From acoustic shape-shifting to electric rhythm tones, this powerful guitar uses a revolutionary Fender and Fishman®-designed Acoustic Engine to deliver new sonic expression from the … The electronic elements comprise Fishman Under-Saddle Piezo and an Internal Body Sensor alongside a Fender N4 noiseless magnetic pickup. The Fender and Fishman-designed Acoustic Engine powers the Acoustasonic Telecaster and delivers a curated collection of acoustic and electric voices. With the same full list-price as the Fender American Elite Telecaster, you might think this Acoustasonic Telecaster is over-priced. Designed for authentic hum-free Fender electric tone, this pickup can be played solo or blended with an acoustic voice to create new sounds. “The electronics are all new and bespoke for this guitar. Continuing our journey through the guitar styles of the legendary Three Kings, this time it’s the turn of Flying V-toting blue icon Albert. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. Country music superstar Brad Paisley has a new signature Fender guitar - an Esquire with a secret weapon. When the news broke a couple of days ahead of NAMM that the new American Acoustasonic Telecaster was a lot more than a simple acoustic instrument, things became much clearer. I understand that my information will be shared with the dealer and may be used by the dealer to facilitate this contact. Contact your local dealer for operating hours. Piezo-driven sounds are not favoured by everyone, but we’ve certainly heard far more synthetic and brittle-sounding plugged-in tones from the pickup systems on full-bodied, traditionally constructed flat-tops – interestingly, using the instrument through a clean electric amplifier helps attenuate some of the more hi-fi piezo characteristics and makes for a somewhat woodier and rootsier range of tones. Time to put Fender’s big NAMM 2019 launch under the microscope. NAMM also saw Fender exhibit a range of Acoustasonics in more elaborate finishes such as a distressed stars and stripes design, so don’t expect the book to be closed on colour or wood options. 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A flexible new hybrid that dovetails with the needs of modern guitarists, or a clever way to sell Telecasters to the buoyant acoustic market? Aside from fluid neck-pickup solo tones and heavy rock, it covers a surprisingly wide range of musical bases. Purely as a physical object that makes acoustic sound, its louder-than-expected voice is just about perfect for the living room and easy to sing over. Our first port of call for amplified testing is the instrument’s menu of pure ‘acoustic’ voices, and first impressions are very positive. From teenage ‘indie’ beginnings, Johnny Marr has flourished into one of the finest guitar stylists in rock music. The Acoustasonic will also cover a lot of ground in a function band and you might find that you can get away without bringing two amps to the gig. For solo performers using public transport to get to their gig with a live rig that consists of simply a guitar and a looper pedal, a high-quality gigbag with backpack-style straps is always preferable to a heavy hard case in terms of comfort and portability. The specially tuned sound port (aka Fender’s patent-pending ‘Stringed Instrument Resonance System’) is a mahogany hoop that’s glued into the soundhole but doesn’t touch the back, while the top itself is supported by a pair of parallel longitudinal ‘transverse’ braces. The August 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now. The American Acoustasonic Series embodies the spirit of innovation that Fender was built on. In the first of a series looking at the chord shapes and sequences used by the Beatles, we get inside the head of John Lennon and find a solid rhythm guitarist with an ear for original chord changes. All online dealers listed here will have the specified product in stock, ready for purchase. Only 2 left in stock - order soon. and an inspiring songwriting companion. The neck is mahogany, and it also features an attractive ebony fingerboard with streaks of light brown visible in the upper registers. Although the open-pore satin finish and supplied Fender Dura-Tone 0.011-0.052 coated phosphor-bronze strings give the guitar a very ‘acoustic’ feel, the appealing ‘Modern Deep C’ neck profile (inherited from the American Professional solidbody series) and contoured heel deliver all the benefits of a comfy modern electric. And when that F-brand is etched so artfully into the headstock, it’s immediately a mainstream proposition. This likely aided by the fact that the top is much less mobile than that of the average X-braced flat-top acoustic. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, then, that the Acoustasonic feels so well suited to playing the music of, and inspired by, that decade. The finish itself is a thin open-pore poly that retains a woody, natural feel – it’s very appealing indeed on a tactile level and isn’t prone to squeaky handling noise. Please choose your region below, 3-pickup configuration: Under-Saddle Piezo/Internal Body Sensor/N4 Magnetic, Fender® Dura-Tone® 860CL Coated Phosphor Bronze (.011-.052 Gauges), PN 0730860405. No bigger than a chunky stompbox, Orange’s latest Terror is a fully fledged 20-watt amplifier complete with valve preamp and (sort of) channel switching. The voice selections offer a broad range of acoustic characters based on popular tonewood combinations and body shapes and the ability to sweep through a blend of two voices in each position using the Mod knob is very useful when fine-tuning the way in which a particular part sits in a band mix. The pedal is based around the searing tones of Tony Iommi. The hollow Telecaster-inspired body is naturally loud and resonant with plenty of projection, meaning the guitar sounds as great on your lap as it does live on stage. Lightly rolled fingerboard edges and rounded fret ends make for a smooth and unobtrusive ride for the fretting hand and the deceptively simple Tim Shaw-designed bridge saddle offers excellent solidbody-like intonation. From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. If three pickups were a challenge to combine in theory, in practice, the system allows easy access to a huge array of tones via the five-way blade voice selector, master volume and Mod knob. Before you say, “at this price, there should be a hard case,” not everyone will agree. Although the body isn’t deep, with some experimentation with the fleshy part of your fist, it’s possible to elicit a kick-drum like thump to complement the rimshot sounds you can create by flicking the top with your fingernails. By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail.