The Soul of the Guitar

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The Soul of the Guitar

#1 Post by Ice9 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:11 pm

What is the soul of the guitar? The neck? The body? Or is it the whole thing? Or does it differ with each guitar?

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#2 Post by notavirtuoso » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:38 pm

I think it's in the wood. I look at it like this. I'm not writing a song while playing, the song is already in the guitar, it just needs to come out. I just let it out.

I don't think the type of wood matters that much. I think it's more of "vibe" for lack of a better word, in the wood itself. Call it what you like, but some pieces of mahogany are happier or more angry than others. Sound crazy? Absolutely, but I never claimed to be sane.

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#3 Post by -SkiZ- » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:49 pm

the guitar player?
but seriously I think what defines the character of a guitar may be everything together, maybe the pickups make a more noticeable difference, but the wood and the strings etc make subtle differences wich I don't know much about...

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#4 Post by Duggy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:17 am

The soul of the guitar is in the player 8) .

In seriousness, we're talking about tone here? I'd say its a combination of everything, most importantly wood and pups.

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#5 Post by Big Bad Bill » Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:24 am

Undoubtedly the strap locks is the abode of 'guitar soul'.

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#6 Post by Ice9 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:45 am

Interesting opinions. Just for clarification, I am not talking about music per se, of course the music comes from the person. I am talking strictly guitar here. I think skiz may have used a better word than I, Character. I called it soul but character works better to get the meaning across.

So, if you had to choose which part of your guitar would break and need replacement, which would you prefer it be? Do you replace necks and consider the guitar the same? Or do you put necks on bodies to get what you want?

p.s. I was not talking tone.

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#7 Post by Stephen Brown » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:29 pm

What is the soul of the guitar?

The person who is playing it.

Hardware.

Neck in conjunction.
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#8 Post by jemgirl » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:45 am

the guy or girl who is playing the guitar.

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#9 Post by holzwurm » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:02 pm

It's in the sound :shock:

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#10 Post by boswell » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:18 am

Enough of this Guitar Soul nonsense they are just wood n wire 8)

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#11 Post by applesteam » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:44 am

the soul of the guitar is located inside the b string tuning peg. :wink:

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#12 Post by Zebula77 » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:13 am

That's an interesting question. I don't think I'd say the sound of the guitar is it's soul, cos I can get the sound I want from pretty much any guitar that's decent enough.

I think the soul must come from the player him/herself. Dunno if I can say that any instrument itself has a 'soul'.

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#13 Post by Rollo » Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:16 pm

Wow... I really liked your question Ice, it got me thinking for a while.

I think the guitar's soul is in all of it's parts, but not all parts are the guitar itself. I mean, imagine the guitar was a person. f you cut that person's hair off he would change, but still be the same person. Even if that person forgets everything and loses his ability to comunicate or ti think, he would still be the same person.

If you replace a guitar's neck or pickups, maybe the sound change but it's soul would still be the same.

I don't know, I guess I believe the guitar's soul isn't in the guitar at all, even though I think each guitar has a definite soul (or character if you don't want to think of it in such an esoteric way. :wink: )

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#14 Post by boswell » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:05 am

Rollo wrote: If you replace a guitar's neck or pickups, maybe the sound change but it's soul would still be the same.
Change the sound and you surely change it's soul........sorry... character 8)

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#15 Post by Rollo » Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:01 pm

I dunno, I would still think of the guitar as if it was the same than before but with a different sound. I mean it's so called soul is its "identity" or character.

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