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Acoustic Soundboard

Acoustic Soundboard: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

June 1, 2014
Larry Fishman talks about the virtual impossibility of using amplification to exactly replicate the sound of acoustic guitars.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Euro Fingerstyle

April 29, 2014
Six European fingerstyle masters you may not have heard of, but should definitely check out.
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Acoustic Soundboard: CNC Technology in Guitar Making

April 4, 2014
Mark Dalton explains why the CNC machine is the most important tool in his small operation.
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Acoustic Soundboard: One Word—Plastics

February 25, 2014
Who knew that new developments in plastics would revolutionize under-saddle pickup technology?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Keep an Open Mind When Guitar Shopping

January 22, 2014
When buying a new acoustic, it’s important to play many different models, ask a lot of questions, and let go of preconceived notions.
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Acoustic Soundboard: When Cracks Happen

December 24, 2013
A guide to dealing with those pesky wood imperfections.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Personal Design Study, Pt. 2

November 18, 2013
How two under-saddle acoustic guitar pickups can look identical—but perform very differently.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Guitar Mecca of Paracho

October 18, 2013
The guitar bug hit Teja Gerken when he went abroad for college.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Sonic Effect of Time and Vibration

October 2, 2013
Does an acoustic guitar’s tone really change over time? If so, what properties of wood alter with age and affect an instrument’s sound and responsiveness?
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Personal Design Study, Pt. 1

August 21, 2013
What goes on in the mind of a guitar electronics designer? Learn the value of simultaneously developing multiple prototypes and the role details play in a successful design.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, Part 4

August 6, 2013
When it comes to ordering a custom guitar, it's important to consider inlay options and other final particulars.
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A Very Golden Anniversary

June 29, 2013
We welcome Rick Turner to our Acoustic Soundboard column in his 50th year as a luther—what would you like to know about building acoustics?
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Inside Ovation's Acoustic Pickup Evolution

June 16, 2013
Under the hood of Ovation's innovative pickup system from 1973
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Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, Pt. 3

May 11, 2013
Some of the cosmetic aspects you’ll need to determine for your custom instrument.
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A Piezo Pioneer

March 11, 2013
Dig into the inner workings of the Takamine PT-007S, one of the earliest—and most successfully integrated—amplified acoustic guitars.
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Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, PT. 2

February 4, 2013
Prized for its beauty, koa possesses tonal characteristics similar to mahogany when used as a back and sides wood, and is one option to consider when planning your custom
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Wenge: The New Brazilian?

January 9, 2013
I prefer woods that are “live,” regardless of their grain, figure, or color.
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Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, PT. 1

November 5, 2012
Owning a custom instrument is a dream for most guitarists. Doing your due diligence before placing the order will help ensure it is the guitar of your dreams. In
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A Weekend Warrior's Guide to Luthier and Woodworking Trivia

October 8, 2012
If you ever find yourself in need of some guitar trivia—perhaps on a long van ride home from a weekend gig—here are some nuggets you can trot out when you need to perk up a conversation or keep the driver awake.
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Saddle Up, Amigo

September 5, 2012
We’ll now look at the specific elements in the amplification signal chain in more detail.
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