Unlimited Expression: Inside the American Acoustasonic Telecaster
Fender's American Acoustasonic Telecaster is designed to deliver a naturally loud voice with spirited harmonics. Check it out here.
By Mike Duffy
If you play the guitar, the chances are that you own an acoustic and an electric model. But have you ever wanted one guitar that can be both?
The Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster has cracked that code. From acoustic shape-shifting to bold electric tones, the Acoustasonic Telecaster guitar is acoustic, electric and everything in between – and it's a perfect partner in the studio or on the stage.
On stage, acoustic guitars have several qualities that draw audiences in. To avoid multiple instrument changes, artists often have to choose one guitar per song or use back-up guitarists to layer different parts. The Acoustasonic Telecaster eliminates many of the challenges associated with playing an acoustic guitar live by cutting out feedback and making it easy to access electric and acoustic tones without switching instruments.
“Three years ago, we set out to create a truly innovative acoustic guitar,” said Fender Vice President Category Manager, Acoustic and Squier Divisions, Billy Martinez. “This allowed us to create an entirely new instrument that blurs the lines between acoustic and electric guitars, giving artists multiple acoustic body shape and wood tones, as well as great electric tones, at their fingertips. The result is an amazing acoustic guitar that melds the best of both the analog and digital worlds.”
Elegantly simple, the Acoustasonic Telecaster was designed to inspire – mixing future technology with organic acoustic feel and Fender electric playability. The body features an integrated forearm contour and our patent-pending Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), which delivers a naturally loud voice with lively harmonics. A smooth-playing mahogany neck and open-pore satin finish make this cutting-edge guitar comfortable and easy to play.
“Our objective was to develop an acoustic guitar for contemporary artists,” said Fender CEO Andy Mooney. “The end result of our three-year R&D exploration met all these criteria and exceeded our most optimistic expectations with the launch of the American Acoustasonic Series.
“If the American Acoustasonic were a car, it would be a high-performance SUV. It is not just a state-of-the-art acoustic guitar that sounds great on stage – it’s a state-of-the-art electric guitar that sounds great on stage. That’s a challenge Fender was proud to take on.”
The Acoustasonic Telecaster is powered by the Fender and Fishman-designed Acoustic Engine – a proprietary blend of classic analog and future technologies that optimizes the guitar’s natural sound, and then modifies the resonance to deliver a curated collection of voices. These acoustic and electric voices can be played solo or blended via the Mod Knob to create new sounds. They can also be used simultaneously, courtesy of the Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless magnetic pickup.
The Acoustasonic series will provide artists with an unparalleled sonic palette that helps them conveniently and affordably explore countless guitar tones and creative expression like never before.
With everything working in harmony, you can get the Acoustasonic to mimic a wide rande of guitars, as the voice selector can switch between the following options:
5 - Core acoustics: rosewood dreadnaught / rosewood auditorium
4 - Alternative acoustics: maple small body / mahogany dreadnaught
3 - Enhanced harmonics: sitka spruce / rosewood dreadnaught
2 - Acoustic / electric blend: mahogany dreadnaught with Fender electric
1 - Electric: Fender clean electric / Fender fat electric
“We are proud to have an American-made acoustic guitar of this caliber coming from our world class factory in Corona, California. This will pave the way for future growth of Fender Acoustics as we continue to push the boundaries of true sonic innovation,” Martinez said.