The Acoustasonic™ Tele® is a groundbreaking and incredibly versatile instrument that pairs the classic Telecaster® with Fishman® Aura™ technology, effectively producing the full-bodied resonance and complexity of an acoustic guitar - in Telecaster form. Features include a chambered body, rosewood bridge and Twisted Tele neck pickup.
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I bought mine in 2010 - it was an ex-demo and very good value. I (and others who tried it) found the "acoustic" sounds particularly impressive, and blending the electric and acoustic can produce some interesting effects, altough I did initially have some problems with earth loop hum. I also own a TLAC 950 which I think was made in the early 90's. It is a much simpler instrument, but nothing like as convincing sound-wise.
telemad owns this item
An interesting instrument - and I approach it from the perspective of an acoustic guitarist.
1. Its strongest suit is its acoustic plugged in sound - which is truly gorgeous, and equally importantly - feedback free. The four Fishman Aura images have been voiced and tuned beautifully, my personal favourite being Image 2.
2. No messing about with phase / polarity, image / pickup mix - just a truly remarkable sound with no piezo quack
3. Immune to feedback - and I've played it in a loud rock band.
4. The 12 inch radius yields a nice acoustic feel - as does the rosewood fingerboard.
5. Chambered body - wonderfully light. Mine weighs 6lb 3oz.
It indeed sounds better (and is more practical) than any expensive acoustic guitar I've played with any other pick up system. Only the Taylor Expression System comes anywhere near it in terms of feedback resistance - but the Telecaster trounces it on both plugged in tone and feedback resistance. Aura equipped Martins sound just as good - but they are extremely prone to feedback without using drastic eq, which of course sucks tone.
This baby sounds unbelievable even with the eq flat.
The bits that perhaps aren't as impressive:
1. The magnetic neck pick up - whilst great for clean sounds, lining a stereo cable out to 2 different amplifiers in a live scenario is fairly complex. There's enough to worry about live - and the simpler the better. Using the composite blended output however, I am able to blend in a little bit of neck pick up with the Aura image which fills things out nicely - great whilst strumming.
2. A nut width of 42 mm is rather narrow. 1 11/16" or 1 3/4" nut width might endear it more to the acoustic player.
3. A selection of two differently compensated saddles, for a wound or unwound G string would be lovely.
4. It looks like an electric guitar - so audiences tend to request rock songs...
But otherwise - quite simply the perfect stage acoustic.
jaymenon owns this item
I was in a guitar shop one day browsing for anything decently priced and playable, and I was drawn to the telecasters. I had picked up a Nashville deluxe once and really enjoyed it. I was looking for something a little more classic looking but still as playable and versatile as the first one. I walked to the used rack and saw the Acoustasonic in its gorgeous sunburst. It was love at first sight. If you see one of the in your guitar shop, buy it. It's so playable that it's hard to describe. To summarize in two words, BUY IT. Worth every penny.
Julgas owns this item
One of the things I really like about this guitar is its versatility. As a solo artist, I appreciate taking one guitar to a show. This telecaster is at home playing across a large range of musical genres. I can play both acoustic and electric songs. Also, when using a looper, I can mix both acoustic and electric sounds, live, and in real time. Another big plus is that I don’t have the feedback troubles of playing an acoustic / electric on a loud stage. With a band, it’s a treat to have an acoustic solo cut through an electric mix. Another benefit is weight. This guitar is very light. It is very easy to play for hours. The fingerboard and neck are comfortable. I find this guitar less fatiguing to play than my acoustic guitars.
The tone is very good. The acoustic tone imaging has an impressive range of options. I have many double takes from listeners who expect to see a jumbo or dreadnaught, but realize I’m playing an electric guitar. The neck pickup, a twisted single coil, has a classic telecaster sound. I find it playable and responsive.
I must say, side by side, this guitar does not match the sound of my high end acoustics.
And, it won’t match the chunky sound of a guitar with a bridge hum bucker pickup.
That said, with this guitar’s unique range of tones and sounds, I will use it both, on stage, and in the studio.
Roxanne owns this item
There are several things I like about this guitar. First of all, it emulates pretty accurately the tone of a plugged-in acoustic guitar - I haven't heard a piezoelectric pickup that sounds better or closer to the real thing. It's also nice to have a variety of tones to choose from when it comes to the acoustic playing (there are 4 for instance, ranging from the pretty bright dreadnought to the very warm and hollow jumbo).
Another interesting feature is the possibility to plug in your guitar in stereo with the electric signal going one way and the acoustic the other way. You can then combine both sounds simultaneously by using the middle position in the pickup selector or using just one of them by selecting any other position.
Nevertheless there are too some things I regret. First of all, to attain this fabulous acoustic tone you have to sacrifice a lot of playability. The action is pretty high just as it would be on an acoustic guitar, and the instrument is adjusted and designed to be played with pretty thick strings and a wound g string. Frets are pretty wide too. All of this compromises a lot of playability. It is not your regular go-to-shred guitar, then again, it's not meant to be either.
On the other hand, all of this acoustic ramble is a handicap to the electric side of the guitar too. The electric pick up sounds fantastic, but you only have a neck pick up so it is not the best suited guitar for distortion or heavier playing. I miss a little bit more versatility on this point. It's sad to have a telecaster and not being able to attain the country-ish tone you get on a normal telecaster in the middle position. However it does have the potential to achieve a great clean tone on the electric side of equation.
In all I think it is a great guitar for acoustic/melodic blues, bluegrass or folk playing, even for jazz, but i wouldn't recommend it in other styles because of it's limitations. It is a very original and unique guitar, beautifuly crafted and with great possibilities but it will never be my first choice instrument for regular playing. I think it suits me best as a back-up choice to change the mood at a certain point and surprise the audience, but it's not as useful or handy as your regular telecaster/stratocaster.
jlm_dot owns this item
|Model Name:||Acoustasonic Tele®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Material:||Ash with Spruce Wedge Center Block|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||12" (305 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Bridge Pickup:||Piezo Electric|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Shop "Twisted" Single-Coil Tele|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||Strings-Through-Body Rosewood Acoustic Tele® with Compensated Plastic Saddle|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
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