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  1. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    Ant: I play guitars with rosewood boards because I don't give a fuck about trends

    Also Ant: I own a Blackmachine
    To be fair, if I hadn't lost my job, I'd have had one back in 2010 before djent happened

    I've played maybe 15 different ones now, and while they're stellar guitars, I'd never buy a top end one. Not when there's many other builders just as good at MUCH less. I actually think mine might be the best sounding one I've played, and it's one of the 'cheap' ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blankplank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    Ant: I play guitars with rosewood boards because I don't give a fuck about trends

    Also Ant: I own a Blackmachine
    To be fair, if I hadn't lost my job, I'd have had one back in 2010 before djent happened <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />

    I've played maybe 15 different ones now, and while they're stellar guitars, I'd never buy a top end one. Not when there's many other builders just as good at MUCH less. I actually think mine might be the best sounding one I've played, and it's one of the 'cheap' ones <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />
    To be fair not caring about trends does not mean not buying something because it is currently cool. That would be being a hipster.

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    The wood choice for the fretboard makes a significant difference in tone--probably more so than the type of body wood. I like having all three main types of fretboard woods for different purposes.

    'Premium' features have become devalued somewhat because they can be mass-produced now. In the end, quality fretwork and a high level of resonance are the most important things on a guitar.

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    Eh, I can only talk for myself. Sure, there might be people out there who liked such things because they were rare, but I like things because I like them. I've owned more guitars with basswood bodies than anything else and more guitars with rosewood fretboards than anything else and more guitars with "regular" dot inlays than anything else, and I love all of those things. Basswood bodies, rosewood fretboards, and "regular" dot inlays rule. But I've also owned a guitar with no inlays at all (on one extreme) and with an elaborate tree of life inlay (on the other extreme), both things that are pretty rare. And they both rule (plus, I've owned guitars with offset dots and non-dot inlays such as the Les Paul boxes/rectangles). I've only owned one guitar with an ebony fretboard (my new one), but I've always just loved how ebony boards look. I thought they looked awesome 20 years ago and I think they look awesome now. As a bonus, they also sound good. That's part of why I really liked the rosewood board on my RG1527. It was super dark. Almost black in color (assuming it was properly taken care of and oiled at least once every 1-3 months).

    I don't go for things because they're rare, but I also don't go for them because they're common. I go for them because I like them.

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    Am I the only one who does not care about neck shape? Its never been a factor for me.

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    Problem with premium features that were the signs of an expensive model appearing on budget guitars is literally the word "budget". They were more expensive as they took longer to do, or were harder to work with.

    So if you now grab a budget/cheaper/midrange guitar, you are also grabbing budget/cheaper/midrange build quality and cheaper sourced wood.

    Hence, you probably aren't as fussed by them.

    Not saying this is as an argument, but it's something that should be factored in.

    I like rosewood boards, don't mind ebony, it's nice, maple is ok, just all depends on the rest of the guitar really. Features wise, I'm in the chris camp, superstrat shape, good trem, nice shreddy neck, reverse headstock, and from thereon in, monkey grips / lions claws and ridiculous colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schreckmusic View Post
    Am I the only one who does not care about neck shape? Its never been a factor for me.
    Neck shape is the thing that makes or breaks a guitar for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schreckmusic View Post
    Am I the only one who does not care about neck shape? Its never been a factor for me.
    It's never bothered me in the slightest, I notice it when I play a guitar for ages then pick up something different.

    I dont like wide string spacing but the actual shape of the neck isn't an issue

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