Does an electric guitar's shape effect sound?

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Fritz D'Amore asked a question: Does an electric guitar's shape effect sound?
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  • So the shape of an electric guitar does affect how it sounds, but only indirectly. What actually impacts the sound, is the size and weight of the body. The thicker and heavier the wood, the better resonance you will get, this means your notes will be more sustained and sound fuller.

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Those who don’t believe wood affects a guitar’s tone point to the physics of how an electric guitar works. The sound is caused by the vibration of strings through the magnetic field emanating from a guitar’s pickups. Your guitar's intonation also contributes to the tone, and don’t forget the amp, which converts the signal from the

Electric Guitar Pickups. The pickups of an electric guitar arguably have the most noticeable impact on the tone of the guitar. The exact same guitar will sound completely different if you swap out the pickups. The difference is night and day.

There is some debate as to just how much tone wood affects electric guitar tone. It’s definitely agreed that it impacts acoustic tone, more than electric, but it does still have some effect. There are many different types of tone wood, and each of them has different properties. For example, some have more gaps and grains than others.

While the acoustic-electric guitar isn’t actually its own body type, it’s simply an acoustic guitar with electric pickups to amplify its signal (we’ll talk about pickups soon!), it’s worth mentioning that you’re almost never going to get a comparable tone to that of a hollow body or really, any kind of electric guitar. It’s just not built for that, and in fact, it’s almost always better if you want that acoustic sound, to buy a really resonant acoustic guitar and add a nice ...

While it is true that the sound produced by an electric guitar is the result of ferromagnetic strings passing through a magnetic field, the signal that is produced in the magnetic field is a collection of frequency components that mirror string vibrations (fundamental and harmonic components); therefore, anything that affects string vibration affects the tone of an electric guitar.

How electric guitar pickups work. How does an electric guitar turn movement (in a string) into that amazing twangy sound you can hear? Like this! Bar magnet (gray) in pickup generates a magnetic field all around it. Magnetic field (gray curved lines) extends invisibly upward through the metal guitar strings above the pickup.

The Gibson Explorer Guitar Shape. A common theme with these models is the capability to easily access the highest notes of the instrument, alongside dual humbuckers and massive sustaining bodies. The Explorer, much like the V, is now a very common electric guitar shape in the heavy rock and metal genres, but was widely used in other styles as well.

As I know electric guitar's sound is transferred to electric signal by Faraday's law, that a changing magnetic field produces electricity. So this is independent by shape of guitar then why so many

Electric guitars create sound through electromagnetic impulses that travel from pickups to an amplifier. The shape and type of wood from which the body is constructed isn’t a big factor in how the guitar sounds. For acoustic guitars, however, the body shape has a major impact on the sound and volume.

It makes sense to me based on having some knowledge of physics that on an acoustic guitar the body (and neck, bridge, etc) materials and design has a huge effect on what the guitar sounds like. But on an electric, as I understand it, the strings don't resonate much with the body (and neck, bridge, etc); they're just there to oscillate a magnetic field on the pickups, and besides the body (and neck, bridge, etc) is usually pretty solid anyway so not much change for the small force of fingers ...

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