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Sugestion: graphite reinforcement bars
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Author:  lanztek [ Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sugestion: graphite reinforcement bars

I know...Polycarbonate....Now bass players can protect themselves as well
Don't you mean latex?

could you use a combination of each?...that way you've got us "covered" either way

Author:  DavidS [ Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sugestion: graphite reinforcement bars

Why Rickenbacker don't use graphite in your necks?
It's someone else's patent and the first major maker to use it without a license will likely be sued. We have a better idea for the future anyway.

John, who has a patent on graphite reinforcement? Just off the top of my head, I can name Smith, Carvin, Lakland, Novax, Hamer, ESP/LTD, Schecter, Veillette, Fender, and Turner, as pretty major makers who use graphite in their necks. I think Ken Smith has been doing it since about 1980... They couldn't possibly enforce such a patent, unless it pertained to some particular way of doing it... and there are a few makers with very specific things, such as Gander guitars neck beam... but a patent on putting graphite rods in a neck? I can't seem to find it.

Now that doesn't mean that graphite is for everyone... it does change the tone somewhat (tends to raise the resonant frequency of the neck)...

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