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Is It A Good Guitar? A Simple Test

According to Paul Reed Smith the qustion “Is it a good guitar?” is a simple test.

There are lots of factors that can be complicated, but there is also a simple test. Play the open strings. Time the sustain with a stop watch. That sustain tells you all you need to know.



“A good guitar will ring about 45 seconds. A bad guitar rings about 12 seconds," says Smith. “The guitar is either shutting down a string or letting it ring.” Here is the great interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NpDURIZVpc

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