#1
Im curious how that would sound...would you get an effect like the kid on August Rush did or would it just sound meh?
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#2
I tried that on my friends acoustic-electric. Just sounded like a cheap electric guitar with distortion.
#3
it sounds like a single coil going through the amp. its not to bad. i personally like it quite a bit. twangy with a good amount of bass. it also depends on your distortion. its not to bad with a pretty good distortion. something heavy probably wouldnt sound very good. thing single coils.
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#5
I just checked some videos on youtube, they actually don't sound so bad :P
#7
It sounds pretty good, or can. If I crank the gain while playing through my tube amp, then it does have a kind of single coil sort of sound. Just have to be careful of feedback.
#8
thats actually pretty cool. i thought when i saw that on august rush it was just a bunch of bs but i was wrong....cool. i'll have to try that sometime
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#9
i own an acoustic that i mounted with a strat pickup directly in the sound hole specifically for that purpose... sounds pretty badass to me, kinda like an old 50s hollowbody on crack... dunno how a stock acoustic pickup would sound though
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#12
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I just checked some videos on youtube, they actually don't sound so bad :P

I don't think you can judge the sound quality in youtube! you should hear the original sound or a professionally-recorded one.
#13
it can sound pretty good, Kurt Cobain did that on his cover of The Man Who Sold the World from MTV Unplugged (musicianship arguments aside this is a good example of the sound), although yes, you do need to watch for feedback as it can get quite nasty.
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#14
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it can sound pretty good, Kurt Cobain did that on his cover of The Man Who Sold the World from MTV Unplugged (musicianship arguments aside this is a good example of the sound), although yes, you do need to watch for feedback as it can get quite nasty.


Just so you know, his guitar was designed with two humbuckers mounted on top which made it behave much more like an electric (and ruined a perfectly nice Martin in the process).

That said, yes, distortion can sound great on an acoustic. Just mind the feedback.
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Just so you know, his guitar was designed with two humbuckers mounted on top which made it behave much more like an electric (and ruined a perfectly nice Martin in the process).

That said, yes, distortion can sound great on an acoustic. Just mind the feedback.


oh yeah, I forgot about that, but I can still get a more or less identical on my ovation using the piezo pickup.
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#16
I have an image in my miand, maybe it's made up. But I'm pretty sure James Hetfield used distortion in S&M in some solo.

Also Ani DiFranco seems to use a lil' overdrive once in a while, and it sounds amazing.
#18
It depends on the pickup on the acoustic guitar and also what kind of distortion you're using. It can actually sound pretty good.
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#19
At low volumes it's fine - and very usable if blended with a clean tone. Obviously pickup choice is key.