What does it mean for a guitar to "settle in"?

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  1. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    I came across this term in reference to a new electric guitar and wondered what the commenter intended. I know strings need a few hours to settle in, but what about an electric guitar "settles in"?
     
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    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    Abstract (meaningless ?) descriptor term to account for a poor setup ???
     
  3. BlurgyWurgyWibble

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    This.

    New pickups do take 24-48 hrs to "settle in". Longer the weaker the magnet.
     
  4. Isca

    Isca Strat-Talk Member

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    Hypothetically if you live somewhere with, say, constant high humidity and warmth, the wood of a guitar shipped from somewhere less extreme might need to acclimatise and settle once you have it. That will be true whether the guitar is brand new or a hundred years old, though - climatic change will continue to affect any wooden instrument. I've seen folks say a fresh off the production line guitar needs a few weeks to settle too, but I'm not sure how true that is as I'm sure most manufacturers put their wood through some seasoning process before assembly... am no expert though.
     
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    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    "When a speaker is put together, the magnet is initially uncharged, or unmagnetized. Then, at the end of the assembly line, just before testing, the speaker is passed under a huge electromagnet that zaps the magnet with about 10 to 20 times the magnetism that would be required to saturate the magnet. After the electromagnet is turned off, the speaker magnet immediately loses about 2% of its magnetism and then stabilizes. In the next year, it drops another 1%, and then is essentially stable for thousands of years."
    from https://tedweber.com/lets-talk-speakers-q-a/


    I would assume that if this is accurate (and I presume it is), then it is applicable to all magnets (e.g., pickups). Regardless, a 1% difference in magnetism would be virtually impossible to hear.
     
  6. nifnof70

    nifnof70 Strat-Talker

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    I always thought that applied to Acoustic guitars, rather than Electric.
     
  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    When it gets it's feet up on the couch and demands beer, it's settled in.

    I'm still house training my latest guitar...
     
  8. BelairPlayer

    BelairPlayer Strat-Talker

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    I’ve used the term in relation to truss rod adjustments. After an adjustment I give the guitar a day to settle in, then double check the adjustment. Usually it’s fine, sometimes it needs a little tweak.
     
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  9. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes, this is the only legit basis for this terminology.
     
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    train Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    After a setup is completed it takes a little while especially if the neck has been tweaked , strings to stretch, etc. so the tech would say to the customer “yep she’s all settled in and ready to go”