What type of wood has the best guitar tone? Does aged wood have a better sound over new wood?


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What type of wood has the best guitar tone? Does aged wood have a better sound over new wood?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tonewood isn't enough you need the Gibs me dat son Pube Paul.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      god this guy is such a contrarian homosexual who makes clickbait and acts super smug about it
      his video where he destroyed Chappers was good but everything else he has done has been trash

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      LFG Troglodytes!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That dude is such a bitter homosexual

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        he's unwatchable because all his videos are just him seething his ass off while trying to seem smug and superior

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Not to mention the dude has never seen a tooth brush or a shower or a gym

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >dude has never seen a tooth brush or a shower or a gym
            could have just said "he's irish"

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the tonewood meme got debunked like 10 years ago bro, it was all the oh guitar youtubers talked about before they all got replaced with paid shills during the mid 2010's

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The kids here are too young to remember the old flame wars and impotent literal boomer bitching surrounding the whole affair. Or what youtube was like before the algo change.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's all in the pickups

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    That top is simply gorgeous

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >He still believes in tonewoods

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Depends on what you want. Any hardwood is preferable due to its resistance and capability to offer better string resonance. The difference in tone is rather minimal as far as electric guitars go, but you can feel it. It all goes down to the guitar.
      Aged wood is preferable since woods gets drier as time passes by, offering better tonal qualities (more clear, crisper sound, better precision since the inner structure gets tighter). Bear in mind the wood's overall quality is essential.
      In the end, learn how to play well before asking about the tonewood. Time will teach you to tell the differences.

      >doesn't take in account how wood is an organic material and changes as the time passes by due to its internal structure and the environment, affecting not only the electronics, but also the guitar's precision
      What a clown

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Depends on what you want. Any hardwood is preferable due to its resistance and capability to offer better string resonance.
        Are you just stringing words together, hoping they mean something? Resistance?
        Resonance means shit with an electric guitar. AT MOST, wood types can impact sustain, but sustain isn't tone.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        1. He didn’t test for sustain
        2. He didn’t test for the EQ
        3. He didn’t test volume
        4. He didn’t test for intonation

        What use was doing this? Oh right, there was literally no point because he didn’t test results at all except the YouTube compression AND HE EVEN USED A COMPRESSOR anyway. The compressor literally smooshes the EQ and sustain to be the same.

        He’s a retard, and this is the problem with normies. They’re fucking stupid.
        And furthermore they sounded differnt most of the tests even with the compression.

        Is it ebony to buy a burled bubinga PRS 10 top? Not in my book but I know for a fact all those parts make a difference. You just have to have experience recording and mixing to hear when somethings wrong or bad or needs changing.

        his videos are basically clickbait and all his "conclusions" are designed to be the answer he wants. he's unscientific as fuck

        t. paid three grand for a name brand guitar when they could have gotten a shitplank and replaced the pickups and pots for well under half the cost

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Good luck touring with such a shitty and unreliable gui- oh wait it's true you are and will be just a hobbyist

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >t. bedroom loser
            gear literally doesn't matter fggot, if you can't play it on a shitplank you can't play it on a 500,000$ strat and the other way around

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              If you want to actually be a professional working musician, trash gear will be a huge hindrance

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          those guys are some fucking stupid
          EVEN if it was true? Who fucking cares? You can EQ and will EQ your tone out of the amp

          They don't even play live who gives a shit about rosewood fretboards

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I know I’ll just EQ my voice to sound like Elvis! See you guys at the Grammys

            [...]
            [...]
            t. paid three grand for a name brand guitar when they could have gotten a shitplank and replaced the pickups and pots for well under half the cost

            Yes but my $3k shit plank is worth $4k right now and it’s also going to be worth more in 10 years and play better.

            The Chinese gutiar is designed to look the same off the shelf but corrodes inside to shit and warps the second it leaves 45% humidity. There is a reason touring pros don’t use them (it’s becuase they don’t stay intonated well and don’t last very long) you woidont know if you just play Metallica into a boss katana

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >I know I’ll just EQ my voice to sound like Elvis! See you guys at the Grammys
              and your technique has to do with tone how you brainlet?
              Literally kys already, you are NGMI

              If you want to actually be a professional working musician, trash gear will be a huge hindrance

              nah, I don't think it does

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >Yes but my $3k shit plank is worth $4k right now and it’s also going to be worth more in 10 years and play better.
              If you're 'collecting", that's a completely different thing, and it's a crapshoot it'll be worth anything in 10 years. Yours, not mine.
              I don't even argue against using good wood - it matters from a durability aspect, mahogany wears well, which is why you see beat up 50's LPs with the finish worn off, but the meat of the body is still there. Fun fact, when they specced the original LPs, they chose furniture grade woods like flame maple and mahogany and ebony for how it looks, and how it wears, not for any tonal characteristics at all. They wanted them to look upscale, professional, like the "serious" jazz hollowbodies they'd been building before that.
              But the prices Gibson charges is the real problem, they're charging you way too much for what the materials cost - and over time have been removing things like binding and good pots to save dimes, and charging you dollars for less. A luthier can build you a better LP "tribute" for around $2k, and use better wood and parts than what Gibson does.
              But if you start parroting "tonewood" snake oil, I will mock your gullible ass mercilessly. You will literally buy anything.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >they chose furniture grade woods like flame maple and mahogany and ebony for how it looks

                Sort of like how Leo Fender only switched to rosewood because he saw the lacquer worn off a maple fretboard and thought it looked "dirty."

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      1. He didn’t test for sustain
      2. He didn’t test for the EQ
      3. He didn’t test volume
      4. He didn’t test for intonation

      What use was doing this? Oh right, there was literally no point because he didn’t test results at all except the YouTube compression AND HE EVEN USED A COMPRESSOR anyway. The compressor literally smooshes the EQ and sustain to be the same.

      He’s a retard, and this is the problem with normies. They’re fucking stupid.
      And furthermore they sounded differnt most of the tests even with the compression.

      Is it ebony to buy a burled bubinga PRS 10 top? Not in my book but I know for a fact all those parts make a difference. You just have to have experience recording and mixing to hear when somethings wrong or bad or needs changing.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Thinking that anything other than the amp and speaker cabinet matter
        Any great amp/cab can make a chink guitar sound amazing. Nobody cares about this hocus pocus tonewood outside of literal schizos.
        >What use was doing this? Oh right, there was literally no point because he didn’t test results at all except the YouTube compression AND HE EVEN USED A COMPRESSOR anyway. The compressor literally smooshes the EQ and sustain to be the same.
        This is what happens in the real world, dumbass. When you get a record produced, it gets EQ'd and produced, plus you have bass and drums in the mix. The only thing that can really change your tone is the amp you were plugging into and the speaker that you got miced up. Everything else is practically schizo.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          His methodology was bad. It doesn’t matter what the results were because he didn’t test anything in a controlled way.

          Idk why you even talk about EQ and drums. You’re saying that the tonewood does matter but it’s irrelevant instead of tonewood doesn’t matter at all. I agree the tonewood does make a difference and it’s mostly irrelevant.

          But my thesis is I’m saying that video didn’t show the answer either way.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          this
          even accidentally bumping into the mic putting it half an inch to the side from the old spot will make the sound way more different than changing every bit of wood on your guitar body from bubinga to particle board

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >miced
          *mik'd

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        This.
        This is also the same guy who tested 'where does tone come from in an amp' and for his 'test' just harshly strummed a distorted full barre chord several times to see how the sound differed, so you didn't ever hear any actually dynamic playing to judge if there was much of a difference.

        There's also this vid from a much better guitar youtuber where you can hear a difference from one to the other.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I didn't really believe in tone woods but it definitely does seem like the mahogany sounds thicker, I listened with my eyes closed and there was a definite difference between the mahogany and the pressure treated

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I'm team Paul because that other kid's videos are lame. PRS makes some neat guitars. Hurr durr "I'm not a tech but I just built an amp that perfectly matches every amp on the market out of 4 pedals." "I'm just a musician with a huge collection of gear, a full workshop, studio, and camera equipment."

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          his videos are basically clickbait and all his "conclusions" are designed to be the answer he wants. he's unscientific as fuck

          This.
          This is also the same guy who tested 'where does tone come from in an amp' and for his 'test' just harshly strummed a distorted full barre chord several times to see how the sound differed, so you didn't ever hear any actually dynamic playing to judge if there was much of a difference.

          There's also this vid from a much better guitar youtuber where you can hear a difference from one to the other.

          Look boys,
          As much as I hate Paul, and Andy Powers I have decided ultimately they are correct.

          Harder wood is going to Dampen the bridge and strings less and therefore sustain better.

          Paul’s pickup memes are literally all using computers to design the pickups before they even wind them.

          So the details are in fact differnt the only question is whether the nuance is worth the premium.

          The answer is an SG or LP standard is all you need

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Harder wood(s)... sustain better.

            That's been my experience. Dense woods sustain longer, less dense (lightweight) woods resonate more.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              It’s obviously true looking at physics but even just compare a banjo to a Les Paul.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                tap on a drum skin. how long does it sustain? A banjo is the same thing, genius

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Sustain isn't tone.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              tone comes from your balls

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >sustain
        Isn't tone.
        >EQ
        Is in the tone knob, pre-amp, effects, and speaker
        >volume
        Isn't tone
        >intonation
        Isn't tone.

        Learn what tone is, before boomer sperging because you paid $2000 more for a guitar for marketing snake oil.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Depends on what you want. Any hardwood is preferable due to its resistance and capability to offer better string resonance.
          Are you just stringing words together, hoping they mean something? Resistance?
          Resonance means shit with an electric guitar. AT MOST, wood types can impact sustain, but sustain isn't tone.

          >The pickup is a microphone for the string.
          Kind of. A microphone captures sound waves, and converts it with a coil and magnet. A guitar string moving in a magnetic field in a pickup generates a signal. Close, but two different things. You're generating a signal, either way.

          Sustain isn't tone.

          >volume envelope doesn't affect the sound aka tone
          Sometimes I forget how many retards (in this case you) come here

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >volume envelope
            Did you really think you had a point? LOL.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        His methodology was bad. It doesn’t matter what the results were because he didn’t test anything in a controlled way.

        Idk why you even talk about EQ and drums. You’re saying that the tonewood does matter but it’s irrelevant instead of tonewood doesn’t matter at all. I agree the tonewood does make a difference and it’s mostly irrelevant.

        But my thesis is I’m saying that video didn’t show the answer either way.

        >NOOOOOO YOU MUST BELIEVE YOUTUBE SCIENCE

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      his videos are basically clickbait and all his "conclusions" are designed to be the answer he wants. he's unscientific as fuck

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Trust the science, chud.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the one that looks the way you like and feels good in your hands and makes you think you have a nice instrument that you personally like and feel inspired to play better

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    1. Is your guitar acoustic?
    if not, none of this matters

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this. are we talking about an acoustic guitar? if yes, we can argue about tonewood all day long (mahogany is goat, fuck you). if we're talking about an electric, then you're falling for memes. the tone comes from the pickups and your hands. fender made a strat out of high-density cardboard, and once they put the pickups in, it sounded like very other strat.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        chester..

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    it doesn't matter if your guitar is made out of wood, plastic, cardboard, concrete or anything, you need good pickups, good shielding, good hardware, clean energy, and a cabinet with you favorite speakers to sound good. tonewood is a myth.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    An electric guitar makes it's sound by having a string vibrate. The pickup is a microphone for the string. Why would the wood this system is mounted on make any difference? People get this idea of muh harmonics in their head but in reality when the guitar's body is pressed up against your body, it'll barely even vibrate so won't be producing any frequencies.
    Acoustic guitars make the air inside of them vibrate (think of the body as it's pickup), so the type of wood/bracing affects sound reflection/absorption and the sound picked up by your ears. Changing acoustic wood does change its "microphone", whereas it won't on an electric.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      correct

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >The pickup is a microphone for the string.
      Kind of. A microphone captures sound waves, and converts it with a coil and magnet. A guitar string moving in a magnetic field in a pickup generates a signal. Close, but two different things. You're generating a signal, either way.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why is perfect pitch generally understood to be not a universal skill, but this tonewood meme is supposed to be universally detectable?
      I think the "no difference" crowd just have to accept the fact their sense of hearing is not as acute as some other people.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Because in double blind experiments, the only noticable difference is the thickness of the pick and the person using it. Even PRS himself admitted to it, accidentally. Nice wood looks nice and that's all that matters. That and ebony wears less than rosewood fretboards.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Because in double blind experiments, the only noticable difference is the thickness of the pick and the person using it. Even PRS himself admitted to it, accidentally. Nice wood looks nice and that's all that matters. That and ebony wears less than rosewood fretboards.

        I've seen people who claim to 'debunk' the wood thing claim that the pickup is all that matters, if that was the case then you wouldn't hear any difference from a solid body guitar to a hollowbody for example.

        Imagine putting a tele or strat pickups into a jazz box for example, it's not going to sound like a tele or a strat.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Why do jazzercisers think hollow body is so much different?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Hollowbody is hybrid electric/acoustic, and everybody agrees tonewood matters for acoustic, so it's reasonable to believe it affects hollowbodys too.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Nope. Hollowbodies are impractical for high gain because of feedback, from soundwaves impacting the movement of the strings in the magnetic field, causing it to howl. If you want any tonal acoustic qualities from a hollowbody, you mic it like an acoustic.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Take the strings off your guitar and start hitting the body of your guitar and see how much tone comes through the amp

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          With my $5k PSR Santana I can sing into my pickups and record my voice through my amp.

          But keep seething thirdie lmao

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >What type of wood has the best guitar tone?
    Spruce and rosewood for acoustic, mahogany for electric.
    >Does aged wood have a better sound over new wood?
    Yes.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    aged wood, aged amps, aged pickups, aged strings, aged pick, to achieve the best aged sound

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      And if you want to record it, you need an aged microphone with an aged audio interface and an aged computer for that extra warm tone. I record exclusively on a windows XP machine because it sounds better than windows 10, IMHO.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You should put your computer in the trunk of your car and take it on a road trip first. The vibrations will loosen the tension in the circuits.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        filthy digiscum ruins tone like nothing else
        studer a80 or bust

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Unless your guitar is acoustic wood makes fuck all difference to tone.
    Wood should be picked in electric for weight, stability and looks.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    An alder body will have a multipurpose tone good for all genres. Mahogany is a thicker, woodier tone. Basswood has more low end. Bubinga is an exotic wood with an warm, tropical character. Maple neck for crisp bright tones. Roasted maple adds grit and bite. Ebony for a refined classic sound with with increased sustain. Pau ferro is cheap and sounds like plastic.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Pau ferro was considered exotic years ago. It has a density close to that of maple with the look of rosewood. It was never considered a lesser wood until it replaced muh rosewood.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Enjoy your thin, brittle tones and poor sustain.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          "Thin" and "brittle" is how I would describe the effect of rosewood, tbh.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Rosewood is crisp without the ice picky overtones of maple.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Just mainlining that snake oil, arencha? Just spiking it it right into your vein.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Personally I won't play anything other than all aluminum.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Pau Ferro always looked like ass

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The difference is subtle and has more to do with the initial attack as you strike the strings, but there is a difference. Differences in scale length and general construction are far more important to the sound of an electric guitar than "tone" wood.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >What type of wood has the best guitar tone?
    guitarist audiophiles use to say it's swamp ash

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Swamp ash is too moist sounding to my ear.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >moist
        what do you mean by "moist"?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          ask your mom LOL

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            REKT

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just be a good guitar player. Guitarists debating over tone, wood and whatever else is the musical equivalent of buff guys on steroids getting attention from men but not women.

    Guitar playing skill > the type of guitar you own

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    none

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the way i see it is this: the pickup "picks up" the vibrations of the string and converts it to an electric signal that is sent to the amp, shaped and then amplified. no one would argue that is incorrect.
    so essentially all that matters on an electric guitar is the vibration of the strings and the pickups that pick up the signal. so the bridge, the nut, the pickup height and the winds and magnet types are basically all that matters.
    but what if wood types affect the vibration? does mahogany cause the strings to vibrate differently due to the density of the wood or something? does maple cause them to vibrate differently? alder? etc.
    is it really just what happens between the nut and the bridge and pickups beneath that effect the vibration of the string?
    i ask because i genuinely don't know, i am interested. you're not hearing the wood or anything like that on an electric guitar, you're hearing an electrical signal sent from pickups to an amp. but can wood affect the vibrations that are converted to an electrical signal?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      A pickup senses more than string vibration if it's microphonic

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is this the thread where theorylets go after they’ve been BTFO in music threads to spread more of their MAGA-tier lies?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      what an embarrassing post. and you made in without a hint of irony

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You always have this knee jerk reaction when you feel called out?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          you seem very upset

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Not at all. Avoiding the question?

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The ones you obviously can't afford sound better

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If it affects how the string resonates, it affects the tone. Simple as.

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Guys remember to use a leather strap. Fabric straps suck tone.

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If material doesn't affect the tone of electric guitars than why do aluminum ones sound different from wooden ones?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      pickups are magnets

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why does /gg/ attract so many schizos?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >so many
      It's one person. /gg/ is the way it is because of that one guy. When he's not on it's a completely different thread.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        this

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      it's literally one guy and he's been living in those threads 24/7 for almost a decade. you know how most LULZ schizos give up and move on eventually? not him, he's been at it almost a decade straight
      he actually got worse in recent years, he doubled down for some reason. i legitimately feel bad for him

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >so many
      It's one person. /gg/ is the way it is because of that one guy. When he's not on it's a completely different thread.

      this

      it's literally one guy and he's been living in those threads 24/7 for almost a decade. you know how most LULZ schizos give up and move on eventually? not him, he's been at it almost a decade straight
      he actually got worse in recent years, he doubled down for some reason. i legitimately feel bad for him

      you ok bro?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        there he is

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >mfw cum shitter couldn't cry hard enough
    >ass hurt so bad he had to come cry in a second thread to cope

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