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  • Electric Guitars with Piezo or other acoustic pickups

    I'm a huge fan of the idea, and I love my Lifeson LP Axcess. I have never tried Parker's version, but I've heard that they are very good too--there are others out there, so let me know which ones you like.

    My Ghost system is voiced darker than most but it has plenty of top end,and it works great through a clean amp like a Vox AC15/30. I'll stop there, but I could talk all day about the tonal possibilities.

    What I really wanted to share is how I have mine set up for live gigging. I use my Pod HD500, effects only, and run the humbucker output into the guitar input on the Pod. The piezo output goes into the Pod's Aux input. I keep the signals completely separate by panning the mixer hard left/right. Each pickup gets its own set of effects and is then routed into either an electric amp or an acoustic amp. 

    The volume pedal effects only the humbuckers, so it works like a blend control with the piezo engaged. The piezo has a push/pull volume on the guitar to engage/disengage. I have a lot of control over the system and more importantly, it sounds fantastic. Here are my Pod settings:

    pod1.jpg 

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    The top row has the effects for the electric humbuckers. The bottom row is for the piezo, so it's easy to find things on my floorboard.

    pod3.jpg

    The Lifeson is a gorgeous guitar with top drawer materials!

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    I'd really like to hear from other people who use piezo equipped electrics. Share your setups or any cool ideas you have for using them live or in the studio.

     

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    My Parker p38 has one. Not a fan. Could easily do without it, and probably will since the power chip crapped out.
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    • docjeffrey
      docjeffrey commented
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      I noticed that Parker has gone with the same Graph Tech Ghost system as my Gibson on their higher end models. Wonder if you could retrofit your P38 with one of those?

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    I use either a Boss AD8 or a Zoom A2 into a PA with my Hamer Duotone's piezo. They do a good job, and they're inexpensive pedals. I have used an acoustic amp before (SWR Strawberry Blonde), which is quite nice. Depending on how involved the set is, I may have two volume pedals set up (one for each output, electric and acoustic).

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    • docjeffrey
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      kayd_mon wrote:
      I use either a Boss AD8 or a Zoom A2 into a PA with my Hamer Duotone's piezo. They do a good job, and they're inexpensive pedals. I have used an acoustic amp before (SWR Strawberry Blonde), which is quite nice. Depending on how involved the set is, I may have two volume pedals set up (one for each output, electric and acoustic).


       

      I would love to see pics of that Duotone. I've always loved those guitars--very classy!

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