“If I need a sound that isn’t your typical bright, sustainy acoustic tone,” says Workman, “I’ll take an old Martin 00-18 that I string with electric strings. It gives it a lot of bluesy character with plenty of midrange. I’ll also overdub acoustics with other stringed instruments. If I have an acoustic melody I might layer it with a kantele, which is like a little harp. The notes on the kantele all sustain together in a way that a guitar really can’t. I sometimes pluck the strings on an autoharp with a pick for a similar effect. I’ll overdub a guitar part with a uke or a banjo and get these really interesting sounds that you don’t associate with any particular instrument.”
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