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LB6 … any viable mic addition?

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  • LB6 … any viable mic addition?

    After trying nearly every pickup around I am more satisfied with my simple LB6/ParaDi combo than any other. May be due to the fact that I finger pick much more than strum. Also, the string-to-string balance is perfect and the pickup is very responsive – two things that are important to me. On the downside, there is a lack of overtones particularly on the bass end ... a lot of fundamental tone, but not much character to the note.

    Question: considering the internal out-of-phase wiring in the LB6, is there a mic you could recommend as an second source. I was thinking that Phil Keaggy had used the LB6 plus mic, but I could be mistaken. If there is, how would I go about wiring such a combination. Does LRB still make an internal pre that combines two sources and outputs to a mono signal for simplicity sake?

    By the way, I've installed a Lyric in the same guitar. I haven't been impressed with that combination so far, but I'm still working at it. I have a Dtar 3-band parametric eq, so if you have a suggestion about general parameters to make such a combination work, I'd appreciate your input.


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    Hey Rusty,
    The LB sensors are out of phase, but we have had several systems in the past that paired the LB6 with a mic. Usually, the phase issues are very minimal. The Duet and the Duet II were the original systems that Keaggy used. However, those systems have been out of production for a long time now.

    We do still offer the Dual Source system though. The Dual Source usually comes with the Element undersaddle pickup, but the preamp has a high/low gain switch that makes it compatible with the LB6 as well. If you used the LB6 with the DS, you would have the ability to blend in a mic over the top of the LB signal in mono or stereo mode.

    If you want to use the LB6 with an internal mic, the DS would probably be the easiest way to go.

    I hope that helps.