Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2010 6:37 AM (in response to scott93933)Re: How do I get feedback without turning up my amp loud?
Well, the POD X3L doesn't do looping and unless you have something like a sustainiac in your guitar, you need volume in order to produce harmonic feedback. Getting that guitar feedback sound is actually an interaction with the amplified sound and your strings. That's the reason that you need a loud amp in order to get the effect to happen - it has to be loud enough to actually affect the vibration of your strings.
One assumes you'll have a monitor on stage for yourself even if your amp is tucked away in the back of the stage. You can get your guitar to feedback from the monitor as well.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 19, 2010 8:41 AM (in response to grimm26)Re: How do I get feedback without turning up my amp loud?
The only thing you could perhaps do to help the feedback to start would be to kick in your compressor at the end of the phrase to increase the volume / sustain and increase the chance of feedback at a lower volume, but it could sounds very messy.
Alternatively boost the volume at the end of the passage by using the X3L footpedal, again to increase chance of feedback - also turning to face your amp help. You could set the volume pedal range to 80-100% instead of 0-100%. Normal playing volume is then footpedal full back and you can push full forward to increase volume / feedback. Never tried it so may not work - just a thought.
But basically you need the sound from your PA / amp to vibrate the strings of your guitar... ... all down to volume and gain/drive in your signal chain.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 19, 2010 10:02 AM (in response to scott93933)Re: How do I get feedback without turning up my amp loud?
What I ended up doing is solving the problem using two new pieces of gear:
1) Jackson DK2S guitar, featuring the Sustainiac pickup ($799)
2) Behringer FD300 Ultimate Feedback/Distortion Effects Pedal ($23.99)
The guitar has practically infinite sustain and seems to work best if I bend the played note at the fretboard or using the Floyd-Rose tremolo system. I can't say enough good things about this guitar. After our first band practice with the new guitar, one of my band mates said, "I feel sorry for your other guitars; they're going to get lonely," Fortunately, the Sustainiac system can be installed in just about any electric guitar, so I could upgrade my other axes if I decide to.
The Behringer stomp box is a fantastic bargain for the price. The trick to using it with my Pod X3 Live and still being able to use the PX3L's effects is to turn the distortion on the Behringer down to zero and crank the sustain up to 10; simple! The way the Behringer seems to work is to calculate a harmonic based on the note(s) you just played (when you hold down the pedal) and then (I'm guessing) synthesize that harmonic note and hold it for as long as you hold the pedal down. This is cool, because you can keep that harmonic note playing while you play something new over top of it. About the only improvement I'd like to see in the pedal would be some way of controlling how long it takes before the harmonic note begins playing. When you hold down the pedal, there is a second or two of delay before the harmonic begins playing and sometimes it would be great to have it play almost instantly, so if the user could control that delay, it would be great.
Between the new guitar and the Behringer effects pedal, I have all the sustain and feedback I could ever want and I feel like I can express myself so much more than ever before and all without cranking up the amp at all. I'm finding that I'm adding all sorts of fills and flair to our cover songs with dive bombs, squeels, and other effects. This is going a long way toward making our three piece band sound much more like a four piece band.
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions! I'm planning on getting a James Tyler Variax shortly after the new year and I will very likely take it straight to a luthier and have a Sustainiac pickup installed in the neck position.