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Neck-through? Bolt-on?
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Author:  Bossa [ Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Neck-through? Bolt-on?

Just wondering, I really like solidbody guitars, and I own a 650S which has a neck-through construction, but I have never played a bolt-on RIC (other brands, yes). Have any of you had the opportunity to play both neck-through and bolt-on RIC's? What are your impressions? How would you compare the two?

Author:  combo800 [ Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Neck-through? Bolt-on?

Ive got a 650D and 2 bolt-ons: a 220 and a 260. All have humbuckers; although the outer packaging on the 200 Series guitars that I have is different, the innards are the same.

There isn't a big difference between them, really. With separate volume and tone controls on the 650, there's a bit more variation available. My 220 and 260 stay in tune better, but I'm sure that's largely due to having a vibrato on my 650 (and me "dive bombing" on it).

I'd say my 650 is a bit more "mellow" sounding. The 650 is also lighter (weight-wise).

The necks on the 220 and 260 are not as wide as the 650, but they're a bit "meatier."

Author:  Bossa [ Sat Dec 23, 2006 12:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Neck-through? Bolt-on?

Thanks, Combo!

Regarding the effect of the neck joint on the tone, can you really notice a significant "flavor" for each? My question goes because lately, I have been noticing a certain characteristic quality of sound on the bolt-ons I play (not bad at all, just particular). I have played various brands and I always hear this barely audible quality in their sound they all have in common. But I've never played a Ric bolt-on...

In my words, I'd say that bolt-ons have this "edge" in the very high harmonic range that is very subtle and adds a certain raspy quality to the sound that results appealing. On the other hand, my neck-through results very compact, smooth and round in overall, but reaching the very low bass and the very high trebles. Also great. Do any of you have similar thoughts?

Author:  combo800 [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Neck-through? Bolt-on?

Yes, I'd agree with you, Bossa... there is a bit more "edge" with the bolt-on RICs I have. As I wrote earlier, my 650 seems a bit more "mellow" by comparison.

Author:  Bossa [ Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Neck-through? Bolt-on?

Thanks, man!!

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