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FAQ about getting the sound right

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:43 pm
by Dennis Weaver
Suggestion-
FAQs maybe by members on basics of SOUND like-

My guitar isn't as loud as I want. What should I do?
It is real clear but lacks bass. What should I do?
gets louder as you go higher up the neck?

What will wider sides do, different strings, finishes, etc?

Short direct remedy ideas.
I don't want to hear people go on and on (and on and on and on) like some big time well known luthiers do. The sine wave of the cross diagonally high amplitude wave of the graduated top...

Well maybe someone can take a short list and do possible remedies.

For instance I thought on my latest guitar it is very very clear (spruce and many braces) but lacked volume and bass. I cut a big side port in it and I think both of those were improved but I still would like more bass in the tone and more volume. I THINK it will open up and later have more bass. Better a little tight at first.

Re: FAQ about getting the sound right

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:53 pm
by Barry Daniels
Dennis, guitar acoustics is not as simple as you appear to think. There has been much research in this field and it can get quite complicated. Plus, everything is connected and when you change one variable the results may be different on different guitars. Short direct remedies don't really exist except for a few problems like intonation or wolf notes.

Re: FAQ about getting the sound right

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:26 pm
by Dennis Weaver
I know. There are variables. Combinations that contribute.

Re: FAQ about getting the sound right

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:29 pm
by John LaTorre
Dennis Weaver wrote:For instance I thought on my latest guitar it is very very clear (spruce and many braces) but lacked volume and bass. I cut a big side port in it and I think both of those were improved but I still would like more bass in the tone and more volume. I THINK it will open up and later have more bass. Better a little tight at first.


I have only limited experience with sound ports, having made only one guitar and one mandolin with them, but my impression is that it makes a difference only to the player, not the audience. In other words, you might get more of the trebles, but the people in front of the guitar won't.

To increase loudness, you might want to shave down the braces (leave them as high as they were before, but take the material off the sides). That might help.

Re: FAQ about getting the sound right

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:06 pm
by Dennis Weaver
Thanks.