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You can see that the plastic on the original Kluson tuners has gassed and shrunk over the years.I should put new tuners on there but I really like the way the old ones look.
Maybe it would be better explained if we were sitting down with these two guitars and a glass of cool, straight Tennessee whisky.I snatched them both up as soon as I could get in contact with him. The first J-45s came out in 1942 when Gibson was producing only six models because of the war shortages.It was a bare bones blues powerhouse that continues to be in production today with no end in sight.The bass guitar is an important element of every contemporary mix even though it rarely plays a prominent role.Sometimes the bass is felt rather than heard while other mixes have the bass in a much more audible sonic space.They show the two braces called “Tone Bars.” These braces have a huge influence on the tone and structural integrity of the guitar.
You may notice the tones bars are “scalloped.” This means they were shaped for strength in one way and tone in the other.
Many boutique luthiers and hand builders shave braces and tap tune their tops to focus the tone towards bass or treble response. They are both built with all solid woods however they had two separate goals.
I’ll let you be the judge on whether this has a big impact on tone. It refers to the thinness of the braces and the overall weight of the materials used. The former, to be the best sounding guitar possible with the materials, techniques and budgets that were available.
These frequencies give your bass most of its low end energy and sustain.
Too much girth will make your mix muddy while not enough will leave a thin sound or give an unnatural relationship as you try to make other instruments fill in these key frequencies.
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