Manufacturer of a certain electric guitar states that a guitar with following specification is well suited for a specific genre, i.e. "metal".

  • BODY: Agathis
  • NECK: Maple, Modern "U" Shape
  • FRETBOARD: Rosewood, 15 3/4" Radius(400mm)
  • FRETS: 24 / Jumbo (2.9mm)
  • SCALE: 25 1/2" (648mm)
  • BRIDGE: EG7BV 6-screw Vintage Tremolo
  • TUNERS: Cap covered
  • ELECTRONICS: 1 volume, 1 tone, 5way s/w

The two key sub-genres of rock music that I am most interested in playing are:

  • Blues rock
  • Classical rock

apart from a bit of metal, here and there. Are there specific reasons why this guitar may be less well suited, for playing music of other genres ?

Put another way, what are the specifications of the guitar that make it better suited to the key genre of my interest ?

Aspects which I think might have an impact could be:

  • Frets (24 vs 21)
  • Type of bridge
  • Tremolo arm / whammy bar present or not (and if so, what type)
  • Type of pickup
  • Range of pickups that can be selected
  • Material used (body and neck)
  • etc.
  • If you edit this question to ask "what should I look for when buying my first electric guitar" then it will be on topic - but it will also be a duplicate of music.stackexchange.com/questions/2406/…. Also see music.stackexchange.com/questions/30472/… – Todd Wilcox Dec 11 '15 at 19:04
  • @ToddWilcox this question has a genre aspect which isn't in either of those questions... – topo Reinstate Monica Dec 11 '15 at 20:26
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    @topomorto Currently it is off-topic as worded since it is a product recommendation. As far as I've seen, there is no electric guitar that can't be used with any genre and no genre that requires any specific type of guitar. – Todd Wilcox Dec 11 '15 at 20:30
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    @ToddWilcox just to put the other side though, they have avoided mentioning particular products, and are not asking for a list of products - simply asking if any of a particular list of characteristics are metal-specific. So it's arguably a step removed from asking for a product recommendation. – topo Reinstate Monica Dec 11 '15 at 20:44
  • And though you may be able to use any electric guitar for any genre, some do have characteristics that make them more suitable for certain genres. – topo Reinstate Monica Dec 11 '15 at 20:45

One things that might be seen as slightly genre-specific is the H-H pickup layout (this means that it has a humbucker in the bridge position, and another in the neck position). This would often give a heavier sound, compared to the brighter crisper sound of single coils. The big advantage of humbuckers when playing heavy rock is their ability to reject hum, which is very useful when playing through a high-gain signal chain.

That said, no reason you can't play any genre through humbuckers. The actual sound you get often has as much to do with what you plug the guitar into as the instrument itself. For metal, you'll need to be give some thought to what you're getting your distorted sound from, whether that's an amp or an effect unit.

  • Interested to know what point the downvoter disagrees with. – topo Reinstate Monica Dec 12 '15 at 8:32
  • Not sure about downvote, but this is precisely the type of information that I was looking for. Upvoted and will probably accept after waiting some more. – icarus74 Dec 12 '15 at 15:06

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