Posted by jay ratkowski
Frank - if you do that write-up it would be fantastic.
How would you organize it though? Different sections for bodies, necks, neck-thru, tops, etc?
Probably, or I'd cover the neck mounting differences within the body of each description. I can't get to it for another couple days, but I'll do it.
Splitting it to body and neck sections is a must, but talking about tops or hollowbodies might be a lot like Tom's short blurbs about how it's different from the solidbody counterpart that he already described. For example, in a roundabout way, he talks about how some of the negative connotations about Basswood are eliminated when you use a Maple top or go hollow with the Maple top. That can be more of an addendum to the description of Basswood, rather than a whole new description. But I can't stand when you see simpleton stuff like "adding a maple top makes it brighter"
because its only half the story. And I mean, does adding a quilted maple top to a plain maple back make it brighter? Duh. But even a Maple top on ash doesn't necessarily brighten the ash, because it's bright already. It more suppresses the open, toothy mids. So maybe you hear more "click" to the top end but it didn't "brighten" it.
So I'll do a real unbiased description, free of the intent to sell you guitars, too. Most of these guys talk "up" the wood they use. They glorify it because its part of the marketing campaign to get you to feel good about your purchase. If one guy is excited about his woods and uses superlatives in his descriptions, you'll feel good about that guitar. The company that just says "maple is bright, mahogany is warm, alder is strat, etc. doesn't create the same feelings. Like charred gas station coffee vs. Starbucks. Yes, they're different, but the biggest difference in getting you to pay $4.00 for the Starbucks is the feeling. (And I pay it, too! I love that feeling!) Like Dimarzio really goes over the edge in their descriptions, because it plays off what the "kids" want to feel like. They talk about things that have more to do with amps and cabinets, and like you'll get those things if you just buy their pickup. But it works. Sorry I'm ranting.
I'll keep the ranting down in the wood descriptions.