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  1. Clintstone

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    I was feeling inspired by the new Acoustasonic that Fender has released so I decided to whip up a homebrew version of my own. Here is my build so far.
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    The concept is intriguing, I’ll watch and think about what I might do...I was impressed by all the different sounds they are getting...without comparing the acoustasonic with the actual guitars they are emulating, it’s hard to say how close they came but they do seem to be some usable tones at least for a live setting...I’ve sold lots of guitars for that much money but never bought one myself...the most expensive guitars I’ve purchased, was a 1967 strat in 1967 I’m guessing for about $300 or so...
    I’d think about a piezo of some kind either under the bridge or on a bridge plate along with a magnetic of some kind...though that would require a bridge like an acoustic instead of your tele bridge...guess you could just put a piezo on the sound board...
     
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    I think I have a piezo set up kicking around, now you have me rethinking my plan.
     
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    Well it has a back on now and kinda resembles a Tele.
     
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    Sweet! What thickness is the top and bottom? How thick is the overall guitar?

    Cheers,

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    Looking forward to this one! Have been thinking about a thin line build with a peizo set up, possibly the Brenner saddle assembly
     
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    well the suspense was killing me so I bolted it together and threw some strings on to hear what it sounded like. It had about a 1/4 of the volume of my acoustic. Oh and betocool the caps are .190" thick and it has an overall thickness of 2.340" IMG_20190217_131118_661.jpg
     
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    I’ve done/tried something similar. Top is 1/8th, back 3/16ths. What woods did you use, and how thick is the body frame - as in width? I take it there is at least a centre block to house the bridge?

    I take it those are acoustic strings? I found them dull and lifeless used on steel bridge saddles, so did some experimenting with a bone saddle set in a makeshift wooden bridge I made. Sound was definitely improved, but getting perfect intonation was up and down.
     
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    Ps - it all looks good though.
     
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    Looks good.

    Are you planning on doing the same pickups as the Acoustasonic Tele?

    Piezo, chamber pickup & Tele bridge?


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    Yes there is a center block that is about 3/4" wide, at first I was going to drill all the way through and use string ferrules but i got lazy and just ran the strings from the back of the bridge. I used electric strings to make them sound a little brighter. For now i am going to try it with just the tele pickup and maybe add the piezo after i see how it sounds.
     
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    I was getting anxious to finish it so I went with a quick Walnut Danish Oil, this stuff is very forgiving and easy to apply, I think the color turned out ok. IMG_20190218_180814_364.jpg
     
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    Nice work. Coming along great.

    Makes me want to build on as well.


    Is the top & back maple?


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    Yes the top and back are maple and the center section is poplar, I think it is the lightest one I have built so far.
     
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    She’s looking really good Clintstone. And yes, I’ll bet she’s as light as a feather. My one is.

    Here’s a shot from a couple months back when I was experimenting with ideas.

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    It’s electric atm with white pg and single Tele neck pup, but I’m gonna convert it back to acoustic.
     
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    Here is a side view compared to one of my stock thickness Tele's 20190218_181618.jpg
     
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    Nice job! What is the arrangement with the sides of this unit, or is it a chambered solid body type construction?

    DC
     
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    Severely chambered solid body with a 3" by 3/4" block under the bridge where the bridge mounting screws go in.
     
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