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It is based on an Ibanez Artist. There are a lot of differences though, including thickness (much thinner and lighter).
looks like a gibson dc ...
Yes, Volume and tone with a low volume tone bypass circuit. Tone control is taken off the output of the volume pot rather than off the pup input.
knobs are volume/tone?
Now we are getting into a highly debated area. If we are dealing with an acoustic or a semi hollow body, then I think the wood matters. On a solid body electric the majority of your sound comes from the pups, bridge/nut, and the amplifier. On the other hand, I know one guy that I have tested blind that can tell the difference between a double action truss rod and a single action truss rod on the same guitar with the same amp settings both recorded and live. For this test I used single notes in an A/B setting. I hand carved the necks from the same piece of Honduran Mahogany, everything was as close to identical as possible by hand (the only power tools I use are a drill and a dremel tool). So that there may be some intelligence to the type of wood used. I do think the neck material and the type of coupling make a significant difference in sound, but it is expensive to do this type of testing for curiosity. I think that the density of the material matters more than the material used. A guitar made from different area's of the same plank sound different. As an example, what happens if you desecrate an LP by using Strat pups on it? Does it sound like a Strat? No. How about if you change the scale to the 25" scale a Strat uses and leave the Strat pups on the LP? Again no. Ditto the other way around. Where does the difference come from? The density of the wood. This seems to be true whether you use a Stat body or an LP body, or an Axeman body. If both test cases are the same, regardless of the style the heavier body will generally have deeper tones. The Maple cap on LP's and many modern bodies I think go more to a better coupling of the bridge to the body. With your guitar, you have a Maple body. Maple is more dense than Mahogany but due to the openness of the pores in Mahogany versus the tight grain of the Maple, the Maple should, all other things being equal, allow the higher tones to travel through the wood and eventually get to the pups via interaction with the strings. Putting all the half thought out theory aside, that project started out as proof that the only thing bad about an agathis body guitar was the bad hardware on it. I won that disagreement hands down. BUT, bear in mind that there is close to $800 USD of hardware in the guitar and that the selection of the pups was a long affair in which several, including custom hand wound pups were found to be unsuitable. After that engagement I thought about how I could improve and and experiment with the guitar. First the bridge is a Schaller STEG 456 wrap around. The posts are counter sunk 0.05 thousandths to correct neck angle alignment. When done, the bridge will be drilled and locking set screws installed - alla Tonelock bridges. The tape over the bridge is because the intonation is off on the low "E" slightly less than a 32nd more than I can compensate for without backing the bridge off the post; when I get the neck done I will pull the bass side stud, plug the hole, and reposition it back a 16th. The area under the bridge is no longer Agathis, it is a Walnut block that has square Maple dowels that penetrate into the pup cavity. When cutting the cavity for the bridge block I removed a veneer of the Agathis to place over the Walnut. When done, the only blemish will be from repositioning the bridge. The guitar had a sound that was to all tested, indistinguishable from Mahogany. For one guy, I had to pull the pup and control covers to prove that it was not. One problem is that Agathis is an oily and stringy wood.
and tell me about the wood == the ls6 all maple gives a bright spank to it, just a touch of percussion, I guess, to even the smoothest tone; what's your take on the agathis?
There will be a write up when it is done. I have photo's of most of the stages.
you should post a pic when you get it together.
Me too because it has a better ring, but still undecided.
I vote for "little miss"
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