My Pickup Examples

People often ask me what pickups I use. I alway use dual source setups, usually a main pickup along with an internal mic.  In all cases, my signal chain is a Sunnaudio MS2 preamp, sometimes with a ToneDexter in the effects loop to add an IR to the main pickup. My pedal board also has a UAD Golden Reverberator reverb and a Source Audio EQ2 programable EQ. The MS-2 creates a stereo signal from the 2 sources that can be used effectively in most situations, as long as the PA system supports stereo, and downgrades gracefully to mono as well. The player on this page provides some samples, all recorded directly out of my pedal board, with no additional EQ or processing. 

While these examples are recorded directly from my pedal board, in my experience, this is representative of the sound I get in a good room thru a good PA system. Of course, we know we don't always get that luxury, and clearly playing thru a lesser sound system or a poor acoustics environment will impact the sound. 

It's also important to note that I'm playing solo fingerstyle guitar. I'm not trying to be heard playing rhythm guitar thru a band, for example, nor usually playing to a noisy audience.  So that impacts the sound I am going for.

Examples and details:

  1. 2000 Hamblin GC, Brazilian Rosewood and Engleman Spruce, with a Barbera Soloist + Audix L5O mic. Probably my #1 gigging guitar. The Barbera is fairly feedback resistant. This recorded included a ToneDexter on the Barbera.
  2. Martin OM LJB, Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce with a pair of Dazzos, #52W (wood) with one transducer made of cocobolo, the other sassafrass, chosen and installed by Teddy Randazzo. The mic is a Bartlett. There is no ToneDexter in the path for this recording, I prefer the sound of the Dazzo without ToneDexter.
  3. A 2002 Ryan Mission Grand Concert, Cedar and Koa, with a Barbera Soloist and Audix L5O mic. I just use the same ToneDexter wavemap that I created for the Hamblin for this. I find that one wavemap seems to work fine for all my Barbera-equipped guitars.
  4. A Lowden F, Pierre Bensusan model, Honduran Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce with a Trance M pickup and Audio L5O mic.  ToneDexter is on the Trance in this example, tho the effect is fairly subtle. The Trance tone wheel is pulled back from full treble position by about 10-20%.
  5. A Lowden O50C, African Blackwood and Adirondack Spruce. A K&K Mini and an Audix L5O mic. ToneDexter is being used.

My Pedal Board: Sunnaudio MS2, ToneDexter, Source Audio EQ2, UAD Golden Reverberator