• jt76


    i belive age of wood used is more important - natural growth lumber that used to be available is much better quality than the farmed wood that is readily available today.  I belive that makes more difference than the aging of the wood 

    however as wood ages,  on a good quality insturment the resins in the wood get harder and the resonance changes, in most cases for the better, but cheap guitars can deteriorate because of warping or delamination of body peices.   I have heard plenty of guitars that sounded better as they aged as well as others that sounded worse.

    also pickups age,  they loose strength and their crispness - this is good for hard rock, blues, jazz or cleans but maybe not for metal - i personally like aged pickups

    In general the biggest factors in the sound of your instrument are in my opinion in this order ( excluding amps cords and effects )

    - your fingers

    - craftsmanship

    -quality of woods used

    -quality of electronics used

    -pickup selection appropriate for the woods and bridge type and for your playing style / sound you are trying to achieve

    - also the type of material your pick is made from (if you use one) can make a surprisingly large difference in your sound.  tortex, polyethelene, celluloid, nylon, acetal, metal, wood all sound very different.   I use tortex most of the time for a bright sound, celluloid if I want to melow my tone out a bit,  and acetal ocassionally if I want an even darker sound.    

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