Birth of a guitar

It’s always a special day when the strings go on a new guitar. Well, actually the special day is a few days after the strings go on, as I’ve found that playing a new guitar as soon as the strings are up to pitch can be a mistake. In those first few hours/days, the strings are not stable, so it’s difficult to keep the guitar in tune, and it also seems that a new guitar requires a few days to settle under the tension of the strings before it performs well.


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Anyway, this is guitar #104 – European spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, cedar neck, ebony fingerboard and Alessi tuners. This guitar was built for Kent Guitar Classics, and was delivered to Miles last weekend. I’m very pleased with the guitar, and also very happy to have Miles Roberts representing me.

2 comments on “Birth of a guitar
  1. Yeah, in my non-luthier’s mind I would guess it’s more the guitar settling than it is the string, as people are normally able to change strings and play immediately, even it if does require frequent re-tuning while the strings stretch out. BTW, the website looks great, but the gray text non the slate-blue / grey background make the comment field labels (Comment/Name/EmailWebsite) a mite difficult to see/read.

    • James Lister says:

      Hi James, Yes, I could have made it clearer, but what I meant was that it’s the guitar itself settling in under the tension of the strings, rather than the strings themselves.
      Will try to do something about the grey text – still finding my way round WordPress at the moment, and it’s not always easy to find these things.

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