02-16-2012 01:29 PM
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02-16-2012 01:43 PM
No, I play clean. Sounded just like my Fender amps, though. I'm seriously thinking about ditching my search for a "gig" amp and buying a blonde pedal for a little extra flavor. EG
I've always wanted to try that, but I don't have a PA. Did you have a nice crunchy tone?
02-16-2012 01:46 PM
02-16-2012 01:47 PM
02-16-2012 02:00 PM
Nah, I play clean. He threw some reverb on on it was fine. The gig was a singer/songwriter thing at a wine/coctail club. Fairly low noise level, but a respectable crowd who was way too involved persuing their pseudointellectual preening to notice me. Nobody threw anything, though, and they invited me back, so I guess it was ok. EG
i can imagine that sounding ok if you play totally pristine clean (and maybe quite nice if they add reverb/delay at the desk), but add any gain and it'll sound like utter crap
02-16-2012 02:02 PM
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02-16-2012 05:04 PM
02-16-2012 05:10 PM
What kind of gig did you get where the soundman dictates what a guitarist can or can't use? I'm afraid that soundman would have been told to go pack salt up his ass.
02-17-2012 05:39 AM
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02-17-2012 07:14 AM
02-17-2012 07:19 AM
Yup. Nothing wrong with plugging straight into the board from a tone perspective (if the tone you want is clean, and the guitar has active electronics, or at least a healthy signal behind it), and if you're really trying to balance the sound for the whole house (front rows as well as back ones), it can be the best way. The clue is in Elias's quote here: "The gig was a singer/songwriter thing at a wine/coctail club. Fairly low noise level, but a respectable crowd ..." Sounds like the soundman knew what he was doing. The only trick is to have a really good monitoring system. Guitarists are used to using their amps as monitors as much as tone modifiers. But the tone part can be dispatched (as noted previously) with an inline effect on the way to the board. You could even use a strap-mounted Pandora (or its ilk) for a nice, clean setup.
I work as a sound guy in a church that seats about 300 people, and I wish more guitar players would plug direct into the PA. We see guys bringing in 40-watt amps when some audience members complain when the band goes over 93 db. A decent overdrive pedal or pre-amp would work just fine.
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