AU8

AU8

The AU8 (introduced in 2015) is the first semi-acoustic 8-string Touch Guitar model. Built to similar dimensions to those of the U8 Deluxe, it’s a completely handmade hollow-body guitar with one magnetic pickup, supplemented by eight piezo pickups. An active electronics setup allows for the volume of each individual string to be adjusted; and there are two onboard 2-band EQ controls (one for the piezo pickup system and one for the magnetic).

This arrangement gives the AU8 the most dynamic sound potential of all the Touch Guitars®, centred around a very full acoustic sound which is unique in the touch-style instrument world (and allowing extensive tonal and sonic adjustment prior to amplifier/pedalboard processing).

As with all Touch Guitars®, construction and finishing options (from the different wood types used through to custom paint and varnish) are discussed with and chosen by the customer, as part of the custom-creation process. An additional option available on the AU8 is the choice of a distinct wood for the instrument’s top. All woods are specifically sourced from local central European woodlands.

Play

In this short series of videos Stefan Huth explains the basic features of our AU8.

Specifications

  • 34″ (86 cm) scale length (smaller and lighter than a regular bass guitar, similar feel and heft to a baritone guitar)
  • Extremely well balanced (stays stable in all playing positions)
  • Body: semi-hollow, made from FSC-certified wood (default wood options: mahogany, cherry, swamp ash, maple or ash – other options available on request)
  • Neck: FSC-certified wood with five-point bolt-on construction, plus two graphite rod inserts to enhance stability (default wood options: 3-piece maple, mahogany or korina – other options available on request)
  • Fretboard and headstock overlay: FSC-certified wood (default wood options: ebony, walnut, maple or plumwood – other options available on request)
  • Top: FSC-certified wood (default wood options: spruce, maple, walnut or cherry – other options available on request)
  • 8 strings with default tuning of Bb F C G D A C D (although any tuning is possible)
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Custom Bridge with separate Graph Tech Piezo Pickup for each string, plus custom tailpiece
  • Jim Dunlop Straplock System
  • Damping system on 1st fret (can also be removed easily if necessary)
  • Pickups: 1 x Touch Guitars® Custom Pickup by Harry Häussel; 8 x Custom Graph Tech Piezo Pickups
  • Active Richter Engineering Custom Electronics
  • Controls: main volume, pickup blend, 2-band EQ for magnetic pickups, 2-band EQ for piezo pickups, individual volume controls for each string via trimpots in electronics housing
  • Custom shaping at contact points with player’s leg and abdomen, to improve comfort
  • Finish: default natural clear finish (with any other paint and varnish option available via individual arrangement with customer)
  • Handmade in Austria/Germany