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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    "Lighter" translates to resonance and sustain.
    I haven't read the links gjmalcyon posted yet. But, sustain I'll grant you, as that makes sense. No sure resonance is true though. It's like the reeds in a woodwind right? Thinner reeds make a thinner sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PittPastor View Post
    I haven't read the links gjmalcyon posted yet. But, sustain I'll grant you, as that makes sense. No sure resonance is true though. It's like the reeds in a woodwind right? Thinner reeds make a thinner sound.
    Reed's equivalent to a top.
    What we want from lighter build is body resonance.
    Edit: Just read those articles GJ posted myself.
    Great stuff, especially about the importance of the box and back vibration (the resonance thing).
    Thanks "GJ"!!
    Final note:
    I realize I may have sounded like I was championing "lighter builds" myself, when actually I do think it's all about the proper relationship of all elements, and I just got a better understanding of what Grassdog meant when he said he didn't understand why some people believe "lighter is preferable".
    It's not an absolute truism.
    I was just trying to explain what the builders are seeking when they try to use a "light" construction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PittPastor View Post
    I haven't read the links gjmalcyon posted yet. But, sustain I'll grant you, as that makes sense. No sure resonance is true though. It's like the reeds in a woodwind right? Thinner reeds make a thinner sound.
    Dana Bourgeois sums it up very nicely here. The best guitars I own are the lightest builds, and I'm lucky enough to own one of Dana's creations. My '73 D50 is remarkable in that it still sounds pretty good despite being an absolute tank. That's probably a good thing really, because when I was young, I had never heard of a guitar stand or a humidifier, and though it's banged up for sure, there's no cracks at all.
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