I finally put together a pedal board for my acoustic guitar and it has made me very happy. Check it out:
I know, it's not really pretty.
Here's what it does, from right to left:
ART Tube Pre-amp - This was recommended to me by Pierce Pettis, last year. It warms up your sound through a glass tube and gives you nice controls to keep your instrument balanced. It's only $30 and it immediately made my acoustic guitar sound better. Every note is warmer and individual notes have an easier time filling up the room. It's the difference maker.
2 - Behringer EQ Pedal (EQ700) - I use this for a volume boost. I'd like to replace it with a sturdier model but this very cheap one from Behringer does the trick. When you have to play a guitar solo on the acoustic it can be difficult to be heard, so a pedal to boost the volume can be a must. I enjoy boosting my volume by adjusting the individual frequencies to keep the volume change from being too obtrusive.
3 - Dean Markley Chromatic Tuner (PT13) - Sometimes, the "purists" tell me not use gizmos and gadgets on an acoustic guitar, but I don't know how they get around using one of these. Maybe they know the secret to not getting out of tune, but the rest of us must be able to tune quickly during shows. (I've seen people completely screw up their show by getting out of tune and failing all evening to get it worked out.) This one will work on my mandolin and my guitar, it has very solid construction, and it is the only high quality tuning pedal under $99.
There you have it. Nothing flashy, but it works very well. What kind of a guitar do I play? I'm glad you asked.
The Aspen Luthier guitar is no longer made by anyone, but it retailed from $790 - $1500 in the 80's. It has a cedar top and lots of "character." I bought this one from an older musician who had too much gear and had to unload some things. The best part is that years ago he ripped out the old electronics and installed a sweet Fishman pickup.
My previous acoustic guitar sounded great - until I plugged it in. With my new setup and my old guitar I am enjoying my acoustic performances, again.