#1
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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#2
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
#3
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.
#4
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.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
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#5
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.
#6
Quote by AlanHB
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?
#7
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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Quote by Captaincranky
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.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
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