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"opening up" a new guitar...
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ship of fools Mar 15, 2011.


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dreary winter day......

Sitting here looking out my window this dreary california-winter morning, I got to thinking about, of all things...woods?

Maybe its because of the trees in my back yard...or the fact that I'm holding my guitar across my lap...but how weird, eh?...Okay...'weirdness' aside....The different woods and different sounds that each individual guitar makes......

I'm wondering how different sitka spruce sounds from mahogany....or 'laminated' spruce sounds different from 'un-laminated'… Continue

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 10:19am

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At 8:33am on April 7, 2009, Tim May said…
Lee: I'm in Sacramento, literally tonight.

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Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
1-2 years
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Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
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Taylor Big Baby
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Ship of fools replied to Lee's discussion "opening up" a new guitar...
"Lots of folks have tried this and I for one belive in the tooth fairy also as being real and truthful. Noi not really but it does bring a chuckle to me every time this comes up. Wood needs to be played to open up and the wood needs to change over…"
Mar 15, 2011
Serapion replied to Lee's discussion "opening up" a new guitar...
"AG magazine did an article on this very topic a few months ago. I am behind on my reading, though, so I do not remember which month it was. You may be able to do a search of some sort on their site to find it."
Mar 15, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Lee's discussion "opening up" a new guitar...
"Over at the "other" acoustic guitar discussion board:   We had an extensive discussion on this in the "general" thread.   No firm conclusions.  …"
Mar 15, 2011
John Gundrum replied to Lee's discussion "opening up" a new guitar...
"That's what they've been saying forever.  There have been studies and its been proven to have little to no effect.Best thing to do is play the guitar and in time it will open up.Also, this opening up doesn't apply to laminate top…"
Mar 15, 2011
Lee replied to Ted Furcinito's discussion Taylor 414 CE
"Hi Ted...I just recently got the itch again after 6 or 7 months of not picking up my guitar...I'm with you, man...Sounds like a really nice Taylor that you purchased...I have a Taylor Big Baby, which is a 3/4 size acoustic with absolutely HUGE…"
Mar 14, 2011
Lee posted a discussion

"opening up" a new guitar...

Hello everybody...I was talking gear with a tech in a music store recently, and he told of a way to really "open-up" the wood and tone in a new guitar, by proping it up against a stereo speaker with a steady flow of music...any truth or experiences anybody?
Mar 14, 2011

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