I've been asked to play a short set at our local university next weekend. Its a 2-hour program featuring several local singer-songwriters and musicians. I attended a similar program last year and all musicians were using acoustic-electrics (none of the guitars were mic'd). I could take my acoustic-electric Blueridge but for the last couple months I've been mostly playing a Recording King ROS-16 - a mahogany/spruce slot-head acoustic with a wide (1-13/16) string spacing. It has a brighter sound than the rosewood/spruce Blueridge, great sustain and overtones and I find the wide neck easier to play because of my big hands. Last night I installed an LR Baggs Element VTC I had laying around. The installation went easy, string height nearly perfect, no buzzing, etc but the pickup really amplifies the sustain and overtones to the point of becoming annoying. I tried different combinations of amp settings and tone adjustments on the LR Baggs but couldn't find anything that suited me.
I know I could replace the bone nut and saddle with a different material or change the pins to deaden the sound, or even put on some old strings but then it wouldn't produce the great acoustic sound when played un-amplified. I'd hate to have to make changes every time I switch from acoustic to acoustic-electric. Has anyone else ran into this problem? If so, how did you address it? I guess I'll just use my Blueridge for the gig but would like to set up the slot-head to use in the future.
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