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The scent of a guitar. Gibson/Martin owners.


gearbasher

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I'm delighted someone has brought this up, as I didn't wish to for fear of sounding odd. My J45 has the most wonderful smell, almost sweet, when I open the case... Is this the lacquer? Which leads to my second point - if so, when I was at school, glue sniffing was not advocated... This can't be far off can it? either way, I'm hooked!

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Much of the smell from a new Martin comes from the Cedar Kerfing used to join the top, back and sides. My J-45 RW and L-00 have a bit of a wood/ lacquer smell to them.

 

Talking purely smell here, a Tacoma Mandolin might be the best smelling instrument out there. One sniff in that odd shaped sound hole and you are hooked. =D>

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The smell mostly dissipates if you leave the guitar out of the case much. I see some opportunity for free enterprise here. You know those spray cans you can buy with new car smell? How about new guitar smell? Gibson flavored, Martin flavored.... Hmnnnn...

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My fairly new Martin smells like a new car. Don't know why -- it just does. It's a rosewood guitar, so I would have thought it would have that delightful sweet r/w smell. But no -- it smells like a new Nissan.

 

New Gibsons small better than Martins, they just smell great, but the sunburst ones are the BEST!! ("Just the BEST, Jerry!!")

 

I'm only hear to tell ya.

 

Fred

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I can't say that I've noticed a distinct smell from either my Gibson or my Martin. My playing stance doesn't get my nose in close proximity to the sound hole =D>

 

You've made me curious, though. I'll have to sniff each out carefully next time they come out to play!

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I noticed my Martin had a smell to it, but not necessarily an "old lady smell."

 

I assume it was the case, though, since I didn't notice it in the store, and, in my experience, all guitar cases smell.

 

You don't ever seen this on the factory tours, but a little known fact about the Bozeman factory is the final room - it's called the perfume room.

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I really think It has much to do with the case.

 

I believe that is true in some cases =D> but my SWD has a very sweet smell and it has been out of the case for a couple of months. I smell it more when I play it (makes sense as the guitar is really an air pump). I believe it is a combination of the nitro finish and rosewood.

 

OTOH my Rickenbackers (360/12 and 4003 bass) both have that wonderful sweet chocolaty Ric-O-Smell . That smell has been attributed by John Hall himself as the off gasing of the materials in the case. I've smelled the same smell in other SKB brand cases.

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it's a mixture of the wood, the lacquer, and intentionally scented additions to the lacquer. the case has a smell, but it's pretty faint and forgettable. if you have ever handled a gibson case that has never had a guitar in it, then it becomes obvious that the case isn't the culprit.

that being said, the different gibson plants actually produce guitars with different smells!

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