Jacob Haller (jwgh) wrote,
Jacob Haller

  • Mood:
  • Music:

The Guitar

It's been a while since I updated the journal so I'll make a few updates this evening which will hopefully be enough to prevent me from doing anything too productive, such as paying bills.

Anyway. The guitar!

Since Chris and I have been playing out over the past months there's been a constant question of how to amplify my guitar. The problem is that I play acoustic guitar and generally play pretty quietly (I don't use a pick for instance). For a while I tried using a Dean Markely pickup, which is one of those pickups that you wedge into the soundhole of your guitar, but it tended to have a loud buzz and didn't sound that great. So then we abandoned that and just used an external mike. The problem with this approach was that since I switch from guitar to piano and back to guitar it was difficult for me to maintain the same distance from the microphone ... and there was a limit to how loud I could be amplified before feedback started becoming a big problem.

I considered various solutions to this, but finally I decided that the thing to do was get a pickup installed in my current acoustic guitar. With some trepidation I took it in to the shop to get this done a week ago last Saturday, and it went under the knife this week sometime. But I got it back on Saturday and it sounds good. So hurrah! It's one of those Fishman piezo pickups.

This will be very handy the next time we play in a loud bar, which will probably be on April 10!

The other solution I considered was buying another guitar with a pick-up built in ... which I still may do, but I think I'd like it to be an electric guitar, maybe a hollowbody or semi hollowbody. Well, we'll see.

manfire has a twelve-string guitar with pickup that he might want to sell to me, and which I'm planning to have a look at while I'm down visiting next weekend, so that may be the way I end up going! Mmmm, twelve-string. (And thanks to the manfire for holding off on selling it until I get a chance to have a look at it.)
Tags: guitar

  • demo recorded

    (sorry people who are my myspace friends and who are also on my mailing list -- you're kind of getting spammed by me today) As some of you might…

  • new recordings

    I think the new pop filter works pretty well. I made seven recordings but many of them are of things that I have recorded previously. The others are:…

  • new recordings, for a wonder

    Last night, I felt like making some recordings. So I did. Here are two of the results. First up we have a relatively new original song, Photo…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.