Following on from my fifthfret.org post about the pursuit of tone, I thought it would be interesting to record, under identical conditions, five radically different guitars, playing the same piece as consistently as possible. You’ll hear a sample of the playing, first with the bridge pickup and then with the neck pickup. The details about each guitar are outlined below. The recordings are in a different order to the alphabetically ordered list. I used the random sequence generator at http://www.random.org/sequences/ to generate the order in which you hear them. Can you match up the sound with the guitar?
The answers are available at https://damacleod.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/blindtestresults/
|Benford Custom Lestercaster||24.75″, set neck, sapele with ebony fretboard||Telecaster shape sycamore||Seymour Duncan P-Rails in series humbucker mode||Gotoh tune-o-matic|
|Fender Telecaster 1978 Standard||25.5″ bolt on maple neck and fretboard||Ash||Standard original bridge pickup, The Creamery Hot Alnico 5 neck pickup||Standard|
|Hohner G2T||25.5″, thru neck, rosewood fretboard, unknown neck wood||Steinberger shape, unknown wood||EMG licensed passive humbuckers||Standard|
|MacLeod Custom Voodoo Tele||25.5″, thru neck, sapele with ebony fretboard||Telecaster shape chambered body with sapele back and 0.25″ maple top||Axetec Iron Gear Steel Foundry Telecaster set||Wilkinson Tele bridge|
|MacLeod Custom Jazzmaster||25.5″, set neck, maple||Jazzmaster shape solid sapele||Gretsch Filtertrons||Brass/chrome Strat-style hardtail|
All guitars fitted with 10-46 gauge strings. Hohner with D’Addario double ball-ends, all others with Ernie Ball Slinkies.
The guitar’s volume and tone controls are turned up full through the test.
Recorded with a Line 6 Pod XT, using a Fender Twin Reverb amp simulation, with no other effects, directly into Reaper. The only post-processing was to equalise volume levels. It was rendered to a variable bitrate MP3 at 90% quality, equivalent to 256kbps. If anyone thinks they would have a better chance listening to a non-lossy version let me know in the comments and I’ll tell you where you can download the FLAC version.