Cedar top break in period

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Andrew Pohlman
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Re: Cedar top break in period

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:42 pm

Gwynedd wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:40 am
I don't understand how break-in would work. Unless the fibers of the wood line up microscopically with constant play and are more like strings, in that they are organized to vibrate. Also, some of the interstitial material between the fibers probably loosens up and you get sympathetic vibration that is better as the guitar is played (until it is reputed to be "played out." Which some players like Bream claim happens.) Alas, I can't find that anyone did research on wood, showing changes over time with photomicrographs and sound patterns.
Review Alan Carruth's post on page 1 of this thread. He talks about microscopic changes to the wood.
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Gwynedd
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Re: Cedar top break in period

Post by Gwynedd » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:47 pm

Whatever the scientific reason, I'm sure my cedar top instrument has changed. It is louder and sweeter. I'm now curious to own a spruce top guitar to see about tone differences and changes. Maybe when I get better, I can justify a different guitar or owning two guitars. Right now, I'm still a beginner even though things are moving along nicely.

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Re: Cedar top break in period

Post by John Stone » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:26 pm

I have a 1977 Ramirez 1a. For about 25 years, I played it very, very little -- I was playing other kinds of music and guitars during that time. I recently began playing it a lot. I know this goes against the conventional wisdom about cedar tops breaking in quickly and then staying the same, but it seems to me that it's sounding better and better. Not sure if it's just me learning again how to make the Ramirez sound good or if there's been some Sleeping Beauty-type waking up process. Or maybe both.
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