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NGD - Acoustasonic Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dobrojoe, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. dobrojoe

    dobrojoe Tele-Meister

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    Just arrived and I've only had a quick play.

    First impressions:-

    Light as a feather.
    Neck too narrow for fingerstyle playing, but I'll get used to it.
    Strings are 12s, need to lighten those.
    Action, considerable lower than my other acoustics, again will take time to get used to. The bridge is not adjustable, but the neck angle is.
    Pretty useless acoustically, sounds like a cigar box guitar - but I expected that.
    Sounds good direct through my Bose PA - but the output is much hotter than my other acoustics. Have to trim back the gain.
    Not so good through my Katana 100 set to 'acoustic'
    Good selection of tones. Don't have a favourite yet.
    Won't be getting rid of my Martin, Taylor or Dobro!
     
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  2. bgmacaw

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    It doesn't sound like much of an advance over my Kramer Ferrington I bought in 1988.
     
  3. lammie200

    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    I won't be getting one, but the OP's is the best looking one that I have seen. Bravo!
     
  4. popthree

    popthree Poster Extraordinaire

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    i had one of those. one of the worst guitar purchases i ever made. the only pointy headstock guitar i ever owned on purpose.
     
  5. brookdalebill

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    Cool!
     
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  6. Ydwen Jones

    Ydwen Jones Tele-Meister

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    Very nice! First one on TDPRI? HNGD!
     
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    Nice review, thanks:)
     
  8. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Have you played around much with blending the pups?

    You might want to go for a Fender clean setting on your Katana. The guitar has a regular magnetic pup, and the amp’s acoustic setting, I’m pretty sure, is modeled to “fix” those brittle piezos I hate so much.
     
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  9. archtop_fjk

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    "Neck too narrow for fingerstyle playing, but I'll get used to it."

    Hmmm. Is it 1.65" (42 mm)?? This would be a deal-breaker for me, though one could potentially get used to a narrow neck. However, given that it's a bolt-on neck, I can see an aftermarket retro-fit option. But, then, you just spent $2000 on a guitar with a neck you don't like! Maybe Fender can offer a neck replacement option...

    The spruce top does look beautiful!! :)
     
  10. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Can’t you just shim the bridge saddle?
     
  11. Old Tele man

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    The piezoelelctric pickup(s) are under the saddle...can't stuff things between them and the bridge saddle without causing problems.
     
  12. popthree

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    for 2k you could get into an anderson crowdster
     
  13. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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  14. popthree

    popthree Poster Extraordinaire

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    i like the idea of a thin acoustic, but in reality, i have never bonded with any of the different ones out there. i'll shut up about it though.

    to the OP, congrats on the new axe! NGD is always something to celebrate.
     
  15. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    So it has a neck-tilt mechanism built in, like most USA Fenders?
     
  16. popthree

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    Nut Width
    1.6875" (42.86 mm)
     
  17. Tone Chase

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    Congratulations, I am looking forward to spending some serious time with one when I get my hands on one.

    I love my POS Chinese Telecoustic. Enough to investigate all of the previous earlier versions that Fender made. Asking prices for the older solid wood versions is higher than I wanted to pay for poorly regarded used guitars, and not easily found to try.

    This new version offers more than I was looking for, and it should for the asking price.
     
  18. Tone Chase

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    duplicate post
     
  19. CG Guitars

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    New here. First post...

    I'm fascinated by the Acoustasonic. I haven't gotten to play one yet, but hope to soon.

    One question that's been bugging me: How (where) do the strings attach? They disappear through the bridge without typical bridge pins... where do they go?

    -Chris
     
  20. John C

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    All the photos I've seen show bridge pins - they're black and kind of short, but they are there.

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