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    Senior Member walrus's Avatar
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    Yes, I do!

    My D64 still has a nice wood smell inside. My ES-135 had a slight moldy smell when I first got it (used). I almost passed on the guitar because of it, but I felt I could get rid of it. Part of it was from the case, which I got rid of immediately. And part of it was what appeared to be a few spots of mold inside the f-holes. So I cleaned it as best I could, and put it out on the porch for several days (protected, but in the fresh air), and it now has the nice wood smell again.

    The smell reminds me of middle school wood shop class (remember those days?), and doing some wood projects when I was a kid.

    walrus
    1984 Guild D64
    2008 PRS Hollowbody Spruce

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    Great topic! A couple of mine have strong smells from the previous owners. I was told by the GC saleperson that my D-30 was owned by a long time regular performer from the area (Indiana). It does seem to smell like a musty, cigarette infused bar. Not in a bad way, but perhaps a little too strongly. I had to carefully febreeze it. My vintage S-100 also has a similar, but much funkier, harder to identify smell. I think it has absorbed more of it's odor from the case. The smell is slowly fading on it's own. My X-170 just smells good/new. None of the others has any particular smell at all with the exception of the Telecaster. That has a noticeable new Nitro smell.
    So a long story short... yes, I smell my guitars!
    1975 Guild S-100
    1996 Guild S-100
    1998 Guild D-30AB
    1999 Guild S-100
    2000 Guild X-170T
    2000 Guild Blues 90
    2000 Gibson Les Paul Studio
    2008 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    2011 Fender 52 American Vintage Re-Issue Telecaster
    2012 Paul Reed Smith "Stripped" 58
    2013 Gibson Elliot Easton "Tikibird" Firebird
    2014 Fender 65 American Vintage Re-Issue Jazzmaster
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top
    2016 Guild S-100
    2016 Fender Precision Bass

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    Senior Member adorshki's Avatar
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    I can still smell the lacquer every time I open the cases of the D40 or the F65ce, but the D25 has spent so much time in open air it's pretty well faded.
    True, smell is a very powerful sensory tool, a lot more powerful than a lot of people realize.
    I can't stand most room fresheners and scented candles for example, the artificial scents are literallly repulsive to me, but the real scents don't bother me at all.
    Then there's the whole pheromone thing.
    Al
    "Time May Change the Technique of Music But Never Its Mission " - Rachmaninoff
    My 1st Guild: '96 Westerly D25NT "Hally" (10-31-96 stamped on heelblock)
    #2: '01 Westerly F65ce "Blondie"
    #3: '03 Corona D40e Richie Havens "Richie"
    All bought new!

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    I had an L5-CT in natural a few years ago............yep beautiful guitar except it STANK...........and I mean STANK!............Gibson told me that it would go away which it never did.............amazingly the guy who bought the guitar tried it out in person and still bought it....................jim in Maine

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    Senior Member mbuc's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    Then there's the whole pheromone thing.
    Haha, guitar pheromones are particularly strong!
    Markus

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    Indeed they are. And welcome to the show, mbuc.
    My avatar is what it is for a reason.

    Guild S-100s from 1964 (Polara) and 1973 (DeLuxe)

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    Yes, I do smell my guitars. And welcome to LTG!
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    '94 DV-72 Sunshine #68
    '87 JF-65 Sunburst #31
    '87 GF-50 Sunburst #26
    '84 D-64 Blonde #19
    '74 SF-4 Blackfire
    '73 S-100 Deluxe Blacknight
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    Fender Precision Bass Sunburst
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    I don't smell my guitars, but apparently others do, because when I play people always say, "You stink!" I'm assuing they're referring to the guitar, right?
    My avatar is what it is for a reason.

    Guild S-100s from 1964 (Polara) and 1973 (DeLuxe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbuc View Post
    Haha, guitar pheromones are particularly strong!
    Good one, MBUC!
    Looks like you don't post too often but when you do it's a real zinger!
    :)
    And now that you mention it, that could explain a lot of the multiple owners around here.
    Let us know if that GSR T-500 evokes any stronger than usual reaction.
    :)
    Al
    "Time May Change the Technique of Music But Never Its Mission " - Rachmaninoff
    My 1st Guild: '96 Westerly D25NT "Hally" (10-31-96 stamped on heelblock)
    #2: '01 Westerly F65ce "Blondie"
    #3: '03 Corona D40e Richie Havens "Richie"
    All bought new!

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    Senior Member mbuc's Avatar
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    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    Let us know if that GSR T-500 evokes any stronger than usual reaction.
    :)
    Will do!

    Here's something nice - humbuckers potted with beewax, they smell of honey (and sound just as creamy):

    www.acys-lounge.de/wild-honey.html
    (unfortunately no English description)
    Markus

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