Knock knock who's there??

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  1. Sg-ocaster

    Sg-ocaster Well-Known Member

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    No bad jokes here.
    But am I the only crazy bastard that picks guitars up in a store holds um to my ear and knocks on the body to hear how the wood resonates ??......they have to have the right woody clunk, weight and neck shape(no particular one just one that feels good)be for I'll sit down to try one.
    I find this especially with stratocaster gotta have a hollow clunk to be a good one imo
     
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  2. Adieu

    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Good ones do often have a pleasant knock to em
     
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    houseofrock Well-Known Member

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    I have never tried knocking on a guitar but I do believe a good sounding guitar is more than a sum of its parts.
    Wood does matter. I usually play one acoustically for a while before I plug them in.
     
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    South Park Well-Known Member

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    That’s what my wife’s says wood matters
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    :lol::funny:
     
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    Im247frogs Well-Known Member

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    Hell yeah, buddy
     
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    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    Towards the end when I am almost done playing I shake the Les Paul around a bit trying to squeeze that last sustain out of the final note and often knock on the neck a bit , which cranked thru my 2555X's sounds fun . Just having some fun .
     
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    Maggot Brain Well-Known Member

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    I ALWAYS play a guitar unplugged first in a quiet area, you can easily audibly tell the difference in volume and sustain when played acoustically/unplugged. I like the idea of knocking on it too, I've honestly never thought of that but will keep it in mind for the future!

    You'll be suprised how much guitars of the same make and model differ in volume and sustain using this method.
     
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    I do that not only with guitars but with cantaloupes and watermelons.
     
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    Wildeman Well-Known Member

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    I don't even plug guitars in when i try them usually. I figure, if they play and sound good unplugged they're good, pickups and caps'n shit i can fine tune later.
     
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    Vinsanitizer Forum Support Spec. Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    And isn't it true that the lighter ones usually resonate more? But this test is no guarantee, and it was propagated by a magazine interview with Eric Johnson in the early 90's. I may even still have that rag in a box somewhere. I see truth in it, but it's not just about the body, the headstock needs to vibrate openly too. All guitars will vibe, but there are two dimishining returns:

    1. You need weight for sustain, but too heavy and it can sound dull.
    2. It should be light enough to get the widest possible vibrations, but if it's too light you lose sustain.

    But again, and unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules. Every tree is different.

    I had a really beautiful Gibson Les Paul for a short time that was chambered. Man, the tone on that thing was incredible: sustain on any note, overtones everywhere, and it would whistle and whine when you'd solo in the higher registers. You could sit in front of an amp and get notes to bloom and feed back all day without even knowing how to play a guitar. Unfortunately, the body was way too light and the neck would dive with a strap on, which I didn't try at the store, so it had to go back. I can't have a $2,000 with neck dive even if it made me sound like Jimmy Page.
     
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    OP: Gladiator ...


    ..before the GB.

    :fever:

    :shrug:

    :io:
     
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    After knocking the guitar you should look at the person closest to you straight in the eye and say "nobody's home"
     
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    Vinsanitizer Forum Support Spec. Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Ok, that may not have been very nice. But it was funny. :D
     

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