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  1. You should remove any undersaddle pickups, and have a new saddle made that sets the action to the height you want without shims. Undersaddle transducers interfere with passing the vibration from the strings to the bridgeplate where the transducers are located. The more accurately and directly the vibration is transferred to your bridgeplate, the better your sound will be. I personally prefer the sound of a good bone saddle to synthetic materials like Tusq. For the guitar with the installed preamp, I think that you could have a tech add a standard wire battery clip to it that could plug onto our battery clip. Call us, and I'd be happy to talk with you about the particulars. I'm not a pilot, but I've always wanted to be one! We're actually located in California.
  2. Hi SJ! Only you can decide what your level of comfort is with the installation process, but it really is very easy to install the system yourself. If you follow the procedure on our site EXACTLY, not leaving out or glossing over any of the steps, you will be very happy with the results. If you look at the installation document that Dan linked to above, you'll see that every step is detailed complete with pictures and a very thorough explination. You're already assuming that you'll be needing to make adjustments, but this is typically not the case. The locations we show work for better than 90% of the guitars out there, and if you do want to make any string balance adjustments down the road, this is easily and quickly accomplished. And who better to do any adjustments than you, using the sound system that you plan to play it through? The template system we use makes it very easy to make precise and repeatable adjustments to the pickup placement, and you don't even have to be able to see inside the guitar to quickly and accurately place the pickup right where you want it. Remember, we use a special tape to secure the pickups, there are no messy or scary glues that you need to deal with, and no worries about something getting on the guitar finish. We provide a special clamp with each system to allow you to press the pickups securely to the bridgeplate inside the guitar, and enough of the temporary and permanent tape strips to do several complete installs. More is always available if the need arises. And, of course, we are always happy to answer any questions or concerns that you might have....just call or email us. Hope this helps! Cheers, Gary/Trance Audio
  3. Hi Jamie: We don't have any Canadian dealers, but you can buy a system directly from us. Like most pickup manufacturers, we aren't set up to provide installation services, but we're happy to answer any questions you or your local luthier/guitar repair person might have about installation and about our systems. Please feel free to email or call us! Cheers, Gary/Trance Audio
  4. Hi OWF! I'm sorry, but we don't do installations here at Trance Audio. HOWEVER... I'm not kidding when I say that you can do the installation yourself (imagine me pointing my finger here for extra emphasis). It's seriously easy if you follow our very well documented procedure. It doesn't involve messy adhesives or superglue (!!??!?!) that might get on your guitar and ruin the finish, and we include the necessary clamp and beautiful personalized Trance Audio golf tees (don't leave home without 'em) when you buy a system from us. Doing the installation yourself will save you a fair amount of time and money, and provide you with a true sense of smug self satisfaction. Here's a link to our illustration-laden installation manual: http://www.tranceaudio.com/manuals/TranceTemplateInstall.pdf Now, if you don't want to do the installation yourself and if you're in the SF Bay area, you can check with Tall Toad Music in Petaluma, or Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto. They are both excellent establishments, and dealers and installers of our systems. They both also have many fine guitars that you absolutely cannot live without, so don't bring any more money than you are prepared to spend. Seriously. Cheers, Gary
  5. Hi OWF! Congrats on your recent purchase of the J45 PureVoice Custom...I got to play several of those last year, and each one was an incredible guitar. DuluthDan is absolutely correct about the Trance Audio/PureVoice connection. This pickup is just a re-branded Trance Audio MVT, our new mono system with a soundhole-mounted volume and tone control. You can buy an Amulet M system (complete with high-quality electronics) starting at $279. These can be easily installed yourself with no messy glues or adhesives, saving you the price and time of having to have it professionally installed, AND we provide the necessary simple installation tools with the system. Check out pur website at: www.tranceaudio.com There's also lots of information on our "vault" page about our systems, and acoustic pickips and amplification in general. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have, and we'll be happy to help you outfit your instrument. Glad you're enjoying the system! Cheers, Gary/Trance Audio
  6. Hi Mojorule! (and Bob)... I own the SCSJ and it is currently my favorite instrument. I had a chance to play one during a Bozeman factory visit last spring, and came back raving about it. My wonderful wife got one for me for my birthday last year, and I couldn't have been more suprised or pleased. (check out our August Facebook entries to see a picture of me playing it in the garden that day). Strongly recommended, AND my first-ever Gibson acoustic. And as for not being able to afford an Amulet system like Sheryl's, take a close look at our new Amulet M system. Same great sound as the stereo system (with exactly the same handmade transducers) but in mono, and prices start at $279 for a COMPLETE system. And you can install it easily yourself, and save some money. Check it out at our website... www.tranceaudio.com Cheers, Gary
  7. Hi Ian, Thanks for the kind words! For those who would like to find out more about our system, and acoustic amplification in general, we have a new section on our website called "The Vault". http://www.tranceaudio.com/thevault.html Lots of info and other fun things there, and we'll be updating it from time to time. Also, don't hesitate to call or email us with any questions you might have. Cheers, Gary/Trance Audio
  8. Hi Dan: We've been working very hard to make the Amulet as plug-and-play as possible. This system really brings out the very best of that great Gibson expressiveness, and this new easy install method makes it more readily available to the players out there. I got a Sheryl Crow model for my birthday last year ( my first Gibson acoustic! ) and I've really been digging it! You've got some great instruments, and I really enjoyed your playing in the YouTube videos I saw....Bravo! Cheers, Gary!
  9. You can check out our new, easier installation for the Amulet M system ( also known as the Gibson Purevoice shipping in the J-45 Purevoice edition) here: http://www.tranceaudio.com/newinstall.html Our new template method allows you to easily and accurately perform the installation yourself!
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