One Way Ticket to Mars Blues is an internet collaborative effort by bassist Glenn Smith and myself. The purpose of my post though is to illustrate a technique I developed many years ago to play my guitar in relative quiet while sounding like I have intensely loud amplification. The basic idea is to clamp a speaker to your guitar. Thus, this is temporary and doesn’t ruin anything if you are careful with what you are doing. Since I record direct in I use a Y connection to split the guitar signal between the amplifier driving the clamped speaker and my audio recoding device. Nearly any amplifier will do – right now I mostly use a honeytone practice amp that has a 1/8″ speaker by-pass socket I installed.
What you see clamped is a Dayton Audio Sound Exciter DAEX25 – this works the best of everything I’ve tried so far.