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« on: May 26, 2006, 04:34:44 AM »

As most of you know I'm new to The Acoustic World. I've been playing electric Guitar for the last 8 years and I'm just now getting back into acoustics. I order'd a Larrivee OM-03R the other day and I'm just waiting for it to come in stock, SOOO in my waiting time I've started to think about getting a pickups for it. I know that Larrivee used LR Baggs pups for there stuff and I've read pretty good stuff about them. I didn't get a OM-03RE because I HATE the way the control panel makes the side look... I think the plastic TOTALLY takes away from the beauty of the guitar. So I think I would rather have a pickup that fits in the sound hole. CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND A GOOD PICKUP??? I don't want to get TOOO crazy with it, BUT I don't mind spending some coin for a good system.

What are some good brands??
What are some good models??

and also can someone explain to me What a D.I box is and what it does??? Also what is a Dual Sorce Preamp?? I've also seen some pickups that say they are a dual source what is that?? and what is the difference between passive and active??

Sorry for all the DUMB questions, I'm just REALLY new to all this. Plus I'm super curious and I like to have as much info as possible!

Thanks for ANY help    :GRN> :GRN> :GRN> :GRN>
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2006, 06:05:03 AM »

Do you want a sound hole pickup, or do you want one that sounds like your guitar?

I'm a big fan of the K&K Pure Western mini.  Here's a recording of my Larrivee OM-05MT: http://home.mchsi.com/~dberch/MP3s/The_Fisherman.mp3
This was recorded drect (just the pickup, no microphone) with very little EQ.  It sounds just like my guitar.

Read about it here: http://www.kksound.com/purewestern.html
Buy it here: http://www.shorelinemusic.com/amplification/kk.shtml (Best price and no shipping charges.  Ever.)
Play it everywhere.

DI BOx: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DI_box Basic DI's usually don't have EQ features.  Many Preamps with EQ (such as the K&K Pure pramp and the Baggs PARA DI) also serve as a DI Box
Dual Source preamp: a preamp designed to handle inputs from two pickups on the same guitar, such as a on-board mic and an under-saddle pickup.
Dual Source Pickup: two pickups on the same guitar, such as the Fishman matrix and an on-board microphone. Here's a popular one from Baggs: http://www.grandmas.com/ItemLRBaggsDualSource.html for around $200.
Passive vs Active:  Active just means there's a battery.  The battery powers the on-board pre-amp and sends a hotter signal to the amplifier. Some passive pickups put out very weak signals and require an active preamp. Others put out hotter signals and don't need the battery.

There are no dumb questions.

Here is an excellent source of information on a whole lot of different pickups:
http://www.dougyoungguitar.com/pickuptest.htm

David
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2006, 08:33:20 AM »

has anyone ever heard of SUNRISE acoustic pickups??

a friend told me that they are about the BEST :GRN>, but SUPER expensive :<>

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2006, 12:50:47 PM »

Before I decided on a pickup for my guitar, I did a lot of research.  If found the following pickup comparison in another thread.  Check it out.  It let you sample the sounds of most of the popular pickups including the Sunrise.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2006, 12:52:06 PM »

Busker sorry.  I sent the response before I gave you the website.  Here it is:

http://www.dougyoungguitar.com/pickuptest.htm
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2006, 04:35:20 PM »

HI busker,  Sunrise are considered by many to be the best of the sound-hole humbucker type pickups.  They are expensive, and I believe require processing to sound their best (translation: more expense).  I like the way they sound, but as with all humbuckers, they have that "electric" sound to me.  Also, in my opinion, they make your guitar sound like the pickup instead of the other way around.  I've heard several Sunrise equipped guitars and to my ears they all sounded the same.  You hear the pickup not the guitar. They do, however, excel at getting all the volume you need and fat, powerful bass.

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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2006, 11:53:42 PM »

I now have an iBeam in 2 of my Larrivees. I really like the sound, and not having a hole cut into my guitar (except where the strap button would be anyway). Talk to other guitar players, listen to their guitars amplified. Try to decide what type of sound you're going after. I wanted as natural a sound as possible. I don't think my 12-string requires much work at the board, but I do know we turn down the bass a bit on Pete. :WNK>

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2006, 01:02:50 AM »

I'm content w/ the Baggs iMix in my L-09.  Pretty much replicates the (fine) sound of my L-09.
I particularly like the fact that it's 'invisible' onstage.  Subtle wheels just under the soundhole.

I suspect I'd be about as pleased w/ the Baggs Dual Source or B-Band A2.2.

I had a K&K Pure Western in my L-09 and was NOT pleased with it.
Quacky & feedback prone.

Also had a Fishman single coil.  Sounded okay, but no percussive acoustics, and I despised the aesthetics.

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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2006, 05:38:19 AM »

By the way - just got back from the open mike.  The sound of the iMix went over very well.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2006, 12:49:33 PM »

Acoustic?

My mic always sounds just like my guitar and me.
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