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Does The Type Of Wood That An Electric Guitar Is Made Impact Its Sound?
The type of wood that an electric guitar's body is made of has no significant impact on its amplified sound.
Beauty is in the ear of the beholder. Just like good looking food tastes better, pretty guitars sound better to the listener.
People fail to recognize different woods in a blind listening test
The sound of the string vibrating is picked up by the pickup before the body even resonates.
Guitars are made of exotic materials. Metal (gittler), acrylic, even cardboard. All these instruments sound like guitars made of wood.
The idea that wood matters is perpetuated by makers, who are forced to uphold their claims to justify the prices they have been asking for their instruments.
Some materials might absorb sound to a higher degree, reducing echoes.
Dismissing the body is foolish: some pickups may pick the sound of the string up before the acoustic sound that the body helps to influence, but others pick up more after the initial pluck through all kinds of sustaining harmonic effects.
Guitar makers clearly state the differences that various woods make.
Softer materials dampen the vibrations of the string more. This is notable in higher frequencies.
Guitars made of wood with good tonal qualities are more expensive.
Some people claim they can hear the difference. Your ears are just not good enough.
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