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Thread #41009   Message #592177
Posted By: Rick Fielding
13-Nov-01 - 11:59 PM
Thread Name: Fender Acoustic Guitars
Subject: RE: Fender Acoustic Guitars
Cheers Bob.

Lonesome, this SHOULD be a slam dunk! Get rid of the extry weight and the guitar will sound better......but it's not. I've done it on at least four guitars (an Epiphone Texan, Two Harmonys, and a Gibson B25 12 string.

Only the Texan improved. The rest showed no difference at all (they LOOKED better!)

All I can say, is Do it.....you won't LOSE anything.

It's like shaving or scalloping braces. I bought a lovely 35 year old fake Martin Rosewood dreadnought a couple of years ago (sure I must have babbled on here about it). It looked great but seemed a bit quiet. I had the braces shaved AND scalloped...very little difference.

So I leaned it up against a stereo speaker in the basement and turned the classical music station up loud. Did that for about four days....three or four hours at a time. The guitar showed a serious improvement....definitely more resonant. I loaned it to my friend Greg, who played it constantly for about three months, and when I got it back (No, he DIDN'T want to give it back) it sounded great.

I think gettin' that top to vibrate is what really makes a guitar sound better....but you'd think removing some iron should do the same thing....maybe it will on yours.

Rick