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  1. Hi - A lot of you over the past couple months have helped me with my Gibson L130 and giving me advice about fixing the electronics and upgrading the sound. I do not like to ask for help and never return to update everyone especially since they took so much time helping me. I had my Luthier install the K and K pure pickup along with the preamp xlr system and I can honestly say I have never been happier. I am a singer-songwriter and on the first night of my small tour in November I couldn't stand the sound of my Gibson when plugged in at the venue. I came to all of you for help and was told to change the electronics and that is exactly what I did after researching some options. my last show was last weekend and the sound of my acoustic has gone from me intentionally trying to hide the sound of it to me bringing it to the forefront of the show. It's night and day. So thank you all! ALSO - My new question is what can I add or upgrade as far as options aesthetically such as new tuning pegs etc? I want to spend this summer just basically giving the gibson a checkup and come back nice and shiny :) Ryan
  2. hi everyone! after weeks of reading your incredible advice I decided to go ahead and install the K and K pure pick up into my Gibson L – 130. so far the clarity of it is pretty amazing compared to the stock fishman. The K & K was pretty much a universal response or at least in everyone's top 3 and I'm so lucky to have gotten advice from you guys. My one question is - I also bought the XLR Preamp that goes with the K & K - It seems that this is set so even if I go full volume on the preamp I do not distort. Can you guys give me advice to whether it's better to maybe go 80% volume on preamp and then control the rest from main volume in PA System OR should I go FULL volume on the K &K preamp and then go less on the main volume - if that makes sense. Thanks guys! Ryan
  3. hi everyone! after weeks of reading your incredible advice I decided to go ahead and install the K and K pure pick up into my Gibson L – 130. so far the clarity of it is pretty amazing compared to the stock fishman. The K & K was pretty much a universal response or at least in everyone's top 3 and I'm so lucky to have gotten advice from you guys. My one question is - I also bought the XLR Preamp that goes with the K & K - It seems that this is set so even if I go full volume on the preamp I do not distort. Can you guys give me advice to whether it's better to maybe go 80% volume on preamp and then control the rest from main volume in PA System OR should I go FULL volume on the K &K preamp and then go less on the main volume - if that makes sense. Thanks guys! Ryan
  4. Thank you Jeremy! What kind of mixer would be able to be used with the Bose l1 if i did that route, to give me some EQ options with the guitar and vocals?
  5. Jesse! I literally said the EXACT same sentence an hour ago to my friend regarding the fact that we spend so much money on these Gibsons but can't truly replicate the sound plugged in. Which makes me wonder if my money would have been better on a not as great guitar but used 600$ to upgrade the electronics to the best of the best. The sad part is, when plugged in, it probably would be the same. Unplugged obviously is a totally different story. I've never tried micing he acoustic live - I don't move around a lot so it probably would work. It just seems so backwards, ya know? I want to enjoy my Gibson plugged in. You are right when you say that most people don't hear a difference except for ourselves - but since i do not consider my consider myself someone who plays a Gibson guitar just because I could afford it - I own a Gibson because I want my performance to sound the best. Or i would have settled on my first Epiphone a long time ago, ya know? It seems like the best answer has been to upgrade my fishman electronics to K&K Mini with a preamp - as well as possibly getting rid of my BOSE l1 pa system for something with more control of EQ - The bose has basically nothing.
  6. i'm not sure we are talking about the same thing my battery and pick up works just fine I just don't like the sound that's coming out with the Fishman pick up and I am thinking of trying something new
  7. the fishman pro EQ II looks like it would give me great control of my tone but would this be better than say a k & k solo trinity preamp installed in place of my fishman? the thing is my compact l1 BOSE does NOT have a control for mid high and low. which is unfotunate bc I am stuck w the fishman piezo sound which I am assuming is what I dislike!
  8. thanks guys! Jeremy I have all of your messages printed out and thank you! I was out of the country for the holidays and now I am back. I need to find out how to access the PM so I can respond directly to you. I'm new at this!
  9. thanks guys! Jeremy I have all of your messages printed out and thank you! I was out of the country for the holidays and now I am back. I need to find out how to access the PM so I can respond directly to you. I'm new at this!
  10. yes it's an ACTIVE fishman pickup with a 9volt battery. I assume this would be replaced with the k and k preamp to fix my issue - but do I need something else to make it active again?
  11. or is the k& k mini solo enough for what I need? and since it's now a passive pickup going into the BOSE do I need something else in between to power it?
  12. thanks to you both and yes tinny! exactly the word I was looking for. and I truly feel you are right vacamartin. I can only assume The reason my guitars not being replicated one plugged in to such a expensive system as the Bose is because my preamp is crap. is it really as easy as buying the K and K and installing it in place of the Fishman and I should get a more natural sound? is the Trinity what I want??
  13. first off thank you to all who have helped me in the past your expertise and amazing advice makes owning a Gibson so much better. i've written before about upgrading the electronics in my Gibson L1 30 or simply buying a preamp such as the LR baggs or red eye fire eye preamp. I completely understand that by just plugging my 2001 Gibson into my BOSE L1 compact direct will unfortunately not give me the greatest representation of my acoustic. I am hesitant to change the electronics at this point - but was hoping i could get more control of the acoustic tone with an external pedal like a Lr baggs venue. Is there any other thing out there that could help make this Gibson shine when plugged in. I'm a solo singer songwriter so the acoustic sound is critical and 50% of my show. you guys are the best. ryan
  14. thanks for all who helped me with this. sorry if. I have not gotten back to you I was out of the country for a couple weeks. I still am wondering if I should upgrade my electronics or buy a preamp because I am not enjoying the acoustic sound of my guitar when plugged in it sounds very thin and nothing like the guitar when it's played acoustically :)
  15. incredible point fortyears .. in fact, just last week I accidently bought the darker gray Dunlop .88 picks instead of the ones I usually get and I realized that I loved it so much more. My issue is I play with a pick about 20 percent of my Set and the rest fingerpicking. you're exactly right about how the pick can change the tone immensely!
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