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Gypsy Jazz Amplification/Pickup System Overview



  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,742
    What about using the Basik pickup with an AER?

    It works...but not as well as a Schertler. The Schertler amps have the Reson control which allows you to get a lot louder before feedback. If you like the Basik...the Schertler is a much better choice.

    Which one's louder the AER Compact 60 or the David?

    On paper the David is louder with 80 watts. The AER is 60 watts. But in practice, the AER seems to be louder. Not sure why...but it really cranks. More efficient I guess.

    But if you're using the Basik then you wouldn't be able to take advantage of the extra volume any way because you'd start to get too much feedback. With the Basik, the David would allow more volume before feedback

  • BluesBop HarryBluesBop Harry Mexico city, MexicoVirtuoso
    Posts: 1,376
    I haven't ruled out the Schertler amps but I'm thinking of maybe getting an AER and using the Basik in conjuction with a Bigtone but...drilling holes in the guitar for the BT seems a little scary...
    We'll see...
    Thank you.
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,742
    It's hard to beat the AER w/the bigtone. That amp just seems like it was made for bigtones.
  • aa New York City✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 800
    anyone try going direct with a stimer?
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  • JohanJohan Oslo, NorwayNew
    Posts: 40
    Just bought myself a Dell Arte Angelo Debarre. There are noe big tone pickup installed and i just wondered if installing one myself would be possible? There are no luthiers of gypsy guitars here in Oslo that can help me with installing this system. Therefor i am thinking that bying the stimer or shertler would be best..
    With a ordinary acoustic guitar amp the stimer is the best?

    Band up and running! Finaly!
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,742
    The Stimer works pretty well through an AER or Schertler acoustic amp. But it's even better through the GypsyKat or boutique jazz amp like an Evans.

  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,742
    I just added this review of the GypsyKat:



    I've tried this amp out for a few weeks on my regular gigs. I'm really
    liking it and here's why:

    The GypsyKat blends some of the best qualities of the AER and the
    Schertler amps into one. It has the deeper bass response and clarity of
    the Schertler amps, but handles magnetic and especially piezo pickups
    really well. You can plug a bigtone into the GypsyKat with the EQ
    totally flat and it sounds great with no tweaking. If I plug the same
    bigtone in the AER I have to boost the bass and cut the treble all the
    way to get it to sound good. And even then, it doesn't sound as good as
    the GypsyKat. The GypsyKat sounds particularly good with magnetic
    pickups....both Stimer and an archtop with a humbucker sounded fat and
    clean. Much better then an AER with the same pickups. Of all the light
    weight amps, the GypsyKat definitely sounds the best with magnetic or
    piezo pickups. The Schertler is still better with Schertler pickups or

    What I don't like about this amp is that it isn't that loud. It's rated
    at 120 watts, but the AER is WAY LOUDER. The Schertler UNICO is just a
    bit louder. If you've got a lower gain source going into this amp
    you may have serious problems getting it loud enough. But with a
    high gain bigtone or magnetic pickup I was able to get loud enough for
    some of my most volume challenged gigs (i.e. really noisy restaurants
    and bars.) It can do the job, but not much left to spare.

    Also, I've found that the second channel on this amp has very, very low
    gain. It's OK for a mic signal. But instrument level signals like a
    bigtone or stimer could barley be heard when cranked to 10. So if you
    need multiple channels to run dual pickups then this is not the amp
    for you.

    The GypsyKat is a bit heavier then the AER. It's 25 pounds, so it's
    easy to carry. Unfortunately it doesn't have the super cool, pocket
    laden type gig bags that the AER and Schertler amps have.

    This amp is best described as FAT. It just makes everything sound fat,
    warm, and smooth. All the guys I play with noticed it and commented on
    how good it sounds. That's the best endorsement I can think of....

    I'd highly recommend it for anyone using a bigtone or a stimer
    pickup. If you need more channels, flexibility, or portability, the AER
    or Schertler maybe a better choice.

  • CampusfiveCampusfive Los Angeles, CA✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 98
    FYI: You can always get a cover made for your amp. makes fantastic custom covers. They are well padded, not made of cheap foam, and they can add pockets. Also, they make every one to order, so you can get exactly what you might want. And they are not that expensive. I had one made for my 1939 EH-185, and it fits, protects, and looks great.
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,742
    Thanks for the tip Jonathan!

    I may order one of those just so I can have more pockets...seems like I always need more.

    However, I wish they made bags with shoulder straps like the AER and Schertler bags. Those are so handy!

  • CampusfiveCampusfive Los Angeles, CA✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 98
    I'll bet you could custom order that too.
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