As you may or may not know, I’ve been spending the last few days with flamenco / metal guitarist Benjamin Woods. Like myself, Ben is a nylon string guitar player performing with a group consisting of electric bass and drums.
Up until now the only way our guitars could be heard was to amplify them with an under saddle pick up, microphone or both. The problem we all face is that the mic, as great as it sounds, will feed back at louder volumes and also picks up the sound of the the bass and drums. And the problem with the under saddle pick up is that every single manufacture’s pick up I’ve ever tried does not sound like a nylon string guitar! Until now…
Thank You Fishman and thank you Benjamin Woods!!! You guys have forever changed my guitar pick’n life!
During live performances Ben currently uses Godin and Line 6 nylon string guitars. Each of these guitars uses nylon string guitar modelling.
Now why I’ve never seen or heard of these guitars is beyond me. There amazing and to date I’ve never seen one in any of our local Canadian music stores. I’m sure that will change very soon.
So what is guitar modeling. We currently have had this for years with Line 6 giving us electric guitar player any amp we could ever dream of owning in a little unit called a pod. Well now they have finally done it for us acoustic players.
Godin, Line 6 and Fishman have created nylon string guitars and pedals to emulate what ever mic’d guitar sound we can dream up.
So this leads me to my new Fishman Aura 16 pedal…
This little device is amazing. I’m now plugging my nylon string flamenco guitar straight into the Fishman Aura and out to the PA. And my guitar sounds great! Just like the mic’d sound without any feedback and lot’s of headroom (volume)
I first used the Fishman Aura for my recent studio session with Gypsalero and when I went into the control room to listen to my guitar we listened to both the mic’d sound and the fishman and I couldn’t tell which was the real mic!
So the Fishman Aura scores massive points from me in the studio and live at home. Next is to try it out live at my gig this evening. I’ll plug straight into it and will not use a mic as I’ve done in the past.
Ok, so once again the Fishman Aura was awesome however I did find most of the nylon sounds to be to distant in a live situation. So with a little compression added to my guitar it now sounds close and punchy.
As a soloist it’s fine without compression however when performing with bass and drums the compression was necessary.