RiverRat wrote:No... I just want to avoid a control cavity that's got 15lbs of shit in a 5lb space. A gutted GK pickup is still quite large, so piezo's with the hexpander is the route I'm going.
and not ALL late era Jerry was bad... '95 Jerry sounded world's better than his complete absence of tone in '96!
ahh, i see you are looking for the alternative for a midi pickup? not necessarily the acoustic tones of 93-95, correct? not a bad option, but jerry's gutted GK pickup also had momentary switches for patching up or down. he also had a seperate volume for the midi which allowed him to use the midi along with his standard guitar electronics or use 1 or the other. to do this he modded the GK for midi only, and had 2 seperate board fed monitors onstage(left & right) for the midi system along with his guitar rig of the time. the "quickswitch" of the ghost system is like the GK's switch, but remember jerry did not utilize that, he modded his midi for midi only, and used the seperate volumes of the midi and the guitar to mix or seperate. the midi played no part in his guitar electronics and if the midi went down his guitar still worked. if you don't seperate the 2 then you could have problems if the midi side goes haywire.
also, they do sell a GK internal midi unit/pickup, that would come in a little smaller then a gutted GK. midi technology has come a long way since jerry passed and i am sure he would be using the latest and greatest out there. the thing is i think he would still seperate the 2 (midi vs. guitar).in my opinion it was just another thing jerry was way ahead of then most on.
just some thoughts.
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