The title of this thread reminded me of this song:
My own experience is that my dreadnought was pretty loud when I bought it nearly new in 2002. But it was brash. A perfect Rockabilly guitar. So I banged on it fr about 6 months. “Wake Up Little Suzy” was indeed one of those songs. 🙂
After 6 months, the tone started to get more complex, but the power did not drop.
For a number of years I couldn’t overdrive the top. It always just got louder and the topped out without flattening. These days, like me I guess, it’s more mature, more complex, and a little less powerful. I can overdrive it if I try.