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I found that extremely informative, in particular about how the tension in the new guitar constrains the character, and how that changes over time.


I had never really thought of that, but I can see the truth in it. Wood can be forced into unnatural shapes--the sides of a guitar for example, by steaming to soften the fibers--but when the wood cools, there is a huge amount of tension remaining as its "memory" tries to return it to its original flat shape. Over time, that tension is released as the wood "creeps", or adapts to its new shape.


We often refer to a new guitar sounding "tight", and although we don't necessarily understand the mechanics of that tightness as players, I think this video explains it pretty wll.


Most informative, and very much worth the 10 minutes it takes to listen to.

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