How do I make my 3/4 guitar sound Fuller and better?
I have a dean ax mini mah 3/4 guitar. It sounds relatively good but I wanted to sound even Fuller. Is there anything I can do to make it sound Fuller. Please no sarcastic answer is like get a brand new guitar. I'm generally looking for something to get me a fuller sound
- Me2Lv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
Tony B said almost exactly what I would have. If the guitar maker recommends not using medium gauge strings (13-56), use light gauge but substitute for the high-E and B a 13 and 17. Use bone or ebony bridge pins, and have a bone saddle installed.
A method I've seen used on a few smaller acoustics is the addition of a tone post (sometimes two) under the bridge. The other end was affixed to the existing brace across the back. If no brace was suitably positioned, the post sat on a 1½ to 2 inch wood disc. I'd guess that the posts and discs were hardwood of some type.
- Tony BLv 76 months ago
A 3/4 size guitar has a shorter scale length so you can use heavier strings than on a standard guitar. On standard guitars many people use a set starting with a 0.012” high E. You might try a set starting with a 0.013” high E. Phosphor bronze strings tend to give a fuller sound (although you might already be using them). Changing the bridge saddle and even the bridge pins (if your guitar uses bridge bins) can affect the tone. Lastly, if you play with a pick try using a heavier one.
- keerokLv 76 months ago
Switch to real bone nut and saddle and get better (branded?) strings.
- Lord BaconLv 76 months ago
The fullness of the sound is mostly determined by the size of the guitar, its constructions and the materials used in its construction. You cannot change any of those. You can make the sound worse by paining the guitar, adding stickers or using old strings, so don't do any of those things. The one thing you can control is the set of strings you use. Light gauge (thin) strings are easier to play but have a thinner sound that does not project as well as heavier gauge strings. Adding heavier gauge strings will give you a fuller sound but will be harder to play (the fingers holding down the strings have to work harder and may get sore for a while). On some guitars, the extra tension of heavier gauge strings can cause the neck to flex a bit, which will tend to make the guitar harder to play.
If you have access to some amplification, an inexpensive 'sound hole pick up' will enable you to amplify your guitar to get a much fuller sound. They are cheaper than a new guitar but expect to pay around £50/$60 for anything good enough.
I am sorry but there is not an easy solution to your question. You already know what the real answer is - a new full sized guitar - but that may not be an option. That's OK, most of us are not rolling in money and are happy to make the best of whatever instrument we've got. If a new guitar ever becomes an option, please post another question so we can suggest what key features you should be looking for.
EDIT: The comments about using a bone bridge saddle and nut are not wrong but even many experienced players would be unlikely to hear the difference and, unless the construction of the sound board is of high enough quality (solid, mature tone wood - typically spruce or cedar), it would not make an audible difference. I am unconvinced about the effect of bridge pins.Source(s): Guitar player for 50+ years