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« on: June 22, 2006, 12:02:43 AM »

I'd consider myself an aggressive rhthymn player, I was wondering if that would effect my choice of pick up for my D-03 or LV-03. I've been looking into the iBeam active and passive, Fishman Matrix, and Martin Gold Plus natural. All suggestions welcome  :TON>
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2006, 12:11:52 AM »

My K&K Pure Western handles anything I throw at it...and I can be very heavy handed and percussive.  So far the best pick up I've experienced. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2006, 12:56:45 PM »

+1 for K&K Pure Western Mini.  It's hard to believe a $90 pickup can be so good, but it really is.  Read the reviews on harmony central. K&K sounds like your guitar, so if your guitar sounds good with heavy stumming, so will the K&K. 
I have them on three guitars now, soon to be four.

Here's a clip of one of mine. It's not heavy strumming, but it sound just like my guitar:
http://home.mchsi.com/~dberch/MP3s/The_Fisherman.mp3
K&K Pure western, direct in, on a Larrivee OM-05MT

iBeam is very good too, but far more prone to feedback than K&K.

If you play in VERY loud settings, you might consider a sound-hole mag like the Sunrise or the Baggs M1.  They don't sound much like your guitar, but are nearly impervious to feedback.

Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2006, 04:54:33 PM »

If you play in VERY loud settings, you might consider a sound-hole mag like the Sunrise or the Baggs M1.  They don't sound much like your guitar, but are nearly impervious to feedback.


Am thinking about to trying a K&K mini plus an M1 in a yet to be named guitar into a Baggs dual preamp. I'm hoping that allows me to dial between the best of both worlds as needed.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2006, 05:52:06 PM »

Am thinking about to trying a K&K mini plus an M1 in a yet to be named guitar into a Baggs dual preamp. I'm hoping that allows me to dial between the best of both worlds as needed.

You might want to consider a new D-TAR Solistice or K&K Quantum, or a used Rane AP-13 (it would need a resistor mod) or used Raven Labs PMB instead of a BAggs.  Better build and more robust eq.  A SBT/mag combination can be great.  Don't scrimp on the pre/eq.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2006, 11:44:29 AM »

You might want to consider a new D-TAR Solistice or K&K Quantum, or a used Rane AP-13 (it would need a resistor mod) or used Raven Labs PMB instead of a BAggs.  Better build and more robust eq.  A SBT/mag combination can be great.  Don't scrimp on the pre/eq.

Thanks for the advice... I'll take a look at them.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2006, 10:57:47 AM »

Thanks for all the responses and help. I think I'll be going with the K&K Pure Western Mini for my D-03SP.  :mellow:
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2006, 03:15:26 PM »

I think you'll like the K&K.  I did a small venue with mine yesterday -plugged straight into my AER Compact 60.  Had a jazz player in the audience ask my where the mic was!  He couldn't believe it was a pickup. 

We'd all love to hear how it works out for you.  Check back with a review....

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