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roachello
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:56 am    Post subject: Technology trends- Make thinner guitars? Reply with quote

So the trend for electronic products and more are to make things thinner, sleeker, lighter, and all those things that make this thread sound like a Daft Punk song. You can see it in cell phones, cameras, camcorders, televisions, computers, and even self conscious people. The Squier bullet is significantly thinner and lighter, but not so hot in quality/sound to my opinion. The plus side with basswood is that it is lighter and gives guitars a different sound, but the downside is that it is nicked more easily.

What do you guys think about guitars going in this same direction? Good idea or bad idea?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as it still sounds good, i'm all for it. the thinner and lighter a guitar, the better in my eyes.

That said, i think weight and density is heavily related to tone and sustain - also people are reluctaint to try new technologies. The big revolution will come in mass-producing guitars out of fibreglass - Aireline tried it (and failed), but Switch Guitars (www.switchmusic.com) have done a great job with mimicing mahogony and ming great sound instruments cheaply.

It's only a matter of time before one of the big companies puts some R&D into this area and kicks off a new trend.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BAAAAAAAD idea.

They're meant to be made of wood!! Traditionally, I would want to feel that there is something there around my shoulder - heavy, solid and likely to still work if it ever got twatted around someone's head keef style. I like the idea of the yamaha rgx series but don't know if i could handle the lightness, no matter how cool the led things are.

I've tried a few necks too - wizards are too anorexic, slim strats are all good and the baseball bat that is a 50's style gibson is reassuringly solid. Lighter maybe, but the feel and playability would still need to be there...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Italia bass is fiberglass and I'm not too happy with it. Perhaps it may be because of the F hole, but I always feel like I can't put too much pressure on the surface with my hand or else I'm going to crack it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer for guitars to be somewhat big and heavy. Lightweight guitars(most shortscales, though I do <3 them) feel like toys to me.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a fan of thin guitars. SGs are all odd because of it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I ill for really liking this?



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be shot for liking it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhulio wrote:
Am I ill for really liking this?




Maybe for liking the Racoons, but I quite like that Parker in a weird way.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a '52 Telecaster entering a black hole.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Parkers. I really do. I would look like an idiot playing one though.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

think you have to be short to get away with playing a fly - which rules me out since i'm 6'3...


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No lefties.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike wrote:
It looks like a '52 Telecaster entering a black hole.


Or falling from the sky, dressed in silver:

"WHAT YEAR IS THIS?! WHO IS THE PRESIDENT??!"
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the body, but none of the appointments, and def not the headstock. It looks fragile, and a little bit BC Rich.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DGNR8 wrote:
I like the body, but none of the appointments, and def not the headstock. It looks fragile, and a little bit BC Rich.


A little bit is too much
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like those thin hofners they had at namm. those were great sounding/playing guitars.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually love the Parker headstock. Favourite thing about the whole guitar.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a hundred clams that says the Gibson Vixen will tonally behave not too unlike an SG.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is kinda purdy.
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