By Andrew Catania
Ranging from acoustic guitars, electric guitars all the way to bass guitars, one can notice the differences in their construction. Among the reasons why someone would purchase a guitar with a specific construction is its pocket-friendliness, tonality and also the feel while handling the guitar.
Bolt on neck guitars have the guitar neck and the guitar body joined with bolts or screws. They are common because generally, they are more economical. Their affordability is not only in a purchase but also in repair. In the case of a damage, they are cheaper and easier to put back in order. When it comes to businesses, bolt on neck guitars is more economical when it comes to production. One can produce large numbers of bolt on neck guitars at a very low price.
The tonality offered by a bolt on neck guitars is great. To a great extent, it is referred to as their sonic signature. The note sharpness, definition, and firmness is stressed by the guitar’s bolt pops and snaps. At the same time, it adds to a cutting tone. Furthermore, a bolt on neck guitar has more vibrations and sustain. This fact adds to the uniqueness of the sound quality it produces.
Generally, musicians love to be in control. With bolt on neck guitars, one can control his/her guitar in relation to its position. Different guitarists would have a preference for a different neck to body angles. For these guitars, it is made possible by some kind of an adjustment screw. With any adjustment, the angle either increases or decreases as per the guitarist’s preference.
Neck thru guitars, on the other hand, have there all the way to the very end of the guitar as their name suggests. Much as they are more expensive than bolt on neck guitars, they are the best for a combination of processing effects. Therefore, they are also created for metals. This is an outstanding quality.
Talking of sturdiness, neck thru guitars are the sturdiest in the market. This is solely because of their construction methodology: when the neck is extended, it becomes the midpoint of the body thus adding strength to it. Another advantage of its construction is the providence of a top notch sustain and the ability of the guitar to stay in tune for a longer time. Clearly, with its strength, the guitar is worth investing in. Its repairs are expensive but the fact is that it takes a lot of effort to damage the instrument.
The choice of a guitar depends on the buyer and his or her requirements. In the case that the user loves a combination of effects, a neck through guitar is to be considered. That is the reason why bolt on neck guitars are mostly acoustics while neck thru guitars is mostly bass guitars. When it comes to electric guitars, definite choices have to be made depending on the cost and benefits that come along with the cost. The clumsiness of the user should also be considered as repairs are cheap on one end and expensive on the other.
In a nutshell, both guitars are great and preferences totally depend on the intended user’s requirements and how much he or she is willing to invest in the guitar.