Colin Johnston wrote:Hi
Welcome & congrats on owning such a great guitar. I checked out your webpage - looks good!
I'm going to have to get my mitts on an Avalon, I currently only have a L*wd*n.
JB wrote:Hi William, welcome and many thanks for opting for one of our Avalon models.
The mahogany with cedar top combination is particular favourite of mine.
We fit the shims to make it easier for after sales pick-up fitting the shim will be the same size as a Fishman pick-up so once removed and the pick-up fitted, the saddle should remain at the same height.
I was reading your website, some big names there William, we've made guitars for both Pierre and Alex in the past.
I'm glad to hear we featured on your in-flight entertainment the more advertising, the better I say
Altho we've been making our high end models for the last 15 or more years at our current location, the "Avalon" brand is still relatively new.
Thankfully artists and players realise that the same expertise we poured into our Lowden models for years is now poured generously into our Avalons.
dave wrote:we fit a broad variety of Fishman systems, it sounds like you prefer the discrete simple designs, these would typically be the Matrix piezo system which doesnt employ controls but is active or you may prefer the Rare Earth sound hole blender for a semi - permanent option. Both systems are excellent but differ in sound and dynamic response. Some professionals such as Eric Roche ( in his Avalon L10 ) use both these systems in the same guitar, that way the entire palette of sound bases are covered to reproduce ambient percussive ( mic ) tones together with a solid upper midrange that will cut in a mix ( the magnetic ) and the lower warmer end is well presented ( piezo ). Many systems actually "feel" different and this is an aspect that often lacks commentary but its something that we all respond to consciously or unconsciously and it influences our playing and our choices, unfortunately with the huge variety of systems and manufacturers out there it is hard to choose and expensive if not prohibitive to try them and assess which you finally prefer. The 2 I have suggested have often replaced other systems in customers guitars so these are a good place to start. The rare Earth blend can be fitted temporarily in a decent store BEFORE you buy it so perhaps consider that as a good foundation in your search.
hope this is of benefit- Dave
monkey587 wrote:I appreciate the help, but based on my ears, I'm not likely to ever buy a Fishman system.
Jim Tozier wrote:
I also have an A101, and love it!
To really capture the tone of the Avalon, a soundboard transducer pickup would be a good option. I use a K&K Pure Western in all of my Avalons, and I'm extremely pleased with the results.
I like to have a lot of control over my sound, so I like to combine the K&K with an under-saddle transducer (and use a Rane AP13 preamp to EQ them separately). In my A101, I have a PUTW ust. In my "ce" models, I combine the K&K with the stock Fishman pickups. One convenient feature with this setup is that the volume knob of the onboard preamp controls the level of the Fishman, without affecting the output from the K&K. So, I can use it as a blender--makes adjusting your sound "on the fly" a breeze, which is why I tend to use those guitars for live performances.
Enjoy the A101!
monkey587 wrote:Hi, Jim. I know you from Celtic Guitar Talk.
Still, I want some kind of simple and permanent solution in one of my guitars.
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