Archive for August, 2015

BBE Sonic Stomp SS-92

August 19, 2015

  
I purchased the new BBE Sound Sonic Stomp SS-92 to help with phase ishues (better clarity) on my two dual source systems on my nylon string guitars using a LR Baggs Dual Source (Element & Mic)  and the Fishman Presys Blend (Coax sonic core & Mic).  I will post more after a few gigs.  Initial impression is that it adds clarity and sounds louder with settings at 12 noon Lo Countor and 1:00 Process.

   
    
 

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OPI Nails For Guitarists 

August 16, 2015

I have for the last year  been using gel nails (with the uv light to harden).  Recently I was having dinner with Jim Stubblefield and he shared a great nail product called O-P-I Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener.  I have been using OPI for the last week and I like the sound, feel and tone I’m getting.  I still have gel on two other nails but from the looks of it I will be switching to OPI and stop using the gel nails.  

  
I play on nylon strings primarily 95% of the time and use techniques from  Flamenco style guitar playing.

  
The index and pinky finger still have the gel the middle and ring finger are the 

O-P-I

Line 6 Relay G30

August 13, 2015

  
  
I have been using my Line 6 Relay 30 for over a year.  I purchased it at Sweetwater to use with my Flamenco Guitars.  At this time I’m using it with my JDZ guitar outfitted with the LR Baggs Dual Source and Córdoba F7 Paco with a Fishnan Presus Blend.  Both are a two source a UST and Mic that are blended.  With the Line 6 I can be free of the wires and walk around.  I get a great sound and pick up the percussive techniques in the Flamenco style especially the glopes.   I use the G30 with a Grace Felix Preamp or direct to a QSC Touch Mix 8.  It’s a great inexpensive system. 😎

   
 

LR Baggs Dual Source w Element Pickup and Mic

August 7, 2015

  
**UPDATE** 8/17/15 

I removed the Carlos Coax and installed the L.R. Baggs Element with Dual Source Preamp & Mic and I could not be happier.  I really like how the mic gives me the tone/ air and feel of my guitar with the support of the Element to drive the tone and helps get just a bit louder.  I would not use the Element alone, when blended with the mic a very realistic and usable tone is achieved and with Grace Felix as my preamp it’s easy to shape the Element and Mic and then blend them together.  Another feature I really like is I can easily switch between mono (to use with Wirless) or stereo (TRS) to run one channel Element and two mic.  I will always like using. Mic like DPA 4099G, Shure KSM 141 or Neumann KM 184 bit when I can’t it’s nice to have the L.R. Baggs Dual Source as a usable option. 

   
 **UPDATE** 8/12/14  
I have been using the L.R. Baggs Dual Source now for over a week and all I can is FANTASTIC, it really is the best system I’ve used too date.  What makes this work for my purposes is the preamp flexibility and mic.   I can split the pickup and mic signal and use a TRS or my custom dual source cable.  Then the mic signal can be eq’ed on Grace Felix and blend in the pickup.  I also can switch to a mono out to use with wirless system.  I don’t have as much control over mic but it’s usable.  I am able to get a very realistic sound of my Jeorge de Zofia A1F.  I did remove the Juan Carlos system and for my needs prefer the L.R. Baggs.

  

  

I have been using the Carlos Amplification VIP that has the coaxial transducer (under saddle pickup) and sensor (mounted underneith the top).  Some really like it and others not so much.  To me it’s been hit and miss it was very sensitive and had its issues.  I’m not trying to say what is best or what one should use I’m just sharing my opinion.  I recently tried another guitar that that had the mic and coax as its pickup system and I found the sound usable.  I played three gigs and received lots of complements on my tone.  I was using the Grace Felix Preamp , and will continue to do so its the best preamp I’ve used.  So after some pondering and thought with out being able to get a Carlos system with a mic I decided let’s try the LR Baggs Dual Source.  My reasons for going with LR Baggs and not some of the other options were that I did not want to cut the side of my guitar, that’s out for Fishman,  even the Elpise would not mount right, DTAR is difficult to switch from Mono to Stero.  A feature for me that is important as I want to be able to switch to mono to use with a Wirless system at times.  Phase reverse, adjustable bass roll of on mic, and no cutting necessary to the side of the guitar.  

 

So the above picture is the system in how I set it up, but the mic is still lose I. The pic as I had not yet found where I want to place it.   
 Above is the box and picture of the actual pickup and mic preamp.  Below is a better picture.