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Adamas guitar needs break in? Or is it a dud?

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Buckalbertbill
Posted 2020-06-17 9:31 PM (#552322)
Subject: Adamas guitar needs break in? Or is it a dud?
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Somewhat new to Adamas guitars. Just took delivery of a brand new 2020 1687gt-7. Was wondering, do these guitars take some time to settle in and do they get louder and sweeter in tone over time? My only other Adamas is a 1588-8 Adamas II from 1989 and it has twice the volume and tone of this new gt. Granted the 1588 has twice the strings but even playing the courses individually the note is just way more open and pronounced. Suffice it to say that I am completely underwhelmed with this brand new 1687gt. The tone isn't very dull and has no character (Almost sounds choked) Not what I was expecting. Did I get a dud???

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TAFKAR
Posted 2020-06-18 4:42 PM (#552325 - in reply to #552322)
Subject: RE: Adamas guitar needs break in? Or is it a dud?



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They should be good to go out of the box. You may have dud strings that have been sitting on the guitar for too long. Try changing them.

Otherwise, it's a write-off. I'll give you $350 for it.  

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alpep
Posted 2020-06-18 6:12 PM (#552328 - in reply to #552322)
Subject: Re: Adamas guitar needs break in? Or is it a dud?


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first up is new strings.
but with that said I believe the newer Adamas guitars are slightly stiffer than the old ones.
absolutely play the hell out of it.
eventually you will hear a difference
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Buckalbertbill
Posted 2020-06-18 7:32 PM (#552329 - in reply to #552328)
Subject: Re: Adamas guitar needs break in? Or is it a dud?
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Thanks Al, I was hoping somebody with a lot of experience would chime in. Pretty sure the strings (which are Adamas, solid brass ferrules are a dead give away) are brand spanking new, but maybe a different string type can give it a better voice? Hmmm... maybe I'll finally try those DR hi beams (supposedly designed for dead or dull sounding guitars...) I also have a tonerite device which may help speed up the break-in and help loosen that stiff sounding top!

Another thing I've noticed, when you look down the neck (from the headstock) the body has a slight twist to it. I figure it's from the hand laid nature when manufacturing the bowl, is this normal? 

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alpep
Posted 2020-06-19 12:25 PM (#552332 - in reply to #552322)
Subject: Re: Adamas guitar needs break in? Or is it a dud?


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the body???
sounds a little strange to me
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