Woodblock guitars are a cool addition to any instrument cabinet, whether it’s a classic Strat or an acoustic version of a classic electric guitar.
This article explains how to make your own woodblock guitar.
Woodblock instruments are often made with a combination of solid wood and solid aluminum, which means the sound can be tuned using the fingerboard’s resonant frequency.
The acoustic guitar’s resonances are tuned using an open-loop system, and the result is a sound that can be customized for any instrument.
Here are some simple steps you can take to make an acoustic woodblock acoustic guitar.1.
Measure your instrument’s resonating frequency.
You can find out your guitar’s frequency using a digital audio recorder, which measures the amount of noise it produces.
This can be done with a microphone attached to the instrument and a microphone positioned in front of the instrument, like an upright guitar.2.
Cut a thin piece of aluminum (about the size of a small sheet of paper).
The aluminum piece should be about a foot (1.6 meters) long.
The larger the aluminum, the more the guitar’s resonance is tuned.3.
Measure the resonant frequencies of the guitar.
Measure an electric guitar’s (and any other guitar’s) resonances using an analog meter, or a microphone connected to the guitar, and a digital mic.4.
Connect the guitar to a speaker and attach a speaker.
The speakers are normally located above the resonating frequencies.
Using an external amplifier is a good option if you don’t have an external power source.
If you do, use a speaker with a small-diameter driver.
A speaker that has a larger diaphragm is ideal for this application, as the sound is resonant with its resonant distance.5.
Connect a speaker to a mic, and then connect a microphone to the microphone and an amplifier.
Use the amplifier to drive the microphone’s output.
The microphone’s sound is then fed to an amplifier and speaker.6.
Turn the amplifier on.
A sound level meter will read the amount sound waves (acoustic waves) are producing at the guitar (the guitar’s sound).
Using a microphone and speaker is ideal, as you can hear how much sound the guitar is producing.7.
Listen for the sound of the amplifier.
The amplifier can measure the amount the amplifier’s output is resonating.
If the amp’s output has increased, the guitar has increased its resonance.
If it has decreased, the amp has decreased its resonation.8.
Adjust the volume.
Adjusting the volume of the speaker’s output (or the guitar) is ideal as you increase or decrease the volume on the amplifier (the amp’s volume control).
Using the speaker and the amp in the same room is also ideal.9.
Adjust how much of the output from the amplifier is coming from the microphone.
Adjust your volume control to reduce the volume and increase the amount (or decrease the amount) of sound coming from your amplifier.
This will create a pleasing tone for your guitar, without it sounding artificial.10.
Turn on your amp.
If all of the above steps work correctly, your guitar will now sound very similar to the sound produced by the amplifier, with the guitar resonating at a higher frequency.
The best way to create a solid acoustic guitar is to start by cutting a thin sheet of aluminum.
After you’ve made the sheet, cut a second sheet of the same material to make the final instrument.
The thicker the thinner the sheet of metal, so the thicker the sheet.
You may want to start with a thicker sheet, like a 1/8-inch (3 millimeters) piece of solid aluminum.
When you cut the sheet to this length, you can now attach a microphone, amplifier, and speaker to the final acoustic guitar and listen to the resonance of your guitar.
If your guitar is resonated at a lower frequency, the tone of the acoustic guitar will be much more resonant than that of an electric or acoustic guitar, since the acoustic sound is a combination that comes from both the instrument’s frequency and the guitar itself.