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  1. "Good wood" is always better than so-called "tone wood". Straight grain, stable for it's intended use, etc.
  2. I'm of the opinion that you can factor out material contributions in most cases. Dump an EMG-81 into any instrument and this becomes abundantly clear. The opposite is true of say, a PAF clone in something like an ES-335. That combination is highly influenced by the woods. Body shape. Hmm. To a degree. I'd be more inclined to say that thickness, density, etc. have more effect than the mere outline. My thin 32mm bass has a rather large shape in spite of the thin body. The result is a spanky and quick sound, both acoustically and through the Music Man pickup. The relationship is there. Like I say, plenty of cases prove what people want to hear and plenty disprove. It's best saying that it can be made a factor if one chooses to. That sweet '59 LP will sing like a turd with EMGs.....
  3. I neglected to add in about microphonic pickups. Lightly potted pickups can be pretty responsive to the wood also. Not so much that you'd regard the wood as "tone wood" or whatever, however I didn't see it as useful. Mostly because you can't design for it that well in most cases. Still, a nice Les Paul with low wind count lightly potted pickups speak from the wood and not just the strings. As Wes says, we're not here to convince. Just to illustrate and further the conversation. It's a shame that you "can't ever be convinced" as this leads to dogmatic thinking and a lack of openness man. There's always something to learn and new things to discover which is what makes guitars a lifelong obsession, not simply a static thing.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Ol' Brown Eyes Is Back?
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    JimF's First Build!

    Hi Jim - I'd go as far as to adding that you should always chamfer the fret slots regardless of the wood. It allays most chipping when it comes to refretting, prevents poor seating if your wire has a slight fillet between the tang and the crown plus it guides the fret into the slot with less effort and drama. I do it religiously, or as religiously as I think is appropriate. No sacrifices or stoning my neighbour for mixed fibres or whatever.
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    SG Respin

    I've spent a lot of time with your 5-string Tele bass pickup, and it really has a lot of range in how you can play it. I hope that you mentally saved that one.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Depends on the adhesive. Epoxy shouldn't have the same clamping pressure applied as PVAc as it relies on mechanical bonding as opposed to (theoretically) hydrogen bonding/Van De Waals forces. Did I ever mention how much I hate phenolic glues? Eeeeevil.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    "glue up your bums, the field doctor wants something in return for fixing up your lungs and amputating your legs".
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Yes, because myths has it that superglue was invented in the Korean war as a field applied solution to rampant gangbanging from doctors. It wasn't. Kodak accidentally invented it.
  10. Like most subjects, there are a lot of partial truths, edge cases and examples that don't always hold up in certain circumstances. A very simple point that I like to make is that pickups (mostly) induce an alternating current in the coil through the movement of metal perturbing a magnetic field. The movement of the strings is affected by what they are mounted on, usually a guitar shaped object made of materials. A rubber guitar will alter the ability and characteristics of those vibrations differently to a solid granite guitar, a polystyrene or a wooden one. The pickups faithfully reproduce what the strings are doing, the strings are affected by the substrate. This is just an example in extremis to validate the point that the "thing" the strings are mounted to has an effect. Different woods have different characteristics also, from flexibility, density and ability to dampen or resonate. I disagree about digital modellers Wes, however the interaction between instrument and amp is different. I note that you added, "some" so you can sit on a fence a little safer I do however vote bullshit on "tonewood". It's a meaningless term used to propagate marketing wank. It doesn't describe or refine, it broadens and despecifies. It elevates simple things to bullshit levels of magic and woo. We don't need that. Only people who are trying to sell you something you don't need, or create a want in your mind have a use for marketing terms like "tonewood". No tree grew up with the express intent of being a guitar.
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    Project: S9 Progress Thread 2014 - RAD

    Totally worth the wait.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    So essentially Mike has no need to worry about remembering being gangbanged. He has that going for him. Good luck old fart! Truly. See you when you're on the mend.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Dry mouth?
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    I gave birth-fair warning- read at own risk

    Nuke it from orbit. Yeeeeeeeesh
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    IIRC it cures faster with heat, whilst producing heat as it cures. With some materials I think that results in thermal runaway, especially with cotton. I'm probably wrong on the details, but that's the sort of problem you're having I think.