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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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