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  1. mccreadyisgod

    Need help identifying model of this Taylor

    Part of their relic'ed series? [/joke]
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    What's your preferred "all in one" PA for acoustic + vocals?

    Since you are specifically looking for something that slots between that "true acoustic" venue (no amplification needed), and the venues with a full and proper PA, I would lean towards one of the combo amps or small towers. No need to haul more equipment than is necessary for this application...
  3. mccreadyisgod

    I need a Fat neck.

    Unconventional, but worth mentioning: Rainsong guitars have a pretty chunky neck, enough that the thin-neck folk tend to complain about them. They can be a little harder to find in a store, but it sounds like it would fit your bill. I've got three, and I love them.
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    Identify guitar, angled W logo headstock

    It sure looks like a hand-made guitar from some small maker. Hard to tell from the two pictures, but it doesn't quite look like a "professional" job. Maybe a project from a beginning or apprentice luthier? It doesn't look like any kind of prefab parts, like you can buy from Warmoth or other kit...
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    Budgeting for an Acoustic - help me articulate to my spouse

    Alvarez, Yamaha, and Breedlove make some pretty good instruments in that price range. In Canada, I'd be looking at the Godin brands (Norman, Simon & Patrick, Seagull, Art & Lutherie). There is no real reason you can't find a worthy, performance-ready instrument for $800-1000. I definitely...
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    Sell or keep?

    I'd sell anything that doesn't have an emotional attachment, or that you believe to be replaceable. Everything else can be thought of as liquid, stuff that would do some good in someone else's hands, and better off gone from your own space and responsibility. Time to Marie Kondo the collection...
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    best smaller/parlor acoustic? sub 400

    Art & Lutherie or Alvarez. I have an older A&L, it's awesome, great neck. And I had my paws on an Alvarez that was **amazing**, but the wife was not in the mood. Slotted headstock and great projection, just a sweetheart for like $300 used.
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    Do electronics degrade an acoustic's sound and feel?

    You wanna try a light-weight guitar with punch, I have a couple Rainsong carbon fiber guitars that sound huge, compared to their size. But it helps to use a material with greater inherent strength, and also they don't need structural bracing, so they're incredibly resonant.
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    Do electronics degrade an acoustic's sound and feel?

    Based on your comments, I would sorta want to steer you toward adding a passive soundhole pickup to one of your existing acoustics. They can be easily installed, and easily uninstalled. They don't have a preamp or battery pack, so they add minimal weight. And they only contact the soundboard at...
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    Has anyone here tried the Graph Tech TUSQ Bridge pins?

    I have four guitars that came from the factory with the full Tusq set (pins, saddle, nut). They work and sound great. I can't compare them to anything else, since I've never tried replacing them, but I've never felt the need either. The theory goes that Tusq is about as close as they can get to...
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    Do electronics degrade an acoustic's sound and feel?

    No doubt an on-board active preamp will add a fair amount of weight to the guitar. But there's no reason that an A/E model would be any heavier, or more "built", than the comparable pure acoustic version; that is, if you took the A/E model and stripped all the electronic components, then it...
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    Miking an acoustic for intimate live performance???

    Literally the oldest question in acoustic guitar amplification. Outboard mic leads to feedback, plus differences in volume and tone when the player moves around. Onboard mic is more consistent, but has its own problems. Pickup is the best volume-before-feedback, and outboard processing...
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    Thinline Acoustic Hybrid--TA Crowdster? Taylor T5z? Other...?

    The Fender Acoustasonic has to be on the list. Even if you don't pick it, it's a strong, viable contender. Epiphone SST Coupe would save on the budget, also a strong contender. The Godin A6 would definitely fit the bill.
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    Acoustic for an electric player

    It's shorthand for those in the know. Look at models like the 314, 414, 614, etc. They all share the same shape (the "14") but use different woods and such in the different levels (the first digit). Hence, x14.
  15. mccreadyisgod

    Acoustic for an electric player

    Line 6 Variax. Not even joking.
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    2 Q's: How long between string changes? Darkest acoustic strings?

    I prefer the D'Addario EXP coated strings, because I can put them on and let them stay for a relatively long time. They still have a brightness for a day or two, but they can stay in that sweet spot for months. However, it sounds like you have a particularly heavy fretting hand, which makes me...
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    Who's using a Katana for acoustic?

    It probably helps that you're using a magnetic pickup, might be less so with piezo. I'd be curious what pickups work better with the Katana.
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    Acoustic care in desert environments? Tips?

    I've done well with my guitars in the dry winters, but it helps that mine are carbon fiber. Always on the stand, ready to play!
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    fingerstyle parlor or small body that projects under $500?

    I have two parlors, an old Art & Lutherie Ami and a Rainsong Concert Hybrid. The Ami has a sweeter sound, more delicate. The Rainsong is a comparative cannon, huge sound out of such a small container. But it's in the $1300 price bracket. The Ami is/was an incredible value, $250-300 on the...
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    Can I use a Taylor GS mini (Koa) in a church praise band and will it sound puny?

    My parlor acoustic with Schatten HFN Artist sounds bigger than my OM with a Fishman Prefix and my Grand Symphony with an LR Baggs Element. Once a pickup is involved, the physical size of the guitar itself becomes almost irrelevant.
  21. mccreadyisgod

    Flat Response Speaker For Acoustic Guitar

    If I was in your shoes, I'd look at a powered PA speaker, like the QSC K10 or K12, and then use your multi-FX pedal in front of that. You could certainly use an acoustic amp, which are very similar to a PA speaker, but with a preamp, EQ, and (possibly) some basic effects. In a pinch, a...
  22. mccreadyisgod

    Recommendations on a acoustic guitar internal mic?

    I wonder if you could mount a DPA 4099 inside a guitar? I know they mount outside the instrument pretty easy.
  23. mccreadyisgod

    Emerald acoustics!

    I have three carbon fiber guitars made by Rainsong; a parlor, an orchestra, and a grand auditorium/symphony. They are truly unique and beautiful instruments. Carbon fiber definitely has its own tonal character, and each manufacturer uses different techniques that lend to different tones as well...
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    Sensitivity of high $$$ models to outside gigging

    Sounds like the ideal situation to look at a carbon fiber guitar. I personally own three Rainsong guitars, and they would be perfect for that sort of situation. And the newer Rainsong Concert Hybrid series is really well configured in that price range. So that's what I'd recommend, a Concert...
  25. mccreadyisgod

    Best way to mic an acoustic guitar

    First thing, you need to distinguish between a microphone and a pickup. A mic picks up the actual sound coming from the instrument, whereas a pickup senses the vibration of either the saddle (under-saddle transducer), the soundboard (contact pickup), or the magnetic field created by the...




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