Someone at the last gig wanted to know how we have a distinct clarity when were playing: (which can be a disadvantage if we make a mistake…) So apart from not playing very loud, and being acoustic and not doubling parts; here is what we use for the tech heads out there.
Daves set up is simple – he uses a top of the range spruce and mahogany cut away Alhambra Spanish nylon strung which has a pickup in it, straight into a AER classical combo amplifier.
I use a variety of steel strung guitars – a cutaway lowden 012 with a fishman magnetic active humbucker p/u, a mahogany 000 martin with a fishman active humbucker, a Hohner Gruhn with a lace magnetic passive or piezo (I think its an artec) or a Maton EGB 808 which is piezo, all of them through a Trace Eliiot acoustic combo, I prefer the fishman sound set up with a jazzy tone though Dave prefers a sparkly acoustic sound, so the Maton currently gets the biggest thumbs up.
Chris uses a Double Bass (usually my Hungarian ply one) with a David Gage transducer into a Gallien Kruger combo. We use condenser AKG handhelds on phantom power into a Peavey PA for vocals only. so nothing that special really. We are very aware of not stamping over each other which may have more to do with the separation of our sound.
About The Los Dawsons
- Mike Dearing
- We were originally an intrepid acoustic quartet from in and around Greenwich, we are now vocals, 2 guitars, electric Bass, Drums and occasional harmonica. We perform as close to acoustically as possible in small venues or amplified in larger ones, we have headlined large festivals but we are just as happy playing in your dining room and have done so on more than one occasion. We play music that encompasses 75 years of popular music; jazz, blues, swing, country, rockabilly, rocknroll, latin, soul, Rhythm and Blues, pops, standards, folk, punk, brit pop and even some originals too... so Rent Parties Bar Mitzvahs or any other suitable occasion is our pleasure or hopefully yours! A snapshot of our latest tracks are featured in the Flash player here, they were recorded live with no overdubs – so this is what we sound like live...