Ever wondered where your guitar’s tone really comes from? This YouTuber embarked on a quest to find the answer

Jim Lill
(Image credit: Jim Lill/YouTube)

Where does an electric guitar’s tone come from? It’s a question that has many answers, depending on who you ask. While some subscribe to the 'tone is all in the hands' mantra, there are others that point to the instrument’s fundamental build differences – those who believe tone is in the body, neck, strings, fretboard, and so on.

It’s a debate that’s been hotly contested seemingly since the dawn of time itself, but now YouTuber Jim Lill has arrived to find out the truth. In a new 12-minute video, Lill put an electric guitar under the microscope to find out, once and for all, where its tone emanates from.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.