eidlyn wrote:I reread this comic so I could make a post to wet riffs, and realised a point of this comic that was off-base as far as guitar function goes; since the writer of this comic is an ex-physicist, i hope this post will be taken as interesting instead of anal retentive. Maybe interestingly anal retentive. I'll meet you half way.
Since the signal from an electric guitar is produced by a thin nickel string vibrating (albeit quickly) several millimetres away from a small magnet, (which picks up the sound, sends it through a series of capacitors and variable resistors which siphons off many wave frequencies and then is sent out to be boosted by an amplifier) the average output of a guitar, with little variation due to the large number of tele's and strats, is approximately 100 mV. A very small percent of guitars do have a preamp boost, used almost exclusively by thrashers and shredders or Clapton-wannabes, but these are powered by a 9-volt and can run for over 5000 hours, if this gives you any idea as to how low the output is. Much higher than .1 V will overload and choke the amp anyway. Esentially, you couldn't shock a baby enough to wake it even if Buckethead was playing.
The primary reason for waterproofing your guitar is so it wouldn't warp the wood the minute you brought it into the bathroom. The only way you could actively play in the shower is with a carbon fibre or glass guitar (glass guitars are bloody wicked, btw). This way you could seal off the electronics and not risk serious water damage to your guitar. Next stop, deep sea guitar porn.
One question I have, though, is, is wet riffs still being checked?
Tons of basses have active electronics as well, and the difference isn't so much in voltage as it is current. Active electronics allows the output to go through more crap before it starts degrading the sound quality of your moozak.
I think if you didn't waterproof the guitar, then some droplets would easily drop through little cavities and get to the electronics.
I know of bass strings that have special coatings that would be nice for this deep sea guitar playing, hehe.
Anyways, I came looking for this discussion board because there is a porn that I can't find! I think I need to get into the business.