PeteBuchan Posted April 4, 2007 Report Share Posted April 4, 2007 One of my friends has this thing he says when ever someone has bad tone. ''You might as well be playing a chipboard guitar!'' - refering to the chipboard guitar having aweful tone. So.....One night, we were bored, and decided to actually make a guitar out of chipboard. We intended on making some recordings of it, along with some other guitars using the same pickup, same amp settings and same microphone position etc. Then we would compare the recordings to see if the material/quality of material used to construct a body had a big difference in the overall sound of the guitar, or if the choice of pickup played a greater role in colouring the sound. I'm sure you will find the results quite interesting. Chipboard is the brittish name for particle board btw. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Particle_board This is the stuff we used. The stuff you use for kitchen work tops. We doubled it up to get a body around 6cm think. Anyway, on with the test! This fine specimen of a guitar is the chipboard 'Tone Bringer' as it is known to us. It features a squire neck, hardtail bridge and a Seymour Duncan JB. The 5-way switch and f-hole are marker pen... Other guitars in the test include an Epiphone Les paul standard with Seymour Duncan JB, and an Epiphone Gothic Explorer with Seymour Duncan JB. The amp used was a Vox AC30 CC1, and the mic of choice was a Shure SM57. The only thing being changed during the test was the guitar. We make a clean and dirty recording: Clean Recording Dirty Recording The three guitars appear in a random order, and a different order in both recordings. See if you can guess the order in both recordings, and say which you think sounds best from each recording. I'll post the correct order later on. I think you might agree that the recordings sound pretty similar. Certainly a lot more similar than we expected. Does this suggest that the choice of wood has little effect on the tone of the guitar, or is it just that the pickup has a greater influence? I'll let you decide. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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