#1
So I have decided to stop keeping everybody in my house up by not playing guitar at night. But, I need to play o_o.

What are some VERY low volume acoustic guitars?

I am going to Guitar Center and maybe Sam Ash tomorrow to try some out but what would you guys recommend?

I was thinking of maybe trying some super shallow Ovations.

Low volume = louder than a semi-hollow electric guitar but less than a concert body-style steel-string guitar.

Thanks, you guys are the best!
#2
I have a shallow Ovation. Thing is low as crap! I gotta break strings just to be heard over a full body. I play my full body and it wakes up my mom. I play the Ovation, doesn't wake up. I would go with an ovation, but beware of the bowl-back! It will roll up when you play standing up
#4
I know Ibanez makes some shallow body acoustics, course, Ibanez isen't known for their acoustics, but their newer ones have actually gotten alot better. A friend of mine picked up one of the newer Ibanez acoustics and it actually has a much better action and sound than my $700 Takamine.
#6
the whole point of an acoustic is to naturally amplify the sound...even if you went with the cheapest, crappiest guitar you could find it would still be loud enough to get people banging on the walls.

You could try sticking a towel in the sound hole, but the best solution is to play an electric without it being plugged in
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#7
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the whole point of an acoustic is to naturally amplify the sound...even if you went with the cheapest, crappiest guitar you could find it would still be loud enough to get people banging on the walls.

You could try sticking a towel in the sound hole, but the best solution is to play an electric without it being plugged in


Yeah I was waiting for someone to say this, I shall try this :3 Thanks.
#8
That's what I do at night...play electric through headphones. Sounds just as good, if not better, you just don't piss everyone off.

that, and look up 3 minute porn clips on the internet...but i digress...
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Last edited by mike_oxbig at Jan 7, 2012,
#9
If you already have an acoustic, you do not need to buy a new one just to play quietly. You can buy a feedback buster, which just covers the soundhole and kills like 70% of the volume. Most bigger stores will have it in stock. Just make sure you measure your soundhole.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#11
Roughly 50%-70%, yes. It completely plugs the soundhole.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#12
Before i suggested the towel, i tried covering the sound hole on my acoustic with a hard flat book, and it still made a lot of noise, even when i was certain the sound hole was completely sealed shut. I don't know if there's something different about the professional made version, but i was still able to play loud enough for my wife to wake up and tell me to knock it off.
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Capitalization is the difference between "I helped my Uncle Jack off the horse" and "i helped my uncle jack off the horse"
Quote by stepchildusmc
either way your gonna need a big bucket... how you set it under the horse is up to you.
#13
^ It definitely still makes noise, but it will be quieter than any guitar you can buy that's still an acoustic guitar and not a semi-hollow/hollowbody.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#14
Check out the Yamaha "silent" travel guitars. They have steel or nylon string models, are nearly silent to hear through headphones, or can plug into an amp. Cost is about $550.
#15
i have shallow ovations and they are still pretty loud depending on what i play. feedback buster should be a more logical choice. or you can just kick your mom out, get a keg and invite the rest of us over !!!!
#16
Godin 5th Avenue, its what I use for my "night time guitar".. The kingpin has a great sound electrified too!
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