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    Hello all,
    I'm way new to the electronic side of acoustic guitar. Up until very recently, I had my guitar and no means of amplification. A short time ago, I inherited a really nice collection of acoustic gear from my grandfather who passed. He used to let me fiddle with these when I would visit and I always had so much fun.

    Marshall AS50D amplifier
    LRB Venue DI
    LRB Align Delay
    LRB Align Reverb
    LRB Align Chorus
    Digitech Jamman Stereo Looper

    Unfortunately, when I received all of these, they had been unplugged and packed away in boxes. I have no idea how to connect them in order to get the best sound. I've been poking around the forums for a day or so, but not having much luck. I know I probably want to use the effects loop feature of the amplifier, but I'm not exactly sure where everything falls into this setup.

    I also realize that this is a highly subjective topic. I'm really just looking for a place to start.


  • #2
    Hey Tiff,
    Thanks for posting. That is definitely an overwhelming amount of gear to learn all at once. Hopefully, with a little input, you can get up and running.

    Before we get into the connections, do you have a pickup in your guitar? If so, do you know what it is?


    • #3
      So I made this post, then forgot all about it.
      I have 2 Taylor guitars with built in pickups.

      I have a model 210-esb

      and a k24ce with Expression System 2

      I did take a shot at hooking things up and I did get sound. I'm not thrilled with the results, but again, this is all new to me so I'm sure there are adjustments to be made.

      I put the VDI first in the chain, then the reverb-->chorus-->delay--> into the return jack on the amp.

      I'm also using a MXR DC brick to power the pedals.

      Things sounded pretty decent until I activated the any of the effects (delay/chorus/reverb), then there was considerable noise, not feeback, more like static (probably not the right word).

      I'm guessing this is going to be a lot of trial and error when it comes to adjusting pedal volumes, gain, etc. If I can get everything plugged in correctly, I think I'll be good from there.

      Thanks for your help. Sorry for this long-winded response!



      • #4
        I think I got it figured out. I re-read the other post in here regarding this very question and it finally made sense.
        Here is what I've done and it sounds pretty good (no noise anymore).

        Guitar ---> VDI Input

        VDI Send ---> chorus/reverb/delay/looper ---> Return on VDI

        VDI output ---> return on amp

        I'm wondering if I really need to be using the VDI since I don't play anywhere but home. I'm going to leave it for now. Curious as to what your thoughts are. I know most of the videos I've watched say it's "perfect for the gigging acoustic musician" which I am not Who knows though, maybe this will push me to it once gigging is back in style again.



        • #5
          Hey Tiff,
          I am glad that you got it figured out. The Venue is a great tool for live gigging and it has a great EQ section, but if you don't need it, it is probably the easiest thing to get confused with. If you are just starting out, using the Align pedals is a great place to start. You can always add the Venue in later if you need the EQ or the DI options down the road.