Silent guitar

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Michele Franceschini
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Silent guitar

Post by Michele Franceschini » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:15 am

Hello there!

I was wondering if anyone has experience in building a silent classical guitar?

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Re: Silent guitar

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:14 pm

Not directly, but a very close friend is an amateur luthier. He mainly builds electric guitars. He wanted a "silent guitar" so he built a "neck only" style electric with a headphones out. He had a very interesting slotted tuning pegs in the tail piece, such that strings were anchored at the nut, with tuning machines in the tail/body - similar to the commercial ones.

So if you want design advice, I'd say, design around a "neck only electric", but then put on whatever type of strings you want. Of course, nylon strings require a microphone saddle or some such thing as they will not work with a pick up.

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Re: Silent guitar

Post by Bazza67 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:38 pm

Why would you want to build a silent guitar?
Those Yamaha's play pretty easy and are not that expensive either.

Just curious,

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Re: Silent guitar

Post by rikroberts » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:22 pm

I have an Angel Lopez solid body electro-classical that I use as a silent guitar, for practise in hotels etc...really good

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Re: Silent guitar

Post by adamjohnson » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:44 am

I think if I wanted a silent guitar I would just use a guitar without strings. Focus on the motion and imagine the feeling of the strings under my fingers and imagine the sounds produced and the vibrations in the body. It would take more focus to get the fingers in right spots and to make the proper motions, the hardest part would probably learning to hear your mistakes and not just playing mindlessly along with what is in your head. I thnk I have convinced myself of the value of this and will take this up as a part of practice.


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