Effects Question.

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  1. Six String

    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    Has anyone experimented with Fuzz/ Distortion effects on acoustic/ electric guitars to add a different range to an acoustic style guitar show? Are there any examples oneone can thing of out there? I've been thinking about it and can't seem to recall anything on it...................
     
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    seems to me that would make the accoustic sound like a distorted electric

    maybe with low gain and creep it up slowly and see what happens? i cant think of a song that uses that combination
     
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    [quote author=vkgphil link=topic=12886.msg168040#msg168040 date=1174743460]
    seems to me that would make the accoustic sound like a distorted electric

    maybe with low gain and creep it up slowly and see what happens?  i cant think of a song that uses that combination
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    The intro to "Satisfaction" by the Stones.
     
  4. Six String

    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    [quote author=guitarweasel link=topic=12886.msg168041#msg168041 date=1174743981]


    The intro to "Satisfaction" by the Stones.
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    That was acoustic/ electric w/ fuzz? Never would of figured................
     
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    [quote author=Six String link=topic=12886.msg168043#msg168043 date=1174744289]


    That was acoustic/ electric w/ fuzz? Never would of figured................
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    Keef recorded the intro on a acoustic onto a an old reel to reel that was overdriven.
     
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    KT Tunstall. Her Pedal Board has a few nice tricks on it. Best known for her use of Delays and Looping, but boy!!!! when she stamps on the Dirt....Ummmmmmm
     
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    I'm a big fan of Distortion with acoustics! I use an old Taylor 310 and find that using an MXR microamp can really beef up your lead breaks. A RAT pedal used moderately can create some tasty results too. ;)
     
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    Yes I second that!

    I first got turned onto a bit of Dirt with an Acoustic years ago when I saw John Ottway and Wild Willy Barrat doing their stuff.

    Pip Pip
    Lexie ;)
     
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    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    I thank you for the input. My partner and I are looking to modify our sound a bit to add something new and I thought this may liven it up a bit.............. Obviously on the right tunes.
     
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    This is sort of tangential to the topic, but I've heard some really cool usage of a wah with an acoustic. The only concern would be feedback, but that's also a concern with a fuzz/distortion.
     
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    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    That's a good point P2ix, but we don't normally have a problem with feed back due to the volume control we use and the size of the venues we do. It is one we'll need to keep in mind though............
     
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    The "FeedBack Buster" is a Great Weapon for just these applications, sort of Plug that drops into the Soundhole.
    They do help no end.

    Pip Pip
    Lexie :)
     
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    gawd i love feedback

    the wah on a semi hollow gets you some heavenly squeals

    raises the hair on my arms just thinking about it

    one deliberate feedback thing we do, since we are currently a trio, is on our cover of i feel fine. being the bassist, i get some feedback howling on a D note and hold that for a short bit so the guitarist can come in over that with the intro lick

    sounds great on my accoustic bass, but works on my eppy viola bass as well
     
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    I recall hearing the Yardbyrds as be accredited with being the first to play feed back. They said....."Feedback? If you can't get rid of it....... play it." (Or something along that line.)
     
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    My Fender acoustic/with built in electronics sound good distorted, but begs to start feeding back. Which can be a good thing. The feedback is harmonic.
     
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    I'm sure by now you know I love my pedals :D

    Well my mate and I knocked up a bit of a side-project, and 6 days later gigged with it, this was about 2 weeks ago.

    Anyway,
    I used an electro-acoustic through a:
    Boss DS-1, BIG MUFF :D, Boss DM-2 and RC20XL looper.

    It. Was. Amazing. ;D

    *oh*
    And it was going into my marshall head+cab too =D
     
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    I have a trick I used to use at parties when I was a student at university. Strumming away at an acoustic when someone would request a song that would normallly require a distorted guitar, I would rip up a piece of paper and fold it like I was making a cigarette. Then I would weave it between the six strings of the guitar and slide it along to rest at the bridge. Now hit the intro chords to Smells Like Teen Spirit or whatever. Try it - it works. Experiment with different amounts and thickness of paper for different levels of distortion.
     
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    Exactly. Can also be good for percussive effects as well. Martin Taylor used the same thing recently on a track called Kwane to simulate African percussion. Speaking of Martin - what a player!
     
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    I've seen Martin in the states here a few times at guitar shows and he's world class ... kinda blew away Steve Howe too! ;)
     

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