… Why do some old guitars sound so good? How is it possible that they devellop such a great sound over the years?
There are some reasons for that and we’d like to introduce them to you today:
The materials – The availability of quality wood “in the old days” was better than it is now in these days of limited natural resources. It is also probable that judging wood for intruments was a skill that has diminished with time. So many great old guitars have better woods than modern guitars. And you can be sure that when you hear an amazing sounding vintage guitar, it owes its tone in large measure to a great top, whether by happenstance or someone’s skill.
Great craftsmen – vintage guitars were made (if they are old enough) by luthiers who understood some of the principles of voicing and tuning. Martin for example ceased individually voicing their guitars in the 1940’s and 50’s. It is not a coincidence that pre-war Martins and those Vintage Martin guitars from the first years after are coveted for their tone, and Martin is still trading on the reputation from those golden years.
For the old spanish guitars we can see the same principal.
Use and aging – When guitars have been played and cared for and when they additionally age in a natural way, this has an enormous influence on the sound quality.
During the aging process the wood becomes dryer, lighter and more stiff … this is the perfect recipe for an improving sound quality. In the same time as they are regularly subjected to the vibration of the strings the guitar will « break in » and create that open and sweet sound.
Lastly, many people choose to purchase vintage guitars because they are of superior quality to the mass produced guitars of today. A lot of attention was paid to the guitars produced back in the day. This is evident in the high level of craftsmanship that these guitars show. Because they are made using high quality materials, it is no wonder that they are still playable even after many years of use and display. Whether you’re a collector or a guitar enthusiast, buying a vintage guitar is a great investment. These guitars are not only durable in their make but can also fetch quite a good return when you decide to resell them. There’s a growing demand amongst collectors and guitar enthusiasts for vintage guitars. You can make a small fortune by simply investing in guitars that are in high demand amongst collectors or guitars that have a fascinating history.