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Best Answer Charlie_Watt , 03 October 2013 - 02:15 PM

That's what I meant.  I do care what my guitar looks and feels like but not Acoustic vs Electric look.  I think banjo or sitar sounds coming out of a guitar that looks like an electric is interesting.

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#21 ur2funky

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:17 PM

Have a look at the Yamaha APX500.

 

Thanks!  That one actually caught my eye.  But I would really like something thinner than that if possible.  Acoustic tone of the guitar doesn't matter, as I will be using Variax all the time.

 

Anyone know of a really thin, acoustic looking guitar?


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#22 phil_m

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:27 PM

I would think the hard part with doing a transplant in one of those guitars is going to be dealing with the bridge and saddle. I don't really know of any acoustic guitar that uses has separate saddle for each string like the Variax Acoustic did. I was thinking something like the Epiphone Chet Atkins could be a good candidate for a transplant because it's actually a solid body, and the body could be routed pretty easily. Other than that, there are thin-body acoustics - the Fender Stratacoustic and Teleacoustic come to mind... But again, I don't know if doing a transplant in one of those is even feasible. You'd probably have more luck trying to find a used Variax Acoustic.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:33 PM

I would think the hard part with doing a transplant in one of those guitars is going to be dealing with the bridge and saddle. I don't really know of any acoustic guitar that uses has separate saddle for each string like the Variax Acoustic did. I was thinking something like the Epiphone Chet Atkins could be a good candidate for a transplant because it's actually a solid body, and the body could be routed pretty easily. Other than that, there are thin-body acoustics - the Fender Stratacoustic and Teleacoustic come to mind... But again, I don't know if doing a transplant in one of those is even feasible. You'd probably have more luck trying to find a used Variax Acoustic.

 

That Stratacoustic is definitely thin like I wanted!  Thanks!

I figured I would have a block of wood under the bridge, connecting the front and back of the guitar, much like a hollow PRS has, and use a different style bridge all together with possibly Ghost saddles.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:19 PM

I know it seems silly for me to transplant JTV into an acoustic, but there are a lot more acoustic duo gigs where I live than full-band gigs.  Full band gigs are Fri & Sat only.  I've been full-time musician for 17 years now, and can't live on weekend pay only.   And it really helps getting the acoustic gig if you're holding an acoustic guitar, even though to my ear a clean Strat sounds much nicer playing leads over an acoustic than another acoustic does.  

 

 

I have been seriously considering buying a cheap older Variax and transplanting it into something like this:

 

http://sfbay.craigsl...4059839183.html


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 03:47 AM

I have been seriously considering buying a cheap older Variax and transplanting it into something like this:
 
http://sfbay.craigsl...4059839183.html



Nice! I've been tempted to find an old jazz box. A old crusty guitar, and put modern technology in it!


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 04:13 PM

Folks listen with their eyes, and plugged into the PA, everyone thinks I'm also playing a "pure acoustic" instrument

By contrast If I showed up to these same events with my JTV-59, the "traditionalists" and the Promotor (who pays the band) would not let me near the stage.

Same here -- if I take this thing to church, I get to play with the acoustic group (all of whom are plugged into the mixer and are not particularly acoustic at that point, either). If I pull out an electric, I get shooed away.
What's really cute, of course, is that this is a solid-body mahogany electric guitar hiding under the spruce top.

Every now and then people sort of glance around to see who's playing the 12-string when there isn't one on stage, and the best part was when I used the bottom two strings tuned down an octave with the upper four tuned normally, and it was *really* interesting to see them glancing offstage to see who was sitting in with a bass.
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Posted 06 October 2013 - 06:01 PM

Same here -- if I take this thing to church, I get to play with the acoustic group (all of whom are plugged into the mixer and are not particularly acoustic at that point, either). If I pull out an electric, I get shooed away.
What's really cute, of course, is that this is a solid-body mahogany electric guitar hiding under the spruce top.

Every now and then people sort of glance around to see who's playing the 12-string when there isn't one on stage, and the best part was when I used the bottom two strings tuned down an octave with the upper four tuned normally, and it was *really* interesting to see them glancing offstage to see who was sitting in with a bass.

 

Wouldn't that be a fun part of having a Variax though? "Someone has some kind of wizard guitar!"


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:26 AM

I've been trying to find out if the old acoustuc variax models (acoustics, specialy shamisen, mandola, nylon,etc) are available and somehow can be loaded in the JTV Tyler model electrics ??

 

That would be insane.

 

Anyone know ??

 

Thanks.

 


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:40 AM

I've been trying to find out if the old acoustuc variax models (acoustics, specialy shamisen, mandola, nylon,etc) are available and somehow can be loaded in the JTV Tyler model electrics ??

 

That would be insane.

 

Anyone know ??

 

 

Can't be done at the present time. It would be cool if it were made to happen, but I don't know what the chances of it happening are.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:13 PM

My bet is Slim to None.  Too bad because the Acoustic Variax had some very nice models.  Since there is no Acoustic Variax available it would be nice if there was a way to have more Acoustic models.


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