YOU know the feeling. Extracting true acoustic tones from your electric guitar has often been a futile quest, whatever the guitar, pedal or amp. But you still give it a shot for the convenience of comfort and variety… and maybe you’re just too lazy to switch to a real acoustic guitar on stage.
Well, put that behind you now, because Fender claims its new Acoustasonic Telecaster is the electro-acoustic axe to rule them all. The American Acoustasonic Telecaster “embodies the spirit of purposeful innovation that Fender was built on… 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 studio to the stage.”
Three pickup systems are used – a Fishman under-saddle transducer, Fishman Acoustasonic Enhancer and Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless magnetic pickup. The last has been designed for “authentic hum-free Fender electric tone, and can be played solo or blended with an acoustic voice to create new sounds.”
According to Fender, the “Acoustic Engine delivers 10 different body style and tone wood combinations”, while the Mod Knob selects and blends voices.
The patent-pending Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS) is also part of the design.
“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,” says Fender.
The Acoustasonic is crafted in Corona, California, and the indicated price is US$2,000.