thanks for the replies. andy, i thought of the midi pedal boards but
most only offer two CC controllers (pedals) and the toggle switches are for program
changes (at least the Behringer FB1000 is like that). the power supply issue occurred to
me and it doesn't bother me but i completely concede that most gigging gtrists might not
like it. i frequently play a midi gtr w/ 9 volt power lead to it but i play sitting down
so it's not an issue for me. YMMV.
the question of a free hand to tweak is
very valid but again in my style of playing it's not too much of an issue. i do a
classical-guitar style finger picking w/ arm lying on the top of the gtr and the hand
hanging down. a quick detour to tweak a knob or push a button is no problem. again
DAG, i love the website. thanks! i didn't know it existed and now i'm
going to be a regular. very cool.
andy, i like you arduino suggestion a lot.
i've been looking for a project to get into Arduino development and this looks perfect.
it may take a while though as my plate is already full but i think that's probably the
solution. in the mean time, i think i'm going to pop for a Korg nano kontrol surface and
some velcro tape. the nano takes power from a USB cable and although it's a bit big it
has lots of knobs and sliders.
i still think some boutique maker is missing a
bet not at least offering the option of some MIDI controllers, even if it means the
dreaded 9-volt battery cavity. 3 or 4 knobs and buttons would be massively useful, not
only if you're driving a MIDI synth but even if you're just going into a Pod or the like.
as i said in the OP i don't use my tone controls hardly ever as i do tonal control by
where along the string i pick. i would gladly swap those knobs for some MIDI CCs.
anyways, lads, thanks for the thoughts!