Things that may affect the tone of your instrument

From this forum we know that the sound of your instrument is combination of many things. These things may affect your instrument’s tone:

– the pick you use
– the brand of strings
– the gauge of strings
– the age of the strings
– the fingerboard material
– the nut material
– binding
– tuners
– finish
– tone woods
– long vs short neck tenon
– pot metal vs aluminum tailpiece
– tailpiece height
– through vs top wrapping
– Nashville vs abr-1 bridge
– truss rod routing
– sheath vs no sheath on truss rod
– carve of top
– weight relieved vs non-weight relieved
– pickup height
– neck relief
– string action
– sitting vs standing
– guitar strap material
– type of strap buttons
– neck profile
– potentiometers
– capacitors
– pickups
– guitar cord (straight vs coiled)
– effects pedals
– order of connection of effects pedals
– effects power supply
– amplifier
– level of tube saturation
– tube quality and life
– speaker quality
– acoustical environment
– and if you mic …
– mic used
– single vs multiple mics
– mic saturation level
– distance from cabinet
– angle from center axis
– mic cables
– mixer console
– settings on console
– output cables
– amplifiers used
– PA speakers used
– height of PA speakers
– placement of speakers relative to the listener
– room to speaker interaction
– guitar amp to PA speaker interaction

and last but not least, your ability to play

So, if your instrument does not produce good sound, don’t just blame your instrument. Look at above list and you will find the answer.

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