Topic: Body Talk - Depth
Ok here's another reason to check out a guitar at a shop. I've noticed that one of the key differences between a cheap guitar and 'the real thing' is the depth of the body. The distance between the front you play on and the back that rests on your belt.
A Squire Strat is thinner than a true Fender Stratocaster. The Joe Strummer telecaster (a 67 replica) is noticeably deeper than today's Fender teles. A top-flight Les Paul is much deeper (and heavier) than an Epiphone version.
This body depth is something you rarely see on 'spec' sheets of online stores. It is going to add sustain no matter what wood is used. But is that a good thing?
The chunky debate begins here ;-)