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PostPosted: 03/09/2007 at 11:32 AM    Post subject: Metal instruments and aging

This is a question more for the guys who have been playing metal necks for a while, and possibly had a 30 year old instrument for its entire life. Of course metal instruments are not going to age like our wooden ones- wooden guitars dry out over time, mellowing and in most case create a more resonant instrument through this process. There is also the idea out there that the mere act of playing an instrument helps this process along...vibrations" loosen" the finish and help dry the piece out.

I'm curious to know if metal necked instruments change over time at all.

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PostPosted: 03/10/2007 at 07:50 AM    Post subject:


it is an actual fact that old wooden acoustic instruments that have been played throughout their lifetime are altered by the string vibration. under a microscope tiny cracks in the wood grain can be seen in patterns that indicate the motion of the wood as it is driven by the string. this almost certainly allows more freedom of movement for the wooden sound board generally letting it be louder in old age. will the old instrument actually sound better? usually perhaps , but this is not guaranteed. this also means that a music instrument made from a hundred year old tree will have a finite lifetime during which it's best days will come and then pass. everything changes over time, but this process hardly matters to 4.5 billion year old aluminum. perhaps your aluminum guitar will play pretty much the same for your great great grandchildren as it does for you now.


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PostPosted: 03/25/2007 at 9:25 PM    Post subject: Metal Instruments

The oxidation layers that are formed overtime as the metal corrodes does in fact give it a darker and warmer tone.

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