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Guitar Tone: Pursuing the Ultimate Guitar Sound by Mitch Gallagher

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Chapter 1. Guitar Types and Construction

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY PLACES FROM WHICH we can launch our quest for tone, the beginning for most of us is the guitar itself. After all, it’s the guitar we love. We can be fond of amplifiers and stompboxes, we can be enamored of a certain type of strings or whatever, but it all comes back to the guitar. That’s where the magic begins.

One of the larger factors in the tone of an electric guitar is its type—its design and how it is constructed. How the guitar is designed affects how it resonates, how the vibrations are presented to the pickup, how the instrument sustains, the harmonic quality of the sound (whether the tone of the guitar is bright or dark), how susceptible the guitar is to feedback at high ...

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