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Soul Acoustasonic Force
Who says a Swiss Army knife can’t be deadly? Fender’s new Acoustasonic Telecaster certainly is! Designed by the same fellow who came up with the idea for the Taylor T5z, the Acoustasonic Telecaster is one of the most versatile, innovative, and inspiring guitars to come out in the last decade. With its state-of-the-art Acoustic Engine (an AMAZING pickup system borne of a collaborative effort between Fender and Fishman) and Fender’s Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), players are able to experience a wide variety of spectacular acoustic sounds with a mere flick of the wrist. And, should you desire more gristle, the Acoustasonic Telecaster comes equipped with an electric guitar pickup that roars with the best of them!

Whether you’re a couch picker, a hard-gigging road dog, or a studio wizard, you’ll find a lot to love about the Acoustasonic Telecaster. So, let’s take a closer look and see what makes it so special!
Now I’m a Believer
I have to admit, I felt a mixture of excitement and skepticism when the first batch of Acoustasonic Teles arrived. My taste in acoustic guitars leans to the traditionalist side of things, but I’m pragmatic enough to enjoy innovative new designs, and the buzz about these guitars was approaching fever pitch. Could they compete with big-bodied acoustics? Could they hang with electrics? Could they truly deliver the goods? I hoped so, but I had a few nagging doubts.

It took only a few minutes for me to see the light and become a believer. Certainly, their innovative electronics are responsible for much of the Acoustasonic’s delights but before I get into that, I want to stress just how well they function as straight-up acoustic guitars. After I tuned one of these bad boys up for the first time, I started playing a couple of licks, and pretty soon half an hour had passed and I hadn’t even plugged the amp in!

When I finally got around to amplifying myself, I was absolutely blown away by Fender and Fishman’s Acoustic Engine. It truly changes the game for plugged-in acoustic sounds, so let’s take a deeper dive and see how it makes the Acoustasonic Telecaster the most dangerous Swiss Army knife out there.
The Little Acoustic Engine That Could
A few years back, Fishman developed a DI pedal called the Aura that solved a problem that has vexed acoustic players for decades: how do you make an acoustic guitar sound natural when you’re playing live? Fishman’s answer was to take samples of legendary acoustic guitars recorded with nice mics and develop what they call “images” of the guitars. They used these images to create algorithms that cause the input signal to mimic the sonic characteristics of each venerated acoustic. Basically, the pedal did two things: it could make a plugged-in D-18 sound like a mic’d up D-18 (which is a HUGE difference), or it could make that same D-18 sound like, say, an L-00.

Fender spent countless hours working with Fishman to take this Aura technology to new levels of greatness. The pickup system has three elements: a magnetic noiseless Fender single coil that provides the electric voices, an undersaddle Fishman pickup that provides most of the acoustic tone, and the Fishman Acoustasonic Enhancer, a pickup used on several settings that follows the top’s movement for to allow for greater dynamic response. Best of all, these pickups don’t even require a battery to work! You can charge the pickups using a regular mini USB cable, and one four-hour charge will net you about 20 hours of play time.

From there, the signal hits the Acoustic Engine, which gives you ten unique acoustic images to pick from. That may seem like a lot, but Fender and Fishman have done a marvelous job of making the Acoustic Engine easy to use. Let’s take a look under the hood and see what inspiring tones we can find!
A V-10 of Tone
Before we get started, let’s address the question that is almost certainly bursting forth from your brain: how do you toggle between so many tones with such simple controls? Well, think of the Acoustic Engine as a V-10 engine: a complex machine, certainly, but all the driver has to worry about is putting the key in the ignition. Accessing the ten different tones requires only two knobs and a 5-way switch, and it couldn’t be simpler. The knob closest to the soundhole is for volume, and the other one is called the “Mod” knob. It interacts with the five-way switch to give you more options.

For instance, position 5 (what would be the neck position on a Strat) with the mod knob rolled off sounds like a dreadnought with a Sitka spruce top and rosewood back and sides. When you spin the mod knob all the way back in the other direction, the Acoustasonic Telecaster sounds like a grand auditorium guitar with an Alpine Spruce top and rosewood back and sides. With the mod knob in the middle, it sounds like a blend of the two images (in other words, like a supremely focused D-28).

Here’s a quick guide to all the sonic landscapes the Acoustic Engine can carry you off to:

Position 5, Mod Knob Rolled Off: This one sounds like a dreadnought with a Sitka spruce top and rosewood back and sides. As I mentioned, this is meant to pay homage to the great Martin D-28. It sounds full-bodied and rich but mannered and clear, with plenty of satisfying bass response and sparkly highs.

Position 5, Mod Knob Full-On: With the mod knob full-on, it sounds like a Grand Auditorium with rosewood back and sides and an Alpine Spruce top: essentially, like a Taylor 814ce. Plenty of lush high-end overtones bloom above a warm, woody midrange and tight lows here!

Position 4, Mod Knob Rolled Off: There’s no direct comparison to make for this image of a small-bodied acoustic with an Engelmann spruce top and maple back and sides, but it sounds killer: clear, transparent, and chime-y, with the clarity and fast decay maple is known for.

Position 4, Mod Knob Full-On: Here, the Acoustic Engine takes a trip to D-18 City. It emulates a dread with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides, and it does an excellent job. You can hear plenty of woody, broad midrange after the initial woody, percussive attack. The highs are open and the lows are muscular, and you can hear the fundamental assert itself with authority.

Position 3, Mod Knob Rolled Off: Here. The Acoustic Engine ratchets up the power in order to sound like a dreadnought with a spruce top and Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Brazilian rosewood is a holy grail tonewood, and its inimitable essence is tough to capture, but the Acoustic Engine does a marvelous job of recreating its warm, piano-like lows and glassy highs. It sounds like a woody, clear vintage D-28!

Position 3, Mod Knob Full-On: With the mod knob on full in position three, the Acoustasonic Telecaster still sounds like a dread with a spruce top and rosewood back and sides. However, it adds in the body pickup, which makes it sound livelier with more chime and sparkle in the high end and more boom in the lows. This is also a great position for players who use percussive slapping and tapping techniques in their acoustic playing, because the body pickup captures those sounds quite well.

Position 2, Mod Knob Rolled Off: This one is another dreadnought with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides, and it does a similarly excellent job of capturing the magic of this classic tonewood combination.

Position 2, Mod Knob Full-On: When you add more mod in position two, it blends in the Noiseless electric guitar pickup. With the mod knob full-on, electric and acoustic are evenly balanced. This is an excellent choice for anyone looking to broaden their sound for solo or full-band gigs.

Position 1, Mod Knob Rolled Off: This position full of classic Tele bridge position tone. You can find plenty of twang, sparkle, jangle, and bite here! Big chords are thick and satisfying but they stay clear, and single-note lines cut through the mix like a laser.

Position 1, Mod Knob Full-On: With the mod knob full on, the Acoustic Engine puts a little bit of extra gristle to your signal. This semi-overdriven tone has more sustain and girthiness, and it provides righteous rock vibes.
Almost a Spitting Image
Before we go any further, it’s important to address a question that is no doubt bubbling forth from your consciousness: how close does the Acoustic Engine get to the sound of the instruments it pays homage to? I’ll put it this way: the Acoustasonic Tele isn’t going to make you want to sell your Taylor 814ce, or your D-18, or your Telecaster. But, it sounds close enough that each image can still compel you to lose yourself in the music, and that’s what counts. It certainly doesn’t feel like you’re playing a Thinline acoustic, that’s for sure! It’ll never sound quite as rich as a vintage D-28, but it’s not supposed to. It’s supposed to be a Swiss Army knife that provides lots of spectacular flavors of acoustic tone in one box, and it accomplishes that with great aplomb.
Dangerously Playable
But, the Acoustic Engine isn’t the only thing that makes these instruments exceptional. The Acoustasonic Telecaster is also addictive sans electricity for two reasons: spectacular handfeel and the Stringed Instrument Resonance System. The handfeel part is easy to explain: it comes equipped with a modern deep C-shaped neck profile similar to the one you’d find on a production model USA-made Fender electric. It has a 12” radius, which allows for low setups and easy bending, and narrow-tall frets. Narrow-tall frets are wonderful because they make bending easier and generally allow you to expend less effort with your left-hand.

In the end, it feels like you’re playing an electric guitar with thicker strings. You have to work for it (the Acoustasonic Tele does come equipped with 12-gauge strings), but you can still perform big bends and all your other typical electric guitar moves. It really is an acoustic that feels like an electric—a godsend for players doing long acoustic gigs!
Thank you SIRS, May I Have Another?
Fender’s Stringed Instrument Resonance System is an impressive feat of design that allows the Acoustasonic Telecaster to project enough to compete with other acoustic instruments in an unplugged jam. The design is genius. Fender’s luthiers hollow out a solid piece of mahogany using a CNC machine for maximum precision, but they leave a lip on upon which they fix the solid spruce top. Because this lip offers so much stability and support, they don’t need to use much bracing—just two transverse braces. The lighter the bracing, the more responsive the guitar is. And, its all-solid wood construction gives it a sweet, woody, midrange-forward tone, and the light bracing makes it quite dynamic and articulate.

But, it doesn’t lose volume due to its light bracing because the soundhole port essentially functions as a speaker horn. So, while the Acoustasonic Tele’s resonance may not compete with that of a dreadnought, it will certainly cut through enough to be heard if you’re jamming unplugged. And, it will still capture the nuances and details of your playing faithfully.
An Inspiration Machine
I’ve been struggling to find a way to summarize my thoughts on the Acoustasonic Telecaster. I’ve spent my whole eight-hour day writing about it thus far, and I have lots of important Big Ideas about how it will revolutionize live acoustic performance and make life easier in the studio. But I think the best encapsulation of the Acoustasonic Tele’s merits is much simpler. I’ve been playing this guitar all day today (y’know, I’ve gotta do my due diligence and properly research my subject), and I’ve had about ten new ideas for riffs pop out of my hands. That right there is the magic of this guitar: it is an unstoppable inspiration-creating machine!

So, is it an acoustic or an electric? Who cares! It’s a wonderful machine that will surely inspire all sorts of new ideas in your playing, and it’s supremely practical for live and studio use. Wildwood Guitars is proud to showcase such an innovative instrument, and we know the Acoustasonic Telecaster will inspire you to reach new heights on your fretboard journey.

  • Model: American Acoustasonic Telecaster
  • Finish Color: Black
  • Finish Type: Open-Pore Satin Urethane Finish
  • Weight: 5.10 lbs.
  • Top Wood: Solid Spruce
  • Body Wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Modern Deep C
  • Neck Dimensions: .820 1st - .920 12th
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Nut Material: Graph Tech Tusq
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Frets: 20 Narrow Tall
  • Pickups: Fishman Acoustic Engine, Fender Acosutasonic Noiseless Single-Coil
  • Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Mod Knob, 5-Way
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuners: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
  • Bridge: Modern Asymetrical
  • Case: Padded Fender Gig Bag
  • COA: Yes

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