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Sound hole pickups

Postby goldbrick » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:44 pm

Can anyone recommend a good cheapie that fits in a 12 fret parlor size Stella ?
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:04 pm

A good cheap cheapie would be any pickup, mounted to a piece of wood that was cleverly shaped to fit snug in the sound hole.
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby Garrett » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:55 pm

You ought to check out The Cap, it will fit anything....

EPM AGT100 "THE CAP" Transducer Acoustic Pickup
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby michaelm » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:31 pm

If you're buying new, I like the Duncan Performer, aka Maverick.

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I've had one for at least five years now and it's worked well for me on both six and twelve string flattops. If it makes a difference, there is no volume control. HTH.
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby maxx england » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:15 am

I mounted a Duncan Design humbucker in this cheap guitar I have by making a bent thin steel pedestal the screwed to the back, not the sound board. It means there is no intereference by the pickup in the movement of the sound board. Acoustically, the guitar is still a cheap Chinese plywood box, but electronically, it makes some really nice sounds.
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby guitarslim101 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:10 pm

I've used a few different pickups in my Stella. My favorite was a dogear P90 which was screwed right into the top. Put the ears inside the soundhole and just ran screws through the top. I also had a weird minihumbucker out of an old Japanese guitar that sounded kind of cool, but the pickup was heavy enough to mess with the acoustic tone, so I switched it out for a Seymour Duncan Antiquity strat pickup I had laying around (which is now in the soundhole of my old Gibson 12 string).

Here's how the P90 looked:
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And here's the strat pickup in my 12 string:
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby leftyguitarman » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:02 pm

I bet that P90 in that sounds raunchy. I have a Tele neck pickup mounted in my resonator and it screams.
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby guitarslim101 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:23 pm

Oh yeah, it was a nasty sounding pickup. Here's a little demo I did when I first put it in (sloppy playing, poor audio quality, etc etc etc). I was playing through my old Univox U-305R:

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=8304807

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Damn, I wish I could remember which fuzz I kicked on half way through that.
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:16 pm

Dat's what I'm talkin' about, Slim!
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby leftyguitarman » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:34 pm

That sounds gnarly. Right on!
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:02 pm

I'm going to have to get another P90 for that guitar. I forgot how good that sounded. Was great for feedback, too. Endless sustain at any volume with that.
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby goldbrick » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:35 pm

I ended up trying a stick on piezo type and its working pretty well. Just real trebly but nothing I can't control from the amp
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby guitarslim101 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:23 pm

Those stick on piezos can be a lot of fun.
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby jawbone60 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:21 am

we have a barcus barry sound hole pickup in the fender concord and it sounds really good. the pickup repro's straight across exactly what's there.
on the regal parlor guitar we stick a schatten duallie piezo sometimes. it uses that gray putty which is getting in the finish of the sound board though.
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Re: Sound hole pickups

Postby kiwiblues » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:16 pm

I've just bought a little Fishman sound hole pickup for my parlour guitar that was recommended to me by a professional guitarist who uses nothing else on his accoustics.
Fantastic sound and not very expensive either.
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