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fossesitar

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NicNue, once again I must respectfully disagree !!

"Nobody cares if a vintage 335 sounds plinky played acoustically".

Au Contrare my friend !! Quite the opposite is the case!! Whenever
I audition a new electric guitar I ALWAYS play it acooustic first. If
it does not sound good umplugged, I do not even BOTHER to plug it in.

So many are under the impression that the sound of an electric is all
strings + pickups (+ amplifier/pedals)....... NYET !!

The sound of an electric STARTS with the acoustic resonance and tone of
the instrument. If THAT isn't there, the rest of the kit can NEVER put it back.

My 3 cents. GF
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Side note: I've noticed that Anoushka has been using a transducer along with a mic in her performances....
I think the Shankars have been using transducers for years if I recall correctly (Tony K I think has attested to this on here somewhere), they use a very expensive type that are out of my range but rumoured to sound fantastic. As a sound technician, particularly for concerts of the scale the Shankars general perform, I'd want to have both options if posssible. Blending the mic with transducer could get you what still would be a good sound but much less feedback prone. If things get shrieky or echoey, just slide the balance more towards transducer. Nifty!

Apologies for getting off track, to the OP! Enjoy your shopping!
They use a Schertler transducers and yeah they're expensive! I personally think a 60/40 blend of mic/transducer is optimum. My uncle has done that for years with acoustic bass. Works.....

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NicNue, once again I must respectfully disagree !!

"Nobody cares if a vintage 335 sounds plinky played acoustically".

Au Contrare my friend !! Quite the opposite is the case!! Whenever
I audition a new electric guitar I ALWAYS play it acooustic first. If
it does not sound good umplugged, I do not even BOTHER to plug it in.
We might be talking cross-purposes here...put it this way, a perfectly fine ES-335 sounds good acoustically to very few people on its own. It's plinky and quiet compared to a fullsize acoustic archtop. Now, I agree, you play an electric instrument and audition it acoustically to listen for defects, like string buzz or deadened string resonance. But I've played almost zero true electrics/solidbodies that I think sound great unplugged...they sound like, well, an unplugged electric guitar. So there may be some misunderstanding of what my initial point was, but anyway, I should probably demur to derail this persons topic any further!
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Unless you are certain you will be a serious player of sitar you might want to start with an acoustic of reasonable cost. P & Sons is good. GF
I tend to agree with this. A minor correction: it is P & Brothers. I also recommend Manoj Kumar Sardar. Both makers seem very consistent (I've handled many of each) and produce very good sounding instruments. Far superior to the ebay specials.

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