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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 6 Dec 2018 4:23 pm    
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I know we've all wondered about this at one time or another, and this video gives some surprising results!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYK0XX-nDVI

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Barry Blackwood


Post  Posted 7 Dec 2018 10:39 am    
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Do heavier guitars sustain better?

They do if you think they do... Winking
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 7 Dec 2018 1:13 pm    
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Sustain relies on the structure not dissipating too much energy from the vibrating strings. A well-built light guitar will sustain better than an indifferent heavy one. My Williams U12 is a miracle of lightness despite its traditional construction and sustains better than the old D10 battleship I used to own, which was itself pretty good. Like Barry says, psychology comes into it as well as money.
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 8 Dec 2018 12:12 pm    
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Ian Rae wrote:
Sustain relies on the structure not dissipating too much energy from the vibrating strings. A well-built light guitar will sustain better than an indifferent heavy one. My Williams U12 is a miracle of lightness despite its traditional construction and sustains better than the old D10 battleship I used to own, which was itself pretty good. Like Barry says, psychology comes into it as well as money.

Very true, Ian. My next guitar is going to be one of these:


Harvey Reid talks about them here:
http://www.woodpecker.com/writing/essays/ridgewing_guitars.html

The neck and body are made of carbon fiber, so the total weight of the instrument is probably not more than a few pounds (I can’t find any specs).

The problem I have had with light body weight guitars is they are out of balance. The weight of the neck/headstock pulls it down toward the floor, and you have to support that end with your fretting hand, and/or holding the body against your ribs. It’s possible, but not conducive to flashy playing... So hopefully the Ridgewing has the balance thing dialed in.
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