I'm not sure it's really general knowledge, more like a feeling. I think there was a recent lengthy discussion on this forum about it recently. No doubt it's come up countless times. Needless to say there is more than one opinion on whether it actually happens or not.Grooveman JS wrote:general knowledge says Cedar takes less time to break into; whereas Spruce needs to be played-in before it starts to open up to its full potential in terms of tone.
I notice a distinct change in tone that occurs within the first 4 - 5 hours of playing in my new spruce guitars.Grooveman JS wrote:Just how long does a new Spruce guitar needs to be played-in before it opens up?
Well i guess instruments are meant to be played; what good is it if its kept in the case or for collection only...... Luthier Masaki Sakurai of the Kohno shop told me to play my guitar at least 30mins a dayPeter5 wrote:Just to add another question to this: it is often stated that a spruce guitar has "fallen asleep" when not being played for longer time. What is your experience with this ? How long does it take to "wake up" again ? Is it like "the longer it has been sleeping the longer it takes to wake up again" ?
After ploughing through the link on the discussion thread; i guess we can only say that its Theory at best......what ever the case; just play & keep using the instrument....that's the way its meant to be.tom0311 wrote:Recently discussed here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=109175
In another thread that explored this controversial topic, (How do you judge a guitar's potential?) @JohnB summarised things pretty well I feel. Said John,Peter5 wrote:I completely agree with that statement! However sometimes you are in a different situation, e.g. you want to buy a used guitar and the seller tells you that it hasn´t been played for some time and it will wake up and the sound gets better again once it is more played. True ?........
What makes you sure it's not your ears having a bad day? Or your fingers having a bad playing day?souldier wrote:sometimes the guitar has a good or bad day for no apparent reason at all! It is one of the challenges of playing fine wooden instruments.
Perception and playing can be a factor no doubt. In most cases I am thoroughly acquainted with how my guitar sounds and I am quite confident I know if the guitar itself is sounding off. Do you feel that guitars having "good or bad" days is an outright myth?tom0311 wrote:What makes you sure it's not your ears having a bad day? Or your fingers having a bad playing day?
Does it make a difference whether it's you or the guitar having a bad day? Or both? Either way, you're not hearing it at its best.tom0311 wrote:What makes you sure it's not your ears having a bad day? Or your fingers having a bad playing day?souldier wrote:sometimes the guitar has a good or bad day for no apparent reason at all! It is one of the challenges of playing fine wooden instruments.