ToneRite for Guitar

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For guitar, domestic 110-volt

Item # 0480
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For guitar, international 220-volt

Item # 0481
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ToneRite for Guitar

The ToneRite® has the guitar world buzzing!
Simulates the effects of actual playing to bring out the best in your guitar.

This revolutionary "play-in" simulator is based on the observation that the more an acoustic instrument is played, the faster it reaches its full sound potential (its "play-in" period).

The ToneRite applies direct vibration to a guitar at controlled frequencies, to simulate the effects of actual playing. Many players report increased volume and dynamic range in their instruments after using the device between playing sessions.

"The ToneRite® has made a dramatic difference in the tone of new instruments, and has helped to 'wake up' vintage instruments that haven't been played in years."
—Eric Schoenberg, Schoenberg Guitars

"After one week with the ToneRite on the guitar, the voice of my LaVenezia opened-up beautifully!"
—Bob Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars, Inc.

"All I know is the ToneRite works. It has caused several instruments in my shop to develop tone and response to a significant degree."
—Michael Lewis, luthier

3rd Generation models are the newest and most advanced ToneRite:

  • New electronics for finer control of intensity and harmonic content
  • More efficient, better fitting Elastone feet
  • Can be used on steel or nylon string acoustics, archtops and hollowbody guitars

ToneRite fits between the strings of a steel-string, archtop, classical or acoustic bass guitar (up to 2-5/32" / 55mm string spread) and rests against the bridge. The special Elastone feet are designed to safely and quietly maximize energy transfer to the instrument. The intensity of vibration can be controlled by a convenient dial on the power cord.

The manufacturer recommends an initial usage of 72-144 hours. It will be the first step in achieving your instrument's top potential. Subsequent treatments will be required to maintain and further develop your instrument. The ToneRite is not designed to make a poor instrument great, it is simply designed to bring out the best in an instrument. Your instrument will retain its individual character, with enhanced balanced tone and playability.

Domestic model is a 110-volt AC electrical appliance, 60Hz. It has a U.S. standard Type A plug with two flat parallel prongs, ungrounded.

International model is a 220-volt AC electrical appliance, 50Hz. It has an international plug Type C (Europlug) with two round prongs, ungrounded.

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Tonerite for Guitar

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There is much debate about whether this device actually works, and I cannot put forth any scientific evidence to answer the question. My subjective opinion is that after a 7 day session, my nearly new Martin HD-35 does seem louder and richer. I think there has been some loss of the improvement over time; the Tonerite manufacturer states that this is likely, and suggests repeat "treatments." My "treatment protocol" involved keeping the guitar at 40% humidity, 75 degree F, while the Tonerite was operating, and then keeping the guitar in a humidified case, when not in use. I changed the strings after the "treatment." My hypothesis is that tonal change occurs due to rearrangement of hydrogen bonds within the cellulose and protein matrix of the guitar's wooden components, and that this change will be enhanced in a warm, (not hot!!!!!) moist environment. It also makes sense that such changes would be temporary. Obviously this statement is conjectural, and should not be construed as fact. For the record, I am not a chemist, and have no financial interest in Tonerite or Stew-Mac. I am an amateur guitarist of very modest ability. A sound engineer should be able to objectively test this device for efficacy, and I wish someone would do this.


Tone-Rite Didn't Disappoint

(Customer's Reviews)

I recently got a new 00-size Adirondack-topped guitar, with the understanding that it might be a little stiff and slower than Sitka to open up. I'd never used a Tone-Rite before, but have had one on the guitar at full-bore setting nearly every night for the past three weeks (maybe 240 hrs total) and the results so far have been impressive. While I couldn't quantify the changes, this little guitar has a great big voice now. During the day, I also run the ToneRite on a newish Weissenborn-style that doesn't get used much, but I haven't noticed any change at all so far.


Time will tell, but it helps.

(Customer's Reviews)

I have been intensively using ToneRite on my electric guitars although this product in more intended for acoustics and hollowbodies (I am currently testing it on a hollowbody). Sure it makes the guitar woods vibrate and resonate from body to headstock and in the long term it might help natural sustain on an electric guitar. It is quite silent (but that depends on your guitar once mounted) and it comes in a wonderful pack. In over one month of aternate use on electic guitars (one week session each) I haven't yet noticed significat changes in sound, overall tone and "playability" as advertised on the manual so far, but I am confident it will actually achieve some longer-term results. If you are going to use this device on your electric guitar, you will probably need to temporary lower your bridge PU to mount it. The shipping of this product by Stewmac was incredibly fast! Thank you guys! Toto

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