Small Gig Rig

February 17, 2018

Very happy with this small “Gig Rig” 5 gigs and works well and sounds great. It also is very light. The Bose S1 Pro w Battery, Cordoba F7 Paco with Fishman Ellipse Matrix Dual Source Pickup in a Mono Classical Guitar Case/Bag and a Fishman Platinum Stage Preamp/DI. Everything I need fits into 3 small pices.

All set up

All packed and ready to go

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Cordoba F7 Paco

February 15, 2018

I decided I wanted to have a guitar on gigs that would sound good, feel good and look good that would be able to handle heat and humidity as well as a durable finish. I decided on the Cordoba F7 Paco a Cedar Top and Rosewood Laminate Back and Sides.

The neck is 52mm providing a traditional feel. The pictures are of the actual guitar. I changed the strings to DAddario EJ46C and chose the clear G string over the coffee composite. I had the Fishman Ellipse system professionally installed.

It was installed at Russo Music by Trevor Cannie

For Russo’s and Trevor you can reach them at 609-888-0629 http://www.russomusic.com

For controls and a Preamp I chose the Fishman Platinum Stage

What a great small battery powered (or 9v power supply or 48v phantom powered from XLR) new preamp from Fishman the “Platinum Stage”. It so small fits in a guitar case. It gets rid of the low mud tone. In guitar mode the bass is at 150Hz, there’s a low cut switch for 30hz, 80Hz, and 160Hz. The middle is from 200Hz-3.1kHz Q1.3 and treble is at 6kHz. I like that this is battery powered so I can use it with the Bose S1 Pro and my guitars with LR Baggs or Fishman pickups. On the Cordoba F7 Paco w Fishman Ellipse it sounds great. Thanks FishmanI have been using the Bose F1 Pro and all these pieces of gear make a great portable Gig Rig.

Fishman Platinum Stage Preamp

February 15, 2018
What a great small battery powered (or 9v power supply or 48v phantom powered from XLR) new preamp from Fishman the “Platinum Stage”. It so small fits in a guitar case. It gets rid of the low mud tone. In guitar mode the bass is at 150Hz, there’s a low cut switch for 30hz, 80Hz, and 160Hz. The middle is from 200Hz-3.1kHz Q1.3 and treble is at 6kHz. I like that this is battery powered so I can use it with the Bose S1 Pro and my guitars with LR Baggs or Fishman pickups. On the Cordoba F7 Paco w Fishman Ellipse it sounds great. Thanks Fishman #FishmanElectronics #Fishman

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

January 16, 2018

If you ever need to clean scuff marks on you hard shell guitar case Mr. Clean “Magic Eraser” works very well.

EV Evolve 50 vs Bose Compact & L1s

January 15, 2018

We did our final test of the Bose L1 Compact, EV Evolve 50 and Bose L12. They all sound good but clearly to everyone who heard the three, the EV was the clear winner for Music, Voice, Flamenco Guitar, Classic Rock and Rock. Everything was run at unity. Same settings to all three from QSC TM8. Thank you Scott & Sarah at Iron Plow Vineyards for letting us use the room. Taz Sellers for explaining and sharing the EV knowledge, Kathy Hull Tarassov thanks for putting up with me and helping me set up the systems and filming. The EV really was warmer and to our ears a more defined sound and tone. #teamEV #EVEvolve #EVOLOVE50 (Above- Left to Right: Bose Compact, EV Evolve 50, and Bose L1s)

From left to right. Bose Compact, EV Evolve 50, and Bose L1s.

Bose Compact

EV Evolve 50

Bose L1s

QSC TouchMix 8

January 6, 2018

Just received my TouchMix 8 and think it’s fantastic. Mic Pre’s are great, eq so customizable and precise, reverb lush and warm. Using this on Flamenco Guitars with Pickup, Internal Mic and External Mic DPA 4099. Then run to the speakers.

Electro-Voice Evolve 50

January 3, 2018

EV Evolve 50. If your in the market to replace or need to replace your PA check out the EV Evolve 50. Let your ears tell you what to do. I don’t want to get into what’s best just letting others know for this tone junky this works. After an evening of A/B with the EV & Bose L1 there’s a warmth that the Bose did not have compared to the EV. I want to A/B on a gig and at gig volume before I decided. Don’t get me wrong the Bose still sounds nice however the EV seems more natural/ neutral. The EV Array speakers are 3.5 with neodymium drivers. The EV Evolve systems range from 37Hz – 20KHz. The Portability is much easier than my Bose and the EV will fit into two small soft bags and one even has rollers.

Pedaltrain Metro 20 Soft Case Backpack

November 27, 2017

I’ve decided to keep my main Pedaltrain pedalboard the Metro 20 but updated to the new soft case with two additional top pockets and Backpack straps to carry the case. The handles are nicely done and placed in good locations. The zippers are better as well as the padding and material used for the case.

D’Addario EJ45, D’Addario EJ50 Trebles & D’Addario EJ45C G string

November 27, 2017

So after trying various strings for about six months on the Andy Culpepper #83 Spruce Blanca I’ve decided on Medium Tension strings from DAddario the EJ45, EXP45, EJ45C (Only Coffee Colored G String) and EJ49 or EJ50 Black trebles. My preferred choice is the EJ45 with the Composite G.

Sennheiser ew 100p G3 Wirelessly

November 27, 2017

So I’ve tried a few wireless systems out from Sennheiser, Shure, and Line 6. I’ve decided for my purpose which is to be used with the DPA 4099g mic on flamenco guitar I like the Sennheiser ew 100p G3 best. The ease of use TONE and options make it my solution. It so easy to use just turn them on, use a YPA or DPA Sennheiser micro dot adapter to the DPA and plug it in to the transmitter. On the receiver end you can just run it to a XLR input. I use my Bose L1 ToneMatch or a Radial Voco Loco preamp. My DPA and Sennheiser System fit into a nice small case from SKG. To hear the DPA direct and then using the Sennheiser click this link Sennheiser ew100 G3 DPA4099g