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Old 04-17-2013, 02:00 AM   #1
cooder_bob
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Electric at an Acoustic Show?

Howdy, all! Here's my dilemma:

I'm the lead guitarist in a 4-piece red dirt/Texas country band that's just getting our start. So far we've only had two real gigs, the first of which I shouldn't even count (there were more people working the event than actually came out - never working with THAT promoter again). Now, our singer/frontman booked us for an acoustic show at a birthday party.

However, I do not own an acoustic/electric guitar, just an old Alvarez that I don't necessarily have the funds to put a decent pickup system in. My question is would it be a sin to bring my Tele and play it at this show? Or should I find a way to mic up my acoustic?

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Old 04-17-2013, 03:21 AM   #2
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Well if you're lead, then that should be fine. Test it out, record a jam and see how it goes. Besides, I see a lot of country bands with electric leads. Warm solos are just incredible.

Make sure your lead doesn't overpower the acoustic though, I've had quite a few bad experiences with that haha
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:48 AM   #3
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I think most people wouldn't mind 'acoustic' show being plugged in. So long as there isn't a full drum kit bashing harshy in the background & you're not playing power metal. Should work fine. Just make sure you're not very loud.

Try recording a session on your phone at the other side of the room. It should give a good indication of levels.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:05 AM   #4
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If there are drums and bass electric is fine. If its just you and a singer beware, electric guitars can sound like trash without bass and drums. If you are just strumming along it sounds like crap compared to an acoustic.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:49 AM   #5
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Why not plug in a tele clean and do it that way. Unless you got a nice system available to mic your acoustic. But leads do sound better on an electric most of the time.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:19 PM   #6
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If there are drums and bass electric is fine. If its just you and a singer beware, electric guitars can sound like trash without bass and drums. If you are just strumming along it sounds like crap compared to an acoustic.
Boy, am I glad you're the one that posted that. I said something to the effect of, "acoustic always sounds better solo", in "Electric Guitar". I had to wade through pages of hostility, videos of jazz experts playing a clean Tele, yadda, yadda, yadda..... I guess it could be my screen name and my choice of venue that provoked that. What thinkest thou?
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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I'd add that if you're going to play solo electric (and it can work - I point any doubters in the direction of Jeff Buckley) then amplify it through a proper guitar amp, or at least use a POD or something into the PA. I've seen so many singer-songwriters plug an electric straight into the desk and it's sounded absolutely awful - lifeless, scratchy, and a perennial reminder of why most solo artists play acoustic guitars...
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:30 AM   #8
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Boy, am I glad you're the one that posted that. I said something to the effect of, "acoustic always sounds better solo", in "Electric Guitar". I had to wade through pages of hostility, videos of jazz experts playing a clean Tele, yadda, yadda, yadda..... I guess it could be my screen name and my choice of venue that provoked that. What thinkest thou?


I think a lot of guitarists don't use their ears.

It can work, but it needs proper arrangement to do so. A lot of guitarists don't bother with the arrangement and it sounds like trash.
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