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- Three Transducer Pickup System for Steel String Guitars
- Includes 1/4" Endpin Jack
- Pre-wired, No Soldering Required
- High Output - No Battery Required!
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The Pure Mini is a transducer-only system. No battery, no onboard electronics, just the pure pickups. Don't be fooled by the sound of some competitors' "thin sounding" passive systems. The Pure Systems are definitely different. They sound full and rich and have sufficient output to drive most amps and PA systems directly, without a preamp! Advantages of the Pure Guitar System The special Pure surface transducers transmit a significant portion of the soundboard because they are not as close to the strings as an under-saddle pickup. Each of the 3 transducers is designed to pick up a specific string pair, but also "listens" to the adjacent area around the bridge. The Pure pickups are not under pressure and therefore do NOT sound percussive or harsh. The Pure System reproduces all strings nicely balanced, a known problem with under-saddle pickups. The Pure System sounds great just in passive mode! Unlike under-saddle pickups which passively can sound thin and trebley, the passive PURE system puts out a nicely balanced, warm, full range signal. Feedback Resistance How safe is the Pure System with feedback? Due to the Pure System's location on the bridge plate under the bridge, feedback resistance is comparable to under-saddle transducers. Technically, a pickup installed in or on the bridge is a lot less likely to feedback than one which is attached to the open sound board. The 1/8" thin sound board can act like a diaphragm and vibrate along with loud sound-signals from speaker cabinets. This is the kind of feedback you experience on an acoustic guitar. The thicker bridge area is a lot harder to be set into vibration from an outside source simply because of its mass. In our tests with both, steel string and classic guitars equipped with an under-saddle pickup plus the Pure System, we were able to achieve about the same gain-before-feedback with both systems.
Top Customer Reviews
The sound is clear with accurate bases and trebles and a beautiful mid-tone. The pickup can be installed on your own but if you're dealing with an expensive or vintage guitar, I'd strongly suggest using a professional luthier to do the work. It'll cost you about $50 to be installed and gives you an opportunity to get a new set of strings installed and ensure the pickup is installed correctly. As great as this pickup is, I can assure you, 90% of it's sound is created by proper installation so unless you're 100% comfortable doing it yourself, have a luthier do it.
You can go the route of "temporarily" installing it using the included double-sided tape although you will have noticeable sound degradation as the pickups aren't picking up the full tone from the guitar's top section. The tape essentially acts as a buffer and reduces sound quality. If you want to test the pickup first, go ahead and use the removable tape, otherwise be sure to use a MEDIUM viscosity superglue (they don't include it in the box) when gluing the pickup in. The reason for the MEDIUM viscosity superglue is it isn't too liquidy where it seeps out everywhere and doesn't get a good hold. The wood on the guitar will absorb much of the moisture of the thin superglues and that can lead to an improperly installed pickup that falls off, or, damages the wood.
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