Money Well Spent!
By: Bluesman Sammy Guy from Pennsylvania
Your general opinion of this product.
I was looking for a pickup that would let my Martin still sound like a Martin. I also did not want to deal with batteries. I wanted a passive pickup that kept the integrity of my acoustic sound. I tried a lot of soundhole pickups, and this one is THE one for me. Amplifies my Martin and keeps the sound intact. I did not want my acoustic to sound like my Les Paul or Fender Strat. And this pickup does exactly what I wanted it to do. Easy to install and the sound is perfect. What more could you ask for?
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
It seems very well made and has a solid feel to it. The magnets are VERY strong, as you can tell by inserting the allen wrench into the sound post screws. A lot of pull there. And the fact that it comes with both a 10' cord AND a seperate strap jack for permanent installation is terrific! I installed perm. Seems solid as a rock and looks like it was factory installed.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The pickup sets low enough in the soundhole that it does not get in the way, yet is seated at just the right depth for strumming.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The tone is exactly what I wanted. It keeps the integrity of the acoustic guitar even at higher, amplified volumes, and I am very pleased with the resulting sound. It captues the nuances of my playing technique, and responds exactly as I want it to.
How was the action out of the box?
I had to adjust a few pole pieces to suit my tone and amp, but that is expected. It was very close out of the box though and I could have left it as it was...but that would have been too easy!
How did the stain or paint job look?
Looks like it is supposed to be right there, like Martin installed it at the factory. Very nice color and finish.
How has it stood up over time?
New, but will probably last as long as guitar. And with no modifications actually made to the guitar (except strapjack hole) if anything went wrong, it would be easy to replace.