HDE Acoustic Guitar Pickup - Electric Transducer for Acoustic Guitars Magnetic Preamp 9 Foot Cable 1/4" Mono Jack
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- Guitar pickup fits full size & 3/4 size guitars with 6 or 12 strings
- Has a 9 foot cable with a 1/4" mono jack to plug into an amplifier or other audio input
- Easy to install | Turn your acoustic into an acoustic electric guitar
- Clips to your acoustic guitars soundhole and connects to the audio input with a standard 1/4" connector
- Captures mechanical vibrations and converts them to an electrical signal which can then be amplified, recorded, or broadcast
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1. For the newer guitar players in reference to the negative reviews and even many of the good reviews that have one and sometimes two similar complaints what I can say is "Welcome new guitar player to the world of amplified acoustics".
First complaint is "It hums". Mine don't. Mine don't because I know that the statement "it hums" or "it has a lot of feedback" refers to guitars, not pickups in acoustics, and every single acoustic ever made in the history of sticking pickups in acoustic guitars and plugging them into amps hum under certain conditions.
There are a couple of reasons for the Hum. The reason mine (this pickup) hummed when it was first plugged in was acoustic hum. Acoustic hum (or feedback) occurs when you are too close to the amp. Without getting into a bunch of gobbleygook (It isnt really gobbledeegook, you should try to learn some of it) that you can find all over the web, when playing near your amp, the sound from the amp is fed back into the sound hole of the guitar and bounces around and back onto the strings, which cause the strings to vibrate in a way not intended and then is fed back into the amp through the pickup. You are now caught in a loop, the closer to the amp, the more feedback or "acoustic hum".
The first and easiest solution to reducing feedback is what I like to call "that little plastic or rubber thingy that fills the hole in the guitar". Some people call it what it is, a soundhole cover. Somehow it also got the name "Feedback Buster". Even though my upper range Yamaha and Tak have preamps and equalizers, they come with sound hole covers. You can buy Soundhole covers on amazon for $5 or you can buy "Feedback Busters" which are the same thing for $12. If you want a cooler sounding name pay theextra $7 dollars. No matter what passive pickup you put in that guitar soundhole, you are going to get feedback if playing close to the amp and with any kind of volume, the more volume, the more feedback, that is just the way acoustics work..with an amp. Acoustic guitars are made so that the entire guitar body vibrates (resonates) to create sound. Not just the strings. So it is your guitar, re-resonating the sound from the amp, not this cheap pickup. This is why you see professional musicians with rags stuffed in their soundholes when using amps. John Lennon, BB King and more, all used the resonance to create feedback on acoustics and hollow body electrics. Its really the reason we have the BB King Models. He used to fill in his F Holes with rags to keep the feedback at a minimum.
Which leads to another complaint I saw. The cable is too long. The cable is not too long. That cable is long so you can play away from the amp. Complaint - "It's a piece of junk. The only way I can stop it from humming is to get further away from the amp" Wow, your kidding? Would have never guessed. So now you put in your soundhole cover (Plastic ones work, rubber is better), and you are playing three feet from your guitar and the amp is pointed at you but you still have feedback. Well now you are experiencing microphonic feedback. Welcome to the world of Jimi Hendrix and what might be called the Jimi Hendrix feedback loop. Just think, complaining about microphonic feedback when in reality your playing like Jimi Hendrix. Well maybe not "just like" Jimi Hendrix but doing what he used, to change the sound of Rock and Blues as we used to know it. Forget pedals and boards, use feedback and you are sure to sound just like Hendrix and his contemporaries.
Microphonic feedback is caused when you are too close to the amp, tone is too high and it causes the strings to resonate, the pickup changes the vibration from plucking, picking, hitting the strings to an electrical signal which is fed back through the pickup to the amp then the amp feeds that signal back to the guitar which in turn picks it up, causes vibration in addition to the vibration you intended by plucking the strings to send the signal through the pickup back to the amp and then you end up back in....a feedback loop. . This is an $11 pickup, so you need the $11 solution.
The $11 solution is the "too long" cable attached to the pickup. Turn the tone down, and if your cheap amp has a cheap equalizer learn how to use it, then...walk away from the amp until the feedback dissipates. Or you can stay three feet from your amp with the amp pointed at you and play just like Hendrix and Billy Gibbons. Do that and the more you turn up your amp the more you will play like Hendrix or Gibbons. If your a Chet Atkins or Mark Knopfler fan, turn the tone down and walk away from the amp. then you will sound like Chet and Mark.
I'm not going to guarantee that you will sound exactly like Hendrix, BB King, Chet Atkins, Mark Knopler, and Billy Gibbons by taking my advice, but YOU MIGHT. Couple of things I can guarantee, one is you aren't buying this pickup for a D-28. Second, cover up the sound hole, turn down the tone and get further away from the amp, you can still keep volume up, and it will reduce the feedback significantly.
That is the $11 solution for this $11 pickup.
Scratchy pickup complaints, just the nature of cheap pickups and cheap cables and connectors. Go buy a brand new hundred dollar electric and show me pickups that aren't scratchy. You may get lucky if you play enough of them to find one that isnt scratchy. THIS IS AN $11 PICKUP.
I bought this pickup headed on five years ago to put in a Yamaha F-355 I used as my beater guitar, to play with while sitting on the couch drinking Mountain Dew and watching Monkees reruns. I just sold the guitar with the pickup still on it for $60. The pickup still worked. I didnt get into the electric amp and an accoustic guitar thing because the problem with feedback can and will be reduced by methods above. And no one buying this pickup is likely to buy a DI or board or extra preamp because of this pickup anyway. I played the 355 with this pickup through a FIshman Loudbox so had that advantage as well. But my reconnmendations of a soundhole cover and distance from the amp still stand to reduce feedback.
Second part of the review.
Scratchy - Yes, who cares.
Feedback caused by cheap pickup - NO
Cheap construction - Definitely. But no cheaper than a $25 Dean Markley, their both Chinese and both cheap.
Good for learning - Definitely
Good for gigging - Definitely absolutely not
Cable construction - El Cheapo
Will last - Mine did but I didn't treat it like a Shaolin String Dart
Long Cable - Yea, your not supposed to play 30 inches in front of your amp.
Would recommend to a beginner - Yes. Advanced Player - No. Advanced player who just wants a pickup on their beater - Yes.
Ugly - Yes. Who cares
Construction - I don't think this was put together by Abigail Ybarra. But it'll do.
My stage debut was at a probably long closed place called "Emma Giles Tavern" in Fells Point, Baltimore in the mid 1970's. I was 15 basically playing for beers as rhythm with a 1970's 12 string Ibanez Concorde. I had an add on pickup and a piece of plastic taped over the soundhole. Because...Feedback. Nothing new and not something special with this pickup.
No pickup can produce the pure and beautiful acoustic sound of an acoustic guitar, no matter how expesive. Each type of pickup has its pros and cons. I've tried the built-in under saddle pickups and don't like their quacky sound. I've tried contact pickups like the one in the photo and they pick up everything, your fingers rubbing against the guitar, the cord of the pickup, etc... And they are prone to feedback noise. These magnetic soundhole pickups have a warm sound but a bit of electric guitar sound. The sound falls somewhere between acoustic and electric guitar, but, closer to acoustic. Of all 3 types I've tried I like soundhole pickup the best.
The guitar in the picture is a mini(3/4 size) guitar with a sounhole diameter of 3.5 inches. As you can see this pickup firs it fine.
Overall I do recommend this Acoustic Guitar pickup.
Overall I would buy this again if I needed to.
- It is very solid and it can withstand the abuse of a couple concerts.
- It has lasted 4 years so far.
- Sound quality is good.
- There are no cons and nothing that I do not like about it.
--- Interesting Facts: Neither Pro or Con ---
- I wish there was a cheap wireless one that was this good.
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This pickup truly transforms a pure acoustic Seagull into an amazing acoustic electric worthy of the big (to me) stage. I am not a professional musician, but I have done several concerts as a guitarist.
I had to perform a couple concerts in front of 3-400 people with my Seagull Acoustic Electric SM-6 and did not want to shell out a couple extra hundred dollars to purchase a new one, so when I searched for alternative I was skeptical at first. I love the sound and the depth of the Seagull acoustic, and none of the acoustic electrics by them at the time that I had tried sounded as good, so having this was a game changer for me.
Sometimes I plugged right into the main system, and other times I plugged into an amp that they had mic’d up and both times worked out amazing. People had no idea that this was an inexpensive add on.
It is has lasted strong all these years, so if I ever lost it I would not hesitate to purchase this again.
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The signal from this pickup into the amplifier is excellent, with plenty of volume, excellent tone and very low noise.
BUT the pickup poles are too widely spaced to line up with the strings of the guitars I own. You may notice the same problem on the illustration shown on Amazon. Nevertheless there is signal from all strings.
The mount design is rough, with metal clips that tend to gouge the underside of the sound hole of the guitar. The pick guard of my guitar prevented the pickup from sitting flush with the deck, tilting it into the strings. The rotating clip to lock the pickup into the underside is difficult to maneuver into position.
This HDE pickup easily outperformed the Cherub WCP-60G Acoustic Guitar Pickup which had a low signal level, lots of noise, poor thin sound quality, picked up everything that touched the guitar body and too readily fed back into the speaker amplifier.
It's build quality is solid metal, not plastic. The cord is standard Radio Shack type. With care it should last you.
Keep in mind that this won't work with nylon string guitars like classical or spanish. Here's a cut and paste that will explain it better than I can...
"Since the strings in a classical or flamenco guitar are made of a nylon core and don’t offer a magnetic field like the strings on an electric or acoustic guitar with metal strings we can’t use magnetic pickups on them. Thats why the most popular pickups for nylon stringed instruments are piezoelectric pickups. A piezoelectric pickup uses pressure on a crystal or piezo ceramic material to generate voltage variations. The associated amplifier electronics then, amplify the variations to drive speakers or other circuitry. The piezo pickup can be used also in an electric guitar or acoustic steel guitar."
I'm quite happy how it performs on my two steel string guitars then and I feel it's quite worth the purchase price.
Note: I have taken apart this pickup to determine its construction. Contrary to appearance, the holes do not represent polepieces. They do not have to line up with the strings because it is actually a "blade" pickup. Just a coil around a bar magnet with no polepieces, like danelectro pickups.