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Acoustic Guitar Click

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by BudgetPro, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. BudgetPro

    BudgetPro Guest

    Hi All,

    Not sure if this is the right place for this question (it may even belong on a guitar forum who knows?) but here goes!

    When recording my friends acoustic guitar the way he plays certain strums leads to the plec hitting the wood of the guitar just below the last string making an awful click (it must be a known problem because the put plastic guards there to try and protect the guitar).

    Any one experienced similar? Any simple fixes? And how do i broach the subject without causing performance sapping paranoia? Of course ive thought of the simple felt or foam pad stuck to the guitar, but that would cause him to play differently.

  2. zemlin

    zemlin Distinguished Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    Willie Nelson used to have the problem, but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be.
    A multiband compressor can sometimes be used to tame a click if the spike stands out enough in a spectral display. A very fast attack and release on as narrow a frequency band as you can make it to clamp down on the click. You want to have the threshold high enough that you don't impact the overall guitar sound.
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Distinguished Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    The first thing I'd do is play the recordings back to him and discuss it. If he likes the sound, leave it in. If he doesn't like it, he should fix the problem with his technique. (Even if this means a lot of takes and a lot of punching out.) If the goal is to make him sound like he can play guitar with out having him actually learn to play guitar, I guess you can try Zemlin's suggestion.
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Get some thin adhesive-backed high-density foam and stick a small piece of it to the guitar where the pick strikes. There should be faint score marks or possibly a large hole to guide you where to put it. You have to be careful not to damp the vibration of the top of the guitar, as this is important for the characteristic sound of the instrument and player.
  5. BudgetPro

    BudgetPro Guest

    Cheers guys,

    Glad im not alone. That photo is awsome. Thats exactly what we've got just not that bad! I bet every one of those dents has a story to tell.

    Some great ideas. Thanks, ill give them a try.


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