What does the Fender Acoustasonic sound like with Electric Guitar Strings?

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RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 8747
I think the answer you're looking for is "Shit"

Whoever worked on the design team for this one needs a nail through their nuts, a previously tried concept that nobody wants and sounds bad.


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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 6174
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    Do they all have that 2 tone rosewood fingerboard vibe - looks like a skunk tail down each fingerboard

    I take on board Lee's comment about a plain 3rd - But I would imagine the saddle is cut for a wd 3rd, so without any alterations then don't expect perfect intonation

    I quite like the concept and would be willing to try one - Thinking a bit of a Mark Knopfler with a nylon strung version

    But I do agree @RandallFlagg that this demo doesn't make it sound anything special - I will try one sometime soon though
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 5433

    The plain vs wound third is always the issue with these hybrid type of guitars.  I bought a Variax when they first came out, and the acoustic sound on it never sounded right because of the plain 3rd.  A wound 3rd would have seriously compromised it as an electric for bending.

    In the end that was a major reason for me selling the Variax.  I timed it right though. I sold it and then a week later they announced a new version, and the price of the one I had dropped by about 30%.

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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 869
    I still think these will flop once the initial orders go through.
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 6543
    I quite like the look but in all demos they sound really poor - a taylor T5z sounds much better.
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  • blueskunkblueskunk Frets: 2523
    Love fender but not so sure about this ting. 
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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 3352
    That's a terrible hat.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 336
    I quite like the look and design of it, but the pricing is too high.  For £1600 I would rather buy a separate electric and acoustic...I'm probably just old fashioned though!
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 3461
    Fender surpassed themselves on this one - take an iconic, elegant body design and make it look horrible. Crap idea, poorly executed. 
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 336
    Brize said:
    That's a terrible hat.
    Camden Market?
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  • fendergibsonfendergibson Frets: 383
    edited February 7
    I like the concept. I like the look of ‘em bar the horrible fretboard. Could be a nice sofa guitar.

    What I hate is the thin nasally sound....and Bobs hat. Surely they could sound better with some decent eq. 

    But fuck me, that hat is bloody awful. Someone please post his new vocal/screaming vid so I can bitch about him even more  s
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  • WonkyWonky Frets: 121
    To be fair, they've worked bloody hard to come up with such a totally ugly looking guitar.
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  • hubobuloushubobulous Frets: 2217
    Do they all have that 2 tone rosewood fingerboard vibe - looks like a skunk tail down each fingerboard

    Is it Rosewood or Macassar Ebony?

    I quite like the idea and have been mulling a T5z for a while so will try them side by side. Looks don't bother me on this
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 6174
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    Do they all have that 2 tone rosewood fingerboard vibe - looks like a skunk tail down each fingerboard

    Is it Rosewood or Macassar Ebony?

    I quite like the idea and have been mulling a T5z for a while so will try them side by side. Looks don't bother me on this
    I had not looked at the spec sheet one bit - Just assumed it was rosewood - Yes it is ebony , so thanks for that - Regardless of the wood just curious why it is 'two tone' as such with such dominant streaks - I know the easy answer is that it is a characteristic nature of say that would, but I've seen loads of ebony on guitars that is more evenly balanced regarding its 'colour/grain pattern' - I'd be looking for one without such colouring
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  • LebarqueLebarque Frets: 1373
    edited February 7
    To all those not liking Chappers' hat, I'll have you know that it's an essential part of his new American image, as per his latest single. He's now the new ZZ Top don't you know.
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  • Th4fonzTh4fonz Frets: 79
    edited February 7
    I watched here thinking Its an alright guitar for £500,  then i clicked the link to one and saw it was £1500 lol.........

    Who would buy one of them for that o
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  • RabsRabs Frets: 1824
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    Theres also hybrid strings out there. Every other string coil is nickel-plated steel, every other coi phosphor bronze, its so the bronze reacts more with the piezo and the nickel/steel ones react more with the magnetic pickup.

    I haven't tried them yet but will soon as I have my own hybrid build planned soon..  But I have heard really good things about them

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/DR-Strings-Zebra-Acoustic-Electric-Round/dp/B0002FOKQI

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  • shoodursshoodurs Frets: 31
    Can't stand the look of them and not impressed with the sound either but at least Fender are trying something new which is more than can be said of Gibson.
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  • grungebobgrungebob Frets: 1336
    now you see, i like it, but I'm fully prepared to be deemed odd.

    I only have one electric guitar and an one acoustic, Id happily own one of these IF...it were priced around £600 as it wouldn't be used enough to justify any more for me. 
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 869
    Lebarque said:
    To all those not liking Chappers' hat, I'll have you know that it's an essential part of his new American image, as per his latest single. He's now the new ZZ Top don't you know.
     I have noticed that the 'marketing' department seem to have changed him to get into the American country/blues market. 
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  • SargeSarge Frets: 1626
    The telecoustic and stratacoustic were bad enough, what led them to think this will sell? Hideous  
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  • Fifty9Fifty9 Frets: 260
    Lebarque said:
    To all those not liking Chappers' hat, I'll have you know that it's an essential part of his new American image, as per his latest single. He's now the new ZZ Top don't you know.
     I have noticed that the 'marketing' department seem to have changed him to get into the American country/blues market. 

    Definitely. And I'd expect the same marketing department to push for the Chapman guitars brand to move away from Goth to mainstream Americana. Think those Guitar Center special run semi-hollow teles were the start of that.
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  • timmypixtimmypix Frets: 385
    I quite liked the sounds they got out of it in the Pete Honore/Lee video when it had acoustic strings on it, and the looks have grown on me. I'm sure the tech is expensive and clever as well but... it's just too much for a guitar that in this country, largely lacking a country scene, will probably just be a fun gimmick for most guitarists. I could imagine if I only played Americana it being a useful guitar though.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 42998
    Sarge said:
    The telecoustic and stratacoustic were bad enough, what led them to think this will sell? Hideous  
    Be fair - those were based on a cut-down Ovation-style design where appearance was probably the most important factor and they just bolted in the cheapest off-the-shelf Fishman pickup system at the time. I'm actually surprised they put the Fender name on them, they would have been much more appropriate as Squiers.

    I still don't like the new one, but at least it's a more properly developed concept. I agree that they probably won't sell well though.

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  • TeleMasterTeleMaster Frets: 673
    I’m not a fan of these at all. 
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  • stubmandrelstubmandrel Frets: 0
    I got sent this thread by Google, which has obviously figured out I consider the Acoustasonics possibly the ugliest guitars of all time.

    It's that awful 'Fablon on a block of wood' look the bodies have.

    In my view, an Ibanez Talman acoustic electric does exactly the same job, plays as well, looks ten times better and costs a quarter of the price...




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