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  1. The shape and size may prevent standing waves a.k.a. room modes. That's part of designing loudspeakers. As the guy said, they were first just a design thing for looks which proved to be a positive tonal feature as well.
  2. I guess Susie has one of the best explanations to the subject:
  3. I agree, beyond doubt he seems to be sincere. And yes, the Ooooh's are part of which turns me away. That's a pity since I really like what he's doing. There's been real gems like cutting the Strat to the minimum. It's just that seeing his face in the "Up next" column makes me ponder whether I'm in the mood for watching him. Troglodyte is another example of irritating style. Now that I came to think about it, many guitar related YouTube producers have manners that irritate me. Partially it's the all-American style like Phillip McKnight - basically good stuff but there's that something. Jerry Rosa during his intros/greetings suffers from the same but not when he's actually doing his stuff. Maybe it's just a cultural thing or just my age and location. We're slow here... Other examples: Paul Davids with his "I'm a nice arrogant hipster" style, Scott Grove being an arrogant smartass and Will an angry know-it-all, the two sharing the "Umm-kay?" after each sentence like they were asking "did I phrase that in an easy enough way for you dummies?". EytschPi is just lunatic. And each one of them has good information if you can bear the eccentricity. Late in the evening after a tough day at work they just aren't relaxing enough. For some odd reason I like the Brits more. Despite Anderton, Chapman, Crimson/Ben all have their typical manners from video to video they seem to perform them with their tongue in the cheek. I mean, like "That's the style of the Biggest Audience In the World so let's do it so the viewers abroad don't feel uncomfortable". There's others, mostly builders, who take the But yes, it's a cultural thing. Slow and tranquil is our deepest nature despite us having at some time nominated as the most American country outside the USA.
  4. Wow! That sounds scientifical! Re Darrel Braun... There's something that turns me away although I appreciate his choices for subjects. Maybe it's just the ultra white smile combined with the American ADHD way of performing. And as you said, the half scientifical approach. Using fine gear by ear to prove something may look fine at the first glance but it still leaves a lot of play in the results. Strumming several times is no proof as a) we don't actually know whether he's trying to confirm something and either unconsciously or knowingly strumming the different sets in a way that will prove what he's trying to say and b) we can't tell how the vibration of each guitar affects his strumming, again most likely himself not noticing it and c) the shape and overall feel can make a huge difference even in the angle of picking or to the force a guitar can be strummed. Outside of the box I remember a "science for dummies" video where they explained leverage by letting body builders fail in trying to lift a skinny girl. Similar effects could affect the strumming of the diminished Strat, or how strumming a strat might differ from strumming an LP.
  5. They've been around for decades - Wilkes in the 80's, Armstrong in the 70's, Silvertone in the 60's, DeArmond in the 50's... among several others. Recently there was a crowdfund attempt which didn't get the sum needed, only some 20000 was the goal. In your search for the ultimately best guitar, aside from the twist of Torzal, you most likely also know about the asymmetric neck of Strandberg's.
  6. You're right, performing an audio test using people with improved hearing would not be statistically valid but the results might be interesting. After all we're talking about aspects that can't be measured with meters and gauges. I may be wrong, though, maybe there is a way to measure "warmth", "snap" or "twang" and change that into numbers and further into tables and graphs? Similar to the visually impaired, musicians, mixing engineers and audiophiles would make an interesting group for measuring the immeasurable. If they could find any difference, then the same test should be performed with average people and finally publish it through the flattening filters of YouTube. The test should also be played by a robot who wouldn't change its playing style according to the vibrations against it's body. That would tell a) if there really is a difference, b) how wide of a range the difference can have and c) can the difference be heard without an ultra high fidelity system and trained ears.
  7. Which in my books is a sign of growing up. While you can say that something concerning workmanship is sub standard or high class as a fact, telling that something well made for the purpose is better or worse than another equally well made thing would be just a matter of personal preferences. And they told that the effect is a fact... I'd like to hear a blind test! Or rather, get a bunch of blind people to listen if they could hear the difference as they often have a better hearing to compensate the lack of one sense.
  8. A flaw indeed. Either it has twisted or as has been said, the fretboard has been poorly seated. Either way, you're lucky that the slope goes that direction as it actually can make playing a tad easier! A counterclockvise twisted neck with the upper treble frets being the highest spot on the neck would rattle as the tail of a Crotalus!
  9. Exactly. But that's just something my logic would prefer. I've never used a spiral bit so I can't tell how strong the pull/push forces are. However I do know how much torque a a router has, no matter whether it's a handheld or a table one.
  10. I could find it on the grass! When doing a repair it often requires to make the damage bigger to get it fixed properly. Re cutting across the angle, it may not have been necessary for such a small plug but doing so definitely makes it less obvious. The seam will be visible but the way the plug refracts any light should now be similar to the rest of the neck. A sudden shining dot would definitely catch the eye more easily than a thin dark ring!
  11. We've had a mild winter here as well. So far it has mostly been 40 to 20 deg F, -5 to +5 C. When I moved here the January of 1987 was -40 C/F almost every day!
  12. I've seen truss rods made from heat shrink tube. The common nominator with the aluminium ones is the steel rod inside. @norm barrows per sources, I'd take them with a grain of salt. As even (TV) documentaries made by professional editors can be biased, the YouTube content producers certainly are. I'm not saying they're lying but he "taste of the cup" is present. In all public videos the drama is important to get viewers so either a minor thing gets hugely exaggerated or something gets omitted. Not to mention that the people filming them can change their opinions. Ben at Crimson's is a good example as he admits that he has changed his mind about many "stone carved truths" he had published in his earlier videos. Flaws can be hidden by choosing the right angle for filming, mistakes can be redone... An image lies more than a thousand words! That said, the videos can be very inspiring. Seeing that something special can be built can be more important than seeing how many flaws you can make during the process. Seeing/hearing exaggerated examples of potential marketing gimmicks can open new ways to look at/listen to things. Thanks for sharing!
  13. Mike, ask the bass builders what they think about the upper horn... Of course balancing can be done by moving the strap button in the bottom as well, or by choosing the neck wood by weight as well as by using aluminium tuners instead of brass. Making a lightweight guitar could as well be considered a gimmick. Some video blogger once stated that if 40 kg/80 lbs weighing girls can rock for hours swinging a Les Paul, the weight of it shouldn't be an issue for any full grown male. Then again, ask any full time guitarist if they'd like an ounce less weight on their shoulder they'd most likely say yes.
  14. Yep, if I've understood you right you have a garage to do that in. My garage would be too small for my car even if it was empty. Plus there's no light or electricity or heating. Spraying primer outside is a no-no to me. In the summer all bugs would stick on the wet paint, in the winter it's dark and often pretty cold. Frozen primer doesn't stick, I suppose. @ADFinlayson, the reason to put wax over lacquer is to prevent the lacquer from gathering dirt. Even though it looks solid, it's somewhat porous or at least rough. Wax will fill all the tiniest scratches and gaps for an even more level surface than the result of swirl removers. Cleaner, shinier and more durable.
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