Can of Worms


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May 9, 2021
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Yea, you’re right, those examples are over 15 yrs ago.
I’m sure the 3-piece Norlin era LP tops were a can of worms in their day too.
I need to stop looking at them like pieces of furniture and just play the damn things.
You hav a good point, just play the damn thing eh?

BUT BUT BUT, The Les Paul and SG pics you posted are both eye-sores and, IMO, are just hideous looking..especialy the SG, OMG ! But if they sound BAD-A$$, so what ?


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Apr 13, 2022
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As many have already said there is little evidence to prove a single piece of wood resonates 'better' than a multi-piece body. Sure it's not as pleasing to look at but that's a whole different story. Cutting pieces and then changing wood grain direction when laminating removes tension in the growth and provides a stronger more stable piece (as mentioned in the thread). Many well-known luthiers use this process especially with neck construction (Ruokangas, Benedetto, Norlin era Gibsons and more).

When you think about resonant frequencies there will be a specific tone that makes the entire guitar vibrate in your hands more than any other. Usually somewhere around the 12th fret on the lower A and E strings. Just play the notes around that area and you'll notice what single tone/note makes your guitar come to life, there will be a significant overall balanced vibration throughout from end to end... more feels and less hears.

All of the components on your guitar are either complementing or cancelling each other out due to their individual specific frequencies... which in the end provides a unique and unified signature voice.

Which then gets manipulated further through pedals, amps, speakers, etc.