Archive for the ‘Felix Grace Designs’ Category

L.R. Baggs Dual Source Pickup System

May 10, 2016

I just installed a LR Baggs Dual Source (Element & Mic) on JDZ Negra its fantastic string balance e-E and warm tone, mic can be blended in at 100% with no feedback. This is the best dual source I’ve come across so far. No cutting sides, adjustable low cut on mic from 100-2K, Phase Switch, Pickup Gain Selector, and so easy to switch between mono and stereo out. I have thus system installed in two of my guitars. With the Bose L1 systems and Bose ToneMatch Mixer (L.R Baggs Element Preset) I have a great gig rig.




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Felix by Grace Designs Case

November 10, 2015

For when I travel or do a session where I don’t need my pedal board I now have a case for Felix.  I take Felix where ever I go, it’s simply a must for acoustic musicians as it’s the best dual Chanel preamp out there. 

   
 

Gig Rig JDZ & Pedal Board

November 9, 2015

  
Updated “Gig Rig” all starts with a custom hand made Flamenco Cedar Blanca made by Jorge de Zofia of Palm Beach FL. I use D’Addarío EJ45 or EJ45C and EJ25C.  It’s outfitted with a L.R. Baggs Dual Souce Pickup System (Element & Mic) to a Line 6 Relay 30.  Then it’s all Eq’ed in the Grace Designs FELIX preamp.  (At times I also use the DPA 4099 G mic) on all my guitars. In the effects loop I have a Strymon Big Sky, to a DigiTech Jam Man Solo XT with a FS3X foot switch, to a BBE Sonic Stomp back to Felix. The pedals are mounted to the Pedaltrain Fly board.  I use the Bose L1 Compact or QSC TouchMix 8 and QSC K10’s. 

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. 
  
  

Grace Designs Felix “Tames RMC Gold & Poly-Drive II”

July 12, 2015

I think I’ve rekindled my affection towards my DeVoe Blanca with RMC-Pickups & Poly-Drive II, DPA-4099G, and Grace Designs Felix PreAmp. The Grace Designs Felix Preamp was able to tame some of the piezo quack that drove me nuts and with the DPA blended in I can get very natural tone and loud without feedback.