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Heavy guitars sound better...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by aadvark, Sep 2, 2020.

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  1. Fred-paris

    Fred-paris TDPRI Member

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    It’s funny, I have been reading about Rosewood telecaster this week and Elvis sent back his all rosewood to Fender as 5,9kg was a bit over the top for him. I don’t know how heavy was George’s Tele but there a f w videos from artists playing his Telecaster and they all found it (really) heavy. Production models were weight-relieved and weighted in at around 3,5kg which is average for a Tele.
     
  2. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    When I was building my teles, I became convinced that it was 'way better to make them from a single chunk of wood, no gluing.

    I'm not so sure about that now, but well... there they are.

    I'm pretty much down with OP's #3 statement. Find your guitar's voice and let it sing.
     
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    I find lighter guitars to sound boomier and louder without as much sustain. Heavier guitars seem to sustain better and have a more even sound. These differences are quite subtle in my experience. I feel quality of the wood is more important than the type or weight. The wood itself has almost no impact on the voice of an electric guitar.
     
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    OK. MY BEST SOUNDING TELE HAS A WARMOTH SWAMP ASH BODY AND BAJA 50s MAPLE NECK WITH 6 SADDLE BRIDGE AND BROADCASTER AND TWISTED TELE PICKUPS WITH A 4 WAY SWITCH.ITS HARD TO EXPLAIN BUT IT SOUNDS BRIGHT AND WARM AND IVE TRIED 5 SIMILAR BUILDS AND CANNOT REPRODUCE WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. IT IS VERY LIGHT AND PEOPLE ALWAYS COMMENT ON HOW GOOD IT SOUNDS. I WISH I KNEW THE SECRET.
     
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    Maybe this has already been up in the thread but there is an interview with George Harrison and Eric Capton Where George says has a better tone. Lighter guitars tend to have a light tone
     
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    The Telecaster George got was the best Telecaster ever made. The one they sent to Elvis was the second best so I would guess it was about the same weight. However George gave away his Tele after 11 months to Delany Bramlet. George was more a Stratocaster guy. He Toured then with Delany and Bonny using his Rocky Fender Stratocaster.
     
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    George always used Strats in studio and tours
     
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    "Heavy guitars sound better..."

    No.
     
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    The most resonant solid body I own is a '55 Rex, made by Kay. Very much like a Stratotone. Neck through, very small body, rosewood saddle, giant neck.
    Super light, super resonant (by that I mean acoustically loud), and it has so much sustain it throws me off and I have to really adjust my playing.
    The notes just don't decay like I expect them to.
    This guitar explodes several guitar myths.
    It also plays all the cowboy chords in tune.
     
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    are there 'lighter=better' arguments? I can't say that I've seen a bunch of arguments like that. There's no doubt that lighter is easier on the back and neck when standing for a prolonged period of time.

    Which begs the spotlight to be shone on Jerry Garcia lugging 13.5# Tiger around for so many years. 13 1/2 pounds and I think my 8.2 # guitar is heavy.

    But light vs heavy, once you plug it in, it's amp and pickups.
     
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