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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Heck of a time trying to find a proper condenser mike for my Alvarez

jay1vinton
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Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Apr 21st, 2015 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What a time I've had attempting to find a proper condenser mike for my old Alvarez A/E. It has a system 600T preamp, and they also make a system 600T mk II. The Mk II takes an Alvarez branded condenser mike and powers is with phantom power.

The Older 600T does not and has to have an additional battery to drive the after market mike. I'm about to give up on the guitar and buy me a Taylor or similar. The Alvarez in it's present config. is weak and tinny and not at all projects sound for a guitar it's size, electrically. Acoustically, it's loud and clear and beautiful, electrically it's fartastic...

I suspect it is something a competent luthier could do easily, probably me too, but I just cannot find an aftermarket part.. Frustrated.

I Played it out Friday, and it sounded ass compared to a lower rung Taylor which sounded beautiful through a pa...

Ragtop
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Apr 21st, 2015 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You could pick up a mkII somewhere and swap it out for the older unit, maybe?

Should be a matter of popping one out and popping the new one in, I believe.

I bought a used one several years ago for a Guild with a crappy Fishman preamp. Had to enlarge the hole, but it turned out nice. Bought a condenser mic from a music store in Atlanta.

Wish I still had that guitar.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

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Apr 22nd, 2015 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Plus one for dropping in a 600T MKII. There's fairly lengthy--for the Unplugged forum, LOL--thread here that goes into a lot of detail about the MKII.

jay1vinton
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Apr 23rd, 2015 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great, I'll look for it. Alvarez pretty much said the same,only that they are out of production, the mike too and I would have to search the bay or similar. I may just give up and buy a Taylor..;-)

Ragtop
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Apr 23rd, 2015 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Aack! Don't buy a Taylor. The components you need show up all the time on eBay.

What model Alvarez do you have, anyway?

Vic Vega
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Apr 27th, 2015 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Get a K&K Mini and install that instead. No battery needed. You won't ever regret it.

Martin G
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Apr 29th, 2015 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 on K&K Mini.. much more natural sound

jay1vinton
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Hawaii, USA

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May 20th, 2015 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Alvarez is a AD90SCK. It's a bit too blingy for me but it's nice and has a nice unplugged tone, plugged, it has the universal tinny sound of a piezo, real artificial sounding.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

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May 20th, 2015 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've always liked Alvarez guitars. My first was a '74 5023, which I still have. It's hard to play, but sounds like a million bucks.

I always recommend Alvarez to people who want to buy a first guitar. Yours is more upper-end, a very nice guitar.

And I agree on the K&K. Can't beat 'em.

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