B-Band Inc. is now shipping the A1.2 Acoustic guitar preamp with volume control and UST (under saddle pickup) pickup. The A1.2 pickup system designed for the guitarist who wants premium sound quality with minimal modification to the instrument. The UST is constructed of Emfit electret film which is exclusive to B-Band. This material is designed and tuned specifically to authentically reproduce the true sound of acoustic instruments while eliminating the "quack" that is inherent to common under saddle pickups.
The A1.2 volume control conveniently mounts to the inside edge of the sound hole with included adhesive. While adding the volume control to this system, the B-Band engineers took the additional step of updating the preamp by increasing the output level while reducing the noise level. The system is powered by a 9-volt battery that is placed in the B-Band battery pouch which holds it securely on the neck block of the instrument. The A1.2 has an average battery life of 750 hours. When it is time to change the battery, simply reach through the sound hole and open the battery snap or pull the battery pouch away from the Velcro mount.
Because the A1.2 system authentically reproduces the sound of any instrument it is installed in and has an ultra wide frequency response, it works well on steel string guitars, nylon string guitars, acoustic basses, ukuleles, or any instrument with a saddle.
Due to the continuous 3 1/8"(80mm) active area of the UST, the number of strings or their spacing are not a concern and it can be used on any 6, 7 or 12 string acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, ukulele, or similar instrument. Additionally, the UST is very thin so installations often do not require saddle modification and the system uses quick connectors so no soldering is necessary.