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Bogdan Radovic
post Aug 30 2013, 09:32 AM
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I think these V shaped guitars are truly made for stage and the wacky looks. Suppose there are no hidden qualities in the crazy shape (or lack?) of wood? smile.gif

Remember my first gig, we were playing a Nightwish tribute set and input jack got broken on the guitar of my friend. He needed to quickly borrow a new guitar as the show was just starting. Some (out of all the possible guitars), brought out the one which was pointy and V shaped..... smile.gif When you look at the video of the gig, he instantly got the upgrade of performance smile.gif


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Todd Simpson
post Aug 30 2013, 05:38 PM
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Believe it or not, there is actually a point to that crazy shape smile.gif The guitar is designed using a very large chunk of wood to increase the amount of resonance (according to the original builder). I have owned a few of these DIME ML shaped guitars and I must say they are big and HEAVY and do provide really good sustain and resonance. The pickups are hard mounted as you can see which also adds to the effect.

The Gibson Explorer benefited from the same idea which is what influenced the design of the ML. The extended body behind the bridge should, at least in theory, provide space for the sound to resonate in the wood and travel to the pickups through the hard mounted pickups. Of course lots of folks say this is pure BUNK BUNK BUNK and that such shapes are purely for looks. smile.gif Personally I'd say there is a bit of truth in both viewpoints smile.gif

Here is a quote with some info on the sustain idea.

"The mass of the guitar is spread out over a wider area than most guitars in order to maximize sustain. The "V"-shaped headstock and "string-through-body" design are also used to increase sustain and improve tone.":


DEAN is back making custom guitars with new textured neck design. He only sells direct and mostly strats/LP shapes. The prices are quite good around $500 and they look spiff. I've not played one though.

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I think these V shaped guitars are truly made for stage and the wacky looks. Suppose there are no hidden qualities in the crazy shape (or lack?) of wood? smile.gif

Remember my first gig, we were playing a Nightwish tribute set and input jack got broken on the guitar of my friend. He needed to quickly borrow a new guitar as the show was just starting. Some (out of all the possible guitars), brought out the one which was pointy and V shaped..... smile.gif When you look at the video of the gig, he instantly got the upgrade of performance smile.gif



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