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best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby socket wrench » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:40 am

I need some idea's about a guitar....

Is there any guitar out there which would be good for buskin', which I could then use on stage to be miced up and play my solo stuff which is more or less Fred McDowell kind of stuff, but then would also be good to play amped up when I play with my drummer, when we play like Junior Kimbrough, R.L.Burnside, etc...?

I don't really want to lug different guitars around with me. It'd be nice to go off and do some buskin before I play a gig in the evening with the drummer (but not at the moment, as it's -20 :P).

Any ideas?
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby The Breeze » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:42 am

Why not use two guitars?

I mean you've got to lug the drums and your amp, plus presumably at least a mike and stand to the gig anyway.
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby socket wrench » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:43 am

I was just wondering if there was a guitar out there that I could use for both.

Maybe some sort of National type guitar, but I have no idea about these....
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby Bournio » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:20 pm

You can get a resonator with a pick up attached. When you use the pickup you loose a lot of the reso sound, but I guess for your style that's not too important.

Have a nosey around, I'm sure there're posts on here discussing it!
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby The Breeze » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:48 pm

Have you tried a pickup that sits across the sound-hole of your acoustic?
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby socket wrench » Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:28 pm

I was just seeing what people's thought were on the subject. I want to keep away from the acoustic guitar, as it's not good for playing the things I do with the drummer. It's just that I sometimes go away to play in another country, so it's not so easy crrying 2 guitars around then.
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby allanlummox » Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:28 pm

Well, that's what I've been using Nationals for for years.
And a National with a Hot Plate would work well in both band situations plugged into an amp and solo, al fresco, unplugged.
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby Sollophonic » Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:50 pm

Maybe take a resonator and add a pickup like this

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The little parlour reso here is due having a similar thing done to it soon.

Sounds great through a small cooking valve amp.
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby socket wrench » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:01 pm

Excuse my ignorance, but what's a hot plate? I usually only get them in restaurants :P National are an unknown thing to me.

So any ideas of what kind of reso would be good for me? I do play a lot of gigs, so this is more of an investment then anything, if I choose to get one.
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby Sollophonic » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:19 pm

A Hot Plate is a coverplate which has a tele style pickup, and a volume and tone control and a jack socket mounted to it. You replace your existing coverplate with this, and being self contained, it means that you dont have to drill holes, or mount pickups on your prized guitar.

http://www.mikedowling.com/natRes.html

$400 though.
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby maxx england » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:48 pm

While I'm here, are we due to see the Sollophonic orchestra at Swanage in March? Diamond has promised for the 90th time he'll make it; it remains to be seen if he get there for his first one.
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:51 pm

Just for a different direction, have you considered using a little battery powered amp for busking?
I always thought the Peavey T-15 with the little amp built into it's case, was so cool. 8)
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby allanlummox » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:37 am

I've played through a variety of little amps on the street - Pignoses, small Peavey and Crate battery powered amps, in London I used a gerry rigged setup using an old Cassette deck for a while - and they're all just more junk to carry, when you compare them to the sound quality and convenience of a resonator guitar.
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby ricochet » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:50 am

I'm used to thinking of a Hot Plate as an attenuator for overpowered amps. :D
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Re: best semi solo/band/buskin guitar

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:41 pm

Sollophonic wrote:A Hot Plate is a coverplate which has a tele style pickup, and a volume and tone control and a jack socket mounted to it. You replace your existing coverplate with this, and being self contained, it means that you dont have to drill holes, or mount pickups on your prized guitar.

http://www.mikedowling.com/natRes.html

$400 though.
That's a very clever design, and looks easy to duplicate for a handyman.
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