MIDI Keyboard Setup

If you are able to use MIDI, you can do a whole lot of things…but it is not easy and has quite a learning curve to it. For example, instead of buying a full Yamaha Motif ES ($1,400 maybe?)…I purchased a Motif ES Rack module that I simply play through my Triton. 
A rack module is like taking all the computer parts inside a keyboard, and putting them in a small rack..so they don’t have a keybed or anything like that. 
What it gives me is all of the sounds, arpeggiators, sequencers, etc…from the Motif ES. 
I already carried around 2 keybaords, I didn’t want a 3rd. So purchasing the rack ($600 i think) saved me lots of money, and loading time! 

There are a lot of MIDI controllers you can get that are very nice and not expensive ($300)…but keep in mind those controllers usually come with NO sounds by themselves. But you could have a nice controller for $300 + the Motif rack module for $600 and only spend $900 on a great setup! 

(I also forgot NORD workstations…which are also great for lots of organ/piano sounds) 

6) Amplification – A lot of people like floor monitors and amps. Keep in mind this cost as there are things like the Roland Cube amp, Peavy KB series, etc.. 
I prefer to use in-ear monitors but that type of setup can run you another $500 or so. 

Electric guitars in acoustic amps

Electric guitars in acoustic amps 

The key question, which is – would an electric guitar sound good in an acoustic amp? Answer: rarely.

For one thing, acoustic amps are designed to play as cleanly as humanly possible, whereas electric amps – even sweet, clean ones – have a little natural distortion, without which electric guitars frankly sound pretty flat and awful.

I can plug my Taylor T5 into my Fishman amp and, even on the humbucking pickup, it’s passable. Plug the Strat in? It’s awful. Have you ever plugged a solid electric guitar directly into a PA system? That’s pretty much what you’ll get.

Semi-hollows and hollows sound better, particularly if you’re using something with larger woofers like a Fishman or SWR. They sound trashy through a Crate or a Trace.

As for the Roland, I don’t have much experience with it. The Roland has a very nice reputation, by the way.

Acoustic Vs Electric Guitar Amps

Acoustic vs electric guitar amps 

Bluntly, an electric combo amp is designed to, as they say, “make a Strat or a Les Paul sound good.” Oversimplified, but that’s the gist of it. Electric guitars produce a specific frequency range, and good electric amps are built to compliment exactly that.

Acoustic guitars have a much wider frequency range. The amp AND the speaker(s) are designed to reproduce those frequencies. Look at almost any acoustic amp and the first thing you’ll notice is that it probably has two speakers – a woofer and a small piezo speaker that carries the high frequencies. That’s what gives your acoustic the sparkly highs when plugged in. Frequency-wise, an acoustic amp is very similar to a PA amp. Even a keyboard amp will usually make your acoustic guitar sound better than an electric amp.

Try this A-B test. Plug your nice acoustic guitar into a small acoustic amp. Play it, get used to the nice, wide tonal variety. Now move your plug into a good Fender amp and play the same thing. You’ll notice it sounds decidedly muddy in comparison. Lows are kind of dirty & imprecise, highs are, well, not high. Just muddy.

As for hollow-bodies or semi’s (ES335), they’re passable through an acoustic amp – certainly better than a Strat would sound. But if you want a soft, clean sound, they sound fantastic through a Fender Princeton Chorus or a Roland.