Acoustic pickup recommendations?

Discussion in 'The Pickup Place' started by Flouswa, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    K&K Pure Mini for me. No batteries to worry about and a great sound.

    Just about every picker in my church asks me how I get such a great acoustic sound. I’m shocked at how well a $99 pickup can deliver.

    My wife has to help with installs because I can’t get my arm in the sound-hole.
     
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  2. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Well great thread here, and times right. Considering some type for one of my acoustics. 3 of them are already equipped, 3 are not. One of those is my 1935 National, and it will never see a mod from me.

    What has amazed me recently is how fantastic my little Gretsch 9531 sounds mic'd with a simple Shure SM-57 (or even a 58). This into my PA system (new powered speakers and mixer just got it together). So maybe I'll just mic the 3 that aren't wired. I know I started looking around a couple years ago at pickups, the popular K&K Mini really didn't do it for me. My Martin Thinline (active) on my Jumbo always did, but I haven't even plugged it in in quite awhile, need to do a bit of comparrison work.
     
  3. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    For Reso's I'm kinda leaning to the Myers, check out RJ Ronquillo's demo on you tub.
     
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  4. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

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    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA
    One of my favorite acoustic tunes. Lurve the upstroke. Never bothered to check out how he gets wired up. A bit more than Flo wants to spend?

    What is that pedalboard? Its bigger than Jimmy.
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  5. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Gretschie

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    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    I have a Fishman Rare Earth Blend in my Martin DM and I'm very happy with it. It's a humbucker / internal mic combo.

    Every piezo I've heard makes the guitar sound much like any other piezo equipped guitar. In fact, I'm considering a new acoustic guitar and I'm being put off by them being factory equipped with pickups that I don't want and can't change without having redundant knobs etc left behind.
     
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  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I just googled. Looks like you need to rework a bridge clamp to install it...o_O

    You don't use a pre-amp or EQ?
     
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  7. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    It’s not complicated to install. A little Super Glue and some latex gloves do just fine.

    I use a TC Electronic preamp with mine but have occasionally run it into just a direct box and still sounds good.

    You can improve the sound with a preamp and eq but it’s not a necessity. The pickup gives what I would describe as a warm tone. If you like crystal chiming highs it is not the system for you. It has a fairly natural curve without any frequencies really poking out.

    Top end systems like those on some Maton guitars of course perform better but I’ve been happy with the K&K for @10 years now.

    The best sound is still a great microphone.
     
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  8. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Agreed. I choose an acoustic for its acoustic sound. I don’t like to buy pre installed pickups. Another reason I favor the K&K.
     
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