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best pickup for a 12-string
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Davis Jun 23, 2010.


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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin J-15, Takamine, Hohner, Alvarez AD-60S/12, Alvarez RP20SU, Johnson JG-535-S, Morgan Monroe MV-01, Squier '51 and a Baby Taylor for travel. Have to post up some of the songs I've written on the road.

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Just wanted to say something about the things I'm singing. Mostly what I do is to take scripture that I enjoy or that is shared with me and put it to music. I have found that making up tunes to Bible verses is a joy. I sing these all the time.

I don't do professional recordings. Most of this is just so I can go back to hear the songs if I forget how to play them. I could spend more time polishing them, but usually I'm already onto another song. Most recording I do is thru a Snowball… Continue

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

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At 4:28pm on June 13, 2010, gary christian said…
hey brother,
How is life ? I am currently in the cape breton highlands of nova scotia working. Home tomorrow for two weeks and back to my guitars. I hope your still recording the bible tunes. I really enjoyed them. Drop me a line when you have time. Keep looking up. Gary
At 5:23pm on January 8, 2010, tim mc nulty said…
Hi yall get snow down that way?
At 6:45pm on January 3, 2010, tim mc nulty said…
yea I heard that too.
At 5:44pm on January 3, 2010, tim mc nulty said…
Hi Brother X how cold is it in hot lanta?
At 11:54am on October 29, 2008, Greg O'Haver said…
The Winter NAMM Show is always in Anneheim, CA. in mid January. They will be available in stores by February. Stores can order from their Kyser wholesaler. The chord voicings are really fun to play and write with.
Thanks, Greg
At 8:35am on October 1, 2008, Bob said…
Hi BrotherX - I have installed a ribbon pickup under the saddle before and can advise to make sure that the bridge slot is big enough so the pickup can lay flat on the bottom of the slot and when you file or sand the saddle, make sure the saddle bottom is as flat as possible. This will insure that the pickup will give you the sound that it is designed to do. I've never installed a preamp but I have installed an end pin jack. There are many websites that illustrate the procedure. I think the most important thing there is to put masking tape around the area you're going to drill so that you don't damage the guitar finish. Good luck with your project !
At 5:08am on October 1, 2008, James Davis said…
Thanks, looking forward to working with my guitar, I have a lot of time right now with the off season starting at work. I just got off this morning and have a long weekend ahead, so I should have lots of time to practice. Thanks again BrotherX for the shout.
At 3:00pm on September 30, 2008, Bob said…
I mainly use the Takamine steel string acoustic electric and the Takamine classical acoustic electric to record with (you had them pegged right). I have tried a few songs with my electrics and the Les Paul in particular records pretty good. I like the sound of your Samson C03U mike that you use. It's very clear. You mentioned you were going to install a Baggs Micro EQ preamp on your 12 string. Their manual (on the internet) says they were designed to be used with their (of course) ribbon transducer pickups. I'm going to upload another hymn that has a weird arrangement. I got the idea from the Isaacs version of the song. This one uses the steel string Takamine and the keyboard is doing the bagpipe and drum sound....
At 8:05pm on September 29, 2008, Bob said…
I like your idea of making up tunes to Bible verses and I enjoyed Acts_4_12 . Have you ever added any harmony parts ? I posted a couple of gospel tunes today but had to be careful to make sure they're in public domain so I don't get in trouble with the copyright folks. Keep on singing the Bible verses ! - Bob
At 2:29pm on September 29, 2008, Greg O'Haver said…
The Winter NAMM Show is always in January in Anaheim, CA. The capos will be in store by February and if your store doesn't have them at that time, please request they stock them. Their regular Kyser wholesaler will have them. Thanks for you response and let me know how you like them next Feb. Greg

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