that's just a hypothesis though, for all we know using a ToneRite could be better or worse than actual playing for bringing out the best from a guitarWaddy Thomson wrote: ↑Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:48 pmIt's a thingy that vibrates the strings to break in a guitar. IMO, it is a poor substitute for patience and practice. I hope I never decide to use one, as I believe it could, actually, be detrimental to the guitar over it's lifetime. There is no substitute for playing a guitar, and breaking it in to the player. It may boost the sound a bit, initially, but then the player has to re-break in the guitar anyway, as it will not be the same type of vibration that the ToneRite provides. It's like giving your guitar to someone else, who plays poorly, and only on a few frets, to break it in for you.
Check around the internet, there are plans for making them with aquarium pumps, if that tells you anything about the type of vibration that is involved!
Do guitars that are played little play better when 40 years old than guitars that have been played more?Waddy Thomson wrote: ↑Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:25 amI believe that a guitar has a limited playable life. At some point it reaches a sweet spot, which lasts for a period, then the guitar begins to decline. I just wonder if the TR eliminates years of life that a guitar may have, by putting it over the hump too fast. It could be the beginning of the end for guitars that have been exposed to too much vibration, too fast. I'm just saying! And, I still believe that, while it may have worked in some situations, that the guitar will still have to be re-broken in by the player. I know players who will not let others play their guitars due to the detrimental effect it has on the sound. To each his own, though. It's just not for me.