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Re: oud simulator?
At 7:26 PM +0200 6/22/06, Torstein H. Rem wrote:
>I`m quite convinced no pedal will do the job. Maybe if you go midi
>guitar you might
>find something, don`t know about the Roland VG88 either.
There's at least one guy over on the VG list who's using one of the
Godin fretless nylon-string Multiacs (
http://www.godinguitars.com/godinmultnylonfretlessp.htm ) with one of
the Roland VG units. He just raves about its sound and response.
I'm betting you could probably get a pretty passable Oud sound from
using a fretless with either a VG-8 or a VG-88, with the added bonus
that the VG series -- especially the VG-8 -- has really extensive
re-tuning abilitlies. So, you could go from standard guitar tuning
to Oud tuning (or even switch between different Oud tunings --
Arabian DGADGC to Iraqi FADGCF, for instance, without breaking a
string) at merely the press of a footswitch.
For my latest Frankenproject, in fact, I've been planning on taking
the course Bill originally suggested and having the frets pulled on
my old Vox 12-string, then tuning it for 11-string Arabian and having
a GK-3 retrofitted. I'm looking at keeping it as a steel string,
though (I'm currently trying to match up the proper string gauges to
that tuning since I want to avoid using any wound strings, with the
possible exception of the "bam" which might end up as a flatwound).
However, I'm not really trying to perfect an Oud sound, despite what
it may seem. I just think the Arabian tuning would work well on such
an instrument, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what it will
do with the VG.
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