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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / What are the most useful effects for acoustic guitar?


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Sep 15th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think a touch of chorus ( some folks use way too much), perhaps a little reverb/echo, and maybe compression.
Nothing says you couldn't use wah and fuzz etal., Personally, I like as little as possible.



Jim O.
Sep 15th, 2017 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't use a lot of effects on acoustics, but tasteful amounts of reverb, delay, or chorus are all in the mix at certain times.

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South Florida

Sep 15th, 2017 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fishman Tonedeq all day long.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Sep 18th, 2017 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Reverb, delay and chorus. You play an acoustic for the acoustic tone. Mucking it up with a lot of effects is bad mojo. Easy-does-it. Enhance without covering it up!

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Sep 18th, 2017 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a reverb hound all the way. I find the cleaner the sound system the reverb gets used even more sparingly. Boosts articulation it seems to me. Why break the bank on the "perfect sounding" instrument then clutter the sound?



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Sep 27th, 2017 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

One of the most amazing things I've ever added to my A/E guitar, is the use of a tubed preamp, like my ART MP Studio.
It adds so much dimensional texture to your sound and character and brings out a liveliness that most regular methods of amplification just miss! Yes, I like a subtle touch of reverb and sometimes just a touch of chorus, but the use of a tube preamp gives you back that lively feel through the amplifier that you feel when playing your guitar w/o amplifying the sound. It also gives good string dynamics and articulation that gets lost on most forms of amplifying your guitar.
I also use this same setup for bass. It adds so much liveliness and the dynamics just shine.
For not a lot of money, this is one of the best all-around additions you can do for your overall sound. And because it has a gain control, you can tailor your pickup type before amplifying and not get that horrible Blat.... from a piezoelectric element that most of our A/E guitars have and regain the feel and resonance that you are expecting.
I whole heartedly endorse this setup and hope that you get a chance to try it out and discover what I did.

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South Florida

Sep 27th, 2017 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yup agree with the above posters. Too much processing is not good.

Generally speaking I think the most useful bang for the buck effect is anything that gives you the ability to dial in some gain/boost and EQ on the fly.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 01:11 PM, Sep 27th, 2017)

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San Francisco, CA

Oct 10th, 2017 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

K&K equipped acoustic > BOSS DM2 Analog Delay > BOSS CH1 Super Chorus > Fishman Mini or Fishman Performer amp.

Very important to have the DM2 in FRONT of the CH1.

Nails the sound I have in my head!



What It Was!

Fairly Unbalanced
Oct 16th, 2017 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

TC Electronics BodyRez- compression & feedback suppression. And a Baggs PARA D.I.

EQ and “hairspray” are everything I need on my acoustic. I don’t care for helicopters and wigglies on mine.. Unless I’m shooting for something really weird - which is fun sometimes!

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