Guitar, Violin, one pedal board
Hi. Does anyone have any experience playing in a band, switching between acoustic violin (with fishman pickup) and electric guitar and using a single pedal board and amplifier? What set up worked well? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
I do this in the studio. It works, but you have to watch out for feedback, considering you're playing live. Good reason to do a sound check before your show.
The most important effect for electric violin is equalization. You have to roll off all of the bad stuff. But a lot of what’s bad frequencies for violin is essential for guitar, so you really couldn’t expect to have one signal path that would work well for both instruments without having to constantly change the settings. I believe this would also be true for other effects as well.
Thanks for the responses. FYI Have been playing the violin thru a Fender amp for a while, which has been working fine. So trick will be how to work guitar into the mix. I’m starting with an overdrive, compressor, reverb, and a DI box with EQ. Planning to continue using the reverb and DI with the violin, and the OD, compressor, reverb on the guitar.
An A B switch may be handy. I use one of these:
I have done this in a touring band, and I can offer a non compromise solution without sacrificing one of the sounds.
I've only played some laid-back jazz gigs on violin so I can't really say what will work "in the field" so to speak. But Christian Howes recommended the Boss ME-80 to me and I purchased this device and I have fooled around with it some at home.
I am in a similar situation with an electric mandolin (it has magnetic pickups so is basically a small electric guitar as concerns amps etc.).
Stomp boxes are indeed a matter of personal choice. That's why there's 500 of them in the Sweetwater catalog.
Paul, you have to buy all 500 of them to know which you like!!
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