Short version: If I put a ST48 on a D-Hole Cigano, how much will it affect the acoustic sound?
The long version: I've been looking for options to bring a single guitar for fly out gigs.
At home, I bring three guitars to most gigs: an acoustic archtop, a selmac, and an archtop with a charlie christian pickup. Most of the time, I'm playing rhythm on the acoustic archtop, and I'll pickup the electric to play a solo, and then put it back down. I use the selmac for a couple songs throughout the night, and usually keep it the whole song. But basically, I'm looking for a way to have an acoustic guitar to play rhythm on, and then have some kind of electric pickup where I can just roll up the volume knob to play an electric solo.
In the past I've just brought the acoustic archtop on fly out gigs, and used a DeArmond guitar mic. However, I've been really dissatisfied with that approach, because even though the DeArmond clamps on, it still really mutes the top of the guitar.
I do have some pretty strong feelings about some of the possibilities.
1) I can't stand electrified rhythm guitar, so just playing rhythm with a magnetic pickup is anathema. The guitar will need to still project acoustically, and will be mic'ed with a condenser.
2) I really want a single coil-type vintage-y sound for the electric sound. I'm really against the modern sound of a benedetto-type pickup with flatwounds into a solid state amp sound. Yuk! A CC pickup or a P90 is the right sound.
So, I thought that something like a Cigano D-hole with a Stimer 48 might be a good match.
Every Cigano GJ15 I've played has at least been pretty loud, and I figure a Stimer should have that single coil sound. But will attaching the Stimer kill the sound of the top?