FAQ for the Guitar Seasoner
How do I season my acoustic guitar?
Seasoning your guitar with The Guitar Seasoner is a very simple process, it is done with one self contained unit. The Guitar Seasoner is connected to the guitar by startng at the headstock and simply sliding it down the neck with the arrow pointing toward the sound hole. The arrow must be pointed toward the sound hole for it to be properly secured to the neck. It has been engineered and manufactured to accept the gradulal widening of the neck toward the sound hole. Slide The Guitar Seasoner down the neck until it is firmly in place. Once in place, take the Velcro strap and attach it around the neck. From the head of the guitar, look down the strings and fretboard toward the sound hole. The three rotating plectrums should only be lightly touching the strings. Insert a fresh premium D cell battery and the The Guitar Seasoner will start rotating and start the process. The three rotating plectrums will start rotating at approximately 4 RPMs. Do not worry if all plectrums do not pluck every string with every rotation. The Guitar Seasoner was designed with three picks so that the strings are lightly plucked in a manner that keeps the strings, the bridge and guitar top vibrating naturally and simulating the natural "playing" experience for the guitar. With a fresh premium D cell battery, owners are experiencing approximately 25 to 30 days of continuous seasoning with The Guitar Seasoner. To stop The Guitar Seasoner, simply remove the battery.
Seasoning your acoustic guitar is that simple!
The best place for Seasoning my guitar?
Since The Guitar Seasoner was made exclusively for the acoustic guitar, the seasoning of your instrument can take place whereever you normally store or keep your guitar. Lying on your bed, propped in its guitar stand, in its case (naturally with the lid open) or hanging from your guitar wall hanger. Our research and development group has experienced the quickest results when they are hanging from the wall or in an upright guitar stand. If you are seasoning your guitar while it is in a case, make sure that there is no danger of the lid being accidentally closed or slammed against The Guitar Seasoner while it is on. If you decide to season your guitar within its case, the case will absorb some of the vibration of the back and sides depending on the tightness or snugness of your case thus slowing down the process. We highly recommend seasoning your guitar while it is resting in a guitar stand or wall hanger.
When do I stop seasoning my guitar?
Our customers have reported incredible results in less than a week while otheres have taken as long as 30 days. Every guitar is different and the seasoning time will also be different with each acoustic guitar. We have also received letters saying that they use The Guitar Seasoner before a gig to "warm up" or "loosen up" their guitar. We have not experienced nor have we received any reports from any of our customers concerning "over seasoning" their guitar! Newer guitars usually require more seasoning that older ones but remember each guitar is different and therefore will require different intervals to season. When you stop seasoning your guitar is really a matter of an individuals preference or the type of tone that you are seeking. Your ear will tell you when it is time to stop.
How does The Guitar Seasoner work?
The Guitar Seasoner is based upon physics and can be proven with physics. Wooden guitar tops vibrate in distinct patterns at different frequencies. Some areas hardly move, while other areas move in and out dramatically. These are called Chladni patterns, named for the first physicists to study its effect on different materials. These vibration patterns are very predictable. Chladni patterns are formed on the top surface of the guitar when the the strings are "plucked" or "strummed", vibrating the bridge and the top of the guitar. Chladni's best-known achievement was inventing a technique to show the different nodals on different surfaces. The bridge vibration is transferred to the entire top, sides and back of the guitar when this process happens. As the instrument is played, nodal patterns continually flex the wood with each note played. The cellular structure of the wood, which includes almost the entire structure of the guitar, including the internal framing pieces, begins to flex and loosen up the cellular structure of the wood over time. After hours of playing, this vibrations begins to eliminate the “dead spots”. If an individual played 2 hours a day, 5 days a week for a year, that would equal 520 hours of play. 520 hours that the instrument would be vibrating and flexing the cellular wood structure with each pluck of the string. This same aging or seasoning process can be accomplished in 22 days with The Guitar Seasoner. A stringed instrument could be "opened up" or "seasoned" 3 plus years in less than 90 days with our patent pending device.
Please see the Chladni videos for some amazing examples of nodal patterns in action.
Will The Guitar Seasoner work on my solid body electric guitar?
The Guitar Seasoner was invented, engineered, designed and is marketed exclusively for the acoustic guitar. Its sole purpose is to simulate the natural plucking of the guitar strings thus vibrating the bridge sending those vibration throughout the entire body of your acoustic guitar. Our research and development team ran a one week seasoning on a standard Taylor T5 electric/acoustic guitar and the results were extraordinary! There was a very noticeable improvement in all aspects of the sound "unplugged". The increase in volume was substantial, dynamics of the guitar was greatly improved and the increased sustain was also very noticeable. These changes in the Taylor T5 should and would carry over when plugged into an amplifier. We do not make any claims nor have we researched if The Guitar Seasoner will improve the sound of your solid body electric guitar.