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(@blacknbluedog)
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I was thinking of getting an electric because I could practice/play without disturbing anyone (no amp or with headphone amp) Also I admit that my playing is bad enough to drive my wife wild but not in the way that I would like to drive a woman wild. So I have an old junkie classical that I use and thought instead of purchasing an electric maybe I can somehow muffle the acoustic. Maybe stuffing a towel in the body. Has anyone attempted this? I dont care what it will sound like tone wise. But I do want to be able to hear when I am damping a string, etc. Its hard on the ego when your wife says "Promise me you wont get mad if I tell you this but your playing......"
Thanks
Brian


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(@maxrumble)
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I hear ya!

I drove my wife and kids crazy for years. You will likely always drive her crazy with playing. Practice is very repititious. I finally took their concerns seriously - 5 years later.

I now practice in the basement only, in one particular room. The room is not overly soundproof, so I stapled a bunch of old, heavy drapes to the walls to deaden the sound. I plan on puting in two extra layers of drywall along two walls when I get a chance. I also try not to pound the guitar too badly unless I am the only one home. The dogs don't seem to mind.

I play flatpick and fingerstyle, and I have found I can fingerpick quite lightly when practicing, while strumming lightly is much harder to do. I am an occasional insomniac and fingerpicking lightly doesn't wake anyone.

Although I have not tried to deaden the sound of an acoustic, I imagine that stuffing anything in the sound hole would have a negative effect on your ability to hear how your playing is improving. I imagine it would be like playing a guitar that is out of tune.

You could certainly get an electric with some headphones.

Cheers,

Max


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(@dogbite)
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just make faces when you are eating the dinners she has prepared.

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 lars
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Your guitar - does it have nylon strings or steel strings? If it has steel strings you could try putting on some light strings for electric guitar (dont do that on a nylon string guitar!)

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(@fredramsey)
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You could try one of these:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Markley-The-Suppressor-Acoustic-Soundhole-Cover?sku=369300

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Planet-Waves-Screaching-Halt-Soundhole-Plug?sku=360746

They say they are for feedback, but they might help.

Ultimately, there's this:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-SLG100S-Silent-Steel-String-Guitar?sku=511107

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(@ricochet)
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If you have a car, you can sit in it to practice.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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 KR2
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or get a girlfriend and play at her house.
But then again, your wife wouldn't like that either.

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(@ricochet)
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Or, she can go sit in the car.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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(@ldavis04)
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just make faces when you are eating the dinners she has prepared.

classic.....I'll have to use this one.....

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(@rr191)
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I couldn't resist -- see the link.

http://www.wouldyoubelieve.com/cone.html


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 cnev
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I know the feeling of unappreciative wife's and children. Now I that I can play something recognizable I don't usually hear to much from anyone, unless I have the PA system cranked up and I'm playing along to some CD's, then i might hear something.

And I like it loud!!!

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 lars
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unless I have the PA system cranked up and I'm playing along to some CD's, then i might hear something.

You considered seeing an ear-specialist?

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(@blacknbluedog)
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Thanks for all the response. I know that someday when I can play like Clapton my wife will regret everything she said about my playing. :D If I can find a way to dampen the sound I will report back to this forum. I do not want to buy an unwanted electric just to play silently. Id rather buy something I really want. But electrics are pretty cool too. I will lock myself in my laboratory till I find a way to muffle my accoustic. Gotta order some Acme stuff fist. This is Wile E. Coyote signing off.
Thanks
Brian


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(@ricochet)
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How about getting the missus some earplugs?

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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(@crkt246)
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Stuffing a t-shirt in the sound hole does work


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