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OldManC

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It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:14:48 PM »


This guy has some great videos but most of them are guitar-centric, so I've never posted them here. This one kind of bridges the gap, so what the heck.

And I don't know what he does for a living, but his amp collection is insane.

Again, this one is guitar, but with all the talk we do about wood and tone, I thought it fitting (though not nearly as funny as Dave's clip).




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Re: It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 02:30:59 PM »
Riff 3 makes it obvious.  The Maho has that low note sounding fuller.

I dunno why most folks always do such shootouts with distorted full chords.  Try some clean arpeggios and then differences are easier to spot (especially when it's a youtube vid  - audio quality isn't that great- and the audience is listening on crappy laptop/comp speakers or earbuds).
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Re: It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 10:00:14 PM »
A guitar with the scale length of a short scale bass doesn't sound like it should to my ears.

I don't need convincing that different woods sound different, but his video isn't likely to convince skeptics. Too many other variables, and as Jake said, you need clean tones.


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Re: It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2017, 03:44:25 AM »
I like the experiments. Too bad the wood comparison doesn't use the same size slab for all three. That does matter.

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Re: It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2017, 11:48:00 AM »
I was gonna say: Finally a geetar with a decent scale length, enough room between the frets and enough string tension so it doesn't sound out of tune when you play it as a hamfisted bassist.  :mrgreen:

I think the wood tone test is clear enough, maho sounds warmest and most pleasant, but I understand why some guitarists prefer the snap of the maple.
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Re: It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2017, 12:48:22 PM »
In the biography of Springsteen there's an anecdote where he tells about a weird guitar he once got which was exceptionally large. It turned out to be a six string (Gibson) bass.  :mrgreen:

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Re: It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2017, 01:15:40 PM »

I think the wood tone test is clear enough, maho sounds warmest and most pleasant, but I understand why some guitarists prefer the snap of the maple.

It won't be clear to the people who insist the species of wood doesn't matter. They will insist that there are too many other variables.


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Re: It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2017, 02:57:20 PM »
" ... too many other variables ..."

Time being the most underestimated element. All sound is temporary and fleeting, how do you know that something played ten seconds later in exactly the same way on exactly the same "sound generator" will still sound like its then already historic predecessor? All sound is relative.  8)
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