Having recently acquired my first Gibson acoustic guitar. I thought I’d have a peruse of their web site. Lots of nice guitars, all based around their base models, of Southern Jumbo, Dreadnought, Full Jumbo and L-series small bodies. Interesting to see the vast array of variations on basically just 4 guitars. Some being far more appealing than others. Anyway, I got to the pricey end and 2 models really stuck out to me. One was rather gorgeous, the other a monstrosity of O.T.T. décor. So, which is which?
I love Acus stuff, really miss my one8. The smaller ones are just as good. In fact my mate put his baritone through either a one5 or one6 (I can’t quite remember, but it had one reverb effect) and I preferred it more than my one8.
I was thinking of the forstrings 8 but I think the 5 will be enough.
It doesn't surprise me that your friends baritone sounded good, as these little combos can take some serious low end.
This title may cause a little de-ja-veau for some acousticsoundbaoarders. I did a N.A.D. for the Acus Forstrings 5, a couple of years ago. A combo I used to amp up my 12-string, for gigs. This is an improved model, with 2 channels, instead of one. I was lucky enough to acquire a new Gibson J15 yesterday. I had tried it out, with all the otherguitars I played, through a Boss Acoustic Singer Pro. This is a very clever, well made combo. Not only does it have 2 channels, 1 for mic and 1 for guitar. It also has reverb, chorus, anti feedback and a vocal harmoniser built in. It is also twice the wattage of the Acus, with a larger woofer. All that for only £100 extra. But my memories of the littlest Acus were so good, that I decided to go to another shop. My old mates, Aire Valley Guitars, stock Acus and as soon as I plugged the Gibbo in, I knew I'd made the right decision. I have no idea how good it would be with a mic. Never put one through it. But for amplifying an electro-acoustic guitar, I have never heard better. And that includes Fishman, AER, Roland etc. It's just a 2 channel amp, with inputs for guitar and mic. It has an auxillary imput, for mp3 etc, a lovely reverb and a direct out. That's it. It's very solid and unlike my previous, black version. This one is all natural wood. Well, some sort of attractive ply anyway. I just set all the EQ to 12 o'clock, initially. Great sound but to get as close as I could to the guitar's natural tone, I put the middle control to 1 o'clock. Perfectamundo! And as evidence to how effective these diminutive combos can be. When I gigged with the earlier version of this amp. I was playing with a 2nd acoustic guitarist, 2 vocals and a drummer. We mainly did clubs and pubs but also played a large marquee. The Forstrings 5, positioned on a speaker stand, at head height, handled it all and never got put through the P.A.
I have 2 Snarks. 1 in my bass case and one in the music/computer room. They are pretty decent. But you get what you pay for, in this instance and the Polytune is worth the extra cash, I reckon. TC stuff is always excellent. It's definitely tougher and better built. But if you just play for yourself, at home, I'm not sure you need anything more than the Snark. Try tuning by ear. it's a worthwhile skill. We didn't have tuners, back in the70s.
Last Saturday I was mooching around my local, Aire Valley Guitars. They had a load of new Japanese Fender electrics in but I was looking at the acoustics, for a change. My recent, cheapie acquisition had rekindled my interest. Rather surprisingly, they had a used K'Yairi G1F. Though never having owned one, I have always had a bit of a thing for K'Yairi guitars. This model had a lovely, light build quality and although it has laminate B&S, it is very responsive and feels/sounds better that many all solids, I have played. I'd forgotten my plectrum and so played in fingerstyle, though my nails are very short. It was a pleasure to play, with low action but a very vibrant, responsive feel. A fairly narrow neck but that's fine with me. Later on I tried it with a plectrum and it was OK but not as good, as it had been, fingerstyle. The other guitar I tried was Martin DRS1. Martin's cheapest, all-solid guitar. All sapele, that is. I was surprised a how good a quality it felt. Very nicely built, with good finishing. But in may ways, it was the opposite of the K'Yairi. A heavy(ish) guitar, with quite a thick sound, even for a dreadnought. It's responsiveness felt/sounded positively sluggish, comapared to the G1F. Not really my thing but I was surprised, when I plugged it in. Going through an Acus combo, which are easily the best acoustic amps I have played through, the sound was far more natural than I had expected. I thought, being fairly low priced, Martin would have put in a cheap, quacky piezo pickup. But that thick acoustic tone came through very well indeed. 2 very different guitars indded. Put in canine terms. one was a whippet, the other bull dog.
There's always got to be a bit of a gamble, buying an old guitar. It's been around for many a year and heaven knows how it's been treated. I don't just mean how has it been played and handled. Has it been left with no strings on. Strung too tight. Left in overly high or low humidity. Or Direct sunlight etc etc. I've owned a ton of guitars over the years, mostly from new. From under £200 to 3 grand (used). And although this may be sacrilege to the lovely folk on this forum. I think there's a lot of "The Emperor's New Clothes", going on. We hear descriptions like "it sings", "sustains for ever", "great definition", "wonderful separation", "penetration", "Full", "sweet", etc etc. I think it's all relative and our memory of how something sounded isn't as good as we think. Don't get me wrong, I love hearing what people think of their new/old guitar. I also love telling people what I think of mine. Yes there can be some snobbery and reverse snobbery but none of it is definitive, in my view. Oh yes and in answer to the question, I prefer new or nearly new.
Lovely video. Nice to see the son is carrying on the guitar tradition.
What's on your mind?
ianh: In the version I heard, she returned to her car an hour later and found 5 more banjos on the back seat....
Jun 29, 2018 13:56:37 GMT
walkingdecay: Hah! That's much better. My gag writing engine must be stuck in Roy Hudd mode. (He would use anything.)
Jun 30, 2018 1:47:19 GMT
ocarolan: What is this weird wet stuff falling from the sky....?
Jul 1, 2018 16:53:07 GMT
Martin: Pete, I tried watching 'Morris', but after 10 minutes my wife was letting out such great sighs of disapproval that I'll need to resume in the wee small hours
Jul 2, 2018 19:36:50 GMT
walkingdecay: Curiously the other way round with us. While appreciating the whimsy I thought a lot of the humour fell flat, but The Memsahib liked it a lot, maybe because she swims in cultural backwaters herself.
Jul 4, 2018 8:00:12 GMT
walkingdecay: Weird stuff from the sky, Keith? You mean the clouds aren't broken down your way?
Jul 4, 2018 8:01:48 GMT
ocarolan: Actually Pete, there's lots of clouds today, but so far they are just sitting there....weird wet stuff forecast for thisafto though....
Jul 4, 2018 8:10:44 GMT
walkingdecay: Wonderful stuff rain. The nearest we have to puddles round her are prostrate dogs.
Jul 4, 2018 8:32:32 GMT
ocarolan: Haha - we now have real puddles thisafto and it's blissfully cooler.
Jul 4, 2018 12:45:06 GMT
walkingdecay: Still dry here. The pergolas built by forced labour last year (The Memsahib took the wrong message away from Bridge Over The River Kwai) now look like the set for a low budget horror movie, skeletal and hung with things that might once have been plants.
Jul 5, 2018 8:25:13 GMT
ianh: A collective madness has settled over Cumbria, with everyone jumping into lakes and invoking comparisons to 1976. Sadly, my memory of that is being laid out with chicken pox.....
Jul 6, 2018 11:21:28 GMT
ocarolan: Happy Birthday to Ringo! I've lately been enjoying revisiting my Beatles Anthology DVDs - brilliant!
Jul 10, 2018 8:45:12 GMT
walkingdecay: The boy and I are off to Brum to protest about our government entertaining an orange fascist nut job. If it rains at last, as it might, that will help.
Jul 13, 2018 14:27:21 GMT
ianh: walkingdecay please shout some angry words for me! Been following the protests on the web all day - quite an event. Even rain can't dampen it
Jul 13, 2018 18:49:51 GMT
walkingdecay: The Brum event was last-minute and kind of restrained, with lots of speeches that didn't raise rabble like me well enough, but it was quite well-attended and the weather was mercifully cool, so...
Jul 14, 2018 7:31:47 GMT
Martin: Got the road trip guitar today, a lovely little thing and an excuse to meet another forum member and get all me guitars and banjers out!
Jul 22, 2018 12:30:43 GMT
davewhite: There's some weird stuff falling from the sky - I've got a vague recollection that I've seen it happen before
Jul 27, 2018 18:01:20 GMT
delb0y: Ragtime! If only I could play it...
Aug 2, 2018 20:12:26 GMT
scorpiodog: Come to Halifax, Delb0y. We have lots of members who play ragtime very well, and I’m sure they’ll give you some tips. Riverman is a prime (but not the only) excellent proponent of the style.
Aug 9, 2018 8:00:35 GMT
teetosh: How does the preamp in the Boss AD 10 compare to the preamp in the Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre
Aug 15, 2018 2:26:56 GMT