Laudiesdad69 wrote:Well the guitar in question had been hanging on the music store wall since 2011. Does the fact that it hung on the wall at the music store help the sound, or is it just the amount of playing done on it? Cause it seems to be opening up really fast.
Likely sitting around wouldn't help much for breaking in. It would help for acclimatizing the guitar and making sure the wood has adjusted to the area you are living in.
From my experience with my Ramirez guitars the 4NE that I bought used hadn't been played too much and sat in the case for much of its life. It took a few weeks to really come to life after playing it a couple hours a day. It was a relatively quick transformation. Each day you could hear it getting better and you could hear that the sound was less "choked" and more open. My 130Anos in spruce took quite a long time to really come around. It sounded nice from day 1, but as it aged the sound became more rounded and there was much more warmth and much more body to the guitar. The 130 Anos started coming to life within a couple weeks of me getting it, but it took a couple years to really start to open up and then all of a sudden you notice how much different it sounds. I think it is still slowly opening up some too. But, like any guitar, it's hard to say. Every day the sound is a little bit different because of humidity and everything. I find spruce guitars more sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity for optimal sound. Cedar is much more forgiving to my ears to humidity levels and other variables.
Both are beautiful sounding guitars.
People may say there is no proof of guitars opening up and that it's all in your head, but I think the sound really does change from what I have heard with many guitars. This may be "getting used" to the sound or something, but that doesn't seem to explain it (especially the more rapid transformations). The guitar is a complex system and it makes sense to me that as you play it the system will become more accustomed to working with itself (just like you "break in" a transmission or engine so the parts work well together and slip where they need to slip and stay rigid where they need to stay rigid, or how you break in speakers so the cones move with less effort). It is very possible that the wood and joints become more flexible in the places they need it as the vibrations continually flex the pieces and stay more rigid in other places. Then again, who knows. I'm not going to measure this. But, it would make sense to me. I think a simple test is to take a thin piece of wood and bend it ever so slightly back and forth a few million times and see if it starts to get easier as time goes by (as would happen in a guitar). My guess is that it will as the fibres loosen up.