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  •  Since we're guitar geeking, here's a tip. (4+ / 0-)
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    The best way to "age" a guitar's tone is to lean the headstock up against a speaker when you're not playing it and play Segovia, Doc Watson, etc. It's vibrations that "age" the instrument more than time.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:03:39 AM PST

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    •  Oh I do hope your tongue (1+ / 0-)
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      was firmly planted in your cheek when you typed that. Not only will the vibration age the instrument, but SPECIFIC vibrations, eh?

      •  And sleep with the sheet music under your pillow (0+ / 0-)

        You'll wake up a veritable Edgar Casey.

        The best way to age a guitar is to play it, for anyone, any time.  The appreciative audience sends positive vibes into the instrument...

        Courtesy is owed. Respect is earned. Love is given. (Unknown author, found in Guide to Texas Etiquette by Kinky Friedman)

        by marykmusic on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:06:53 AM PST

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        •  "The best way to age a guitar is to play it," (0+ / 0-)

          and keep it a long time, and play it, and keep it a long time...and the next thing you know, you both are "aged", and hopefully for the better.
          I've had one good guitar since Aug. of '98 and I wouldn't dream of leaning it against a speaker.

      •  I'm guessing that Crashing Vor is right (0+ / 0-)

        The vibrations you want to play are those from an acoustic guitar. Not the humming of your refrigerator motor, for example.

        working for a world that works for everyone ...

        by USHomeopath on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:12:56 AM PST

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    •  I will never lean a guitar against anything, (0+ / 0-)

      ever since I saw a Les Paul fall off a guitar stand on stage in the middle of a performance. Broke the headstock right off.

      Mine are either being played or in their case...no leaning or stands for me.

      Anger management class really pissed me off.

      by old mark on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:19:55 PM PST

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      •  I have to disagree on the no stand thing. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't like to have it so put away that I can't just grab it when I want to. I find that I just don't play as much when I have to break it out of the case.

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