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Old 05-23-2017, 02:28 PM
jaymarsch jaymarsch is offline
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I'll give a stab at this from my limited understanding. I have two rosewood guitars that have a fair bit of overtones. When I pluck a string, it rings for a good period of time so when I pluck the next string, the first string is still ringing. This harmonizes with the sound of the second string and creates an overtone - a third tone if you will.

With guitars that favor the fundamental and do not create overtones tend to ring out when the string is plucked and then die more quickly so when the next string is plucked you hear the first tone and then the second tone with not much of an overtone created.

Does that make sense?

People have personal preferences and it also can favor different styles of playing and genres of music. Celtic airs can sound great with lots of overtones. Bluegrass and some fiddle tunes sound better when the notes can get out of the way of one another.

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