Overall Rating: Here's where it goes downhill. I don't like the way it mounts in the soundhole. None of the contact points are padded to prevent possible damage to the soundhole. Also, the curved metal piece was to long and pushed the pickup up to cl...
Overall Rating: Here's where it goes downhill. I don't like the way it mounts in the soundhole. None of the contact points are padded to prevent possible damage to the soundhole. Also, the curved metal piece was to long and pushed the pickup up to close to the strings, muting the strings if you played past the 7th fret (problem I beleive unique to my unit). Also the directions tell you to attach the jack to the side of the guitar. That means you can't sit it on your lap or put it in the case while the jack is there, and the adhesive won't last for more that a few repositionings. You could put it on the top, but that would adversely affect tone. Might take the coil out of its current and mount it in a rubber soundhole cover and see if that helps.
Features: Single coil passive pickup. Will get the 60 cycle hum, but usually not a problem at the volume level most acoustic players will have it unless in an area with a lot of interference. Has a volume knob located on the unit, which is handy if you don't got a preamp. No pole pieces, but you can raise and lower each side of the coil to help balance the output. Mounts in the soundhole like the Lawrence soundhole pickups, a pair of notches located in the back corners of the plastic mounting with a flexible piece of metal pushing against against the front of the soundhole. The cord goes a few inches from the pickup and has a adhesive on the jack so it'll stick to the guitar.
Sound Quality: All I was able to plug it into was my guitar trainer. Since my electrics sound rather bland and crappy through it, I wasn't expecting much. It didn't sound good, but sounded considerably better and more acoustic than I expected. I believe that you would get you money's worth soundwise plugged into an acoustic amp.