I like the blues. Sometimes I like the grubbiest, dirtiest, acoustic blues around.
When I first moved to Winnipeg in 2007 I had left all my gear back in Brandon. After one weekend of no music I knew I had to get my hands on a cheap guitar. In a pawn-shop music store downtown I found this sad looking acoustic guitar for $20.00. How could I go wrong?
The guitar served it’s purpose and gave me the opportunity to write licks while staying with family. Once I did move into my own place the guitar became a decoration; first above my bar and then in a window. I began thinking of ways to have a fine-tuned dirty acoustic sound, but not have a need for a specific amp or any pedals.
I decided that giving this old acoustic a Humbucker and a distortion pedal was the way to do it.
Another project of mine left me with a bridge pick-up from a Les Paul copy, and after much trial and error I found two items in my scrap box to use: The brace from an electrical light box and a rubber gasket for a toilet seal. Mounting the Humbucker in the sound hole, now it was on to the built in distortion pedal.
Complete with a 9v battery compartment to power the Behringer Tube Overdrive board installed beneath the surface, this guitar is still a good acoustic. But where it really shines is in the control it offers for shaping your sound. Now with three knobs; Drive, Tone, and Level, this is the perfect dirty acoustic blues guitar around. The gasket works great to reduce feedback, yet allows the guitar to still resonates with the vibration of the strings. Being able to increase the gain yourself, it works fine to play clean acoustic, allowing for shaping with a single tone control.