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RE: Was Rodrigo y Gabriela /Pickups for classical guitars

Hi Bill,
i know exactly what u mean man, i tried the system and
thats one of the reasons why i didnt go for
it!unfortunately the trance audio doesnt work for
spanish guitars because they use fan bracing,where the
braces run over the bridgeplate and block the area
where the pickups need to mount, and so are unsuitable
for installation.I love the trance audio although i
see a lot of cats use it with an additional magnetic
or piezo, and i think its because this system doesnt
respond as good like a piezo or magnetic does if you
want to use effects or play slide for example.I have
never used a magnetic,do you think this would be a
better option than a piezo?

--- William Walker <billwalker@baymoon.com> wrote:

> The newer fishman blender units that combine and
> under saddle transducer and
> mic, with a non evasive soundhole mounted control
> surface, sound very nice,
> however beware just how touchy the mic side of
> things can be, you know the
> shreaking feedback back kind that makes us
> temporarily forget why we came to
> the gig in the first place. I was under the
> impression that the trance can
> work for classical guitar but I'm not sure. For my
> money, I like the DTAR
> Timberline undersaddle pickup that my friend Rick
> Turner helped design. OK
> I'm biased,  but I heard it installed in his Ramirez
> classical and it
> sounded better than any system I've heard so far,
> including my RMC which I
> like, and am attached to somewhat because of its
> roland GK capabiltity. But
> the Timberline had a higher voltage preamp running
> on 2 AA batteries with a
> voltage tripling cuircut pushing a full 18 volts,
> and the extra headroom
> translated in to better dynamic range, cleaner high
> end, and less of the
> dreaded quack. I'm seriously considering yanking my
> roland ready RMC pickup
> out of my flamenco guitar in favor of a timberline,
> however, I'm holding out
> another year or so to see if Roland will once again
> step up to the plate and
> come out with a guitar synth, with an actual real
> sound engine and a deep
> enough interface that a pro could love. I read every
> ones rants about the
> state of guitar synthesis with great empathy, since
> I been playing there
> stuff since the early 80's when I had a roland strat
> style guitar and a blue
> GR300 module, Ive seen roland go through the process
> of building up and
> dumbing down there products for a while now, and I'm
> holding out hope, that
> they are going to come up with something new that
> might perhaps touch on
> both the GR synth stuff but the VG8 modeling as
> well. Something that can
> satisfy both crowds. Let's wait and see.
> Bill
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Per Boysen [mailto:per@boysen.se]
> Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 5:49 AM
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: Re: Rodrigo y Gabriela
> Hi Luis,
> I just listened back to the interview we did
> yesterday to fresh up my
> memory, and they do not use the Fishman Rare Earth
> system. Rod and
> Gab plays nylon stringed guitars, built by Frank
> Tate in Belfast.
> They are designed like Flamenco or Spanish Classical
> guitars but with
> some changes. Rod's guitar has a thinner neck,
> because he plays all
> the fast running scales (they started out as trash
> metal players and
> he can not re-learn his left hand to run over a
> normally thick
> spanish guitar neck). Rod's guitar also has a
> thinner body to give
> him a thinner sound that will be able to cut trough
> on the single-
> string melodies he plays with a pick. Gabrielas
> guitar is more
> similar to the traditional Flamenco guitar, more
> suitable for her
> "aggressive drum kit" playing style. She uses a kind
> of re-worked
> flamenco right hand technique to create sounds all
> over the sonic
> spectrum - from low kick drum to sharp castanjetas.
> Both guitars are
> equipped with the Fishman Blender, stereo version.
> This stereo
> version allows the sound engineer to separate
> different frequencies
> in a better way than with the normal Fishman mics.
> As I said in the
> other post he is also dividing the two guitar stereo
> signals by EQ to
> treat different bands differently. I guess by
> applying different
> compression - that's the only thing I can think of
> that would create
> such a massive "guitar percussion" sound live. In
> total 24 mixer
> channels is used to set the live sound. The live
> engineer has been
> working with them for years and they did the sound
> check in seven
> minutes. Everything already worked out, except for
> adjusting for the
> venue's acoustics (settings that will have to be
> changed anyway
> during the first song when the room is filled with
> the audience).
> They told me there will be a new Fishman available
> in a couple of
> months that will allow a better placement inside the
> guitar body.
> Couldn't find any info on that on the Fishman web
> site though.
> per
> Frank Tate from Belfast.
> On 11 feb 2006, at 09.10, Luis Angulo wrote:
> > Per, are u talking about the rare earth blend
> system?
> > This would interest me because i play the spanish
> > guitar and use some o those flamenco techniques
> but my
> > mounted fishman piezo is not very efficient for
> that
> > and i have to hit the guitar really on the bridge
> to
> > get the kick and the snare u can forget about it.i
> > havent found a satisfying system for nylon string
> that
> > i like but i just installed a trance audio
> transducer
> > system on my steel and that is a bomb!too bad that
> is
> > not suited for spanish guitars.
> > Luis
> >
> > --- Per Boysen <per@boysen.se> wrote:
> >
> >> On 10 feb 2006, at 20.09, Todd Pafford wrote:
> >>
> >>> Rodrigo y Gabriela
> >>> http://www.rodgab.com/index.html
> >>
> >> Yep, that's them. I just got back from their gig
> >> here in Stockholm.
> >> Did an interview for a guitar mag as well. Very
> nice
> >> people and what
> >> a gig and what a sound! Stereo Fishman mic in
> each
> >> guitar and skilled
> >> old buddy sound man tweaking it over the PA
> through
> >> 24 channels,
> >> properly EQ'ed. Gab's guitar sounded like a huge
> >> drum kit with
> >> percussion. It was hard to believe that a Spanish
> >> Guitar cold produce
> >> such a deep kick drum sound, but there it was.


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