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I am a happy user of Lace California Acoustic passive pickups in both of my early 60s Kalamazoo-made Epi Cortez FT45.

But Lace pickups are now hard to obtain in Canada, so I have to explore other acoustic pickups for my recent aquisition of a third Cortez.

Anyone have any preferences or good/bad experiences with the well known acoustic pickups (Fishman, LLBRagg, Seymour Duncan, etc).

Any feedback appreciated


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I can comment on a few acoustic guitar pickups I have used:


1) The DiMarzio DP134 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/dimarzio-elemental-dp134-acoustic-soundhole-pickup?src=3WWRWXGP is a simple soundhole pickup that gives you decent sound plugged in. It is not the best but it really is not bad at all. Given that no acoustic plugged sounds great to begin with, it is a really cost effective option, and you can switch this out between guitars with no mods. I have one as a backup still.


2) The K&K Pure mini is great. http://www.kksound.com/puremini.html The contacts get crazyglued to the underside of your bridgeplate. The sound is the best of all the pickups I have tried. You do need to drill an endpin hoed to accommodate the jack, and it is a PITA to do correctly. I have glued my fingers together more times than I would like to admit. However I am the opposite of handy... so there you go.


3) LR Baggs M1A. http://www.guitarcenter.com/LR-Baggs-M1A-Active-Soundhole-Magnetic-Pickup-103213047-i1177543.gc?source=4WWRWXGP&cagpspn=pla I have this in my AR500 currently. It also requires you to drill out an endpin hole, and it is sonically between the first two pickups I mentioned. I like it a lot.


For $150 bucks installed, the K&K is what I would endorse the most for a guitar you plan to just keep.

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Friend of mine from Montana put on the least expensive Fishman into the non-electrified version of the CF-100. He has another with the factory pup. They were made 1950-59.


CF-100, CF-100e. (Pretty good pix at http://home.provide.net/~cfh/cf100.html)


He's happy with it and has been playing these guitars since they were new, about as far as I can tell. OTOH, I don't think they had electricity at his ranch HQ until the late '70s or so, but he's played out a lot.


I've heard him play both in small (50-200 folks or so on a small stage with a PA, guitar run straight to the board) venues and for what he plays, mostly cowboy sorts of stuff, it sounds awfully good to me. He doesn't try to be a great picker, but he's awfully steady and tasteful overall. The guitars both sound fine.


Of course, some folks have suggested I listen more to how the playin' sounds than makin' myself into a human oscilloscope.



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