Hi community, i am a beginner guitar player. I am wondering if you make a copy of famous model(friederich, fleta, hauser...) using the same types of wood, same bracing based on plan purchase from lmii, will you get the same sound or really really close to the original? Thanks!
I make guitars using a variety of bracing styles e.g. falcate, lattice, Fleta styles amongst others. But they are all recognisable as Trevor Gore guitars rather than a Smallman or a Fleta or whatever. That’s because, irrespective of the bracing style, I build to a particular philosophy and do particular things (like, just for one example, nut and saddle compensation to make them play more in tune).
Not all players prefer what I do “by default”, of course, so the “default” can be changed, but that’s a story for another day.
So, if you want a guitar to have a sound like e.g. a “generic” Fleta sound, you need to understand what Fleta (or Hauser or Friederich or Bouchet) were aiming for. What was his preferred sound? Or was e.g. Fleta (like me) building to his customer’s requirements with his build philosophy applied over the top of that?
Either way, you need to get into the head of the builder you’re trying to copy and then build to that philosophy, in that builder’s style. That’s yet another reason why building generic copies is problematic and far more involved than just copying the bracing and selecting the same wood species, before we even mention the material properties.
If you want to copy a particular guitar from a specific builder, you need to understand both the builder and how guitars work, if your intention is to produce a tonal copy. Acoustic guitars don’t amplify sound, they just resonate at a variety of frequencies (due to various modes of vibration) which stack together to produce the sound we call a guitar sound. To emulate a particular guitar, those resonances have to stack together in a very similar way to how they stack together on the guitar you’re trying to copy; i.e. all the corresponding resonances have to have the same centre frequencies (at least) and preferably the same “Q” and the same amplitude. If you can do all that, then
you stand a chance of producing a guitar that sounds like the one you’re trying to emulate. The unfortunate fact is though, with just a few notable exceptions, that resonance information rarely, if ever, appears on published plans. And is why <name your famous builder here
> copies are usually seldom more than visual replicants.