View Full Version : Uke Belcat pickup - advice please

02-05-2016, 03:37 AM

I have fitted a Belcat UK 500T pickup to my baritone ukulele.

Unfortunately, it's clipping/distorting a bit even when played quietly. I' guessing that the output is a bit higher than the preamp is expecting because it's a baritone rather than a soprano uke.

Any ideas what I should do? Can I attenuate the signal with a resistor somehow?



02-05-2016, 05:12 AM
Make sure you set your amp on flat, medium low volume, dial in the preamp on medium or lower volume to get the tone(s) you want from your uke, then go with the amp's settings from there on. If you are still getting some clipping/distortion, or if the amp volume isn't giving you the volume you want, adjust the pre-amp volume a little at a time, up or down, and see if that will take care of it. There are others here who can give you a more technical explanation.

02-05-2016, 05:17 AM
This may sound dumb, but have you tried replacing the batteries? Active pickups sound like crap when the battery starts to fade.

02-06-2016, 06:32 AM
Thanks for helping - yes, unfortunately the clipping happens even when the controls on the preamp are all right down. This is why I'm thinking I need to somehow drop the input level before it hits the preamp.

02-06-2016, 06:33 AM
Good shout - Yes, I have tested the batteries and they're full up.

02-07-2016, 05:27 AM
Any other ideas folks?