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For the past 4 months or so I've been playing live without a band (occasional cajon) and wanted to try add some variation to the sound, some texture etc.
Now I know most people seem to think that acoustic guitars shouldn't be messed with and there is something about that which I do agree with, however effects pedals are a lot of fun.
I've taken a little journey trying out lots of different types of effect and have found the following:
Overdrive/Distortion just doesn't seem to sound right in to a PA or acoustic amp (I know the That Pedal Show guys did a good job using an acoustic in to an Electric amp, but I don't have one of those)
Chorus is very much an acquired taste, I both like it and don't like it at the same time. I like the extra thickness that it provides but I don't play Message In A Bottle live so, I can't see another use for it (kidding). Like with most acoustic effects it appears that subtle amounts is key.
Delay, I love it. Currently enjoying using dotted eighths for that galloping type sound when playing more upbeat stuff, and a modulated delay with a heavy blend for more spacious stuff.
Reverb, I love it even more than delay. I never saw myself as an ambient type of guy, but have been using 2 reverbs and a delay a couple of times for some background stuff. A modulated reverb is my go to when I need one and have started adding shimmer in to that as well, which has lead to even my wife saying "that sounds nice". When the non muso's start to compliment stuff you know something's going right.
Tremolo hasn't really worked for me. I just can't seem to get it to sit right, and so for now I'm going to leave it. I think like chorus, it probably needs to be a subtle every now and then effect, but I haven't found a use for it in the stuff I do.
Looper, though not an effect in and of itself, I'm just starting to get this sorted, to the point that I'm still impressed with myself when I get it perfectly sync'd up. Looking forward to seeing where I can take this one.
So those are my findings, any one else experimented with effects and acoustics?
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