Hey AEF members. Here's a test I thought Ethan would like. It's a shootout of various guitar 'tonewoods' using the same core guitar part. While naturally the guy had to do different performances, I still think it was pretty interesting. Tell me this guy's voice doesn't sound similar to Ethan's! He even uses a Scarlett interface
Good video, im 100% hes strum hand wasn't 100% consistent, so that's one variable. But if the differences are so small that you need a robot hand to play 100% consistent to hear a difference, whats the point then? We are humans playing guitars.
I remember Billy Corgan even saying that paint finish of a electric guitar changes tone!
The problem with this video is indeed the separate performances. Especially where he strums the strings again and again for each body. I posted this comment there:
1: You can't test this using separate performances. You need to find a way to mechanically strum the strings such that each strum is identical.
2: What affects tone and sustain is very simple: the mass and rigidity of the body. So dense woods are best, and light woods are not. Balsa would be terrible, for example.
Wood type is the least important element in electric guitar sound. The pickups, strings and amp make up probably 98% of the sound. Even when it comes to acoustic guitars the strings contribute much more to the sound than the wood. In theory a person with "golden" ears can pick out the difference between a spruce, mahogany and cedar acoustic.. in the real world not so much. When I pick up my nice all mahogany Washburn WD18 with it's pretty dark stain, and med strings, it sure sounds like it looks.. dark and mellow, especially compared to my spruce top with it's light strings and finish... that looks... errr, I mean.. sounds.. brighter and thinner... but does it really? What if I put med strings on it? What if I put light strings on the Washburn? Any differences in sound between different wood acoustic guitars are subtle, but there to some degree.. electric guitars? There isn't a human on the face of the earth who could discern a difference plugged in.