Have had my SWS Mini Jumbo about 1 yr, counting its exile back to Canada for a new neck & bridge. Recently, I think the overall tone & volume have improved. So...has it opened up due to the amount of playing time it has seen? Per the video by Robert Godin, that's what has happened. Have you noticed the same phenomenon w/ your guitar?
I've thought of taking Mr G's advice and placing the guitar in front of speakers and playing music 'into' it....would choose symphonic music because I would guess that has the widest frequency range. Has anyone tried it...or have you tried that electronic device that vibrates a 60 cycle frequency into the soundboard?
About that device that supposedly speeds up the break-in time, you might want to read through the conversation at this link: http://acapella.harmony-central.com/archive/index.php/t-2638833.html
Long before it came into my hands, someone put a whole lot of hours into 'opening' the sound on my '02 S6, judging from the pick chews on the top. I figure it's as open as a codfish split for salting...
I wouldn't want to accelerate the process - too much fun doing it the slow way...
I like the way you describe your guitar "as open as a codfish for salting". Wonder how many more Newfoundlanders are members of this group.
Yep ... My 2004 Artist Mosaic is open as a codfish for salting as well ... and I'm not a Newfie. I'm at least the 3rd owner and the guitar has led an "interesting" life. At some point someone apparently strummed "windmill style" like Pete Townshend! The cedar top is something of a "Teenage Wasteland" ... heh heh (see what I did there?)
I have read that cedar topped guitars break in much more quickly than spruce topped, and that laminated tops never open up. Is that information accurate?
I've had my Maritime SWS SG for a couple of years now. To me it sounds better today than it did when I purchased it. That being said I could not say for sure if it has "opened up". For one thing, though I am by no means a great guitarist, I am a heck of a lot better than I was two years ago. The sounds that emanate from the guitar today resemble music but two years ago I'm not sure what you would have called what I was playing. So for me it is really hard to determine if and when that "change" takes place.