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(@u2bono269)
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I have a new project. I recently acquired a Fender classical guitar. It has no hardware, no bridge, no electronics. It had a piezo. I hate piezo. I have a new bridge for it, it's been laying around for a bit from an art project i had planned and ended up doing something different. I have tuners too.

Oh, and it has a cracked top.

But, I want to put electronics back in it eventually. What are some suggestions for non-piezo ways to electrify this thing? Soundboard Transducers? Magnetic pickups? I know transducers attach to bridge plates, but classicals dont have this. is there a special kind?

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(@steve-0)
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My guitar teacher had one, basically it was a tiny microphone that was placed in the soundhole (I remember he could talk through it), I remember that he said it was expensive but worth it. Anyways, sorry i'm not a huge help, but at least you know that it can be done.

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(@u2bono269)
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i didnt think of a condenser mic. i like that idea.

does anyone have classicals with onboard electronics? if so, what are the specs?

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(@alangreen)
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You can get classical axes with onboard electronics, but if you plug one into a normal valve head designed for electric guitars you're not going to get the best performance. The onboards are more or less the same as you'd get on an electro accoustic AFAIK.

I'd stick with the clip-mic, keep your amp on clean, and twiddle the bass and treble knobs until you get something that sounds "ok", or invest in a decent accoustic guitar amp (not cheap)

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A :-)

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(@u2bono269)
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i do have a pretty nice sounding acoustic amp. it's an Ibanez 25 watter that sounds pretty good (although tends toward tinniness in tone, but that's fixed with some tweaks.)

the guitar at one point had onboard electronics. but when i got my hands on it, all hardware was stripped. it used to have a piezo.

im thinking i could put a new onboard preamp into the side, with maybe a mic in the body. we'll see how it goes. i have to fix the bridge first, of course

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