I really need to make my acoustic into an electro acoustic by adding a pickup to it. Anyone know any good ones I should check out? Or a good make?
Thanks for your help.
fit a preamp into it which invlolves routing the guitars side etc. a permanent fitted preamp and transducer but some dont like the idea of doing this. My Takamines both have Cooltube valve preamps fitted which sound remarkable although these are a factory fit.
The LR Baggs ribbon undersaddle is a good option although it requires two small holes drilled.
If its a modular non permanent pickup that goes into the soundhole there is only one option in my book:
Fishman Rare Earth active humbucking soundhole pickup. Very good.
Just avoid the Seymour Duncan Woody (Dean markley pro-mag is nothing special either)
If you get it and wanna keep it in all the time id recommend drilling a small hole where the rear button is and installing a jack endpin socket. Easy done.
It depends on a lot of things like what sort of guitar you want to amplify, what sort of music you're playing and what sort of gigs you're doing. For instance, there's no point in fitting a £300 pick-up to a guitar that's only worth £200 when you're only doing one or two acoustic songs in your set and you have half a dozen gigs a year.
LR Baggs M1 is easy fitted and is an active soundhole pickup as opposed to a 'fizzy' undersaddle piezo. Not cheap though, but anything cheap is gonna sound cheap.
After that there is a range of Fishman systems including their Ellipse Blend which is great if you are a percussive player. If you're using a quality instrument check out K&K or Highlander too but be warned that as well as being expensive, these need to be fitted by somebody who knows what they're doing and will also benefit from an outboard preamp which can also be costly.
Being blunt here ... (So excuse me from the get go..)
A) Most people don't know the sound of a good pick-up over the sound of a crap one
B) Unless you get lucky - most places have a crap P.A. and regardless of what PU you have ... you can't polish a turd.
C)As mentioned above - spending £300 to install a PU into a £400 guitar is probably a bad decision.
I have quite a bit of experience in various PU's over the years. I have been down the Fishman route - had a go with Headway and LR Baggs stuff...but have settled on this....
I have three electro's at the moment - one is a Faith Mercury Parlour guitar - which came with a "B-Band Shadow PU" - great job ... and as far as "stock" under-saddles go - its good with not much "quack"
IMHO - The BEST single acoustic PU for money out there is a KnK Pure-mini. I have had them installed in my Lowden and two of my previous Avalons. They offer great value for money. You get a great live "mic'd" sound that is very pure (As the name suggests). They are basically a set of three small low impedance mic's that are stuck to the underside of your bridge - thus the natural sound. KnK also do a few other multi-source systems - but for me... the pure is the one.
The other system I have started to use is the D-Tar - a little more expensive and also 18v -this gives great headroom and a nice tonal quality. The beauty about this system is that you can wire another source into it (like a KnK for example) - run a stereo cable out of your guitar and into a dual EQ (such as a D-Tar Solitice) and mix the outputs - giving you the best of both worlds.
Unless you are SERIOUS about your present guitar - your sound etc - it might be worth your while Paul buying a mid-range electro. Builders like Seagull for example do great guitars at this level which have some nice electrics - or even try the aforementioned "Faith" brand - as they are a good job too.
Hope this has helped (a little)..
Simon - how are the KnKs regarding feedback? Touchy about position vs. speakers or monitors or easy going?
Feedback can be a problem - although much of it depends on the type of guitar. I have had in installed in both a small parlour guitar and an XL jumbo - both of which have worked brilliantly. The only time I ever had a problem was actually when the guitar was on a stand whilst on stage and the DJ set it off! A simple Volume Pedal / EQ Pedal usually is suffice to sort any problems out.
IMHO - the "risk" of feedback is far outweighed by the quality of sound you get from it and also "bang for buck" it's excellent.
"LR Baggs M1 is easy fitted and is an active soundhole pickup as opposed to a 'fizzy' undersaddle piezo. Not cheap though, but anything cheap is gonna sound cheap."
Have one of these myself and I think its grand for the money. I've used it in the Empire, Crescent Arts (New Moon), Katys, Laverys Bunker, Pavillion and numerous other places and its generally sounded well. I tried to use this with a wee Behringer ULTRA-DI DI20 where possible.