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#1 User is offline   marcelg 

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:55 AM

Hello :)

I own a Gibson Songbird Deluxe and would like to know if anyone here knows what pickup was built in. I bought it new around 2000 (date, not price) at a music store in Frankfurt, Germany. Back then I did not care much what pickup was used. The quality of the guitar is outstanding, it is still my main guitar.

When googeling the guitar, on all the pictures I found there is a totally different pickup installed - one with a battery (9V) compartment and some sliders for tone adjustments. My guitar just has a small fitting for a 9V battery under the sound hole and a jack for the cable. The pickup has a very low output level compared to other acoustics I use.

Thank you in advance for any infos.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:38 PM

If you could post some pictures of the guitar ... it would help.






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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:29 AM

Sorry. I did attach files when creating the post. Maybe I did something wrong.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 03:56 AM

My 2001 Songbird Deluxe is my favorite and -- to my ears -- best sounding guitar. It has the same OEM pickup (w/o controls) as yours, but I have no idea as to the manufacturer.. An email to Gibson Customer Service may bring a speedy answer though.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 09:48 AM

Itís most likely a Fishman Pickup .






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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:13 PM

Thank you for your answers. I recently installed a L.R. Baggs M80 magnetic sound hole pickup in a 1976 Fender with 12 strings. I like the pickup a lot and I was thinking about putting one in my Songbird as well.
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 01:10 AM

It will be a Fishman Acoustic Matrix Natural 1. These were fitted as standard until 2005ish when Gibson started installing Baggs Element units in stead of the Fishman gear.

These are a decent pickup, especially if paired with an Aura unit or similar. If the output is low, my first port of call would be to change the battery, followed by checking the saddle fits the slot nicely with enough play to make sure it makes hard contact with the pickup.

If that doesnít sort it, the preamp in the pickup is faulty-Iíve had this before, resulting in a thin, low output signal.

The upside is that these pickups are non-invasive installs and can be removed and replaced without any major surgery, so you can put in whatever you fancy in itís place!
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