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
    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

    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

    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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  9. MrMajstyk

    MrMajstyk Gretschie

    Dec 3, 2011
    los angeles
    Soundhole pickups are, by and large, magnetic pickups, which work great on electric guitars !
    However, if you just want to amplify the strings, you’re good! You might even put electric strings on your acoustic, or you might have string to string volume and tonal balance problems. In decades of playing, I’ve never found a soundhole pickup I really like.

    But if you’ve got a great sounding guitar with phosphor bronze stings , and a great sounding soundboard, and you want to pick up what the overall GUITAR sounds like, you can’t beat K&K pure mini three-transducer under the bridge plate passive pickup system, BUT you have to have the K&K pure preamp (or a similar preamp). It sounds AMAZING!! I have it on 4 of my Guilds and I play out a lot, and with a pretty loud band!

    Depending on your guitar, you might also like the LR Baggs Anthem system. It’s a combination of mic and UST and can sound great too, once dialed in. I have it on one of my Guilds. ( just wanted to try it out and have one guitar with a different system)

    My Gibson SJ200 came with the Fishman Aura Ellipse system factory installed, its an UST with onboard mic imaging preamp, and at first I didn’t much care for it, but now that I have it dialed in, it works fine.

    Overall though I prefer the K&K system with volume control inside the sound hole and the preamp. JMHO. Good luck!
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