Mickguard Posted February 1, 2008 Report Share Posted February 1, 2008 Ever since I came across this guitar at Robert Irizarry's ergonomic guitar site, I've become kind of obsessed with the idea of building something similar. My goals: I want a 'quiet' acoustic to play late at night and, since my son has been bugging me to let him play my guitars more and more, something he can play too. Not something meant to be a performing guitar in other words, but I'd still hope it would sound nice enough. The guitar will have a top-mount acoustic bridge (like my Takamine), and an electric-style mahogany neck, which will be easier for him to play. I'd also use a electric-style bolt-on configuration, at least for the prototype. For the back/sides, I'll probably glue up a multiple-piece blank (at least for the prototype), which I'll route/carve until it's hollow. I'll probably go with birch, since I can find 50- 60 mm boards here and I find it a really nice wood to carve. I'm also planning to go with Folk Nylon strings instead of steel strings -- my son's still pretty young, so his fingers are really tender and he's not old enough to force himself over the callouses hump. (he takes drum lessons, he's only casually interested in the guitar, this guitar is mostly for me). From what I understand, the Folk Nylon strings are specifically made to fit steel string guitars, right? I'd want the option of using steel strings though, so I'll use the appropriate bracing on the top (spruce). Building a hybrid like this would also let me build an acoustic that will actually be comfortable for me to play too, when I'm slouched back on the couch at 2 in the morning...the Takamine's a jumbo... I'd be able to carve the bacck. And since the sides will be from the blank, it should be easy to build it as a slant top too. The body design will be based on the Klein/Breadwinner family --it'll be the same design as an electric I've been developing, so I'll already have the template prepared anyway. This one would be only acoustic, no pickup at all. If I like the basic sound of the prototype, I'd then build a second version with a pickup and preamp. I'm tempted to go without a soundhole, but if I do, it will probably be something in the upper part of the guitar, or even incorporated into the side -- the idea being that the sound/volume of the guitar will be projected at the player first of all. I also like the look of that. Any thoughts about things to take into consideration? Things you definitely think won't work, or things you think will increase the possibility of getting something that sounds decent acoustically? I've been looking at the Godin Multiac -- apparently it uses a 'chambered' mahagony body/back/sides --but I haven't found information yet as to whether they're using bracing. Perhaps the chamber walls take the place of the braces? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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