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My next idea. Inspired by Fender's new Acoustisonic.

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  1. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Here is some interesting stuff taken from the Guitar.com review.

    https://guitar.com/review/acoustic-guitar/fender-american-acoustasonic-telecaster/

    "The specially tuned sound port (aka Fender’s patent-pending ‘Stringed Instrument Resonance System’) is a mahogany hoop that’s glued into the soundhole but doesn’t touch the back, while the top itself is supported by a pair of parallel longitudinal ‘transverse’ braces. Almost like archtop bracing, these run the length of the top on either side of the sound port."

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    Looks interesting.
    Wonder if it should be attempted to make something like this, or just leave sound hole as is? :thumbd:
     
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  2. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    How's your turning skills? It would be interesting, as an initial experiment, putting a short tube in an acoustic's sound hole and slide it in and out to test how much it actually affects tone. Ported bass reflex speaker formulas come to mind for determining the length. But ports are generally a lot longer (depth). The other effect may be that it provides some sort of megaphone to the sound.
     
  3. nutball73

    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    (Skeptic hat on) or it may just be marketing....
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    True that... It does make the guitar stand out from the crowd. I have yet to get my hands on one to play.
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There is a lot of math that goes into ports, but a lot of that doesn't apply to a guitar, as a big factor in bass port design is having it small enough to be effective, but having it large enough that the sound does not "whistle" or "rush" due to the dramatic increase in pressure when the oscillation of a 12" driver is pushed through a 3" tube.
    The guitar body is not moving nearly that much air, so any tuning would be purely for resonance.

    On this project, I think it is going to shape up to be a beautiful piece of work, and will sound great through an amp.
    I do not have high hopes for a rich acoustic tone, given that it doesn't appear that any real design work went into the acoustic properties. It will work great for unplugged practice.
    So I think any work done on a soundhole port will end up being more aesthetic than functional.
     
  6. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Yes, I'm not looking to build an acoustic guitar. The Fender sound hole might create better resonance under scientific measurements, but this being such a small body, it won't move too much air.
    As you said, it should sound good through an amp, which is the intention.
    Hopefully not too much feedback from the amp, being a hollow body.

    Scott
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    335's and other semi-hollow bodies aren't bad, Nugent has no trouble managing his Byrdland with a could of 15" Dual Showmans dimed.
    Worst case, stuff a couple of socks in it :D
     
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  8. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Finished the Forearm Contour.

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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    I had a 2/3 built, 4A Birdseye Tele neck I aquired last fall for free. Instead of building one from scratch, I'll use this one.

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    I think it will look good.
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That is shaping up very nicely.
    Looks like you're going with a traditional Tele hardtail bridge rather than the acoustic style bridge?

    Not sure what your budget is... have you considered using saddle pickups for acoustic tones?
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Still undecided. I have 2 options.

    I ordered an acoustic bridge today.
    Got a Chinese Fishman 301 Presys coming as well. It has piezo for under saddle. I can choose between it or the Strat Hardtail Piezo I have.
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Fretted up the neck today.

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    Glued them in with hide glue as I did with my Strat neck.
    Used a steel scraper to insert the glue in the feet slot. Then whipped off excess before I pressed the frets in. Did 3 at a time, so the glue didn't dry in the slot before pressing them in.
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    Brother_Hesekiel Strat-Talk Member

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    At $50 per hour plus materials, we're looking at what . . . a $5,000 replica of a Fender that costs $1,995?
     
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    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

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    Some things ya do just cuz
    Cool project
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    I realize that, but it still about the satisfaction after the build when you play your own instruments.

    Makes you play better. ;)
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    LOL!
    Ya, and I've got a couple of Partscaster projects going that will likely end up being over $2k when done.
    But they will be mine, and will be exactly what I want. My own personal "custom shop" model that'll never be worth more than $400.
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Frets nipped & edges beveled.

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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Routed out the neck pocket today.

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    Also modified a neck plate I had to work with the heel contour.

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    I'll taper the heel contour.



    Mocked up before bolting on the neck.
    I'll work on neck profile this evening.

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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Heel contour done.

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    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    This might be the best thread I have ever seen on this site.
     
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