2lost2find wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:07 pm
No surprises there. The back of the guitar is connected to the resonating top through very stiff sides; how much string energy is reasonably going to transfer? The vast, vast majority of the sound of an acoustic guitar is going to be a combination of the soundboard and interior air volume.
By the same token, it's been proven that in blind tests the same piezo pickup mounted to a very expensive guitar and then to something made of completely non-resonant material is completely indistinguishable in tone... so taking your $2000 Marton or Taylor to a rock gig is actually pretty dumb. It's also been scientifically proven that wood makes zero difference to the tone of a solidbody electric guitar; it's 100% electronics, strings, and the hardware the strings are directly attached to.
Interesting points. I know very little about solid body electrics, but what your saying in your second paragraph certainly makes sense to me. In fact, I was under the impression that electronic components pretty much drove the cost (outside of brand and/or collectability) of those instruments in the first place.
When I saw the "Newspaper Guitar" video the first thing I thought was: well, paper is wood after all. I don't know what resins, or perhaps just a poly-based finish, etc., was used to stiffen it up, but I'm betting its pretty similar to solid wood, from a structural standpoint.