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is there a way to boost volume of an acoustic guitar without electronics ? do brass bridge pins help sustain ? I have been trying to play some on the street and acoustic only is allowed .I don't want a resonator ( those suckers are heavy ) for two hours of playing but i need to boost volume in some way if possible. any suggestions ?

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I've read a couple of times that if you go with a longer saddle if vibrates more and thus louder

" long, straight through bone saddles. Some people think that you get better distribution of vibration and sound across the top with the through saddles"

as per the below article

http://trco1.com/mlg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=48

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OK so I don't sound like a complete novice when I talk to the local luthier .....what contitutes a drop through saddle .. I have changed a few saddles and made my own from white tail antlers but have never heard the term before

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No idea but I'm guessing it might be that instead of a grove in the bridge there's a hole right through it so that the saddle makes physical contact with the top of the guitar.

From what I read its the extra length of the saddle that's most important.

If you find out and or you get some modifications that work let us know :leadguitar:

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uhmmmmmm........... so I will need to cut a longer groove in the bridge.. make sure it is perfectly level with what is already there ... cut a saddle to fit ... well I've been wanting a new flextool gouge ...now where did I put that stag horn ....could be fun.. any body got any last minute suggestions before I start cutting ? if not then wish me luck.

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I heard yesterday about something ,I think it is called an o-port,that is supposed to amplify sound without the electronics... might be easier .anyone heard of such a thing or know if it works??

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I heard yesterday about something ,I think it is called an o-port,that is supposed to amplify sound without the electronics... might be easier .anyone heard of such a thing or know if it works??

I have an O Port. Bought it during one of my many GAS attacks. It's a soft rubbery cone which hangs off the inside of the soundhole.

I believe it's main claim to fame is that it reduces feedback from an amp. The demos show a guitar being shoved right up in front of the amp with little or no feedback.

There is also a claim that it improves the tone balance of the instrument. Hmmm. That one is really hard to prove. By the time you've loosened the strings and installed the O Port then tuned up again, too much time has elapsed to do a back to back comparison. If someone set up a mic and recorded under very controlled conditions, then recorded again with the device fitted, they might be able to comment on an improvement if any. I think it would be very subjective and vary from guitar to guitar.

As far as increasing volume is concerned, no, it's not going to replace an amp, ever.

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If you are playing with a pick you can examine your attack.

Gypsy players like Django were able to cut through in clubs with an acoustic instrument. I am by no means very knowledgeable in such things, but I know a few guys who specialise in Gypsy-Jazz and they can get a lot of volume from their technique and the use of rest strokes.

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I have an O Port in my guitar as well Karcey - mainly because the importer wanted someone to try one out and give them their opinion.

Not sure - though feedback does seem to be less prominent onstage - though I didn't have a lot of feedback issues before that.

Probably need to do what you said and record it with and without and make some comparisons then.

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I have an O Port in my guitar as well Karcey - mainly because the importer wanted someone to try one out and give them their opinion.

Not sure - though feedback does seem to be less prominent onstage - though I didn't have a lot of feedback issues before that.

Probably need to do what you said and record it with and without and make some comparisons then.

so the o-port for the purposes I need is negligable. what about heavier strings and I have heard of some one adding a brass plate to the bridge brace inside the guitar in order to repair bridge pin holes and having an increase in volume.

I am attempting to repair a broken head stock on an epiphone pr100 and all my experiments will be preformed on this guitar before trying something non- reversible on anything else so I am up for any suggestions .by the time I am finished I may need hand trucks to haul it from to room.

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