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« on: June 24, 2009, 08:39:46 PM »

I play solo, just an acoustic through a PA or California Blonde acoustic amp.  Is there a pedal that would give a decent impression of an electric guitar.  I know nothing would replace an electric guitar with an amp, but I'm looking for something that would color my sound.  Four hours is a long time to play.

I remember seeing Sam Bush's band once and his guitar player played a song on his D that sounded pretty nasty, in a good way.
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 08:59:56 PM »

The larger question would probably be what kind of electric guitar sound are you looking for?
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009, 01:39:44 AM »

I would think any overdrive/distortion box would do the trick.  Not a super-heavy one, but something like a BOSS Blues Driver.  Even the sweetest acoustic will sound like an electric with the "filth" (as they call it in the UK) cranked up.

Just watch out for feedback.

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2009, 11:42:58 AM »

I haven't tried it, but a Tubescreamer (TS808) would probably do the job quite nicely - it has relatively light overdrive, but gives a really solid punch.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2009, 01:29:06 PM »

In addition to the overdrive and distortion boxes mentioned I would also add an EQ to shape the output so that it resembles the response curve of an electric amp.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2009, 02:05:27 PM »

Or go whole-hog and get a Line 6 POD X3 Live.  You can choose your amp, your effects, set EQ, etc. etc.  I got one for my electric gigs and have started playing my acoustics through it as well.  It has a lot of patches designed for acoustic guitar and can make your acoustic sound like an electric.  The one thing you have to be careful of, whichever way you go, is that  acoustic guitars tend to feedback much more than solid or semi-hollow electrics.  A lot of distortion boxes designed for electrics will cause your acoustic to scream like a banshee on acid - almost never a good thing.
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