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Peace Day 2010

My friends, before I can tell you all about my wonderful gig this past evening, I must digress and apologize for the tone of this post.  You see, of late, my wife has been relentlessly renting what Netflix calls “British Drama With Strong Female Leads”.  I’m afraid these movies have had a lasting impression on my mind and, thusly, have affected my speech. 

But my excitement will not allow me to delay any further.  Oh, what a wonderful celebration it was indeed.  We, my wife and I, as Simple Souls, were lucky enough to enlist the help of the great Lisa (Dr. Do-Little) Santoso (of the party band Wylder) and her friend and neighbor, Greg Ennis.  These musicians of great talent helped propel our sound to another level!  And I cannot begin to describe what wonderful and supportive people they are!  We had so many laughs together!

The said engagement was held at The Judge’s Inn.  What a terrific venue it is!  The staff and food are top notch.  What a perfect place to celebrate Peace Day with songs!

It was a splendid time and I only wish you could have been there to share it with us (thank you to those who were there)!

This would not be a proper ckyoung music blog post without mention of gear.  I used my trusted Larrivee.  Although I had been practicing and intending to make use of my newly purchased Martin, unfortunately, I found out late that I was without my LR Baggs Acoustic DI pedal which I was planning on using to help shape the sound of the Martin since the Martin does not have an on-board active preamp.  It was most fortunate that I had remembered to bring the Larrivee as a backup.  I plugged it in directly into the board and made good use of it’s pre-amp controls!  I don’t know what I would have done without it!

But I do hope someday soon I’ll find the opportunity to use the Martin in a live situation and hear it roar proudly.  In fact, of late, I start to wonder of what use do I have of the Takamine.  It seems so thin and pale in comparison.  It should consider itself lucky that it remains to be the easiest acoustic guitar to play in my arsenal.Oh, I hope I do find that DI pedal soon!  It is so useful.  I’m not sure if I can survive long without it!  Time will see…

Once again, I must sign off.  Thank you for keeping with me.  I do so enjoy our visits.

And please do not be weary.  I promise I will post a guitar lesson in due time.

Peace to you all!

Martin D-1R … Welcome to the Family

I love finding a gem at the store and taking it home!

I found a very-good condition (used) Martin D-1R at Parkway Music.  I wasn’t 100% sure at first but after taking it home and playing it side by side with the other guitars, it’s perfect!  (Not my actual guitar in picture)

It fits just right sonically between the Takamine N10 and the Larrivee L-05E.  The Tak has a very quick attack and very good mids response but is a bit lacking in the bass area.  The Larrivee on the other hand has very good bass and upper-end but is kind of mellow and smooth.  The Martin has the attack like the Tak and the bass response I’ve been looking for.  And it’s incredibly loud for its size!

About 2 years ago, a friend of mine went back to India after having stayed in the US for a few years and had picked up the guitar while he was here.  A year later, he contacted me and asked me to try to find him a “nice” guitar (in his price range).  I visited Parkway and found him a really nice Martin for a great price.  I was almost sad to see go… I wanted it for myself!  Ever since then, I would think about how great his Martin was and wished I could find one.

After Christmas, I went searching for something to compliment the acoustics I already had.  In the back of my mind I was thinking wouldn’t it be great to find one just like that Martin from a year ago. 

So I was at Parkway and I didn’t see anything on the floor that’s what I’m looking for and within my price range.  I was talking with Matt and I asked him if he had anything else.  I almost couldn’t believe it when he said, “Hey, remember that Martin you bought but and you said you couldn’t keep it for some reason… Someone traded in one just like it yesterday.  It’s still in the back waiting to be setup but do you want to check it out?”

One week, a setup job, 2 guitars and a bunch of pedals I wasn’t using later… I took home the perfect addition to my acoustic collection!  

I only kept it for one night.  Right now I’m waiting for them to put in a pickup (LR Baggs Active Element).  I can’t wait to bring it home and welcome it to the family!

The IDP Gig & The Larrivee

Simple Souls, my original project, played at The Peaceful Center last night.

What a great night!  So much fun!  The band did a great job!  Tim and Kim, the new members, worked really hard in the past few weeks learning new songs and working out parts.  We’re so happy to have them in the band.

My board starting having some problems in the last few weeks, though.  The XLR input to channel 5 is not working.  It’s now dedicated to 1/4″ only (ie guitars).  Channel 7 is completely dead.  I think it’s the gain knob.  But despite all that, we were able to get everything mic-ed.  Overall, the system did a very good job.

I’ve been using my Larrivee a lot since I got it. It’s pretty much my main guitar for all gigs. But I haven’t used it with another guitarist.

The other guitarist, Tim, is using two Taylors both with the Expression System (6-string and 12-string). They both sound awesome! So the trick was to make sure the Larrivee and the Taylors blended well together. I wanted them to have distinct voices and compliment each other.

Man, I love the controls on this guitar. It has a pre-amp by B-Band. I think the model is A6..? B-Band now has different models and Larrivee is now putting in LR Baggs systems. In any case… This is a “dual source” system with an AST pickup (acoustic soundboard transducer) and UST pickup (under saddle transducer). It has a slider for blending the two signals. I find that I’m about 90% on the UST side.

Before this, being the only guitar in the band, I had no need to play with the controls other than the EQ. For this, I found the phase switch to be really helpful. Although, I’m still trying to figure out how to use the notch and frequency controls effectively.

During the gig, I was increasing my volume for solos. But at some point, I found that I wasn’t cutting through as much as I’d like. So I increased my mids also and that did the trick. Awesome! Remember: mids is your friend!

Now I just need to fix up my board so I can get a volume pedal and tuner back in my chain.  And maybe the LR Baggs Para DI too.