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Offline flux1968

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Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:19:59 pm »
I have a Yamaha FD01S and want to convert it to an acoustic-electric.

What pickups do people recommend I install?

My immediate goal is to plug it into a Digitech Mosaic pedal to emulate a 12-string sound.

Thanks.

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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2019, 06:38:20 pm »
I would try Nashville tuning before seeking out an add-on pickup and a pedal for a 12-string tone. If you already had an amp, why did you get an acoustic guitar that didn't have a built in pickup and tuner? Pickups don't add much to the cost of acoustics these days, heck my acoustic has two. Seems like an oversight.

There is a lot of info on Nashville tuning, I'm not particularly fond of Justin's video, but there are some good ones on youtube. I chose this one because he starts off playing and has some good sound samples further in as well:



You can get a set of high-strings pretty cheap on Amazon.


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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2019, 06:39:59 pm »
Seymour Duncan Woody for basic but reliable.
Single coil or humbucking available.
There are other more expensive slot-in pickups but the Woody is ok.

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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2019, 08:10:57 pm »
I guess I should clarify:

I only have an acoustic guitar, I've had it for years. I don't have an amp or the pedal.

I'm not a working musician, nor do I have a l lot of money to spend.

Basically, I'm trying to stay within my means and come as close as I can, to the sound I want to get.

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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2019, 08:27:48 pm »
What it's going to cost for a decent pick up, acoustic amp, 2 patch cords and
the pedal you could pick up a second hand 12 string.
You'll never get a good 12 string sound out of a cheap electric amp and a good
accoustic amp won't be cheap.
So I'm thinking buying a second hand 12 string would be the least expensive way
to get the sound your looking for.

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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2019, 08:28:35 pm »
Gotcha! The pickup and pedal will be of no use without an amp. Get the Nashville string set on Amazon for $4-$5 US per pack, and call it a day.
 

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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2019, 08:43:14 pm »
To further clarify: I'm going to get an amp, but I'd like recommendations on a pickup first.


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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2019, 09:56:35 pm »
Getting an acoustic sound is not as simple as you think.
You can get a cheap pickup for about $60. Will it give you a good acoustic sound.
NO
So you'll need to spend about $200 for a K&K or L R Briggs plus installation.
Now you need an amp. An electric guitar amp will not give you an acoustic sound
so you'll need an acoustic amp. A cheap one is about $150. The Digitech Mosaic pedal
will be about $150 plus patch chords.
Your going to be into this for about $500 and you most likely like the sound your getting

You can buy a new Yamaha 12 string for about $400 to $450.

To answer your question I'd recommend a K&K sound pure mini or a L R Briggs Anthem.

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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2019, 01:00:39 pm »
Thanks for all your responses, I learned a lot.

I did the math and went for the K&K pickup with amp and pedal.

Although I want a 12-string sound, I don't necessarily want it for everything I play.

If I take the 12-string factor out of the equation, the amp and pickup are still a good investment. I would have bought those anyway.

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Re: Pickup recommendations for acoustic guitars
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2019, 04:11:09 pm »
Looks like you made a good choice. The add bonus of a pedal is you can
adjust the the sound so it's like having more than one 12 string.
Let us know how you like the new set up once you get everything dialed
in.

 

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