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

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  1. Moodivarius

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    It turned out ok. Better on my violin. :D

    What do you use on acoustic guitars? Inlays?

    Never done one, so I don't know.
     
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    Got bridge back on in the new/correct position. Back together & strung up this evening.

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    Intonation seems really nice. Might file/tweak saddle on final assembly.

    Ordered a 5-way switch, changing out the 3-way. With that, I might play with some electronic tweaking.

    My thoughts are to remotely add resistors to the acoustic EQ circuit in a couple positions of the switch 5-way switch. They will change the resistance of the pre-set EQ pots, Bass-Mid-Treb. Since the acoustic EQ is nestled/mounted inside the guitar body, set to the sound I like, then switching to the next position, will change resistance to the circuit on either side of the EQ pot. This will change the EQ settings to a thinner, or thicker sound. I could have 3 different acoustic sounds on the 5-way switch.
    I'm also looking at experimenting with schottky diodes to add slight crunch/distortion to the mag/electric pickup in another position, & straight mag/electric in the last position.
    Then maybe a push/pull volume to combine the acoustic & mag pickup together in whatever position.
    I also picked up a 250K & 500K blend pots, which I may swap 1 into where I have the tone pot. Maybe blending something together instead of the push/pull.

    Lots of ideas, & experimenting coming up. ;)
     
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    Acoustic guitars are almost always bound and the purfling lines are added to the inside of the binding. I define "violin purfling) as cutting a channel in the top wood itself and leaving a little edge of the top which goes to the edge. One of the risks of violin type purfling is that there is end grain wood (usually spruce) exposed at the edge of the guitar.

    I almost always use wood for binding (and usually for purfling) unless its an iconic guitar that simply calls out for plastic (an ES-335 for example). And of course purfling can be very fancy - herringbone, pearl, lots of contrasting lines. Here is a couple of examples of what I do

    This is the guitar I am just finishing, its simple mahogany body and bound in rosewood. The rosette and headplate are also rosewood and I've run a couple of simple purfling lines to make it stand out. Kind of similar to what you have done but its bound instead of cut into the top

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    Here is my archtop, the top is spruce, back and sides are maple. Everything is bound in flamed maple but I've run one tiny ebony line next to it to make it stand out

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    And this one got bound in plastic (its an acoustic copy of a ES-175, sort of) - plastic just seemed to look correct but again, there are some black and white purfling lines

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    And this is kind of a girly guitar - its a small "parlor" style body with lots of bling. The rosette, purfling, f/b inlay is all pau abalone with with a few lines for contrast. Martin would consider this "style 42"

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    Sorry about thread drift - just trying to answer your question
     
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    Absolutely stunning work Freeman.

    Well beyond my work.
     
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    Wiped on water based grain sealer last night.

    Sanded back today.

    Made about 4 ounces of stain from Dark Garnet Shellac soaked in alcohol, tinted with ColorFX, 5 drops of Amber & 4 drops of Burnt Sienna.

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    Wiped stain & rubbed excess with rag, 4 coats.

    I'm liking it. :D
     
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    Nice!
     
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    I love the colour, but the back is a little blotchy. I grain filled prior to the staining.
    Not sure why the blotchy. Not the best at finishing. :(
    Seemed like the grain was raised, so I sanded back with 800gt. Looks a bit better.

    I'll see how it looks when the nitro goes on.
     
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    Sprayed on a couple coats of nitro.

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    Looking good!!
     
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    Yeah man. I’m lovin the look of that neck.
     
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    Got a couple more coats of nitro on yesterday.

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    Mood, I thought of you and Macro today. A friend dropped by with three guitars for me to do some things on, two old ES-335's (darn, tough duty but someone has to do it) and this little jewel. It is an older Gibson "Chet Atkins" nylon string guitar. It has, as far as I can tell, a pretty solid body and either a spruce drop top or a very thick spruce top (tapping on it there isn't any response). It seems to have individual sensors for each string - there is a little PCB with six tiny wires connected to it and six little trim pots - I assume they are to balance the individual sensors (always a problem with piezos). The board has some active components - there is a 9 volt battery - and there is a volume and tone control in the upper bass side. He couldn't remember what was wrong with it (maybe just a dead battery or needing some balancing) and some new strings.

    It has a weird thing in the soundhole - kind of like a margarine container - might be a feedback buster like people sometimes install on amplified acoustics. I'll take it out tomorrow and see what's lurking inside

    Anyway, I'm going to play around with it tonight - I'll report back.

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    Ps - I think this is similar to a Godin nylon string electric guitar but I don't have any experience with them
     
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    Looks way outa my league! :D
     
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    That's the bird's-eyesiest piece of maple I think I've ever seen.
     
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    A couple of quick follow up comments on that guitar. First, it has absolutely NO acoustic tone. It makes some weak sounds, about like playing an unplugged les paul, but its definitely not an acoustic guitar.

    Plugged in it has a nice mellow amplified acoustic sort of sound - pretty generic. A little more rounded and warm than most A/E steel strings. Has the definite piezo quack. I'm not a great classical player but the few things I know sound OK but not stunning. Its funny that I don't think of jazz guitars having the mellow sustain that this does but it did sound pretty good playing my limited jazz standards. So I can see it being used by Chet - in fact I play a version of Starry Starry night that he arranged and it sounded at home on this guitar.

    I guess to summarize - an interesting little guitar looking for a place in the world. I certainly woundn't go out of my way to buy (or build) one but I can see the appeal for certain music, OK, back to your regularly scheduled Acoustisonic...
     
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    Cool stuff Freeman.
     
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    Yes, I've never seen a piece with a concentration of that many eyes. :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:


    An new acronym for more than 4A. ;). Bird'-eyesiest.
     
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    Did one more coat. Let dry & bolted neck on today.

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    Here is is with a few of my collection.

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    My DIYs on the right.
     
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    Built a mini distortion circuit to mount inside.
    It will run with the electric/mag pickup. I'll wire so it's on in the position next to the mag pickup.
    POS 1 - Mag
    POS 2 - Mag + distortion.
    POS 3 - piezo acoustic(EQ-nice)
    POS 4 - piezo acoustic(EQ-thin)
    POS 5 - piezo acoustic(EQ-thick)

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    Less than an inch square.

    I'll mock it up the circuit in a different guitar for testing before installing in the Acousti-Tele.
     
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