A great guitar is only as good as the sound amplification equipment used to get the music out to the people. NO1U Know uses high quality, professional equipment to ensure the very best in sound reproduction for their shows. Below is a summary of the current equipment they use for most gigs. Clicking on the red colored links for each piece of gear will take you to an individual review of each item on the Acoustic Guitar Forum website which contains much greater detail, photos and videos.
Guitar signal path: Emerald X20 (or Martin 000-18GE) guitar with K&K pickup > Ernie Ball VP Jr. volume pedal > Neunaber Wet Reverb pedal > Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer pedal.
Vocals signal path: Donna's mic (along with Scott's guitar) goes into the Boss VE-8, out to Bose S1 channel 1, ToneMatch set to off. Scott's mic goes direct into the Bose S1 channel 2, ToneMatch set to Mic.
Let me warn you right now - Scott is a Gear NUT! If you get him started talking about guitars and other musical equipment, you're in for a long conversation. He has spent years finding and acquiring the perfect guitars for NO1U Know's performances. Scott currently plays two guitars: A Martin 000-18GE Custom and an Emerald X20 Custom Woody.
Emerald X20 Custom Woody: This is a guitar custom built by Emerald, a company located in Donegal, Ireland. It is a carbon fiber guitar. Carbon Fiber is an excellent material for its ability to stand up to the harsh environment of gigging and nature that make an all-wood guitar blush. Carbon fiber guitars are nearly impervious to conditions like cold, heat, too-humid or too-dry air, not to mention the bumps and dings that can occur on a crowded stage. This guitar was custom built to Scott's specifications and includes a short 24.6" scale, custom soft V neck carve, 1 3/4" nut width and 2 1/4" string spacing. It has a K&K pickup system. Another custom feature is the beautiful cocobolo veneer top with amber back and sides color. It's as beautiful as it is functional. The X20 is Scott's primary axe of choice for public performance. Scott generally uses John Pearse #710NM Phosphor Bronze New Medium strings tuned down a half step. You can see and read more about this guitar in a review Scott posted on the Acoustic Guitar Forum, direct link here: Emerald X20 Custom Woody review
Martin 000-18GE Custom: This custom Martin is a triple 0 or OM (Orchestra Model) body size Martin guitar with Grade 8 (REALLY nice) Adirondack spruce top and mahogany back and sides with GE (Golden Era) bracing. It has a gorgeous Martin Ambertone finish, slotted headstock with 'torch' inlay, ebony fretboard and bridge, 24.9" short scale, modified V neck carve, 1 3/4" nut and 2. 5/16" string spacing which is great for the fingerstyle playing Scott prefers. It has a K&K pickup system. It is extremely lightly built and lightweight and therefore very resonant with a classic Martin dry, woody mahogany tone which is highly sought after by singer/songwriters. This is Scott's axe of choice for unplugged performances but it does make the occasional appearance out in public. Scott generally uses D'Addario EXP16 Phosphor Bronze Coated Light strings, tuned down a half step. You can see and read more about this guitar in a review Scott posted on the Acoustic Guitar Forum, direct link here: Martin 000-18GE Custom review
A word of warning about the Acoustic Guitar Forum: The Acoustic Guitar Forum - or, AGF, as we call it, is an excellent place for acoustic guitar enthusiasts to share their love of all things acoustic guitar. Scott is a prolific poster and reviewer there but be warned - he will not be held responsible for your sudden lack of attention to other aspects of your life or need to start acquiring musical equipment, a condition known as GAS or Gear Acquisition Syndrome. I'm not kidding. Assuming you accept these risks you can see a post that summarizes the many guitar and guitar related equipment reviews by Scott, direct link here: Methos1979's All-things Guitar Review thread
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NO1U Know prides itself in not only providing a great selection of music performed well but also music performed in a manner that fits the venues they play. We believe that people want to hear great music while still being able to hear themselves and each other's conversations whether it's over brunch, dinner or just sitting in the club or out on the deck enjoying a favorite beverage with friends and family. As such they not only work hard at their performance but they work equally hard to procure and utilize only the best musical equipment.