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Anyone ever use a pedal mid-song to add incidental "electric guitar" fills? What kind?
Maybe you have other techniques to add spice to an all acoustic arrangement?

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I tried doing just that with an overdrive pedal I had kicking around, but without much luck.(It was a Boss SD-1)
Boss Octave - really nice with two or more guitars to have one drop an octave and fill in the bottom end. Chorus, with a slow sweep, makes a bigger space, and is quite beautiful on a 12-string. Echo - adds another voice to the arrangement.
Thanks, Mark. That's just the kind of thing I'm talking about! Our little group has two acoustic guitars and there seems to be so much untapped potential for more color in our arrangements.


Mark Solomon said:
Boss Octave - really nice with two or more guitars to have one drop an octave and fill in the bottom end. Chorus, with a slow sweep, makes a bigger space, and is quite beautiful on a 12-string. Echo - adds another voice to the arrangement.
I use a Digitech GNX-4 which is a multi-effects pedal. Much like Mark, i mostly use the reverb, echo and chorus to create a spatial environment thats more thick and lush. I also use an octave doubler. I learned that trick while working on a road crew and setting up for Janis Ian.
Distortion is a hard effect to use with the acoustic guitar. Most of the time there is a huge gain increase that will cause the guitar to feedback horribly. This can be done but with precise adjustment , tons of compression, and intricate EQ tweaking, but its not easy. You'd need a really nice multi-band eq to pull it off successfully.
An awesome Audio Engineer is also a huge plus .. he can make adjustments on the fly should he need to.
Hope this helps
Take Care
Jeff

Jeff Williams
www.jeffwilliams-usa.com

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I guess I'm the kind of person that the companies market to when they do product endorsements. After finding out that Phil Keaggy used a Line 6 DL4, I just had to have one. After hearing some of Michael Gulezian's 12-string pieces, I now have a Jones for the TC Electronic SCF.
I use distortion on my el cheapo rescued from a garbage can Ensenada all the time. It's tuned to open G and I use a slide on it. Did this to cover Faded by what's his name....Ben Harper(I had to google). Ben uses an acoustic lap steel for that one equipped with a soapbar pickup(tuned to open E). Compression though is not a good idea. Compression is likely to cause more feedback. Eq is fine and just make sure that the speakers are well in front of you. You learn to mute real well after a while.
I have three Digitech pedals a Delay, Hyper-Phase, and a Bad Monkey for overdrive. And remember a little goes a long way.
Paul
It's a shame they(or should I say 'he') stopped making the Able Bass Maker pedal.
http://www.prodigy-pro.com/diy/index.php?topic=30416.0
Hi Carol,

I regularly use 3 Boss pedals (Chorus, Delay and Reverb) with my Alvarez Acoustic Electric. I find they add some nice auditory interest when I perform. I normally add the riffs and runs to my duo partner's vocals and straight ahead chord playing. Sometimes I only have one effect turned on, sometimes I turn them all on. I recommend using them.
Great input on the pedals. Given my level of playing I'll have my hands full adding embellishments in front of an audience...so I think that I'll steer clear of anything that requires too much subtlety or precision. I've gotten some good leads though. Thanks to everyone for the ideas!
I use a whole mess of pedals. Of which only one is "acoustic". I also use loops since I run a multi guitar set up. I will post a photograph on my page. It is all a bit over whelming from time to time. And playing in small places get real interesting. But, it fills the gaps. Mostly I use Boss (Roland).
Interesting question. I use a JamMan looper and play licks over my own chords. I also use a Boss Blues Driver for added head room on my leads. Why? Cause then I do not have to reach for the volume control to climb over my loop. I could also set the loop volume level at a point of less volume than my guitar.

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