Hear the Truth
Every acoustic guitarist has the same dilemma : replicating what our guitar sound like naturally during performance.
It boils down to a few options, but each one has limitations and drawbacks.
Lets go over the menu:
Seems like the obvious solution – place a microphone in front of your guitar and and deliver your natural sound. Close, but not always.
First, in restaurant, you are dealing with allot of extra sound ( Blenders, chatter, utensils clanking )the last thing you want to project along with your sound is that.
There is also the always present feedback situation. To get a good strong signal to your mic, you have to run a pre-amp or for a condenser, phantom power. Again, feedback.
For low volume, quiet rooms, there really isn’t anything like a mic’d guitar for intimacy of sound.
But for us working musicians, you have to have a pickup.
From the simple and inexpensive Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup ($29.00)
to my favorite, the B-Band A2.2 XOM Acoustic Guitar Preamp ($189.99)
you are going to have to install a pickup.
Depending on your budget and bravery, a few holes will be drilled in your beloved, and the natural sound will change a bit.
Otherwise, you will end up with a pretty decent sounding “performance” guitar and the ability to tailor your sound more accurately to your venue.
A sound minus the clinking of wine glasses…
Vincent Zorn is a professional recording artist/flamenco guitarist that makes a living performing at restaurants and private events in Santa Barbara, California.
To learn more about Vincent and his music, please visit his website at: http://www.vincentzorn.com