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Percussion on the body of an electro-acoustic?

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ShadyHarrison
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Hi, all.

This is a strange question, but am I at risk of dislodging the electrics of my electro-acoustic if I hit it too hard when playing a percussive bit on the body? (I'm trying to learn "Nightshift" by the Commodores at present, and I can't quite pull it together- who writes a song in the key of G#?) Anyway, there are some very important percussive bits which differentiate between verses and choruses (played by a drummer on the record) which I would like to add into any version that I did eventually work up...would I hurt the guitar if I did so? (I'm not intending to hit it hard, but I sometimes don't know my own strength.)

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Shady

Take care,

Casey


   
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dogbite
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I play an electric/acoustic. I can get fairly percussive sometimes. never had a problem with the piezo embedded under the bridge. I worry about the other mic inside coming loose, but it hasn't.
O wouldn't worry. how percussive do you need to be? finger and palm heel or palm slap seem reasonable.
drum sticks...worry.

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gnease
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not at all a strange question. it is possible to dislodge or damage electronics, as well as structural parts of the guitar (esp braces). but there is no simple answer, as it depends upon your style of "percussing", the guitar, as well as the type and mounting of electronics. so ... what can you tell us about that? what make and model guitar, type and mounting of pup(s)/controls-preamp/battery, plus where and how are you striking the guitar (e.g., palm slap to rim, finger tap to lower treble bout, knuckles to bridge ...)

especially vulnerable areas and electronics on a flattop:
* top and bracing in any area away from the rims
* under-the-top, surface-mounted pups (prime example is Taylor Expression type)

less vulnerable:
* rims are usually very strong, esp the upper (smaller) bout . just avoid any controls, which often are located on the bass side of the upper bout
* fretboard area over the dovetail -- usually a point for striking or slapping the strings
* if one must pound on the top, the upper bouts, both bass and treble between the rim and and fingerboard are relatively strong and braced with short sections. the other place is right over the end block (near the end pin).
* under-bridge piezo pups are not usually a problem.

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ShadyHarrison
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Just percussive enough to get the bit at 1:13 in this vid in:

It seems vitally important to differentiate between verse and chorus in this particular track.

Take care,

Casey


   
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ShadyHarrison
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Tanglewood TMO 10NC.

Not quite sure how I'd do it yet, until I get the opportunity to try it out.

Guitar looks like this:

Take care,

Casey


   
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Nick Torres
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OMG , no that won't cause a problem.

Take a look at Eric Roche


   
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ShadyHarrison
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Many thanks, Nick.

I have no idea what key he's playing in...

Take care,

Casey


   
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