L1 Systems and Acoustic Guitar Feedback Busters
I had an interesting experience last night. I've been playing this fun patio show at a nice hotel in downtown Knoxville the past few Friday nights. I go guitar and vocals into my T1, Master out to my L1 Compact and Aux out to my S1 Pro as a monitor in the floor wedge position.
Last night I had to set up in a new spot and I was having a lot of trouble with the low end of my acoustic guitar. After about 2 hours of fighting it, I remembered that I have a feedback buster (rubber sound hole plug) in my guitar case. I popped that thing in and it totally solved my guitar trouble.
But.....it felt like someone else was playing the guitar! It was a very strange experience! I NEVER need a feedback buster using my L1 systems and since L1 systems have been my primary sound systems for about 14 years, playing with a feedback buster felt very odd to me. I felt disconnected from the guitar.
I came to realize just how much I hear and feel the natural acoustic sound of my guitar even when I'm plugged in. I was lost without that and I've been playing live for a long time!
I think because these L1 systems usually allow me to fill very large areas without pushing a ton of volume, I get to enjoy the acoustic nature of my guitar even when I'm plugged in. Or at least that has been the case up until last night.
Hopefully this was an anomaly! This was the first time I had the S1 directly in front of me. Usually I have my L1 on one side of my and the S1 on the other so I'll either have to work on my S1 placement or at least spend some time getting used to playing with that feedback buster.