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    floating pickup for acoustic guitar help needed

    I use the Dean Markley humbucker version on my Austin OM. Sounds good through the D.I. and I use a small solid state Epiphone amp with gain turned up when I want an old school bluesy jazz sound. As Walter states, you can get the Lightin' Hopkins sound, or Charlie Christian type tone from that...
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    Bringing life to a dead accoustic?

    80/20 strings, which have more zing to them, should also help.
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    Nice Looking White Acoustic Guitar...

    Breedlove Pursuit model comes in white.
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    Some suggestions for a cheap acoustic?

    If your tastes lean more towards a darker sound, you might want to look at Mahogany topped guitars. In your price range, used solid top Ibanez, Fender, Alvarez, Washburn, Tanglewood, Takamine, and Art & Luthierie (cheaper sister model of Seagull) can be had. If solid spruce sounds ok, Yamaha...
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    Guitar Recommendation For Electric Player

    If anything, Rosewood will give you more low end overtones. As others have cited, mahogany is a more MOR tonewood. If you want brighter sounding, you may want to check out maple. That said, $1500 is a good budget for a wide range of quality acoustic choices, though I would lean more towards...
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    A little acoustic guitar help......

    Guild Westerly or GAD series, both made in China, have excellent QC and tone. You might want to check which jumbo tonewoods you prefer as well. For maple, Guild, Alvarez, Takamine, and Epiphone all offer choices. Seagulls come in mahogany and cherry. Guilds also have rosewood and mahogany, I...
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    I don't like G&L pickups: Unpopular Opinion?

    Love the MFDs in my G&L ASAT swamp ash Special. With full bass, I can get a Jazzmaster sound. With tone at mid point, I can get a Firebird or P-90 sound and full treble gets me a Tele. I can use the ASAT for multiple overdubs and it sounds like a bunch of different guitars. Use them with a...
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    What's the current status of Ovation?

    Other Ovation endorsees have included Adrian Legg, Joan Armatrading, Glen Campbell, Preston Reed, and others.
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    Tips for recording acoustic solos

    Try combining a near pencil condenser aimed towards the bridge with a far LDC mic about 2-3' away and run them both through a stereo compressor with a moderate ratio not more than 8:1. The pencil mic will highlight pick attack while the LDC will get the room reflections and depth of the instrument.
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    Best solid wood acoustic for the money..

    I think the Guild Westerley series, Epi Masterbuilt and Alvarez models are all worth consideration/
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    Opinions of 1979 Gibson P90s?

    I own a Norlin era Les Paul TV Special circa 1978-79 and the Soapbars sound great.
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    Norlin wine, or not?

    I own a Norlin era 1979 Les Paul TV Special DC reissue. Great guitar. IMO, Norlin era was a hit or miss for Gibson electrics. At that time, people though heavier meant better sustain, hence the 13 lb Les Pauls. Some good models: LP Deluxe, L5-S, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335, 345 and 355 models...
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    T-REX pedals, anyone?

    I use the Octavius. Much better than the POG. I also use the Tonebug Chorus-Flanger, and have the Tonebug Phaser, Reverb and Totenschlager on hand for special sounds. The Totenschlager actually sounds good for blues and slide through an SS amp, even though it's designed for metal.
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    How about a Peavey Bandit 75 for jazz?

    Agreed. My Bandit 65 sounds great for all styles of music.
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    Loudest Solid State Combo, 1 or 2x12...

    Loudest SS amp with clean headroom I have played is a H&K Warp 7.
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    Slide guitar help: preferences in slide?

    I use a socket wrench or a Stevens bar on my dobro with .013 set. I make my own glass slides for electric out of thick walled wine bottles for electrics. Rory Gallagher was an advocate of metal slide for acoustic and glass for electric and I agree.
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    Chinese Made Guilds

    I am a longtime Guild fan and owner of a '79 Westerley F412. I think the Chinese made Guilds are excellent, and the necks are even better than the CT Guilds, with MIC GADs having more of a Taylor feel than the relative baseball bat profile on their CT dreads. The GAD series, IMO, blow away the...
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    Pickup for acoustic guitar?

    Neil Young still uses his Barcus Berry for all of his rare Martins. As long as it works fine, I wouldn't change it unless you're in love with a different sounding pickup that you've already identified. If you wanted to give yourself some additional tonal flexibility, you might consider getting...
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    micing an acoustic

    At church, our acoustic guitar player's Martin OM-28 developed a short in its endpin jack, so he has been using a Guild that has no pickup. Our soundman has been using an Audiio Technica AT2020 condenser into the snake and then into the house Behringer X32 digital console. Sounds very nice...
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    Somebody Convince me Orange Amps Do More than just 'Chug'?

    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hot Tuna in the 1970s, T.Rex, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin reunion concert video at London O2 Arena), Wishbone Ash are a few guitar examples that are not 7 string chugging styles. A lot of bassists seem to like them too, such as Geddy lee and Tom Peterson.
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    12 String Acoustic Guitar Suggestions?

    Guild GAD series, Takamine and Alvarez all have maple jumbo 12 strings that are excellent bang for the buck quality in your price range.
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    I own a Norlin era LP '60 reissue TV Special and it's great. Overall, Norlins electrics scored more hits than misses, i.e. L5-S, LP Signature Bass, Byrdland, Super 400 and L5CES Archtops, ES-335/345/355, L6-S, LP Deluxe, LP Special reissues, Ripper Bass, and Explorer/Flying V reissues, and Lab...
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    recommend an SS amp that sounds great clean and takes pedals well.

    I own both a Solo series Bandit 65 and a Yamaha G30 and still record and gig with them. Both have excellent clean sounds and mild distortion. I use pedals for the bulk of my crunch sounds. However, I am quite impressed with the Peavey Vypyr and Transtube SS models. They are NOT plug and...
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    Good inexpensive 12-string

    Guild GAD series jumbo 12s are excellent. I own a Westerley F412 and the GAD comes very close for about 1/3 of the price. Taylor 12 strings are popular for their necks, but soundwise, Guild 12 strings eat Taylors for lunch in my experience. Seagull, Yamaha and Breedlove all have some good...
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    Need really bright strings for a reso

    I agree; med. gauge steel roundwounds will be the brightest.