A while back I built a cajon for my grandson with a built-in snare. It came out great and the snare added a whole different dimension to the sound.
I'm currently working on a reso CBG using an Old Lowe cone with a rod piezo in the biscuit bridge.
Has anyone thought about adding a set of snare springs inside a CBG, riding on the reso for a built-in reverb effect? If not for reverb, how do you think it would effect the sound?
I searched the web for "snare guitar", "spring reverb", etc, but couldn't find anything.
I don't believe I've heard of this application. We'd like to hear how it sounds when you've got it ready.
Just at a guess, i'll bet you end up with 'Drone strings',actual tone based on the tension-a loose enough tension would make a 'snare rattle' and tighter tension an actual ringing or droning echo...
I'm only guessing though-love to hear yours when you finish!
Thanks for your thoughts. Both the Hardanger and Sitar use sympathetic strings that are anchored at both ends and tuned to a specific note. The snare springs are loose at one end. I'm thinking that the loose ends "rattling" against the resonator cone and picked up by the piezo would make that echo come alive.
That was my original thought (the springs and eye hooks), but then I remembered the snare. I'm going to pick one up this weekend and incorporate it into my build with some sort of "on/off" device and see what happens.
I think Shane and some others played around with this idea. Kind of like those toy microphones that add that reverb effect. Someone had a sketch on here a long time ago( it may have been on the original yahoo forum!) it was basically a small eye hook screwed in under the bridge with a spring and attached to a corner of the box on the inside. Wanted to try this for a long time, but always in a hurry to close things up and get to my next project
Hope this helps,
my first swamp witches all had a reverb spring inside and are now only installed upon request .
it added a slight sympathetic reverb/ drone and slightly more enhanced if run under the pickup .
brought out more with bass or playing hard or knocking . but otherwise hard to notice off hand .
i understand this is not the same setup you are describing , but .......
i recently made a goatskin reso and attached the end of the spring right onto the skin (by the bridge ) with hot glue, and stretched it down to the body to act as one of those kids echo mics ,, it works , and echos pretty good .
i believe if your starting point is on the reso , it will act better as a drone /echo than running it across . or bridging it underneath. as a "snare " it may be a sustain / reso killer . or uneventful.
think how much impact a drum takes compared to a guit strum.
there's my free advice , and probably worth every penny ;-)
Sympathetic strings inside the box. Jus an experiment. The guitar sings back whater notes the four strings inside are tuned to
It's a way to experiment with an idea I have. When you try out these things you run into all types of problems on such a basic level it's best to know before you go for the real build. This guitar is my monster, I call it frank. I chop it change it tinker with it.
For instance.. Now I know that if I try this in a future refined build I need to use tuners with a higher gear ratio as the slightest turn changes the pitch wildly (might also need different string type/size) and these would work better if each sting has its own support instead of one piece of wood (the high tension and change in note from very slight movements mean any very slight change in pressure on the wood from the other strings knocks the refinement out). They also need their own sound board too. But.. It works! They pick up the harmonics of the played notes and make a drone similar to.. Umm.. I dont know :) and this drone changes depending on the harmonics of the notes that you play. Best for fingerpicking and slide not so good for strumming. This type of knowledge can't come from the drawing board.
It's worth it though.. People play it and you can see the puzzled look on their faces as they think "wtf is going on here?"