I was hesitant to think this would make that big of a difference, and also worried about trying to train the Tonedexter. I ponied up for a Slate ML2 condenser and couldn’t be happier with the results! It has now found a permanent home on my acoustic pedalboard. I trained this with a K&K, a Baggs Element, and a Fishman UST all with considerable success to make my guitars sound like my guitars while plugged in!
Running this with a 24 year old Taylor 712 and an LR Baggs ibeam. It sounds like you stuck a condenser mic up to it. It also gives you power which is nice. Use a good mic and you’ll be pleased if you’re a purists. Shoreline has killer customer service to boot!
I have a nice collection of guitars, but I have always been unhappy with the way the piezo pickups sound- with their quack. I've got several different types of pickups- Baggs Anthem, Baggs Element, MiniFlex Mics, K&K. They all have some kind of odd sound that's not as good as they sound live.
The TD takes care of that quack. It's an easy pedal to use. I was already using it to train within 5-10 minutes of opening it. They did such a good job of making it user friendly. There are 22 slots you can use to store various settings. 21 are used for live performance settings. 1 is used for studio type work, where it does not have the feedback minimization. I have not used that yet. But I need this for live use, not for studio use.
I recommend trying a variety of mics in different positions. And the most expensive mics don't necessarily return the best sound. Some guitars liked the mic down by the nut. Some liked it recorded from the front. It's just random, in my experience.
Things you'll need: a decent set of headphones, a condenser mic, cables, guitar and the TD.
This pedal takes away that awful quack. Is it 100% as good as the natural sound? No. That's not realistic. But I would say it gets it to 85-90% of where I wish it would be. I have yet to see or hear anything that works better. The closest I have seen is the dpa clip on mic. I love that and I would say that this is just as good.
I would recommend the TD for anyone who wants to get a more natural sound, without the trouble of mic'ing a guitar. You cannot buy from a better place than Shoreline, either.