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I know I'm not crazy.....I've built about ten CBG's now....all sound different but relatively good....so for the first time I coat two of them with a minwax stain sealer combination.....and 24 hours later I can't believe how dead they both sound,  it's like day and night,  yesterday they sounded fine....I believe the volume was cut in half ....anybody else ever experience this???

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Sorta like dipping a crisp piece of paper in water huh. Probably just needs more time to dry out again. For me, fast dry lacquer works well.
That's exactly what it's like...instead of any nice crisp wood tone, it's more like a thud, I'm hoping you're right, I'm hoping they'll cure...I was trying to do some aging...I'll figure out other ways...I like fast dry lacquer too, I'll stick with that for now, thanks for the input Jim!

jim said:
Sorta like dipping a crisp piece of paper in water huh. Probably just needs more time to dry out again. For me, fast dry lacquer works well.
i just use thin coats of laquer too. I try not to put too much on the box itself.
I'm curious... how do they sound now that it has had some time to get good and dry?
sounds like you coated them inside and out. once you seal a guitar it takes a lot of playing to open them up. transporting a guitar on an airplane can make it open up, so can a concrete vibrator. you can alo try a powerful speaker up close to the guitar and blast music on it for several weeks. or just play the hell out of them till they open up again.
kinda like a wet drum head but when it drys its no differant i can't see how a hard finish can dull the sound but who am i
still not good, still very obviously not as crisp as my non sealed guitars, but thanks to some good advice I've been getting I'm hopeful that it will get better!

Nancy Barnes said:
I'm curious... how do they sound now that it has had some time to get good and dry?
You are the man! Thanks for all that great advice, it actually did fly recently, still not cured but I'll share your advice with it's new owner!

billy freedom said:
sounds like you coated them inside and out. once you seal a guitar it takes a lot of playing to open them up. transporting a guitar on an airplane can make it open up, so can a concrete vibrator. you can alo try a powerful speaker up close to the guitar and blast music on it for several weeks. or just play the hell out of them till they open up again.
I use Deft`s clear laquer on everything I build...I have found it will work best on acoustic instruments...with 2 light coats. I have found the the sealer like your talking about is too heavy....seems the laquer works better. I like the laquer cause you can use it on natural woods to protect and bring out the grain colors. It dries to a hard finish.

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