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Thoughs on solid bodies used for jazz

 
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eljazzer
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 12:35 am    Post subject: Thoughs on solid bodies used for jazz Reply with quote

I love the sound of archtops for jazz, but there are guitarists getting sweet ringing tones on solid bodies.

I once attended a master class with Lorne Lofsy where he demonstrated that a solid body rings stronger, and with with less decay than traditional jazz boxes.

http://www.lornelofsky.com/home.html
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The enjoyment of music is the ultimate goal, and the methods of getting there seems more fun than actually being there.

With that in mind, both the sound of archtops and solid bodies are sublime in the hands of masters.

Any more thoughs on this ?
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draqza



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was talking to the director of the jazz ensemble at my school and his immediate thought was that you could only play jazz on an archtop... "you just can't get that jazz tone through a strat." I guess that was partly related to the fact that the ensemble was playing mostly big band-era stuff and wanted it to sound authentic.

That said, in my opinion solidbodies are just as fine for jazz as archtops "unless" you're going for the archtop tone above all else.
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