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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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    After seeing videos of Fender's new Acoustisonic Telecaster debuted at NAMM 2019, it got me thinking of a new build. I found the guitar very interesting of the sounds it can produce.

    I know this is kind of coming from the "Dark Side" being a Telecaster hybrid, but I'm looking for some ideas on the blending of the acoustic pickup & magnetic pickup.


    Clintstone from TDPRI, build has really got me thinking of building one now.

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/acoustasomething.919029/


    My ideas.

    Browsing eBay, I saw a Chinese FISHMAN Presys Blend 301 Dual Mode Guitar Preamp EQ Tuner Piezo. Under $50
    It has a piezo under bridge, & small mic pickup under the controls that picks up internal sounds in the body of the guitar.
    Likely use an acoustic bridge, like the Fender Acoustisonic, mounting the piezo under.

    If the 301 was mounted somewhere flat on the face of the guitar, piezo under bridge, a Tele pickup amounted ahead of the bridge, like Fender's Acoustisonic, then run the output of the Fishman 301 & Tele pickup into a 3-way switch, or some kind of blend pot. Then a final volume pot to the output jack.

    Might have something close to the real thing, other than the modelling.


    Some parts on order.

    1/4" Spruce top for the Acoustisonic.
    Chinese Fishman EQ301 Presys Blend piezo/mic acoustic pickup.

    I have a few Strat pickups around to use for the magnetic. Even have a couple humbuckers.

    Got a vintage Fender MIM Strat neck.


    Body:

    I will build the body thickness according to what I need to get the Fishman EQ301 mounted. Hoping under 2 1/2". Probably build side rib as a frame depth of about 1 1/2" around the outside of the body, leaving a good sized chamber. Thinking of an acoustic bridge mounted on top, and a solid block between top & back under bridge, string ferrels through back to hold strings. A large block at front to mount neck. Maybe some additional braces internally for stability. Got Cherrywood or Birdseye for the back, likely 3/16".


    Electronics:

    My idea is taking the output of the acoustic pickup & the magnetic pickup into some kind of blending pot system, or a 3-way switch. Might have to add a trimmer pot on either the acoustic line or magnetic line to get similar deviation signals before the blending or 3-way. Then a master volume before the output jack.

    Now I have to figure what I need to blend the acoustic pickup with magnetic. Any ideas on this?


    What do you guys think?



    Scott
     
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    I've got a spare thinline body sitting around - let us know how the Chinese pickup works and I might do a build myself...
     
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    I've considered those also.

    Looks interesting.
     
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    I think it’s a very cool idea and I’m jealous of your skills to be able to build a guitar. :)
     
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    I picked a used Fishman Powerblend pedal & Fishman Strat Hardtail Piezo.

    I'll install a magnetic pickup ahead of the bridge all into a volume pot & stereo Jack to go to the outboard Fishman Powerblend.
     
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    Started getting the wood preped yesterday.
    My Dad had a few lightly figured birdseye maple boards drying in the basement ceiling for many years. Darn, I guess I'll have to use that. Had to go with a double layer to get enough thickness.

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    I'll route the outer shape, then chamber the middle areas while leavening a thickness of 3/8" for the back to resonate.
    I'm thinking about leaving 1 1/2" around the perimeter, a substantial amount for the neck pocket, then a bit under the bridge.
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    Then glue the 1/4" spruce top onto the body.

    Comments on this idea would be appreciated.
    Chamber less for strength?
    Add bracing under spruce top?

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

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    This is exactly what Taylor does.
    They have a pickup under the saddle, plus a single coil conventional magnetic pickup under the upper frets, and a RWRP bucking coil in the upper bout area above the front edge of the soundhole.
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Second layer glued & clamped.

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    Found this pic on Internet. Hoping the chambering will be something like this.
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Rough cut the body shape on the bandsaw.

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    mistermikev Strat-Talker

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    really love the top and that a "noice piece of ash" there. always down with hollow bodies too... you are hittin' on all cylindars!
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Here is my spruce top.

    Showed up today.

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    The other is the Birdseye maple body.
    The ash was a pic I found off Internet to show how I will do the chambering.
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Routed the outer edge with template & sanded.

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    I'm going to do a slight belly cut, then chamber out the middle.
     
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    Lookin' great!
    I'm really looking forward to see how this turns out.
     
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    Belly cut & drew out for chambering.

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    Left 1" on outer edges. Just bridge block will be left In the middle.

    Edges, too narrow or too wide?


    Scott
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Found a YouTube video on Making of the Fender Acoustasonic Tele.



    I captured a pic during the video of the frame.

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    At least now I know how the chambering is.
     
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    Got it setup to hog out with Forstner bit in the milling machine.

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    After supper it will happen.
     
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