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Reed Triller
Jun 30, 2009 4:05 AM GMT

I may be getting a cheap Squire Fender Strat and amp set for really cheap.

Should I even waste my time getting a mic and such to play harps through it?

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Jun 30, 2009 4:15 AM GMT
Joe L Replied:

It couldn't hurt.

My first amp was a 50w solid state Yahama amp. You can learn a lot about microphone technique. It's supposed to be fun. Go for it.

Jun 30, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
Zack P Replied:

I say work on your acoustic chops first. THEN amp up.

Jun 30, 2009 6:15 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Is it a newish one? The 80's Squier Strats from Japan are supposed to be rather good guitars. What is the amp that comes with it called? I'm not sure, but I think that some players take the newish Squier Strats and change the pickups to hotrod them.

Maybe borrow a mic to try it with harp first, unless you know you'll want a harp mic soon anyway.

Jun 30, 2009 7:27 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I will find out for sure sometime this week.The seller says is is fairly new and just played a few times before they gave up.

He bought it as a set.

Jun 30, 2009 7:43 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

I agree with Joe.

If nothing else it'll be good practice for mic technoque.

But acoustic tone is arguably the most important factor in amplified playing, don't forget to neglect that part of your playing.

Jun 30, 2009 8:16 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I dunno,Zack.That`s kind of like saying don`t play electric guitar until you`ve mastered acoustic.No?

Jun 30, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

the difference being, you CAN play harp acoustically and actually make good things happen in public. and it's too true, a lot of folks believe an amp and mic will somehow make them sound better.

that aside, i have tried a lot of amps over many years. if that's a solid state amp as opposed to a tube amp, you will have some real adventures getting good tone out of it harp-wise. most ss amps just don't have the sag and breakup that gives a tube amp-SOME tube amps- a great harp tone. but if you do get it i'd say an sm57 or sm58, or possibly an audix fireball or nady torpedo mic would work for it. think low impedance.

Jun 30, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Joe's absolutely correct and way too many newbies jump into that fire WAAAAAAAY too early before they're really ready. Too many players have the tendency to believe the MYTH that getting gear will improve their playing, which has NEVER been true. Get the acoustic chops, tone, resonance, and technique together first before you go that way, because truth be told, anyone who's got what I've mentioned together first is always gonna sound good no matter what and someone who doesn't won't. It takes work, yes, but it is worth it. Getting a couple of simple tunes on harmonica seems easy, but to really get it together musically isn't something anyone does in 1-10 quick, easy lessons, and part of learning is making mistakes and making a fool out of yourself in the process.Ray, not to be discouraging, but you don't want to wind up biting more than you can chew just yet.

Jul 01, 2009 9:13 AM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Hi Ray,

I don't want to sound redundant but... just in case the message isn't clear, save your money and learn how to play the harp first. Learn how to develop TONE with your body. I am saying this because I believe you are new to playing harmonica and one thing that must be realized is that we live in a world of instant gratification and we all want what we want now. Unfortunately playing harp well, takes time. No amp or mic can substitute time. We are all mostly real serious about the craft here and we just want to help because we've been there. Talk is cheap I know and I am willing to give you a 2 hour lesson for free if you drive down to Modesto (2 hours south?). Why? Because I am into it that much. Also with a good foundation you might stick with it and really start to have fun. (many new harp players quit early on). I have had lessons from Michael Peloquin, David Barrett, one on one and Joe Falisco, Dennis Gruenling, Lee Oscar, Jerry Portnoy, Majic Dick, and many others in a workshop setting so I think I can help new players (I consider myself almost intermediate after 12 years and 1 to 4 hours every day of practice. I'm old, give me a break) At any rate, Good luck to you and Take care. Send me a pm if you are interested.


Jul 01, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

I'm going to go out on a limb here and take a slightly different tack. If you want an amp and can afford it, go for it. I'm sure it won't be your last amp. It might not be the right one. But this is a way to learn.

OF COURSE you have to know how to play harp and get good acoustic tone to sound good amplified. OF COURSE! But having good acoustic tone and technique does NOT mean you're going to get good amplified tone. Getting amplified tone is a skill unto itself and takes A LOT of practice. Most people can learn more than one thing at a time, so why not start this long learning curve too. Just don't STOP working on your acoustic tone and technique.

Jul 01, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
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Jul 02, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Thanks for all the input.

Just so everyone understands,,,,,,,,the amp was coming with a guitar I was thinking about buying.

I wasn`t seeking out an amp to go with my harp :)

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