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Rave German Review by Udo Pipper, July 2012 Guitarre&Bass Magazine
Excerpt from Udo’s review:
“…a brand new Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul inspired by Melvyn Franks…sounded quite dark and dull. When directly compared to a ’53 Les Paul Goldtop Reference the new Gibson sounded good but the notes were a bit colorless.
After a full week of (primeVibe) seasoning I returned for direct comparison with the ’53 Les Paul. Finally the effort was a complete success. The seasoned Les Paul sounded much more dynamic and faster than the vintage model. String separation was incredibly good, with a very precise response and tremendous balance expressed by a linear volume of all tones over the entire fingerboard. I was pretty excited.
It is difficult to describe the result because it actually obtained the sound of the original Les Paul. The tonal characteristics did not significantly change. But the color and HF dynamics increased significantly. They now sounded clearer and with the same definition as the ’53 Les Paul…” End review quote.
Question: Are musicians interested in technology that can make a brand new guitar (or violin, etc) compete directly with a fifty-nine year old choice vintage model in only one week?
New! Dirk Wormhoudt of Southcoast Ukulele and Guitar Company (Mandeville, Louisianna) employs primeVibe to speed the seasoning process. From the third paragraph under “Soundboard Timbers – Hardwoods” on their “WOODS” page:
“…Mahogany (Caoba) is one of the most underrated tonewoods. This is most likely the result of the fact that through most of the twentieth century it was plentiful enough to make it so economical that it was used on many poorly built mass produced instruments.
We use it both as a soundboard for our Hardtop Ukulele models, and also in some cases as the important inner back lining. It has a beautiful tone: “sweet”, with great mid-range and projection, and its’ character improves markedly with age. With our PrimeVibe play-in, you won’t have to wait for that wonderful sound (see Design Notes – Models & Features)…”(emphasis added)
Don’t Trade/Sell Your Instrument…
Inject Vintage Tone Into Your Instrument In Only 100 Hours!
The new primeVibe “seasons” wood for improved acoustic and playing performance of:
Any acoustic guitar, any solid body electric or bass guitar
Violin, viola, cello, double bass
Even harmonica and drums
What does primeVibe do?
- Improved tone
- Improved clarity
- Longer note sustain
- Improved harmonic
- Improved micro and macro dynamics
- Some users enthusiastically report a much higher sense of pleasure in playing the instrument
- Increased revealing of nuance, for instance an increased ability to convey differences in technique by the musician
- Improved, tighter focus and delineation, for example better definition of individual strings when strumming a chord; also detected as smoother, more balanced integration
- Greater “projection”, not just louder but the ability to reach audience members that would otherwise not properly hear the instrument…engineers define this as “sound intensity” or sound power per unit area, also described as larger sound-field, larger radiation pattern
Play-in normally occurs by playing the instrument. primeVIBE™ functions by applying direct musical vibration to the instrument’s top via special transducers. The patented NXT transducers pump music into a solid vs. the normal speaker function of moving air particles.
Mechanical devices are “primed” for optimum performance; “prime” is also synonymous with “first” and “primary,” hence the trademark name primeVIBE™.
primeVibe seasons instruments to their prime state while musicians perform other tasks. Two patented transducers (powered by a stereo 7 watt per channel amp) “pump” music directly into the instrument top (user supplies the music source).
Comments below are from music professionals and retail customers (retail customers paid full “Street Price”):
Members of the Collings Guitar Forum. An eye-popping review from this thread appears below, authored by someone whose only connection to primeVibe is being a happy owner.
Members of the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum, start pg 2
Owner of a gorgeous Gibson Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe flattop played “1-3 hours daily for 2-1/2 years”….answers the question whether primeVibe may increase the sound quality of an instrument with a lot of regular use.
Professional review by Big Joe of Big Joe’s Guitar Works in Nashville (ex of Gibson Factory fame), at the Mandolin Cafe forum, start post #11
Member “FreeBlues” at the Collings Guitar Forum was the first of eight participants in our “primeVibe Audition”, in which members auditioned primeVibe for seven days then shipped to the next person in queue. FreeBlues purchased the audition kit. We don’t have the guts to make up a review like this. Posted 3 January 2011 at the bottom of THIS LINK . Posted verbatim, no edit. (I’d love to hear these guitars!)
“Responsive. Resonance. Loud. Alive. Dynamics.
Here’s my review of the Prime Vibe, as promised. The words above summarize my experience with this gizmo. In all cases, my treated guitars have improved, some dramatically, in the above characteristics. Most notable to me has been the near-amazing increase in responsiveness, the guitars are much more alive, the feel of the entire guitar vibrating and resonating in my hands is really something. They resonate more freely, subtle dynamic shadings are more obvious and easier to achieve. All are louder.
Okay, that’s the executive summary, here are the details. I treated three separate guitars, a Flammang Roy Smeck model, a 12 fret jumbo in mahogany and Adi, a B&H SJ, a Brazilian and Alpine recreation of a 1943 Gibson SJ and a Circa “7/8th Dread,” a 12 fret slope D in cocobolo and Engelmann. These are guitars I’ve owned for several years, am very familiar with and get played often. All three produced the results as noted above.
First the Flammang. This guitar has always been big, bad and loud, got a real attitude, can be a bit bright and cutting. I’ve strung this guitar with soft sounding lights strings (Thomastic Infeld), mostly finger pick, play all sorts of styles, but am particular to blues. What I wanted to happen with the PV was to slightly tame the aggressiveness, make it sound older, a bit mellower and closer to a vintage Smeck. I treated the guitar for 3 ½ days continuously, no breaks to test progress, playing acoustic guitar music for half the time, vintage rock for the remainder. I tended to set volume levels on the PV pretty high on this guitar, high enough that it was annoying at times to my wife.
When I finally pulled the PV off my first reaction was that overused “whoa!” The responsiveness, sense of total aliveness was much, much, much better. Not subtle at all. An already very loud guitar was louder. The tone has changed in a good, but subtle way. The aggressiveness is still there, it still has lots and lots of cut, but it is now sweeter, it’s lost that little bit of fatiguing treble that I wanted to lose. Again, the change in tone is subtle, it’s still the same guitar, and that’s a very good thing! It’s much more in the feel, the responsiveness, resonance and depth that the guitar has changed. It’s sort of more of a feeling than a hearing, sort of.
The results are, well, exceptional, exceeded my expectations, did all I wanted and much more. I’d give this one a 10 out of 10.
Next up was the B&H. . This guitar is simply a freak of nature, the only model of this guitar B&H has ever built (and a shame that is!). Huge sound, bass that will move walls, a midrange punch that is probably the best I’ve heard, big, fat, solid trebles. It is, in short, a Braz Gibson SJ that is beyond what most guitars can produce. Did I mention I’m sort of biased about this guitar? This guitar wears medium strings (Pearce pb’s) and is mostly played out and with a flatpick. I had used a ToneRite on this guitar a while back and was well pleased with those results, there was a slight ”zing” in this guitar, that new guitar greenness that I wanted to cure. For the most part the TR produced exactly what I wanted. I wanted to try the PV on this guitar really out of curiosity, see if anything changed, see if I could tell a difference. I didn’t honestly expect much, if anything. I ran this one 3 days, again continuously, all rock music this time, volume was a bit lower overall than on the Flammang, but only a bit.
Man, was I surprised! The guitar is all it ever was, but a couple notches more of almost everything. Slightly louder (a truly scary result), but that same resonance/responsiveness that I keep harping on. Deeper, bigger, a bit more sustain, but also just a touch clearer and more defined. Big and loud are of no use to me if the tone gets mushy, but I was surprised to find the clarity improved, string to string definition is actually slightly better. No, I don’t understand how this can be, just reporting my findings. The fun factor in playing this guitar has increased a bunch, the thing just really responds!
Now don’t misunderstand, the guitar didn’t go from a dog to the best thing on the planet. What the PV did was take an exceptionally good guitar and made it slightly better, noticeable, but still slight. Am I glad I did it? You bet! If this were the only guitar I treated and I had to spend $100 to get the PV, I’d say I got my money’s worth, just. I’d call this an 8 out of 10.
Finally, I just finished treating my Circa. This guitar was also treated a while back with the ToneRite and this was one I had no results with at all. The guitar is very well broken in and gets played a lot. There is nothing I would change on this guitar in terms of tone or playability. I did not really expect the PV to affect it much since I’d had no real change with the TR, but, given what I’d found with the Flammang and B&H, I was curious to see if anything would happen. I ran this treatment for 5 days, continuously, playing rock music at relatively low levels. No annoying odd noises coming from the treatment closet!
I’ve just now pulled it out and have been playing it for about 3 hours. The change is not as profound as it was on the Flammang, but change it did. More of the same words I’ve used all along, responsive, alive, resonant. As with the B&H I find what was a great guitar now has more of everything that made it great to start. Since I had almost a zero level of expectations for this guitar, I’ll report that I am surprised, very pleasantly surprised. Give this one a 6 out of 10.
So, that’s it for now. I have a couple other guitars that I will treat, likely running the sessions closer to the 5+ days and using lower volumes. I guess by now I expect similar results as with the above. I was given my PV initially as a loan with the expectation that I would write a review and generate sales, you know, take the challenge, see if it works, help us out if it does. After the Flammang treatment I just ended up buying the thing, no way was I gonna ship it off to the next guy on the list, I knew I had to try it on all my guitars! No, I wasn’t paid or otherwise induced to say nice things, I’m reporting as a very satisfied customer.
Now, should you buy one? Well, the same folks that preferred not to buy the ToneRite should probably not buy the Prime Vibe. I understand those that think guitars should open up naturally. I also get that some will think this is all sort of a placebo type effect, I paid my money, I expect to hear a difference, therefore I do. If you are like me and curious, by all means, try this device! This guitar will NOT make a bad a guitar a great one (although I guess I didn’t test that theory, so I don’t know that to be the case), it will make a great guitar better. If the feel and tone of a great, well played, fully open guitar is something you’ve either experienced and/or wanted to have for yourself, the Prime Vibe will get you closer, faster and pretty painlessly. Will your results vary? Well, sure! Will you regret this purchase? Nope.
We warmly welcome Eric Schoenberg of Schoenberg Guitars , one of our newest and most prestigious stocking primeVibe dealers.
Brendan Jang of Tom Lee Music Canada found that primeVibe worked splendidly on a new and “tight” sounding Yamaha acoustic guitar.
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