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Posted by Jay ( on May 27, 2002 at 21:33:25:

Ok gang, I need some real help. I am playing a refurbished Kay Swingmaster with Fishman pickups through a strawberry blonde SWR 1by 10. The tone sounded like the muddy Rio grande so i bought an Alesis compressor which seems to have helped a little. I play with an eight piece western swing band and my sound/tone are almost nonexistent. The sound guy doesn't want me playing thru the PA system because the bass robs everything else of clarity. I am ready to start completely over. I have numerous questions:

What is the difference between a microphone and pickups? What works best from a stage?

How do I protect the bass from the massive feedback it picks up from every other noise on stage? Is there some kind of "baffle" or does it have to do with the pickups?

How much amp do I really need? A combo would be the easiest to haul around.

Should I play thru the PA, and if so, how do I make it work?

Any suggestions on the right direction much appreciated. Jay

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