How to assemble the ultimate live acoustic guitar rig

Acoustic guitar gig
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Whether you’re busking solo or you play in a band, making sure your acoustic guitar rig is set up just right is key to delivering a great performance. There are countless potential pitfalls, but we’re here to steer you in the right direction and ensure your gigs go to plan. 

Broadly, we’d say the following tips fall into the following categories: sonic improvements, tonal troubleshooting and set-up advice, essential gear purchases, and backups/preparation for those unforeseen gear failures. Read on as we help you get your acoustic rig gig-ready.

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Total Guitar is one of Europe's biggest guitar magazines. With lessons to suit players of all levels, TG's world-class tuition is friendly, accessible and jargon-free, whether you want to brush up on your technique or improve your music theory knowledge. We also talk to the biggest names in the world of guitar – from interviews with all-time greats like Brian May and Eddie Van Halen to our behind the scenes Rig Tour features, we get you up close with the guitarists that matter to you.

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