I have been reading this forum for a while and just registered. I recently made the transition to gypsy jazz from straight ahead jazz. Im playing on a Loar LH-600 which I like except for some overtone ringing and the non-cutaway. I bought a Schertler Basik with Stat pre from Michael which sounds really good at lower volumes, but when I played a gig with it I had to turn it up loud and it didn't sound good to me. I have a gig next month at a large art gallery with a lot of (loud) people. I'm thinking about just putting a floating pickup on it and playing electric, but I'd kind of like to stay acoustic. A local guitar shop recommended the fishman archtop bridge pickup ($160), which basically seems like a bigtone for archtops. Here is a link to it:http://www.fishman.com/products/details.asp?id=4
anyone have any experience with this? Does is affect the acoustic volume/tone of the instrument? I'm not expecting the greatest sound because it is piezo but maybe if I mix it with the basik it would sound good?
I was also looking to buy a selmac guitar, and I was thinking I could use the selmac for quieter gigs, and put a pickup on the Loar for louder gigs. any advice for a pickup on the Loar?
any other recommendations?
Thanks for your help!