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musiccityuker
11-10-2010, 04:22 AM
Wanting to throw a pickup on my uke. Local dealer installs K&K but wants an arm and a leg for installation. Don't know much about them but pretty sure I can install my own... especially if it's a "passive" without onboard controls. Question: Any recommends on which "passive" pickup I should buy? Would appreciate your expertise. Thanks.

Lexxy
11-10-2010, 10:55 AM
Fishman Passive pickups? I happen to have it installed on my tenor :)

bazmaz
11-10-2010, 11:12 AM
I fitted a K&K bigshot passive myself to a fluke and it was pretty straightforward - post about my fit found here

http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2010/10/fitting-k-big-shot-pickup-to-fluke.html

Admittedly, a fluke makes things easier, but the only real difference on a wood uke is drilling an accurate hole through the bottom block where you would put a strap button.

Great pickup by the way

AzMichael
11-10-2010, 11:17 AM
Just so happens that I've been on the phone w/ Fishman today. Their passive pickup is the AG series (product code PRO-AG0-UKE). Usually runs about $80.

Outside string diminsions should be 1.67".

And if you were in Phoenix, I'd hook you up with a guy to do the install! But if you check their website, they have fairly thorough instructions posted.

~Michael

musiccityuker
11-10-2010, 11:46 AM
Thanks much. I already have a strap button installed... so I'll just make the hole a bit bigger. Does the K&K receptor, by chance, have a strap flange? Wondering if I'd lose my strap by installing the pickup there.
I fitted a K&K bigshot passive myself to a fluke and it was pretty straightforward - post about my fit found here

http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2010/10/fitting-k-big-shot-pickup-to-fluke.html

Admittedly, a fluke makes things easier, but the only real difference on a wood uke is drilling an accurate hole through the bottom block where you would put a strap button.

Great pickup by the way

musiccityuker
11-10-2010, 11:48 AM
Az.... Thanks much. Will check that out this evening.

musiccityuker
11-10-2010, 11:49 AM
I'll check it out. Thanks for taking time to offer the suggestion.

Papi
11-10-2010, 01:51 PM
Another vote for the k&K self installed. If you are half crafty this is easy !

adam2180
11-10-2010, 03:57 PM
http://www.jjb-electronics.com/ has great pickups way cheaper than K&K. Check out my review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I-ITah64Ts

ricdoug
11-10-2010, 06:46 PM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?8560-Electrify-your-uke-for-under-10-bucks

Dane
11-10-2010, 08:59 PM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?8560-Electrify-your-uke-for-under-10-bucks

"file not found" For the first link on that page. Do you have another link maybe?

Kanaka916
11-10-2010, 09:01 PM
Just tried the link, no problem accessing it.

Dane
11-10-2010, 09:09 PM
Just tried the link, no problem accessing it.

That's strange...

I get this http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/4074/notfoundr.jpg

bazmaz
11-12-2010, 03:12 AM
Yes, the K&K Bigshot internal pickup comes with a strap button that you can screw on the jack pin.

SweetWaterBlue
11-12-2010, 10:11 AM
I ordered one of the JJBElectronics PPS-100's (http://www.jjb-electronics.com/PPS-100.html) Tuesday. It came today. Fast shipping and he even gave me a USPS tracking number. It was $14.99, with free shipping. I haven't drilled a hole for it yet, but I taped it to the soundboard of my soprano, my Flea, a tenor and my guitar. It sounds great on all of them.

I tried plugging it into my Crate 15W practice amp and it was way loud enough and sounded good. I do not have a pre-amp. The sound is very natural, just like the acoustic sound of the particular instrument. I also plugged it into the 1/4" direct input jacks on the Zoom H4, and it worked great there as well.

Like the K&K, it is susceptible to feedback at loud volumes. Even though it was only $14.99 delivered, if you want an end pin jack and strap button, its an extra $8, so the cost begins to approach the cost of the K&K. Since both the K&K and the JBB are 20mm piezos, I suspect they sound the same. Both sound much better than trying to jigger up one of those Radio Shack buzzer piezos. I looked up the frequency response of the buzzer and its pretty bad.

I'm very sastified with the quality of the sound, and will post a sound sample, once I get a chance and have it installed permanently.

ricdoug
11-12-2010, 02:39 PM
"file not found" For the first link on that page. Do you have another link maybe?

Try it this way, Dane:

http://tinyurl.com/26hd322

adam2180
11-12-2010, 05:33 PM
I ordered one of the JJBElectronics PPS-100's (http://www.jjb-electronics.com/PPS-100.html) Tuesday. It came today. Fast shipping and he even gave me a USPS tracking number. It was $14.99, with free shipping. I haven't drilled a hole for it yet, but I taped it to the soundboard of my soprano, my Flea, a tenor and my guitar. It sounds great on all of them.

I tried plugging it into my Crate 15W practice amp and it was way loud enough and sounded good. I do not have a pre-amp. The sound is very natural, just like the acoustic sound of the particular instrument. I also plugged it into the 1/4" direct input jacks on the Zoom H4, and it worked great there as well.

Like the K&K, it is susceptible to feedback at loud volumes. Even though it was only $14.99 delivered, if you want an end pin jack and strap button, its an extra $8, so the cost begins to approach the cost of the K&K. Since both the K&K and the JBB are 20mm piezos, I suspect they sound the same. Both sound much better than trying to jigger up one of those Radio Shack buzzer piezos. I looked up the frequency response of the buzzer and its pretty bad.

I'm very sastified with the quality of the sound, and will post a sound sample, once I get a chance and have it installed permanently.

I told ya.

ricdoug
11-12-2010, 05:59 PM
That's the same as Dave's inexpensive method:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?8560-Electrify-your-uke-for-under-10-bucks

SweetWaterBlue
11-12-2010, 07:28 PM
I told ya.

Yep. Thats where I got the idea. Thanks for that one. Installed it in my tenor tonight. Drilling that hole in a perfectly good uke was scary, but pretty simple. Sounds good, but it does pick up more finger noise than an under the saddle one.

Dane
11-12-2010, 08:07 PM
Try it this way, Dane:

http://tinyurl.com/26hd322

no no its the first link on THAT page, see http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/4074/notfoundr.jpg can other people open it and just not me?

SweetWaterBlue
11-13-2010, 04:17 AM
I was noodling around some old Marty Robbins songs this morning and made this comparison clip of the JJB Electronics pickup compared to just the Zoom H4 acoustic mic. I am using a small amount of reverb and Aquilla strings on a Lanikai S-T.
http://www.box.net/shared/11otcnhyky

ricdoug
11-13-2010, 05:00 AM
no no its the first link on THAT page, see http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/4074/notfoundr.jpg can other people open it and just not me?

Try starting on this page, Dane. I took photos of when I did my first one:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?8560-Electrify-your-uke-for-under-10-bucks/page2

georgio
11-13-2010, 09:47 AM
Another vote for JJB! I have 5 installed in different instruments. Great products, great value.

adam2180
11-13-2010, 09:56 AM
I put JJB pickups in everything. Ukes, banjos and guitars

chappyware
11-14-2010, 12:29 PM
If you want to keep the strap button, not drill a second hole, want an excellent sound, and a very easy install, look at the pickuptheworld uke pickup. It's passive but not piezo. Personally, it sounds as good or better than any amplified uke (excluding the steel string Risa electrics which I love-have an LP and the lipstick model) I've listened to. This particular pickup is so thin that you don't have to rout or file the slot that the saddle sits in. Just drop it in. The guy who runs pickuptheworld.com and makes the pickups is a great help and plays in a uke band.