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« on: December 02, 2007, 09:02:27 PM »

Any one use a K&K Pure Western Mini in a L03R? I have one in my Seagull and could not be more happy with it.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2007, 03:56:31 AM »

I put one in an OM-50TSB and a BT-60 baritone a few months ago and I'm very pleased. Pretty easy to do, esp. in Larrivees as the two-piece tail pin is already in a 1/2 inch bore, so no drilling or reaming required.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2007, 12:41:00 PM »

The mini is my favorite - great results with my D-03R
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007, 01:46:09 PM »

 
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007, 05:29:57 PM »

Got one in both my L-03 and Martin 000-15S (actually installed this one myself).  I use them both with a K&K Pure Preamp and they sound about as nice as any pickup I've ever heard or tried.  Very warm, very natural but adding the preamp made it much nicere than the pick up all on it's own.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2007, 06:30:54 PM »

Yep, K&K mini is the pickup for me.  I have them in three different guitars. And the cool thing is - they SOUND like three different guitars! Each one sounds like itself, not like whatever pickup happens to be installed.

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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2007, 06:32:52 PM »

I have the Trinity System in my 000-60 and I have the PW Mini in a little maple 00 I have. I have to say if I did it over I would just skip the Trinity and stick with the straight PW Mini. It sounds fantastic and doesn't feedback super readily and as Dennis said the addition of the Pure Preamp is well worth the cash. In fact I have my dred string-less at the moment and when I get around to it I am installing' a PW Mini in it. The installation is really simple if you are at all handy.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2007, 07:10:43 PM »

The installation is really simple if you are at all handy.

The 000-15S was my first install of one of these and now, I could do it with any guitar
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2007, 08:10:57 PM »

Thanks for the help. I have heard that rosewood could be tricky to amplify, so I thought I would ask.

BTW, any hints for a trouble free self install?
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2007, 03:39:03 PM »

BTW, any hints for a trouble free self install?

Just follow the instructions that come with the pickup. And be sure to do a dry run like they suggest so that the procedure becomes familiar to you.
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2007, 03:53:47 PM »

Thanks for the help. I have heard that rosewood could be tricky to amplify, so I thought I would ask.

BTW, any hints for a trouble free self install?

There is an easier way to install the K+K that has been tried by many forumites here including myself.  K+K instructions (as of about 10 months ago) had you installing the discs one-by-one.  Initially, you had to place these by feel, but now they recommend using a jig.

www.frettech.com method uses a jig to install all three at once.  That was the method I used to install in my L-03.  In my opinion, it's a more trouble-free method for installation than the method included with the K+K.  Others here on the forum seem to agree.

Regarding rosewood compatibility with the K+K:  Your bridgeplate vibration is going to be not that much different than a mahogany bodied L-03, so there really won't be an issue there.  The K+K is not a mic, it's a surface vibration transducer.

I put up some photos of my K+K installation that you might want to check out.  Cover the top with cellophane was a key step I learned from the frettech.com installations instructions.

Here's his link:
http://www.frettech.com/kk/index.html

and also check out the other link in this forum on installation.
http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=18221.msg162894#msg162894

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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2007, 04:16:08 PM »

There is an easier way to install the K+K that has been tried by many forumites here including myself.  K+K instructions (as of about 10 months ago) had you installing the discs one-by-one.  Initially, you had to place these by feel, but now they recommend using a jig.

www.frettech.com method uses a jig to install all three at once.  That was the method I used to install in my L-03.  In my opinion, it's a more trouble-free method for installation than the method included with the K+K.  Others here on the forum seem to agree.

Regarding rosewood compatibility with the K+K:  Your bridgeplate vibration is going to be not that much different than a mahogany bodied L-03, so there really won't be an issue there.  The K+K is not a mic, it's a surface vibration transducer.

I put up some photos of my K+K installation that you might want to check out.  Cover the top with cellophane was a key step I learned from the frettech.com installations instructions.

Here's his link:
http://www.frettech.com/kk/index.html

and also check out the other link in this forum on installation.
http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=18221.msg162894#msg162894

-Scott

I installed the K&K this past summer and the included instructions were for installation with the jig.
I just looked at the frettech site and you're right it does do three at a time, but it is essentially the same technique and jig.
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