Hi there fellow Djangologists
I have been playing gypsy jazz for 5-6 years now, and I still haven't found a satisfying way to amplify my Gitane DG-350 Modele Jan Akkerman. This is my first post on this forum, and I am very exited to hear about the different ways you guys are amplifying maccaferri guitars. Sorry it got quite long...
The ideal sound that I am looking for, and what I hear in my head, is the pure crisp acoustic sound of the instrument - just way way louder. But sound engineers keep telling me that it is physically impossible to generate this sound through an amplifier. I play both small bar/cafe gigs on backgear, and bigger stages with sound techs, monitor man etc, and I'm aiming for a setup that can work for it all. So I can't rely on on-stage condenser mics or anything like that.
I have tried out a lot of gear, and right now I think I need a mix of a mic (condenser preferably) and a more stabile sound source like some sort of pickup.
So far (in chronological order):
First I tried the Fishman Loudbox mini
which worked out quiet fine - until I got the AER Compact 60/3
that I currently use.
Pick up systems
Shadow Electronics SH-NFX-MAC
The first I tried. Sounded a lot like plastic and was kind of prone to feedback.
Stimer reissue ST48 D Hole
I must admit that I like the sound of this magnetic pickup. If you're aiming for the later electric Django sound, this could be a way - but not the sound I am looking for.
Also, this single coil pickup did hum a lot.
I then got the DPA 4099
clip on condenser mic. This is actually the best sound quality I have reached so far. The main problem here is the feedback. By running it through an Headway EDB-2
eq/preamp I was able to get a bit more volume, but still not enough for small backgear shows.
To be able to get more sound, my local maccaferri pusher (Im from Copenhagen, Denmark) installed the Maurice Dupont Bigtone
piezo saddle. This pickup is loud, but so damn quacky that it almost hurts me ears to play.
I tried to soften the Bigtone with a L.R. Baggs Session DI
which could remove a bit of the qackiness. And the DI's 'SATURATE' function did warm up the sound a bit.
I then tried to install a L.R. Baggs m1 active
magnetic pickup for normal round hole acoustic guitars. But ended up being way to complicated to mount it on my d-hole guitar. It also sound a bit metallic in the higher frequencies.
For the last year I've been using the Audio-Technica PRO 70
condenser, mounted inside the guitar, with the clip that comes with the mic. This actually sounds quiet good, when run through the Headways 'nutch filter' to filter out the feedback sensitive frequencies.
Sometimes, when I need more volume, I back up the PRO 70 with the Bigtone through the DI.
BUT.. I ain't feeling it yet.
Right now I think I will try out the K&K Trinity system, which seems to do the mix of pickup and mic that I am already experiencing with.
Any thoughts on the K&K Trinity?
What are you guys best experiences?
Pheeeew... This is an expensive hobby.