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s.a.m.
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Registered: Mar 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Tip for using a Pick-up on Reso

Hi -

I wanted to post this tip if you're planning on installing a National Lace pickup on a reso.
(or other magnetic pickup - not Fishman transducer type)


Switch to nickel wound strings.
If you're still using your bronze strings
(from playing acoustically)
the 2 high strings will ring out much louder than the lower 4 strings.

I'm still in the process of taming/perfecting the sound of my Delphi w/a Nat'l-Lace humbucker (through a Fender Blues Jr.)
but with the nickel wounds at least the sound is balanced throughout all the strings.

Also - D'addario makes these half-wound strings that are great for eliminating fret noise. They're awesome for slide and will help you play faster using heavier guage strings.
You can get them in nickel or bronze and they muddy up your tone just a teeny-tiny bit.


Cheers,
Sammo

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chad
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s.a.m. -

Thanks - great tip. I'll try that next.

Here's a query, though; I have a humbucker at the base of the fingerboard on my wood-bodied dobro, and also the Fishman transducer (I play a round neck spider-bridge dobro),


will the nickel strings still be as resonant through the transducer?


...suppose I can just post the response when I change strings...


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s.a.m.
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Chad -

I'm pretty sure the transducer will be affected the least by the string change. It's picking up the vibrations right under your biscuit.

Let me know what results you get...

Are you happy w/ the transducer sound?
I've tried 2 (Highlander and Schatten)
and they always sounded brittle even with the pre-amp.

The Lace single coil reso pickup wasn't bad bit it's a bit bright.

Cheers,
Sammo

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chad
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s.a.m. -

The Fishman is.......interesting.....

I have it on my roundneck, and I like it; full, not too brassy/bright, but also not very punchy. I feel like it dulls thoe tone of the resonator, that is, it really produces the prettiest tone, and not always the grittier, snarling blues sound.

On the other hand, I put one in my buddies' squareneck Rogue (overall, a damned impressive guitar) and it sounds HUGE. Still real pretty, but hey - pretty in a lap slide dobro, that's not bad.

Installation was a snap, with one exception: the elbow gasket that was supposed to be included with the p/up wasn't there, and I wasted an afternoon trying to get it to work without. No luck. Called Fishman (great customer support) and figured out the problem, found the gasket at an electronics store, and was playing in 5 minutes.

Overall, I bet it would take about 20 minutes to put one on.

But remember - these are for spider-bridge resonators, and I don't think one would fit on a biscuit.

Also, this all pertains to the Fishman Active p/up.

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