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12: Advanced: Gear Rig

Brian Johnson

10:50 · Acoustic Guitar

In this lesson Brian covers his acoustic electronics and the mentality of acoustic players.

12: Advanced: Gear Rig

Brian Johnson

Find an acoustic that sounds good in worship, don’t just use one as a crutch that the soundman won’t even turn on.

The pickup matters. Just because it’s an expensive guitar doesn’t mean it sounds good plugged in.

Brian has a basic piezo pickup, B band, with standard EQ, he leaves it all flat on the guitar. He has used an audio technical lapel mic and stuck it in the sound hole, underneath the bridge. There are 2 different outputs on the guitar. He runs the lapel mic through a Dtar 2 channel system. The Dtar gives him separate EQ for the pickup and the lapel mic. With the mic, Brian takes almost all the base out, a lot of the mids out and leaves the treble up about half – it takes the hollow boomy sound out. Brian finds by using the piezo pickup and the mic together it adds life back the guitar.

He also uses a stereo compressor, set really slight, and a basic Boss RV5 reverb pedal, turned all the way up and the tone bass-heavy. He uses the Mod mode, and turns the time knob all the way up, tone knob a liitle bass-heavy, and level all the way up.

Brian turns this up when he is creating a moment – e.g. picking