| THE NEWBIE’S GUIDE |
Get the lowdown on what you need
to properly outfit your flattop
for use at a coffeehouse,
church, club, or concert hall.
BY GAYLA DRAKE
There’s no getting around it these days: If you want to gig with your acoustic, sooner or later you’re going
to need to plug in—and long gone are the days when a
good instrument mic and a small PA system will suffice.
Now you’ve got competition from the coffee grinder,
espresso machine, blender, the cell phones, portable
video-game systems, laptops, and any other stupidly
noisy electronic devices a person can carry with them.
The only way you’re going to make your trusty flattop(s)
conquer the cacophony of the digital age is to arm yourself
with some equally stellar guitar technologies—and a little
acoustic amplification know-how. To that end, we’ve put
together this handy guide with all the gear and real-world-application knowledge you need to make your gigs as easy
and trouble-free as possible—whether they’re on a street
corner, in a coffee shop, or at a big outdoor extravaganza.