Plywood just don't equal tonewood.
I don't agree with that statement. Bodywood is equally as important as neckwood and pickups. They all work together to make a sound, and the overall sound will only be as good as the weakest link. I can tell you from my experience: I tried to take an old guitar body, and fill in the trem cavity using plywood, and then attach a fixed bridge. It sounded like absolute crap. I've also had guitar students who have made project guitars out of plywood. They sounded on par with the sustain from a danelectro. But worse. Plywood just don't equal tonewood. If you search hard on ebay, you could probably find some cheapo alder strat body for like under $50 bucks to use.
Quote from: RockStarNick on October 08, 2008, 05:50:28 AMPlywood just don't equal tonewood. Not completely true, i think it might of been jack(or not), but he said he had a plywood iceman that sounded pretty alright. maybe it's the way the plywood is made, how tight it's pressed or something
It's been said on here many times that body wood has only a small effect of guitar tone...that neckwood and pickups are much more important factors. In that case, could a good maple neck and quality pickups and electronics, be enough to produce an acceptable enough tone from a plywood bodied guitar.
Plywood is heavy but doesn't sustain, and it's very prone to unpleasant feedback.
I guess my question is: what is the main factor in wanting to make a plywood body? Cost?
Plywood is heavy but doesn't sustain, and it's very prone to unpleasant feedback
It's based on the two plywood guitars I've owned... a Peavey whatsit and a Squier whosit.