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I just had an LR Baggs Anthem SL fitted to my 1982 Maton CW-80 (replacing the 10 y.o. Fishman Acoustic Matrix UST I had in there).

I was fiddling round yesterday morning and this tune came about so I thought I would see how the Anthem recorded.

It is running through my Fishman Loudbox Performer into Logic X.

As is. No edits, click track, etc. Warts and all – as you would get it from me in a live performance.

Sounding pretty good to me. Pretty happy with both the Baggs Lyric in my 000 and now the Anthem in the Maton (a dreadnaught).

Funnily enough the tune sounded a bit “anthemish” to me so the name stuck.

See what you think.

All comments, critiques gratefully accepted.

Regards,

Peter.
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Lyrics
ANTHEM – Peter Bowen (March 2014) CAPO II

The basic chord shapes are as below but you will need to work in the fills, runs etc. yourself ☺
(Half the time I don’t even know what I do...)

V1
[D . A .] [G . . .]
[D . A .] [G . . .]
[D . A .] [G . D/F# .]
[Em7 . . .] [A . . .]

V2
[D . A .] [G . . .]
[D . A .] [G . . .]
[D . A .] [G . D/F# .]
[Em7 . . A7] [D . . .]

CH1
[Bm . A] [G . D/F# .]
[Em7 . . .] [A7 . . .]
[Em7 . A7 .] [F#m7 . Bm7 .]
[C . G .] [A . . .]

Repeat V2

CH2
[Bm . . .] [A . . .]
[G . . . ] [A7 . . .]
[C . . .] [G . . .]
[A . . .] [ . . . .]

Repeat V2

Repeat CH1

Repeat V2

OUTRO
[Em7 . A7 .] [F#m7 . Bm7 .]
[Em7 . . A7] [D . . .]
[Em7 . A7 .] [F#m7 . Bm7 .]
[Em7 . . A7] [D . . .]
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Uploaded: Mar 17, 2014 - 11:18:52 PM
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2014 - 12:06:35 AM Last Played: Jul 31, 2017 - 07:17:43 PM
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Hardware:
1982 Maton CW-80, LR Baggs Anthem SL p/u, Fishman Loudbox Performer acoustic amp
Software:
Logic Pro X, Ozone 5
Comments
Philip18 said 1341 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
Anthem
That's a nice tone! Rich yet bright. Neat tune that makes good use of the chord progression - your hammer offs and ons always sound lively. I like what's happening here - both tune and tone!
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
Stay tuned
Thanks, Philip. I think the Anthem will work out just fine when I bed the tone down exactly where I want it. This is really just a demo. It might turn into a song... See you later, Peter.
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Franciscus_Henri said 1341 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
Very Nice!
light and very crisp reminiscent of a folk dance perhaps , very celebratory.
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
All good
Thanks, Franc. Yes, it does have a pretty "up" vibe. What's not to be happy about? :-) New p/u, new amp. All is good. Take care, Peter.
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Skean said 1341 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
Anthem
To my ears this sounds nice and relaxing, exact what I needed right now, thanks for sharing, dl, cheers.
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
Thanks
Thanks, Kenta. I appreciate your kind comment and the D/L. Take care, Peter.
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H3nry said 1341 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
Anthem
The pickup gives a full, bright tone which fits this tune, or is it that you improvised a wonderful tune to match the instrument. In any case, it's going on my iPod for many replays.

H3
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
D/L :-)
Thanks, Henry. Full and bright is a good description. Glad you liked it enough to download. Kind regards, Peter.
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jiguma said 1340 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
Peter
Really nice tone there Peter, and the tune is quite attractive (in the magnetic sense) too. Very reminiscent of James Taylor to me - I hear words :)
Cheers,
Neil
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
JT :-)
Thanks, Neil. Yes, my many years of listening to, and playing/singing, JT is on show here. There is every chance there are words in the offing. Just wanted to get a scratch recording out there to see what people thought. Talk soon, Peter.
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Marino_Experiment said 1340 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
Anthem
Beautiful...What a great performance...Totally digging the catchy phrasing...It sings with a voice of its own! Outstanding!
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
New toy
Thanks, Tony. Hopefully it will evolve into a song and I will tweak the guitar tone a touch more, too. I was just keen to record something with my new toy :-) Take care, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 1340 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
anthem
i really like the quick attack..... very defined.

slick tune as well peter, excellent
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
Articulate
The amp provides a really crisp, articulate tone. I am very happy with it. I will spend some more time bedding down the brightness vs brittleness of the top end by tweaking the p/u a bit more. As always, I appreciate your support. Thanks, Vic. Regards, Peter.
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sammydix said 1340 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
a tad
bright, yes, but i love the ringing tones after the chords. like velvet.
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
None too bright :-)
Funnily enough, it sounds great through my monitors but, yes, a touch bright through headphones. I should have done some more test listening before posting... I agree re the ringing tones, though. Aren't they great? Thanks, Sam. Regards, Peter.
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KCsGROOVE said 1340 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
anthem
A fine sounding guitar, I dig the brightness
and fine playing ofcourse :-)
very much enjoyed!
KC
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
A song...
Thanks, KC. Hopefully it might be tweaked and turned into a song. I appreciate you stopping by. Regards, Peter.
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DWL said 1340 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
A fine sound
Without the tinny sound electro acoustics often have.

Fine playing as well!

Cheers

Dick


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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
Dial it in
The Anthem has "Tru Mic" technology as well as an under saddle pickup. The mic is providing the sound from about 250 Hz upwards. I think I will be able to dial it in even a little better. Thanks for the kind words, Dick. Regards, Peter.
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gadzooks said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
Anthem
Very nice playing and picking Peter. Sweet melody and a great live performance. I find the tone a bit brittle for my liking ... I tend to favour a warmer sound but it seems to be when you play on the high register. This would be a great tone for an acoustic to sit out in a full production with other instruments ... beautiful melody and well played.
Cheers
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PeterB7858 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
Tweak required
I tend to agree with you, Stan. My monitors seem to have a sweet, forgiving treble but it does come across just a touch brittle through both my sets of headphones. You can dial in how much "tru mic" you want to blend with the under saddle p/u in the Anthem. The mic is taking everything above about 250 Hz, so I will tweak it a bit more to get it more in balance. This JT inspired noodling will hopefully be refined and turned into a song :-) Take care, Peter.
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Warren Smith said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
New Matrix
I love it when you talk tech stuff : )
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PeterB7858 said 1338 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
LOL
You know that unrequited love hertz, don't you Warren... :-) Thanks.
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davisamerica2 said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
Recorded nicely
I usually do the condensed mic thing, but have a Fishman in my Hofner acoustic. I think I'll start experimenting more. My warts could never sound this good though. Loved it, Peter. T
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PeterB7858 said 1338 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
The Frog Prince
Thanks, Terry. Re the warts - you just need to kiss a frog. And I must have a hell of a crush on them... :-) Glad you liked the tune. I hope to develop it further. Regards, Peter.
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Skunkwrx said 1339 days ago (March 19th, 2014)
Anthem
Agree with Sonny that it seems a bit bright. There is also an over-riding static hiss in the background that pushed forward during the pauses in picking. But that is a nit. The piece is beautiful, crisp and elevating. Thanks.

S1
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PeterB7858 said 1338 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
Hiss
Yes, I agree S1. I can roll off the mic component of the p/u just a touch to tame that. The low-level static is coming from the DI out of the amp. I can't seem to shake it. Good XLR cables, short runs, etc.. But, to me, the amp's sound more than makes up for it. My acoustics sound great through it. Next time I will record directly out of the guitar into my Presonus audio interface and bypass the amp and see how it sounds. Thanks for the comments re the piece. It really is just a demo composition that I hope to develop further. Regards, Peter.
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Garni said 1339 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
Anthem
Poetry in sound is how I describe your work.
Absolutely loving this piece Peter.

G-)
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PeterB7858 said 1338 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
Kind words
Thanks, Gerald. Kind words, indeed. Glad you liked this. I will look to develop it further. Take care, Peter.
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paul f. page said 1338 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
I'm not qualified...
...to intelligently comment on the guitar itself or its tone, etc. But I did enjoy listening to your placing and the general "up" feeling of this track. As a composition, I like the idea of Refrain/verse because it always brings you/me back home while allowing you the opportunity to branch out into adjacent musical territories. Your choice of chord changes is very very pleasing, too. Nice.
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PeterB7858 said 1338 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
Structure
Thanks, Paul. It was meant to have an overall positive vibe with a few reflective passages, so I am glad it achieved its aim. I agree with you re the importance of having a clear structure to improvise around, especially in an instrumental. I appreciate you stopping by. Kind regards, Peter.
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egobandit said 1338 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
Fingerstyle
you do it very well, always like that nice clean guitar sound , would love to see this live thanks again for sharing :)!
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
The land down under
Thanks, Tim. I have been performing live at a local market recently in Melbourne. You are most welcome :-) Take care, Peter.
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Soundhound said 1338 days ago (March 20th, 2014)
Man.....
Love this style full of tastes of harmonic pleasures, very
nicely done...
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my drumming days...
This is really good My Friend...well done...
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
Ageing gracefully
I think you are underselling your guitar chops big time, Tony. A-grade logs age gracefully :-) Thanks, Peter.
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alackbass said 1337 days ago (March 21st, 2014)
Anthem
Great tune. It's not easy to make a solo acoustic piece hold up on its own. You nailed this one. Strong writing and outstanding playing. What a classic looking guitar. I understand the desire to experiment with new gear but I would imagine it's hard to beat the tone of that beauty with a mic in front of it in your talented hands.
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
Constant companion
Thanks, Andrew. The progressions are just a mash up from the James Taylor 101 songbook. Now there is a man who knows his way round an acoustic guitar... Understated but so sweet. The Maton owes me nothing. It has been a very constant companion for over thirty years and just gets better with age. I appreciate your kind words. Regards, Peter.
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VicDiesel said 1337 days ago (March 22nd, 2014)
Tone
Sounds good to me. For a solo performance it wouldn't hurt to thicken the sounds slightly. I imagine that this sounds will sit great in a mix, but for a solo it's every so slightly on the thin side.
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
Some spread
Thanks, Vic. I did have a bit of stereo spread on the track at one stage but went ahead without it. I will go back and have a look at that again, especially if I develop it further into a vocal song. Regards, Peter.
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apb said 1337 days ago (March 22nd, 2014)
Catchy
nice piece and impeccable performance Peter. Tend to agree with Sammy, Stan etc - a smidge too bright/brittle sounding for a stand-alone recording (might be perfect to stand-out a little in a mix).. but I have every confidence you'll perfect the set-up/mixing later. Inspires me to think about changing my strings.. ;)
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
New strings
Thanks, Alan. Yes, I think I will just tone it down a touch. They were brand new strings, too, so they probably added to the brightness a touch. They have worn in a bit already and are sounding a touch mellower. I use Elixir Nanoweb Phosphur-Bronze Custom Lights on my acoustics these days. I like them a lot. Take care, Peter.
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thetiler said 1336 days ago (March 22nd, 2014)
Enjoy the guitar sound here.
Enjoy the feel to this.

Nice chord changes. Enjoy the present day country folk feel to this.

WaY to GO !
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
Means a lot
Thanks, Bill. As I have said before, any kudos from you means a lot to me. I see myself as just a hacker when compared to your virtuoso finger-picking talents. Take care, Peter.
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musichead said 1336 days ago (March 22nd, 2014)
could you..
could you note all the notes?? ha ! Just kidding. Very nice sound. and the playing is great and smooth.
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
Every Good Boy Deserves Fruit
Now lets see a D chord has an A, a D and an F# doesn't it? :-) I really have no idea what I am doing most of the time, Steve. I just keep throwing in fills around simple chords to hide my lack of any solid musical foundation. Thanks for dropping by. Take care, Peter.
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Daugrin said 1336 days ago (March 22nd, 2014)
Oops Gonna steal this...
Great job. Kinda recalls Mark Proctor. Maybe not. Good stuff though gonna add this right in the bag.

Daug
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
Pleasure's all mine
Just happy a few people seem to want to listen, Daug. Steal away. The pleasure is mine. Take care, Peter.
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mystrag said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
that tone...
Your signature guitar playing is unmistakable in this nice tune. The main theme is very catchy, and your search for new tones has brought something very refreshing to hear. Cheers.
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PeterB7858 said 1336 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
JT :-)
Thanks, Jay. Just borrowing some of JT's signature moves and running them together in a slightly different way. Glad it turned out okay. Take care, Peter.
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Doadars Uncle said 1335 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
Sweetness
You must have been in the flow, for sure!

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PeterB7858 said 1335 days ago (March 23rd, 2014)
Embellishments...
Thanks, Doug. I'm glad you think it came across okay. It really is a simple chord structure embellished by a few JT style fills and runs. Great news re the Artist. I think Fishman make high quality acoustic amps. Take care, Peter.
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alley-oop said 1335 days ago (March 24th, 2014)
great tone, touch
very much enjoyed
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PeterB7858 said 1310 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
Travelling man
Thanks, oop man :-) Been travelling. I will get to your music a.s.a.p. Regards, Peter.
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rok41 said 1334 days ago (March 24th, 2014)
Anthem
Such a pro, Peter. Great tone, and can hear this being expanded into something more. Always such a treat to hear your compositions, truly inspiring.
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PeterB7858 said 1310 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
Bit late
Thanks, Chris. I've been travelling and fishing in Tasmania for two and a bit weeks, so I am a bit late replying. I appreciate you stopping by, as always. I am planning to turn it into a flu blown song. Take care, Peter.
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SuperStarSmith said 1333 days ago (March 25th, 2014)
very
solid playing. lovely tone. great stuff
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PeterB7858 said 1310 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
Catch up time
Thanks S-man. Been away but back now to do some catch up. I appreciate you dropping by. Regards, Peter.
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jimmyrus said 1332 days ago (March 26th, 2014)
Nice tune
Really nice melody, as a demo pretty good, clean up some of the hissing and you will have a really nice tune.
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PeterB7858 said 1310 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
Expansion
Thanks, Jimmy. I will look to clean it up and expand it into a song. Glad you dropped by. Regards, Peter.
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Doug Somers said 1323 days ago (April 5th, 2014)
Warts and All?
I'm sure they are there if you say so, but to me this is an intimate performance that is like having you here in the studio just getting into the groove of a privately shared number. Lots of left hand magic going on, and your tone is lovely although not as warm as I've heard from you in the past. Still, when you lay down your final version I know this will be an exemplar in the style. Cheers Peter.
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PeterB7858 said 1310 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
Kind words
Very kind words, Doug. Thanks. I have been travelling in Tasmania (lovely place - great National Parks) and am just back to do some catch up and posting. Talk soon. Regards, Peter.
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JazzIsTvRicky said 1310 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
Peter the Piper
Play it my friend, i missed you guys so much, this is a very very groovy and sweet tune my friend..feel it so on this a mellow evening in LA...Wonderful piece baby...

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PeterB7858 said 1310 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
Good times
Hey TvR! How's life? Thanks for dropping by. This little tune is really just a demo of some new gear. I am hoping to develop it into a song but I have been away travelling with friends for a few weeks in Tasmania. Great scenery and some very nice local wines and food. Good times :-) Glad to see you back around MJ. Heading off to your new post. Take care, Peter.
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Bob Rodgers said 1309 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
The
new pickup gives you a lovely new tone, clear and bright but also sounds very rich. Sounds great through my monitors.
Sorry I'm late here Peter, a lovely guitar piece and very much enjoyed.

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PeterB7858 said 1304 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Thanks
Thanks, Bob. I have started work on expanding it into a song. I think I can dial it in even a bit better than this, too. Take care, Peter.
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TobinMueller said 1306 days ago (April 22nd, 2014)
It warms and gives strength
Love it. I can go back to this solo acoustic guitar sound any time and find such balance and resourceful satisfaction. Thanks for sharing this. It warms and gives strength.
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PeterB7858 said 1304 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Noodles with the lot
Kind words, indeed, Tobin. Just some noodling really. Hopefully it will turn into a song. It is great to be able to plug my acoustics into an amp and get some pretty good sound without mucking round too much. Thanks, Peter.
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J.A.Stewart said 1305 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Pretty Faithful Reproduction
Very nice hummable tune, Peter and I can hear that with some tweaking you'll be able to get a very nice sound out of this setup. It sounds pretty good right now! ;)

--- Joe
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PeterB7858 said 1304 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Tweakarama
Thanks muchly, Joe. The sound I can get straight out of the Fishman amp is pretty good. I just need to tweak it a bit more for recording purposes I think. I appreciate you dropping by. Regards, Peter.
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stratcat said 1304 days ago (April 24th, 2014)
Sweet melody
I love a good acoustic melody like this, doesn't any acompinyment, tells a story on its own. Very skilled playing my friend.
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PeterB7858 said 1303 days ago (April 25th, 2014)
On its way
Thanks, Bill. I appreciate you stopping by for a listen to this acoustic demo. It is on its way into developing into a song. Take care, Peter.
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