Hey guitar owners, have you heard of ToneRite? I’ll tell you more about it shortly, but first let’s think about our guitars.
As we all know, the more you play your guitar the better a player you will be … and your guitar will sound better, too. There is something about tone-woods resonating that creates some mojo within the guitar’s wood fibres. I am sure a lot of it has to do with the wood drying out slowly and acclimatising to your environment. With less moisture damping the thin solid spruce top of a Maton or Martin acoustic, it will vibrate more freely. Then listen to an often played guitar and it has more resonance. More tops. And less of boxy mids. This will happen even with a plywood top. Not convinced? Listen to an unplugged 1955 ES175 (yes, like my 1955 ES175 for sale at Sunburst Music) and compare it to a 2015 ES175. Night and day! My 1955 sings like an old Gibson jazz box from the big band days. The new guitar still sounds beautiful plugged in, but unplugged there is no rich bottom end and heaps of boxy mids.
Of course the best thing you can do is to play your guitar a lot. I mean a real lot. Sadly, many of us don’t have time to play our guitars to get to this point of maximum resonance. Enter the ToneRite. Curious as to new technologies which may improve our sound, I put my money on the table and bought one. No influence from the manufacturer. List price.
I’ve now had my ToneRite on my new mid-range, hollow body, plywood top guitar (a Gretsch G5422) for a couple of weeks. Give me a few more days and I’ll be back with my review.