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1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

Aside from a guitar, capo, tuner, pick and fingers, what would you say would be 1 piece of gear no acoustic (mainly fingerpicking) player should be without? (And don't say a new guitar or an amp - my wife will kill me!)

Interesting to see what y'all say...

Cheers
stonefly.co.za <=== coming soon!
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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

7/28/2004 11:27 AM

Gary Murphy (3498) wrote:

  • Foote Capo
  • Drop-D capo
  • L. R. Baggs Para DI
  • Chorus Stomp Box
  • Music Stand
  • Plexiglass sheet to put over music on music stand when you play in the wind
  • Sunglasses

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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

7/30/2004 12:17 AM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

The things I always have in my guitar case and use frequently are:
- Intellitouch tuner (by FAR the most useful single accessory I ever bought)
- Kyser quick-change capo
- Slide (I actually use a ratchet wrench attachment, not a slide -- you can buy these so the diameter fits your finger perfectly!)
- Spare strings
- Planet Waves Prowinder (stringwinder w/wire cutter built in)
- I used to have a needle-nose pliers for removing bridge pins but I seem to have lost it
- Cloth for wiping the guitar - I used to just have a tarry-cloth, but now I got a Fender Ultimate Wipe cloth, which I really like
- Fingernail file

If you have a good solid-top acoustic, the one other MUST-HAVE item worth mentioning is a humidifier. My Taylor won't survive the winter without one. I use a Kyser Lifeguard, I prefer the design to the Planet Waves one although I gather the PW one is generally more popular.

I don't really use effects, but depending on what type of music you play, you might find a chorus or reverb pedal (or acoustic multi-effects) useful if these effects are not built-in to your amp.

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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

8/3/2004 1:26 AM

Michael Warren (6249) wrote:

Heavy strings....it's volume, power, strive and a mark of precision.

I gots 13's on mines. And contrary to popular belief, you can still shred on them and bend, just takes practice.



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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

8/3/2004 3:01 AM

Dominic Hatchuel (4861) wrote:

hear ya. i have 12s on my big baby, wouldn't go any heavier on that. but i am looking at a new larrivee or taylor within the next few months, and will probably go for 13s on that. i played a mate of mine's morgan which was strung with 13s, and had no problem getting the same bends as i do on my big baby. it's all in the set up too, i reckon.

cheers
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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

8/3/2004 3:40 AM

John Rich (3189) wrote:

I would have to go with reverb or a delay/echo pedal. An acoustic really needs delay and reverb especially when your playing new age music. You can do so much with both of these effects. They can really give your melodies a certain lift that no other effect can do.

John Rich



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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

8/5/2004 7:12 AM

Dominic Hatchuel (4861) wrote:

good suggestion, got one of each. well, actually, i play through my zoom 707, and i get a half-way decent sound. when i eventually do invest in a bigger guitar (i don't say better, because i haven't played anything that's miles ahead of my big baby yet), i'll invest in decent delay + reverb pedals. tony cox, one of south africa's best acoustic guitarists, often uses either or both when he plays. i feel it opens the acoustic guitarist to a wider palette of sounds...

thanks john
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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

8/3/2004 6:07 PM

Paul Cheeseman (2105) wrote:

Hi Dominic...What about a slide..
cheers Paul.

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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

8/4/2004 7:32 PM

Shane McAfee (3332) wrote:

First of all, clear nail polish for the picking hand. Done regularly, it keeps the nails strong and less susceptible to cracking and breaking. Also, since it si clear it is less obvoius to the guys on your bowling league LOL. I WOULD be interested in how some of you more seasoned guys deal with the pesky thumbnail. I have had problems withthe eadge of the thumbnail cathing on the strings. OUCH.

Also, get flowers for your wife. A small price to pay when you invest in an acoustic and play around the house. It wouldn't hurt to learn a pretty love song and sing it to her. Even if you sing like whales in heat, she will love you for it.

D9

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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

8/6/2004 10:35 AM

James Wilmoth (5351) wrote:

Has anyone stated the obvious?

An accoustic guitar?

: )

-Willie

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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

9/23/2004 4:22 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

Strings on the acoustic guitar are necessary if you want to sound. Just kidding.

Extra string sets and other tools for keeping the guitar in top condition.

Aside from all the tools and equipment in the case, I have a special pair of glasses that enable me to look over the shoulder of the piano player to see his music at a greater distance than I use for normal reading. These stay in my case.

I also use a luggage carrier to move my guitar around as it is easier on my back. Same for any other heavy equipment.

Charlie

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