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  • #91
    I haven't read all five pages of discussion, but this may be the guitar I've been looking for.

    My stage setup often involves changing back and forth from acoustic to electric. A few years back, I was looking at that Kramer doubleneck electric six/acoustic-electric six. It was a great idea, but they quit making 'em (and now they're rather sought after from that weird niche market that includes me). Guild made one...it was quite high-dollar. Plus, doublenecks seem rather impractical from an actual gigging stance for the most part.

    I tried one of the Taylor hybrids. Has one glaring flaw...no way to split the output...so if you want to put the piezo thru the PA and the lipstick through your amp...I don't believe you can. Plus, it costs an arm and a leg.

    So, this seems quite interesting.
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    • #92
      I've been really eager to check out this guitar in person. Finally made it down to the Des Moines GC last Wednesday. Friendly people--they say it's a great guitar--but not only none in stock, but no idea whether they would be getting one in anytime soon. Nobody who worked there seemed to know (or really, to care) whether they would ever get another one. There was no sense of urgency; no sense that they were actively trying to get them in stock.

      When I pushed a bit, they checked other stores--apparently there are some in Davenport (over 200 miles from me), and if I would pay for one they would ship it over--and then I could return it if I didn't like it.

      I'm very disappointed, especially considering all the promotion and hype and the "GC Exclusive". Kind of soured me on GC.
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      • #93
        The silence is deafening...I wonder whether the Des Moines GC is unique in this respect, or more like typical?
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        She's the lady of the light
        Yellow incandescent night
        Tiger eyes burning bright
        In the understory
        I can't see the forest
        For the branches and the leaves
        But I believe
        I do believe
        by me:

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        • #94
          Agreed that this is a very cool guitar. I played around with this guitar about a month ago at Guitar Center. It sounded great through a Fender DRRI, both Humbucker and Piezo. Action felt great, and just overall a real winner for $499.
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          • #95
            Hello Everyone!
            I am not sure about the distribution of the instrument but supposedly all GC stores got 2 of them. That means if they dont have any in De Moines then they sold them. Which means they should have Re-plenished! Its a very advanced and Great system they use!
            They can order from another location or distribution center for you to try one out but I am not sure about thier rules with this.... I am sure if you speak with the store manager he can hook you up. Its never been an issue so I think its just this store at this time...an isolated incident..For that we are sorry.
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            • #96
              There is one group of people who this guitar appeals to that hasn't been mentioned. I am playing primarily acoustic in a praise and worship band and I'm getting older. My hands get really tired playing acoustic but I can play an electric for hours. The idea of an acoustic with an electric's ease of play appeals to me.

              For that reason alone, I was very interested in a T5. Unfortunately, the price just was a killer. So I am very interested in this guitar, but the band leader is a tone hound and I need to know how the acoustic part matches up to say my Breedlove AD25? The breedlove is played through the piezo and not mic'ed, so unplugged sound isn't really important.
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              That's damn near sig worthy

              but seriously, don't you think just maybe, possibly, quite interestingly enough, it could be YOU?



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              • #97
                Chiro972, if the sound your leader is hearing (and thus comparing all comers to) is piezo-only, then you have a good chance for getting the nod with the MK Hybrid.

                You can try using just EQ from your own house and monitor system, or to really seal the deal, employ an outboard preamp/processor, which will give you total control over the sound.

                If you decide to go with the second option, you can couple the MKH with a SansAmp Para Driver DI (http://www.tech21nyc.com/paradriver.html) or the new D-Tar Mama Bear acoustic modeling preamp, which will either "correct" or completely transform your sound. Go to the D-Tar website http://www.d-tar.com/preamps.shtml and check out the videos of John Jorgenson demo'ing the unit.
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                • #98
                  How is the hybrid as a pure acoustic without any amplification? I play my 1976 Lo Prinzi LR-15 in our church folk group and in our small church we don't use/need any amplification. thanks
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                  • #99
                    The LR-15 is a traditional acoustic guitar. The MKH is not that type of guitar; it's completely different, the same way the Chet Atkins CE is (if you're familiar with that classic "mold breaker").

                    You can't use the MKH without amplification -- unless it's just you sitting on the couch playing for only yourself!

                    The MKH a thin-line chambered-body (meaning it's mostly filled in) guitar.

                    It's meant to be plugged in, not played acoustically or miked. Get an amp specifically designed for acoustic guitars (SWR, Fender, Fishman, Berhinger, Benz Genz, Crate, Traynor, Ibanez, etc.), and plug in!
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                    • Sounds like EXACTLY what I have been looking for. Can't wait for it to come to the UK. Please make it soon, or I may have to fly over to get one, and the bank manager will NOT be happy.

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                      • hi

                        forgive me if i have missed something - i have read about half of this thread and skimmed the rest.

                        most people seem interested in finding a balance between an acoustic and a rock guitar. i have actually been on the quest for an electric that gets a good jazz vibe as well as a good acoustic sound. seem all these semi-hollow guitars are designed for the rockers (no wonder, it's a much larger market).

                        I have tried a lot of hybrid/dual source guitars. I like a mellow, sweet, not overly dark tone - woody but still bright enough to articulate. I have owned a godin flat 5 x, played many others...

                        any thoughs about the MKH's range here? i know i can't expect miracles from an under 500 axe, but any thoughts are appreciated.

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                        • I read a comment on another board that the humbucker is very hot, and the person trying the guitar struggled to get a good clean sound from the guitar... although it sounds to me like he may have been using the wrong amp. I'd be interested to hear about this too... but admittedly I'd be more in the rock camp, since I will be switching between acoustic rhythm parts and creamy lead lines... although the prospect of getting a huge acoustic+overdriven rhythm sound in the pop/rock chorus is very tempting.

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                          • I just wanted to let everyone know that I purchased the hybrid about two months ago and it's perfect for my use. I play rhythm guitar in a country band and it allows me to use one guitar for acoustic and the same guitar for the more hard driving country/rock songs.

                            It stays in tune very well and I find that I use both pickups together, usually the humbucker at about a 5 setting and the acoustic at a setting of about 8 or so. I replaced the stock knobs with ones from a Les Paul, the clear ones with the numbers in white and now I can see exactly where my volume knobs are set.

                            I use heavy gauge strings, from a 12 to a 52 with a wound third string (18w). It sounds great with heavier strings. Once you get used to the volume control settings, it's very functional for my use, now I don't have to switch guitars during a set.

                            I also love the compact body on this guitar, it's very lightweight and very easy to play. I am going to run it through two DI boxes, one for the acoustic and the other for the humbucker so I will get a lot of versatility out of this guitar.

                            I really feel it fits my needs and the price is very good for this guitar, no way could I afford a T-5, this one fits my budget and my playing style.

                            I am very happy with it.

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                            • happy with mine too! It's not a T-5 or really a knock off other than the mimicked cutout. I played mine for some wedding events and it worked out nicely. I had a Blues Jr w Od on the main channel and the pezo through the board. The blend controls are great since I can set them where I want and add more of one to the house mix.

                              I did not get the special cord for mine. GC couldn't find it. Go figure huh? I made one of my own but it would have been nice if they had it. [edit:] The cord is supposed to be included with the guitar. Get GC to order you a replacement. --Jon C. Anyway, I think the guitar is a great add on to my setups and sound for the wedding band, club band and just sittin at home with it.

                              the craftsmanship is there and the pickups are quiet. I though I'd have concerns but none so far. MK is a great guitar company for budget conscious players like me.

                              MK Hybrid gets an A++++

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                              • I purchased the hybrid and would like to run each pickup separately into the PA system in our band. So, do I run the piezo pickup through a DI box (I have a Radial J48) and the humbucker pickup through a preamp (I have a Bellari Direct Drive Tube Mic Preamp)? Is that possible?

                                I also want to use some effects pedals (delay and chorus with the piezo and a modest amount of distortion with the humbucker) at certain times. Will that also work with the hybrid?

                                I realize that the stereo jack will allow me to split the pickups separately, but the DI is needed with the piezo and I have to use a preamp with the humbucker, is that correct? Can I do all of this without any problems?

                                Or what would you suggest I do with my DI box and my preamp. Both allow me to connect up to the PA system in two separte channels. This way the acoustic sound can be adjusted separately from the humbucker sound. Will this arrangement work?

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