Solo acoustic gig rigs....

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Colt, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. Colt

    Colt Member

    Nov 17, 2003
    Post up what you're using for you solo (or duo) acoustic gigs...Pa, guitar, DI's, amps, etc. etc.

    I make more than half my income from doing solo gigs...but I'm lucky enough to play places that already provid PA, so I just show up with my Taylor K14ce (top,back,sides all koa), and a Beta 87a....I'm using a cheapo DI, but I'm about to get a para DI....

    and I plan on getting a Martin HD-28V here soon and load it with an M1 Passive...and maybe mix it with ibeam...not sure yet...

    but I'm wanting to get a small rig so I can open up my places to I can gig where they don't have a PA, travel more. etc. I'm not REAL concerned with price, considering it's how I make most my money...but I'd like to stay under 2g's
  2. waxnsteel

    waxnsteel Member

    May 14, 2005

    Can't see a good reason to skimp on PA when you sprang for fairly expensive guitars. This is what I use, though. Usually the 614, a 655, and a backup 514. Through EV 1202s with Sennheiser IEMS.
  3. uncletele

    uncletele Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Enola, PA
    My wife and I have a duo that we do a lot of outdoor arts festivals, small theaters, and large coffehouse venues. We've been using the two Bose PAS systems since 2005, and I haven't looked back. They are awesome, and easy to set up and tear down. The new L1 system is even better.
    She play electric bass and fiddle with vocals. I play my two high-end Martins with K&K ultra-pure westerns pups into a Baggs PADI, plus vocals. No processing other than on the fiddle.
    It really is the reason that has kept me playing out into well my 50's.
  4. MattieRYFO

    MattieRYFO Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Yeah, it's really hard to think of anything that is as good and as easy to use/haul/set up as the Bose L1. Now they also have the T1 system to add effects.

    I absolutely love mine!
  5. royd

    royd Member

    Jan 29, 2004
    Santa Barbara, CA
    here's my rack which I've been using in solo and duo situations for about 8 years.


    My Lowden O25C Custom has a Sunrise and a McIntyre that come out via a stereo jack, go to the Sunrise stereo buffer to the Raven PMB-1. I add a touch of reverb, chorus, and compression and then send it to the PA. It makes for a huge sound that covers the entire spectrum.

    For a PA when I have to bring it, I have an early Mackie 1202 board, a peavey power amp and Wright Brothers 2 way speakers. We use Audix mics. The system sounds fine but isn't amazing.
  6. kmcmichael

    kmcmichael Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Artesia, New Mexico
    I would not spend the money for a Martin unless I was going to use a microphone instead of a pickup.
  7. DavidE

    DavidE Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Dublin, Ohio
    For guitars, I have two Ovation Elite T's with hot rod flame paint jobs (one red, one orange sparkle). I also have a Korean Alvarez Jumbo with a K&K transducer system added to the onboard electronics. Lately I've also been playing a beautiful Martin dread cutaway with built in Fishman blender electronics. All 4 guitars work great and I take two to a gig.

    My pedalboard has a Boss AC3 for some mild tone shaping, reverb and occasional chorus. There's also a Boss TU2 tuner, a Boss looper so I can record on the fly and play solos over the recording or second parts or whatever and a Boss DD5 w/ tap tempo pedal.

    For 99% of our gigs (I have a singer) I use my Bose PAS (original). 2 vocals, one guitar. Perfect except for huge outdoor gigs. We set up in 15 minutes and tear down faster. Sound is always excellent.

    This past Friday, a great guitar player / singer friend showed up and I handed him my Martin plugged straight in and he played with us for a whole set. Good times....
  8. jpfeiff

    jpfeiff Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    The Last Frontier
    Santa Cruz Vintage Artist with an active Fishman undersaddle pickup, into Baggs Paracoustic DI, into Fender Passport PD-250 PA system. The PA has some onboard reverb, but other than a touch of that, I don't do near as much processing as it looks like some others are doing. Real happy with the PA for up to two guitars and two voices, but mostly use it solo. It also flies well on airplanes as checked luggage.

    Haven't tried the Bose system but would like to...
  9. erniecaster

    erniecaster Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Hi folks,

    to be honest: I never played really solo but I played together with a female singer - so I was the only one to play an instrument.

    My equipment is/was very simple. I used a Lakewood M-14 or M-32 equipped with a B-Band UST plus preamp without potis on the guitar. On my floorboard:

    1. BOSS PQ-3B parametric eq, designed for bass guitar and discontinued. It is a great tool for acoustic guitars! It doesn´t look cool but it is "my favourite wrench". You can try out an BOSS GEB-7 as well - but B for Bass again!

    2. BOSS RV-3. Just to give a little room. I love the tone poti - turn it on 10 o´clock and it´s very warm. Just early reflections to make the pickup sound more natural - not as an effect.

    3. BOSS TU2 Tuner. I will never walk on stage again without one.

    4. D.I. Gimme a passive unit without any knobs or whatever. Just to get an XLR out of it.

    Pure and simple, it is even cheap...

    Have a good time!

  10. Steve Gambrell

    Steve Gambrell Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    It IS hard to mike an acoustic, especially in a noisy environment, but a cheap Taylor (or Alvarez, or Takamine) would get the plugged-in job done, for a lot less than that HD-28.
  11. John Phillips

    John Phillips Member

    Mar 17, 2002
    I do the acoustic-duo thing with a (non-instrument-playing, unless you count tambourine and shakers ;)) female singer too. Mostly we use house PAs, but if we need to take our own:

    Very small gig - Trace Elliot TA-100R acoustic amp. The mic channel sounds OK with vocals, but to be honest for gigs that size it's almost more 'reinforcement' than PA, even for the vocals - a bit more fullness and some reverb makes all the difference even at very low volume.

    Small gig - ancient Peavey 50W (!) PA amp and a pair of (or sometimes only one) old HH 1x12" + horn PA cabs. Looks ratty, sounds fine. Actually quite a bit louder than the Trace, just because of the much greater speaker efficiency - the drivers are pretty much 1970s British Gauss copies.

    Larger gig - now the Peavey is used as a driver for the monitors (Peavey Mini-Monitors, plastic clip-together things with upgraded drivers), with a line taken out of there and run into a Trace Elliot AH200 bass head (no kidding, it's an excellent power amp with a graphic EQ that goes all the way up to 15KHz), and then into the HHs.

    And yes, all this old junk really does sound very good :p. And cost me next to nothing...

    Into that I run a Taylor 312CE with Fishman electrics (piezo with Rare Earth pickup added) or a Fender HMT acoustic-electric Tele, through a pedalboard with a Dunlop Crybaby 535, Boss TU-2, Frantone Brooklyn (possibly being replaced with an Acoust-a-boost), Boss DM-2, MXR Micro-Chorus and Boss PH-1R.

  12. eugewong

    eugewong Member

    Jan 6, 2002
    Round Here we stay up very very very very late
    I do guitar and vocal duos, and it's pretty simple for me..

    Godin Nylon SA (or most recently, Steinberger Synapse w/ GK-3 midi pickup)
    Boss OC-20 Midi Octaver (drops my lowest 2 strings an octave)
    into whatever house PA.

    With this, I play bass and guitar at the same time. Mostly Jazz and RnB.
  13. pingman

    pingman Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    I play in an acoustic duo. I have played a Taylor 314ce for about 5 years through a direct box into the PA. Nowdays I play straight through the pa at a small bar and it sounds good after fiddling knobs. Sometimes I bring a boss delay which adds a bit to the solos.
  14. jimfog

    jimfog Member

    Aug 10, 2003
    Philly, Pa
    I do a LOT of these solo guitar/vocals gig......3-5 a week. It's my living.......

    Since I try and keep setup, load-in, tear-down and muss and fuss to a minimum.......

    Taylor 710ce

    Boss RC20 Loop Station

    Boss Tu-2 tunes

    Sometimes I'll add a DD-6 delay.........

    Shure Beta58 for vocals

    All into a PV 8 channel 500 watt head (workhorse......lives in my trunk and just ALWAYS works......once had a drunk woman spill an entire Guinness into it.........after a couple days drying out, it STILL and JBL 12" cabs on stands.........sometimes I'll use JBL Eon 10's for a very small gig.

    Most importantly.....NO monitor. I hate them...... makes you sing and project better, less feedback, and you can control your dynamics better.

    Plus, less to carry! ;)


  15. gitman

    gitman Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2004
    western europe
    for solo acoustic jazz/light classical gigs (about once every 3 weeks) i use a Lakewood
    nylonstring guitar which has a b-bend USB pickup, straight into my ancient AER Acousticube (first edition). i do not sing. i am paid to provide a nice athmosphere so volume is not needed. i set up the AER so that i can hear myself well enough and the people sitting close to my spot can still have a conversation. the gigs are between 3 and 4 hrs. so i'm tired when it's over > i have the amp, guitar in gigbag, bag for cables, music and the small Boss looper; one trip to the car and i'm gone !
  16. Scott M.

    Scott M. Member

    Apr 11, 2004
    Burlington, Vermont
    Just solo guitar - no vocals.

    Beauregard OM-C with a K&K Pure Western into an Acoustic Image Corus amp. I have a Lexicon MX-200 for a little delay and a Peterson Strobostomp tuner. The amp's about 20 lbs and 400 watts. Best little amp I've had yet.
  17. chewynodoubt

    chewynodoubt Member

    May 12, 2005
    acoustic-->lr baggs imix (ibeam/M1)-->planet waves strobe tuner-->EHX Black Finger (tube compressor/pre)-->DI

    --lava canare cable runs--
  18. 1after909

    1after909 Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Laguna Beach, California
    I usually use my SWR California blonde with natural blonde extension speaker with my either Taylor 914C and my Kottke 12, or Santa Cruz FS thru this system. I also use it for a Rick Turner nylon, and a custom Kirk Sand L-5 style archtop with a Benedetto (Kent Armstrong) floating pickup. If the house has a nice PA, I leave the Blondes at home...;)Good Luck!!
  19. zombywoof

    zombywoof Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    I do not do solo gigs but I do some backing work. I use both a 1960 Gibson J-200 with a DeArmond 210 pickup and 1930s Kay Kraft with DeArmond Rhythm Chief plugged into a Kalamazoo amp.
  20. davidl13

    davidl13 Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    try the fishman solo amp, it is great. i think it is a better solution than the bose

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