View Full Version : Electrifying your uke: Under saddle or piezoelectric transducer?

07-05-2010, 05:36 AM
I am thinking about electrifying my Kamaka and have mixed emotions about either of these. I have heard that some people recommend the internal piezo model for better sound but you need a pre amp. I have a pre amp so this doesn't really matter. I just want something that sounds good.

07-05-2010, 07:27 AM
I use a piezo pickup for my uke; it costs about 5 dollars.

But then again, my uke is very cheap. I would say get a mi-si installed for your beauutiful kamaka.

07-05-2010, 08:11 AM
I get a good sound from a K&K Big Shot stuck to the soundboard. Works great on my mandolin, too. The only problem is that with an instrument made out of thin woods like a uke it really picks up body thumps.

07-05-2010, 12:35 PM
I use the shadow undersaddle ukulele pickup and it sounds great. I was worried about needing a preamp but to this point, I haven't needed one.

07-05-2010, 12:58 PM
I just had 4 of my ukuleles fitted with a pickup (my Kamaka, KoAloha, Boat Paddle, and G-String). I originally had a MiSi put in my Boat Paddle and for the rest I used a Fishman undersaddle ukulele pickup. (http://www.amazon.com/Fishman-Undersaddle-Pickup-Ukulele-Jack/dp/B0012E1LUQ) After getting them all back, the Fishman (even though it is passive) had a greater output than the MiSi (made sure the MiSi was charged up so that wasn't the problem...maybe I got a bum unit). I've since removed the MiSi in my Boat Paddle in favor of another Fishman uke pickup. They sound great and I haven't found I need an external preamp going into my Roland AC-33.

07-05-2010, 03:54 PM
MiSi Acoustic Trio. It's an undersaddle Baggs piezo with MiSi's jack end preamp. Never needs batteries. Well worth the money and the sound is the best piezo I've heard.

07-07-2010, 09:32 AM
For any of you that have installed undersaddle pick-ups, do you think you have lost anything when you play unplugged (tone and or volume) compared to before the pickup was installed??