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    Kits Guitars settling in, ageing etc

    I was playing my kit ES3 acoustically this morning and it struck me that the tone of the guitar has really improved to my ear over time. I also noticed that the minimal poly spray that I used seems to have really hardened up over the 2.5 years since building (it initially felt a bit soft). The strings are so old they should be beyond dead, so they cant be given the credit. The body seems more "tap" resonant as well, like an acoustic.

    http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=5618

    It really has me thinking that the both the timber and finish contained some moisture that has now dried out and seasoned, allowing this jazz box to really start resonating. Might be my imagination, but I'm happy :-)

    Has anyone else had a similar experience with long term use?

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    I got the same impression with my ES-1TL build. It has always played and sounded fine yet it's almost like it needed a little time to become accustomed to its new existence of being a Shellac finished guitar and it seems to have mellowed just a little. It could also just be me getting more accustomed and forgiving to it....
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    I just read your build diary enikoy, great looking result.

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    There is a school of thought, (ie some bloke told me once) that it takes about 18 months for the finished to bond with the body.
    After this the majority of the sound improvements happen, after about ten years it doesn't get better.
    Mind you he was talking about acoustics, I trust his opinion he's a very good builder.
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    Yeah I totally agree with this. Not just in regards to the finish, but having the neck settle in as well. I think it usually takes about 3 good setups over a couple of months for them to really come into their own. My first build is just over a year old now and the set up has been refined a couple of times. It's now pretty much the number one guitar people grab to play when they come around.

    I've heard it said that guitars are 'tempered' instruments that really need to be played and used a fair bit to season. This seems pretty true in my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Mountain View Post
    Yeah I totally agree with this. Not just in regards to the finish, but having the neck settle in as well. I think it usually takes about 3 good setups over a couple of months for them to really come into their own. My first build is just over a year old now and the set up has been refined a couple of times. It's now pretty much the number one guitar people grab to play when they come around.

    I've heard it said that guitars are 'tempered' instruments that really need to be played and used a fair bit to season. This seems pretty true in my experience.

    For sure, its been 6 months since i finished the Korean Deluxe, I had the neck and the scratchplate off it over the weekend to do some neck adjustment (Bloody heel adjusters! Whose genius idea was that?). It has moved a lot under 11-52's in that time.
    Getting things dialled in is a long term process and an ongoing maintenance task I find.
    IGOR, I know it can be done, the question is, should we be the ones doing it?

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