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Does Tone-Rite really work?

#1 User is offline   NJ Tom 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 07:43 AM

As the topic title asks, what's your experience?

I've watched some YouTube demos but I'm skeptical only because audio from video to video is so varied and easily manipulated. Does this voodoo really make a difference or is it just a scam to increase my CC balance by $150?
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 07:46 AM

Itís rubbish.
How would it POSSIBLY work

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 07:48 AM

Not quite sure you want to go there. But the guys I know who use it tell me it works but only temporarily. It gets the molecules a bouncing and loosens up the grain but then it all goes back to its same old use to be once you stop using it. Back in the day though we used to put our acoustics near the drum riser or in front of stereo speakers.
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:20 AM

Probably should just get the moderators to delete the thread before it goes nuclear like on AGF. [unsure]



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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:26 AM

Ill keep it mild, but from every single example of before and after that Ive heard the tone became thinner and brighter than before the treatment. In other words, personally I felt it made the guitar sound actually worse in every example Ive come across.

Pretty civilised answer I believe. :rolleyes:
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:33 AM

I'd save the cash and just put a big old speaker next to your guitar and crank it up with some good music.
You should feel the vibrations on the top of your guitar.
Just don't play Rap on your speaker or your guitar will wind up sounding like cRap.
And steer clear of banjo and bagpipe music.
And The Wiggles.
On second thought - just play the damn thing and let it improve in sound the way nature intended.
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:45 AM

Tell you what , if you buy one
Iíll sell you a box of tablets that make your penis bigger for half the normal price
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:56 AM

perhaps you could attach it to a penis for a "growth" in output....
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:23 AM

It'll make your guitar sound like a Taylor.....
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 10:11 AM

Just as some perceive tonal changes in an instrument when changing bridge pin material (many do not), some perceive such changes behind the use of a Tone-Rite. Where does the truth lie? In the ears of the listener. A Tone-Rite is a more expensive experiment than bridge pins, but it is nonetheless an experiment with results that seem to vary with the listener and, to some degree, with the instrument. Some hear dramatic changes, others hear none. And just as different ears perceive results, different instruments may well produce different results.

I do know that my 12 fret J-45 sounds very tight and congested for the first 15-20 minutes of play, at which point it definitely seems to relax, generating more warmth and a smoother voice. The 14 fret Vintage demonstrates no such tonal change.......it's ready to go right out of the case. This indicates to me that a guitars' tonal response to vibration varies from one to the next and that some instruments do, in fact, sound better when "warm". I must also point out that I get the same tonal shift every time I play the 12 fret. Perhaps in time this guitar will retain it's warmer voice when put away, but for now it is a temporary condition that is re-manifested each time out of the case. Your results will most certainly vary.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 10:35 AM

OP, not suggesting you buy one. But, since I actually do have access to one, I'll tell you what I think. Eh, seems to do no harm. I have an SJ an out of town pal plays whenever he visits. He can't get over how good it is sounding. Haven't told him I used a Tone-Rite on it since his last visit. But then I'm an advocate of torrefied tops also so that disqualifies my opinion here with many. Ask for one as a birthday present or something (worked for me a while back) and see what you think on a lesser instrument first. I just happen to be in process right now on an SJ-200 adi/maple with which I have never been overly pleased or taken the time to play in properly. So, I'll post what I think as to that guitar sometime after Monday 4/2/18. Seems obvious to me the low setting as well as realistic expectations is the common sense way to go on such a device, and on most mods or enhancements - re: pins, saddles, strings, Tone-Rites, less than single malt Scotch, etc.
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 12:42 PM

Itís an interesting gadget, but if any of us play our guitars as often as we should be playing them, surely itís unnecessary...Iíve not had access to one, but my guitars are all rotated on gigging duty, so between my four six strings they get at least 100hrs a year of live work each (average of between 180 and 220 gigs a year, with set lengths between 90mins and 160mins) plus loads of writing and session stuff, so Iíve never felt the need to seek one out.

I guess if you bought a guitar that had been a case queen for several years and needed waking up, it would be an option...Iíd rather just play though!
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 12:54 PM

 jvi, on 01 April 2018 - 08:56 AM, said:

perhaps you could attach it to a penis for a "growth" in output....


Whatís that mean ?
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 02:48 PM

I went the cheap version and got a $5 aquarium pump from wal mart and stuck some weather stripping foam on the bottom. Cut 6 slots in it for it to sit on the strings. I'm not sold that it did anything but it was a cheap experiment. I only ran it for about a week at a time. Maybe longer would do more, who knows. There's no way I would pay what Tonerite wants for one without any proof of results though.
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:45 PM

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 04:05 PM

I accidentally left a Tone-Rite on in my ultra modern glass and concrete Corbusian designed city apartment.
I went on holiday for 6 weeks.Came back and it had turned it into a Cape Cod Cottage complete with chintz curtains.
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Posted 02 April 2018 - 04:54 PM

Did Corbs design apartments? I thought he only did a range of chairs.... :rolleyes:

Well I left the Tonerite on the Blues King lying on the Eames:


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Got a phone call, came back and look what had happened to the BK:


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Posted 02 April 2018 - 05:20 PM

 Jalex, on 01 April 2018 - 09:23 AM, said:

It'll make your guitar sound like a Taylor.....



oh so it works then..?!
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Posted 02 April 2018 - 05:30 PM

 flatbaroque, on 02 April 2018 - 04:05 PM, said:

I accidentally left a Tone-Rite on in my ultra modern glass and concrete Corbusian designed city apartment.
I went on holiday for 6 weeks.Came back and it had turned it into a Cape Cod Cottage complete with chintz curtains.


I literally just laughed an entire mouthful of rum and coke out of my nose and all over myself at that comment 😂😂😂
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Posted 02 April 2018 - 06:37 PM

 flatbaroque, on 02 April 2018 - 04:05 PM, said:

I accidentally left a Tone-Rite on in my ultra modern glass and concrete Corbusian designed city apartment.
I went on holiday for 6 weeks.Came back and it had turned it into a Cape Cod Cottage complete with chintz curtains.

[lol] [lol] [lol]

Does the Tone-Rite feature a setting that creates an alpine hut? Just asking... ;)
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