CHOOSING AN ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER
If you already own an acoustic guitar or are thinking about buying one an acoustic transducer is the perfect way to mike it up for stage or studio use.
Many modern acoustic guitars come equipped with built in electronics but ask yourself this - how often does electronic equipment get updated? Every 6 or 12 months? But what about that new Taylor that you saved for, for what seems like forever, which was meant to last you for years. If you buy a pure acoustic guitar you will be able to update the pickup or transducer as new technology becomes available without any damage to your precious guitar. That is very difficult if not impossible to do with factory installed pickups.
Acoustic transducers fall into three categories:
The easiest pickup to fit to an acoustic guitar and the least expensive is a magnetic pickup, which is basically an electric guitar pickup optimised for acoustic use. However, magnetic pickups tend to be the least realistic in terms of reproducing acoustic guitar tone.
Piezo pickups either attach to the sound-board or are mounted under the bridge-piece. they work by converting sounboard vibrations into electrical impulses. While they give a more accurate sound than magnetic pickups, they are more expensive and can be more difficult to install, typically needing a jack-socket to be installed using an end-pin jack-socket.
Hybrid systems like the Fishman Rare Earth combine magnetic pickups and internal microphones to give a more accurate rendition of the guitar's tone. However, they tend to be the most expensive and require an end-pin jack socket also.
dpmphoto wrote:I have installed about 40 or so fishman matrix pickups and havent had an unhappy customer, in fact most are overjoyed at the results.Only mod you have to do is open up the endpin hole to 15/32,plus if youre not going to do it yourself its not that labor intensive which will save you some cash.Pickup is around 120, trust me you'll love it.If your not going to listen to me at least stay away from systems that mount in the side of your guitar,in fact I refuse to cut up guitars I just dont believe it does any good for the guitar,and definately stay away from the ones with built in tuners.
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