Submitted November 5, 2011 by a customer from hotmail.com
"Read the Instruction Document BEFORE you make the Purchase Unless You Are REALly Sure this is what you need."
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Until it or I am no longer making music. Choices often require taking chances and risks to meet my goals. I couldn't find anything better to make what I wanted to do work. That may not be good advice, but I would not have returned it if I could not have installed it on this guitar. I have others, but I do not think that there is a better device that I cold have replaced it with, even if it had been easier
Frankly I am amazed at how well it works without actually sounding like it is even there. I ahve been an "Acoustic, non-electric" guitar player for over 40 years. I actually purchased it so I could use the "Digitech Live Vocalist 3." The Pickup makes my guitar sound as though it were in front of a microphone as it has for 40 years, not an electronic amplifier. I will rate the "Live Vocalist 3" separately
It comes with a "Jackstrap Feed Through Adapter" some replacement pickup elements, a hex wrench, and wire tabs. However, you will need a small phillips screwdriver, jeweler's is ideal, to actually install the pick up. It also comes with a 10' cable with 1/4" plug. There is a retaining notch on the bottom of the pickup that acts as a 'strain relief' for the cord. I had to use my brain before I found it
Ease of Use
I rated it a "10" because it is a breeze to install. HOWEVER...the instruction booklet, which I recommend you read, clearly states that it is for a guitar with a WIDER THAN 3.5" Sound Hole! That is EXACTLY what the Manufacturer means. I took a chance and traded "quality of sound" for "Ease of Installation." It took me longer than I will say here to install it. That was my choice. If you do not have patience or very small hands...DON'T BUY IT.
However, once I installed it, without destroying anything or taking my guitar apart...did have to change strings...but htat is recommended anyway; it was worth every unkind thought I had concerning my decision.
Solid, barss screws with brass inserts in the non-metallic hold-down. The housing looks like ivory on the face and it is not-just-cheap-plastic on the body. Other than checking once in a while for loose screws, it is more solidly built than I imagined.
Spot on. IT is not cheap, but neither is my Martin Guitar. Sorry Martin Mainiacs. I've owned mine since 1959 and just had to step up. Most of my group members have died or deserted, and I needed the backup.
DOn't think I will need it. I might have needed a Zanax during installation, but like I said, it was MY choice
The Wow Factor
Got it! A tight fit, but the music soothed the chafed ego.
40+ years with guitar, banjo, haronica
Bluegrass, Gospel, Finger Pickin Good
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