playingdead wrote:There are various iterations of the WY-1 guitars, which Weir had a hand in designing. There is also a signature model with coral rosewood back and sides and a cedar top. I have owned a koa version which was a beautiful guitar. I have had another one of those come through my shop.
The correct saddle on the original WY-1 is six individual saddles. That is the guitar Weir plays. The WY-1 Stage model now comes with a B-Band pickup, which has a traditional saddle. They also make a weird looking variant that has no soundhole.
These guitar are well made and work well amplified on stage, however, they have very little volume or projection when played acoustically, probably due to the all laminate construction, which Weir liked because it reduces feedback. The guitar has a balanced tone to it, but it is not loud and in an acoustic setting will be overpowered by other guitars pretty easily.
I would not say that the original stock guitar has a particularly authentic acoustic sound when it is amplified, it's got that sort of buzzy piezo sound -- think Garcia's Takamine from Radio City Music Hall. You can get it very loud without feedback problems. However, that buzzy tone can be mitigated with something like a Fishman Aura preamp if you can choose the right profile for it. Or you can do as Weir did, and mount an internal microphone which can be balanced through the onboard electronics on the original models. Not sure how the B-Band sounds.
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