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Paint thickness makes an impact on tone on an acoustic guitar where the vibrations of the wood directly affect tone. On an electric guitar the tone is directly caused by the pickups. The wood used does not affect tone on an electric guitar. Proof of this can be found by listening to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. His recordings from the 70's were primarily done on a Les Paul, which is a heavy guitar primarily made of mahogany. He currently plays the same songs live with the same tone using custom built guitars that are incredibly light. They have chambered bodies AND NECKS! The primary guitars he uses are not even painted, they have decals on them simulating a paint look. His tone live now is the same as the recordings you listen to from the mid 70's when he was using a heavy guitar. If the actual weight of the wood does not affect tone, what kind of idiot believes that the paint affects the tone. Much less the actual color of the paint! I guess that kind of idiot is Billy Corgan.
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