I played a large gig last night (a 300 plus person banquet) in a grand ballroom with two guitars and bass. I use the scheetler dyn-g into the schertler unico, the other guitarist uses a big-tone into the AER compact 60. You probably know where this question is going....
His volume absolutely killed me. I'd say he was about halfway up and that AER sounded giant and clear. I had everything on the schertler cranked, gain, channel volume, and master all about 7 and I felt like my rhythm was coming through fine, and with a tone I loved, but my single note lines, heads and solos, were thin, felt overplayed to project, and the tone suffered.
My question is, what might I do to improve the situation. I did not use any pre-amp (was under the impression I would not need one with the new generation of unico amps), and I did not fuss with the placement of the dyn-g much. Can those two things make that big a difference? Am I doomed to have a more authentic tone but not enough volume for giant halls? Should I bail and get5 a bigtone installed (or a schatten etc.) for thse kind of gigs? Any ideas or shared stories?
The biggest negative to me was that I felt to be pushing so much during my solos that it was psyching me out of playing anything really well, and thats a miserable feeling. I just kept tweeking the knobs in between tunes and looking at the size of that aer compact 60 and shaking my head.