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    Senior Member jcwu's Avatar
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    My guitars smell like butter and mint. :)
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    Late to the thread here, but Chazmo and I are sound hole sniffers from way back! Of note is my new-to-me 2010 F512, which is so pristine, that it still smells like the New Hartford factory.
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    Oh boy do I smell them....
    As Joe pointed out, (and I am a true living example of it) olfactory sensations are intense memory trigger points.
    For instance, if I smell a particular plant or flower while walking outside, and it happens to be a plant or flower that was part of the garden at my parents house or neighbor, the smell will immediately transport me to a very specific era (when that smell impressed my brain), along with minute details of what I was doing then. Brain is an amazing piece of equipment....
    Back to guitars: As a kid growing up in the family home, I remember very well the smell in one of my brothers room (the one who played guitar), as it was a combination of cigarette tobacco and inside of guitars, and I used to love smelling this exotic wood aroma by sticking my nose in the sound holes, well before I even knew I would ever get to play the thing!
    Love the smell of guitars. ;)
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    I can't say that I actually sniff soundholes or f-holes, but I do notice different aromas from different guitars. Some is a wood smell (my Martin D18V) others a lacquer (poly) smell (newer, less played guitars like a PRS or X160). It's usually a good smell, but I'm always leery of sniffing a used guitar that might have been under someone's arm while playing!

    On a side note, I also enjoy the smell from an old Fender amp - hot tubes and electronics, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Haddad View Post
    I'm always leery of sniffing a used guitar that might have been under someone's arm while playing!
    Let me be very clear: I enjoy sniffing the INSIDE of the guitar, though the sound hole. And I don't think anyone's underarm or any other body part ever for that matter went in there.... or we need to discuss this on a whole other kind of forum! ;););)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post
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    I returned a Guild that I bought on EBay a while back because it absolutely reeked of cigarette smoke, and nothing I was going to do would change that smell. As soon as I opened the case, I knew there was a problem. The seller, of course, had mentioned nothing about it, probably because he was the smoker!

    That's an angle from the other side of a guitar that smells like a nice, aged guitar might smell. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesypicky View Post
    Let me be very clear: I enjoyed sniffing the INSIDE of the guitar, though the sound hole. And I don't think anyone's underarm or other body part ever went in there.... or we need to discuss this on a whole other kind of forum! ;););)
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    Yeah - no more "+1" allowed!

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