Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby Bournio » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:53 pm

Oh yeah... good point. I should check what I type!

House was around 300 times guitar cost.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:22 am

Guys, I've just installed a pickup in this oldie!

I've been thinking of installing pickups into some of my acoustics!

A friend of mine, who's really good with electronic stuff for guitars came up with some piezobased p-u's. :idea:
Placed underneath the top under the bridge on the two flat-tops and under the coverplate on the "faux-bro"..




This will allow me to finally use my old guitars live also!

They've been too weak in volume to work on stage along with the loud resonator guitars I've always used.

AND... It'll make me less depending on the sound-guy!!!!! :roll: :?
Not all sound-tech's understand and can give you a good sound when playing an acoustic guitar into only a microphone!!!!
If I can plug in it'll give the sound a good ground and then I can use a microphone to get the sound I want.

I'm happy this worked out so well!!!!... :mrgreen:

Mixed like 70/30 % - Pickup/Microphone should give me a way to get:
-a great natural acoustic sound that can be loud through a PA(if needed)
-a monitor sound that actually lets me hear WHAT 'm doin' on stage.. :wink:
I'm sick and tired of sound engineers that can't cope with me wanting to play my reso's into a mic AND not plug in a cable.. Sometimes all they can come up with is a LOT of mid-range, no bass and no treble, haha...
Now I can give them what they want and hopefully get a good sound which will make me AND them very happy.. :mrgreen:

Just got a 1930's spider bridge Dobro from eBay, I'll install one of these pickups there as well an see if it works ok..
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby tinsmith » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:36 am

Nice demo John......Do you lean towards F/G/A tuning or D/E. I thought you were playin' one in a G tuned down two semi's to F.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:21 am

Thanks, tinsmith!

I used to play only open G and D but now it's just as often in F, E, C, A...
It's great fun to change and it suits my voice well.

I've got to try out some open minor tunings too!
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby goldbrick » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:16 pm

Excellent sound
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby guitarslim101 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:00 am

Awesome. I've always been intrigued by those when I've seen them on ebay. Definitely a cool sound.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby bobby81 » Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:45 am

john, can't get over the sound that faux is giving you. pickup was a nice add. glad you skipped the cone and kept it stock.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:08 am

Thanks, guys!!!!
I'm happy to hear that you like the result!!
And I'm pleased that I didn't make the cone mod... :mrgreen:

The pickup let's me use it on concerts, that'll be fun, people in Europe haven't seen many of these!!!
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby TheFanHead » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:39 pm

John, the old 'I'll mike up you guitar but i will need a lead as well' is a old trick used by many sound guys. The trick is that they only use the sound comin' out of the lead, and turn the mic off. My people get a much worse sound because of this cheat. But way to beat them is to completely turn down the volume on the guitar and MAKE the sound guy turn the mic up. :twisted: At the place I play at the most (scarborough blues club) I am always helping with the sound, even when im not playing with the house band, just checking sound from different places, getiing everything to a better e.t.c :mrgreen:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:17 pm

In my case they won't turn the mic off... :evil:
If they do I'll unplug the cable...
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby TheFanHead » Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:00 pm

GOOD!!! Never have a sound guy f*** with you!!! Just let them remember that you are the boss, not them! :mrgreen:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:51 pm

:mrgreen:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby TheFanHead » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:30 pm

:twisted:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby oldman » Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:43 am

l havent been on for awhile but the faux reso sounds real good .l picked up one awhile ago with a peg head l think if you look inside youll find little red stamp because most were made by harmony . the one l have is stamped indicateing 1936 .
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:44 am

No stamps in mine though..
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