Friday, January 15, 2010

Fender Acoustisonic

So, you want to sound like an acoustic for rhythm playing, but you want to bring the heat, too. Fender has the answer in this mix of the Thinline and Telecoustic. Which actually makes sense, and I've been wanting something like this for a good long time.

Somewhere in the 1980s, Danny Ferrington came out with the Tele-shaped acoustic guitar, and that became released by Kramer. The idea was to have an acoustic that plays like an electric. There's a reason that acoustics are shaped like acoustics — if you want to move air, you need a big box — but the age was coming that you didn't need to have an acoustic to sound acoustic. The Ovation and it's piezo was introduced in the late 1960s, remember, and the sound that you want to play to be the acoustic guy in a full band is not the same sound you want if you're going to be playing for a bluegrass band. High and thin actually works in this case.

For some time now, Fender has had this style of guitar released under their own name. And now they're 1) covering the sound hole, maybe for aesthetics and maybe to cut stage feedback and 2) adding a neck PU. It would be easy to mistake this for a normal Thinline, except for that bridge. Which is interesting.

The thing that comes to mind is, when you're talking a one-pickup electric, you're either talking an old jazz box with a neck pickup or you're talking about a bridge pickup. They put in a Twisted Tele neck pickup, which is good, but it still strikes me as a strange decision. I'm also curious about whether there's stereo out or you're putting the piezo signal into your standard effects chain and amp.

But you know what? I like it. I like it enough to want to try it.

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