I’ve been tone hunting for years.
I play a Taylor 814CE and a 1996 Breedlove SC/R. (Unfortunately, I sold my Martin D-35 years ago. #thingsyouregret)
The ambient, ethereal tone I was after always evaded me.
At first I tried to combine a series of delay, reverb, tremolo, and EQ pedals. This got me closer, but still not there yet.
Then my original Taylor pickup tuckered out on me. And I decided to take the plunge.
To be honest, the tone I was hunting for I could hear in Phil Keaggy’s Beyond Nature CD, and on a lot of David Wilcox songs. But the common denominator there was their Olson guitars. And I just don’t have that kind of moola!
So I took my Taylor to my friend, Bryan Parris. Bryan patiently listened to me describe what I was after and installed two pickups in place of the one.
He first gutted the original pickup:
Finally, I replaced the other pedals with the Strymon Big Sky.
And this is the sound I got:
Singer, Bethany French. Song: Hide Away in the Love of Jesus, by Sovereign Grace Ministries. Songwriters, Steve and Vikki Cook.
Now, that might not be what you’re looking for. But I love that lush, cavernous, shimmery reverb. I don’t use this a lot. But knowing it’s there for certain songs makes all the difference.