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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Does the type of wood affect tone?

Guitar Fool
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Apr 10th, 2017 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

YES!!!

i was bored this weekend and needed a project....so i decided to swap the pickups in 2 of my teles..both are thinlines with original wide range humbuckers....all I had to do was de solder the wires at the input jacks and switch them

one has an ash body and a rosewood fretboard, the other has an alder body with maple.

the pickups that were in the alder/maple tele sounded slightly weaker/brighter but when switched to the ash/rosewood tele, they sounded fuller/richer..

and the pickups in the ash/rosewood tele were thicker/fuller sounding, but when switched to the alder/maple tele, they were not as big/full and a bit brighter..

granted the differences were not huge, but since I play these guitars a lot I could tell there was a difference...

pretty cool!



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Apr 11th, 2017 02:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Would have been so great if you could have done before-and-after recorded.

I want to do exactly this: two guitars, swap pickups and necks (and bridges if necessary), same setup, same pickup-string distances, so the ONLY difference is the body wood, with multiple recordings, put the wavs online and see who can reliably distinguish a difference. Thing is I know not to trust my ears without being able to easily go back and forth between two configs. Audio memory is notoriously fickle and we also tend to hear what we expect to hear if there is no real difference, which is why I'd go to all this trouble to eliminate all possibles sources of my own bias. One day, perhaps!

(This message was last edited by DrKev at 04:05 AM, Apr 11th, 2017)

mirrorboy

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Apr 11th, 2017 03:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Kev, that and comparing waveforms would surely nail it.

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Apr 11th, 2017 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In such a test I would add all electronics between pickups and output jack as well.

DrKev
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Apr 11th, 2017 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes. Guitars with pickguard-mounted electronics make that a simple affair.

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Apr 11th, 2017 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Would have been so great if you could have done before-and-after recorded."

yeah that would have been a good idea, but the thought never crossed my mind.....

i did take into consideration that even though the pickups are the same, the subtle inherent differences could also have played a roll...
however I tried to make sure that both had, as much as I possibly could, the same set up, pole's adjusted the same...etc.

since they are both the same type guitar, swapping the pick guards was pretty easy...the pots and the cap are the same value's

anyway one of the things we hear and read so much is how wood affects tone, but making the comparisons to prove it are not always as easy as this..

and the best part is, as crazy as it might sound, I like the way they each sound better than before....

the guitars in question

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Apr 11th, 2017 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think the necks have the most to do with concerning guitar tone.

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Apr 11th, 2017 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looking at "the guitars in question"

Nuh, it's the binding! Jeesh, I thought everyone knew that the binding is where the *real* tone comes from!

;^P

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 06:51 PM, Apr 11th, 2017)

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Apr 11th, 2017 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's the hat.

The Tone Hat.

such as...

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Apr 11th, 2017 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo, is that you when you were a little girl?

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Apr 11th, 2017 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sometimes, I still

feel like a little guuurl.

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