FAQs

FAQs

I want an instrument. How do I order it and how long is the building process?

Just write an email to Stefan Huth to begin discussing the details. Once you’ve clarified the model, wood, pickups and finish that you want, and are ready to confirm your order, we ask for a 50% down-payment so that we can get the building process started. 

It takes between six and nine months to construct and complete a Touch Guitar. During this period, you will be constantly updated about the progress of your build.

It seems as if the instruments are designed for tapping. What if I want to play using different techniques?

Don’t worry – unlike most touchstyle instruments, you can continue to use all regular guitar and bass techniques on a Touch Guitar (including pick playing, fingerpicking or slapping) without a drop-off in either playability or sound quality.

Since the string action is really low, you just need to get comfortable with using a softer touch than you might expect from having played a regular bass or guitar.

Many of your videos and photos show the Touch Guitar being played at an unusual acute angle. Can I play the instrument in a more horizontal position, like a standard guitar or bass?

Yes – you can play it in a more traditional guitar position, or even something much more eccentric if you like! Our Touch Guitars are perfectly balanced instruments – so you can put them into any position that you want, and they will stay there. 

Regarding the “unusual angle” – many of our Touch Guitar Circle players do choose to play their instrument at a fifty-degree angle to suit some of the pieces and playing styles in the foundational TGC repertoire. However, the instrument has been specifically designed to be adaptable to any player’s choice of playing position.

Which pickups are available?

We have two standard types of custom pickup (made by two different companies) which are available on all types of Touch Guitars®:

  1. Modern (a very modern-sounding soapbar-style pickup)
  2. Vintage (based on the pickup for a 1970s Fender Jazz Bass)

As a default option, the U8 model uses a factory-standard Delano SBC Series pickup, while the U10 model (due to the greater number of strings) uses an expanded version of the custom pickup. The AU8 semi-acoustic model uses both the custom pickup and an extra set of custom piezo pickups (to make full use of its expanded tonal potential).

The custom pickups can also be commissioned in various on-demand forms (for example, pickups in PVC or wood housings, or pickups which are laser-engraved).

Other options are available including a “mellow” Paula-style pickup with slightly boosted mids, or other pickups as specified and requested by the user. (If the pickup you’re requesting works well with the instrument, we’ll tell you; if not, we’ll advise you about the drawbacks.)

Why are you using such a strange tuning?

Our tuning is designed around the greatest pitch range available on a 34″ scale length instrument without sacrificing tonal quality. We have found that the ideal range is one which starts at the low B♭ on a bass guitar (B♭0) and ends at the D found on the 22nd fret of a regular guitar (D5).

The tuning is also optimal for playing with all eight fingers on the fretboard since it allows you to easily cover a whole octave with both hands in a single position without stretching.

What string gauges are you using?

These are the gauges of our basic Touch Guitar® string sets.

 

U8 and T8

B♭ – .105 roundwound/tapered
F – .080 roundwound/tapered
C – .060 roundwound/tapered
G – .030 roundwound/tapered
D – .016 plain
A – .012 plain
C – .011 plain
D – .010 plain

U10

D – .016 plain
G – .030 roundwound/tapered
C – .060 roundwound/tapered
F – .080 roundwound/tapered
B♭ – .105 roundwound/tapered
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C – .060 roundwound/tapered
G – .030 roundwound/tapered
D – .016 plain
A – .012 plain
C – .011 plain

Can I use regular guitar and bass strings on your instruments?

Yes – there is absolutely no problem with doing this. However, since we are using Sperzel locking tuners the string needs to be long enough to reach the tuner of a 34″ scale length instrument. Most regular guitar strings and bass strings will work with this setup. We recommend the use of contact core or exposed core strings to allow for easier setup of the string height as well as providing a brighter playing tone.

What amplifier should I use?

Since most of the well-known amplifier modelers and Profilers offer a full range of guitar and bass sounds, they will all work perfectly with the full range of a Touch Guitar®. If you’re asking for a more direct recommendation, we at Touch Guitars have had a particularly good experience with Phil Jones Bass amplifiers with 5″ speakers. These accommodate the whole tonal range of the instrument perfectly.