Body length and overall extension (with tonewoods) is for both balancin' and tone...
These instruments were indeed conceived to be held standin' up, free to move along the stage, so darn equilibrium is quite important
Havin reached an equilibrium of some sort (battle won against double bass here) next step was quality tonewoods (these "strange guitars" had to sound in a faithful way, not just because of electricity, after all... always keep in mind the struggle against double bass) finally, playability
We got these brand new guitars playin' bass parts, right? They can be held standin' just like proper guitars do, right? We got tonewoods and pickups and amps to let'em roar, right?
Now let players reach for upper frets with ease: that's "horns".
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