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Old 07-07-2019, 10:10 AM
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Default Acoustic sound achievable with DeArmond FHC?

I should first clarify by saying that I'm not expecting to hear a realistic acoustic tone coming out of my amp using a "monkey on a stick". I'm looking for a way to use the DeArmond without it stifling the acoustic properties of my guitar.

Jonathan Stout, on his Swing Guitar Blog (https://www.campusfive.com/swingguitarblog) mentions that he sometimes uses a DeArmond along with a DPA 4099 mic: "Thankfully, the positioning of the DeArmond and it’s “monkey-on-a-stick” mount, allows the guitar top to vibrate freely, so the guitar is still performs acoustically".

It appears that Jonathan uses virtually the same DeArmond that I have, but it seems that by design, the pickup and volume control contact the top, and therefore it does NOT allow the guitar top to vibrate freely - at least not on my guitar ('39 Epiphone Triumph). When the pickup is mounted, the acoustic volume diminishes significantly and low frequency response disappears.

Am I missing something? Perhaps the loss in acoustic volume and diminished bass response is less significant in a stage scenario? Could it be that Jonathan's DeArmond is somehow floating? (doesn't appear to be). Any input will be appreciated.
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