Just a shot of my setup and how I intend to use the modified guitar musically. Shown is a Boss RC-300 Loop Station along with a combination of various stomp boxes. My desire is to create a much fuller, broader sound than any other solo act with a single guitar and a single guitar player by widening the frequency range of a standard acoustic guitar.
A view of the bolt-on neck that the Vintage Re-issue Ranger Eko 6 offers. The main reason for choosing this guitar for the project was because of the strength of the bolt-on neck. My thinking was that any guitar with a glued on neck has a higher chance of becoming warped due to the greater string tension of the bass strings.
Another view of the nut and how the modified strings lie on the fretboard. Another goal is to improve action and playability of the guitar, as well as improving intonation and sustain.
The nut was filed down and the slots of the 5th and 6th string were widened in order in accommodate the larger bass strings. Future modifications to the nut will also be experimented with. These improvements will most likely be a change in material and/or structure.
I will attempt to find if contrasting materials in the bridge and nut will benefit intonation and richness qualities of the guitar, and if so, what materials have the best relation.
Larger holes were drilled in the bridge to accommodate for larger strings and tuning pegs. Future modifications to the bridge will soon follow. These augmentations may include a change in mass, density, and/or materials to the bridge and saddle of the guitar in order to improve intonation, sustain, and timbral qualities.
A vintage re-issue Eko Rnager 6 modified with two flatwound bass strings. Also added was a Fishman Rare-Earth Humbucking Pickup.
This is a thesis research project regarding the augmentation of a standardized acoustic guitar that will utilize a range of string gauges (the 6th string having a gauge of 1.00, with the 1st string having a gauge of 0.10). There are two main research concerns. One is intonation as it relates to string gauge, while the second is material, mass, and density in relation to the nut, saddle, bridge and strings. As this is completely experimental, all feedback is welcome and will be taken seriously.