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andy82
07-20-2003, 02:07 AM
Say, is it possible to use any wood type besides the conventional well known ones e.g. maple, mahogany, ash etc...

I know using different wood will affect the sound produced and theres physics involved with the vibrations within the wood. But just curious cos I'm thinking of a getting a custom body with unique wood type just for fun :D

Lordathestrings
07-20-2003, 02:56 AM
You can make a guitar body out of just about anything! Whether you like the result, or not, comes down to personal taste. Use the search feature (icon at the top of the page) and type in "wood" as the keyword. There's been a lot of discussion on this.

andy82
07-20-2003, 03:00 AM
Originally posted by Lordathestrings
You can make a guitar body out of just about anything!

Just the answer I needed :D

Cody_King
07-20-2003, 03:30 AM
There was a guy at Warped tour that had a guitar made out of Plexi glass or something Seethrough, it wasnt wood. then they make guitars out of Acrylic.

andy82
07-20-2003, 03:58 AM
My worry is that after all the work of assembling and tracking down parts and the guitar sounds worse than my strat copy guitar.

Lordathestrings
07-20-2003, 04:49 AM
Originally posted by andy82
My worry is that after all the work of assembling and tracking down parts and the guitar sounds worse than my strat copy guitar. Hey, there's reasons why people stick with tried'n'true materials. Trying something different means taking the chance on building an expensive turd! :eek:

Fender made an experimental Strat out of granite. No, really. It had a special stand that held it up so it could be played. Apparently, it didn't have much to offer in the way of tone, but the sustain was amazing!

Anyway, do some research. I was serious about that search keyword. The neck and fingerboard materials are just as important as the body - maybe even more important.

Good luck!

Dr_simon
07-20-2003, 08:14 AM
Iíve seen both plastic and Aluminum used for guitar bodies, I cant say I like the idea of either but hey ho each to there own !

BLitZKRieG6sic6
07-20-2003, 01:44 PM
i found a guy who makes guitars out of 35,000 year old swamp roots...

http://www.langcaster.com

or

http://www.hotshotdigital.com

^Chacron^
07-20-2003, 06:09 PM
I'll add my bit of cleverness now: I once saw a review in Guitarist magazine of a guitar which actually had no body at all....it was every part that makes a guitar held together in the right places....just without the body....and they said it was nice to play!

Sorry thats a bit vague....I'll see if I can track down its manufacturer...

Incidents Happen
07-21-2003, 12:01 AM
The Z-Tar has no body, its a MIDI style guitar, created by StarrLabs.

http://www.starrlabs.com

very cool stuff.

Lordathestrings
07-21-2003, 12:51 AM
Originally posted by ^Chacron^
....just without the body....and they said it was nice to play!... For a secoond, there, I thought you meant like this (http://www.exoticguitars.com/skeletar.html) :eek:

Azrael
07-21-2003, 09:00 AM
Originally posted by ^Chacron^
I'll add my bit of cleverness now: I once saw a review in Guitarist magazine of a guitar which actually had no body at all....it was every part that makes a guitar held together in the right places....just without the body....and they said it was nice to play!

Sorry thats a bit vague....I'll see if I can track down its manufacturer...

Might have been the "BirdFish" by Teuffel-Guitars - i played that insturment at the musicfair in frankfurt 3 years ago - prety amazing! great tone and all.

http://www.teuffelguitars.de/instrumente/birdfish/index_e.html

there ya go

filthy
07-23-2003, 10:38 PM
how can i be a host and post my own section of tricks?

PonyOne
07-24-2003, 02:25 AM
Z-Tars are pretty cool.... to hear what one sounds like, download, erm, obtain some songs by Deadsy (The Key To Gramercy Park, Winners, The Elements are good ones, even if Elijah's voice can be waaaaay too goth melodramatic at points).

Reverend makes guitars that use a wood block sandwiched between plastic to great effect (they sound great for blues and jazz) and Parker is fabled for their use of carbon fibre and other odd, generally-not-thought-of materials. Kramer and Carvin used to use aluminum necks, and Steinberger used graphite. What's funny is that all these guitars are considered to be tone beasts by most....

One of the coolest concepts that I read of, there's some German guitar company that is making an electric that uses a standard overall layout and a wood neck (i think mahogany or bubinga?), but the body is a special glass compound that, though it's as solid as metal or kevlar, is comprised of millions of microscopic air bubbles, which the company says act as "sound holes," like on a good semihollow. The article was in Guitar World or Guitar Player about 9 months back, I'll see if i can find it... cool concept.

Azrael
07-24-2003, 03:10 AM
Originally posted by BLitZKRieG6sic6
i found a guy who makes guitars out of 35,000 year old swamp roots...

http://www.langcaster.com

or

http://www.hotshotdigital.com

Root-wood sounds like crap. cut out a body of some root-wood and knock on it - it sounds as if you are knocking on paperboard. thats because unlike normal wood the fibres are not growing into the same direction so that the sound ca nspread troughout it - roots do look cool - but they dont sound good.