First gig with LB-6 + Para DI
After many, many years of searching, I've finally found the system that works for me: the LB-6 + Para DI. Yeah, I know they've been around forever, but I've just now gotten around to trying that combo. No, it's not as realistic as some, but IMHO it's very musical and responsive. Warm, but with a nice crisp high end. The dreaded quack can easily be minimized with a little judicious eq. And what could be simpler ... and no batteries since I'm using the passive version of the LB-6 and phantom power from the board for the Para DI.
I guess the most significant downside to the LB-6 is the cost of the installation, which requires an experienced and well-equipped luthier. And since I've always done my own, any cost was more than I was use to. However Bobby Scoby at Martin Music in Memphis did a A+ job using the required saddle slot cutting jig, etc. Plus, I have a new appreciation for the importance of a good install.
Public thanks to Bobby and to LR Baggs for keeping this terrific product around for all these years.
Thank you for sharing that.
It's important that more players know what a difference proper installation can make.
Bryan, I would just add that from my experience, it is possible for a player to do a good install, depending on the system. But in all likelihood most players won't be doing more than a few installs in their career. The experienced installer is doing it every day and knows the small things that make a significant difference in the long run. Simply put – if you are out playing for money or just the kind of person who wants things done right – it's worth finding an experienced luthier that has a good understanding of acoustics and electronics, plus an understanding of your musical and performance expectations. I'm sorry to say that's a lesson that's taken me a long time to learn.
Originally Posted by Bryan McManus
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