fatter neck=fatter sound?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Brad Barker, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    i was reading a history of paul reed smith guitars from "electric guitars: the illustrated encyclopedia," and i came across this bit of info:

    "...the majority of future PRS guitars would follow the shorter and fatter neck concept. smith says that a big neck equals big tone, and few players would disagree."

    is it the amount of wood that is the primary factor for the "big tone"? if so, then wouldn't a longer, thinner neck with an equal amount of wood be as "thick" sounding?

    or does a longer neck mean a taught, focused, less "flabby" sound and cannot sound comparable to a shorter, fatter neck?

    or am i splitting hairs?

    :D ;)
  2. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    the key word here is "Stiffness".
    Or actually, stiffnes/weight. The thing is to keep the harmonic frequecies of the neck out of the spectrum where the tones are supposed to be. And playnig a flobby neck is not nice, thus, we try to keep the neck freq as high as possible. Right?
    Which means light weight and veeery stiff.

    Fat profile, graphite stringers, stiff wood,,,the ways are many, but the aim is the same.