View Full Version : Ukulele pickups?

Daniel Davis
07-28-2008, 11:22 AM
I own an Oscar Schmidt OU2 uke and would love to plug it into the PA at open mics. Know any good pickups that would go about doing this? Or should I get get an acoustic/electric someday?

07-28-2008, 01:16 PM
Transducer Stick-on pickups are the way to go, from what I've heard anyway. :) Internals are kind of a hassle to mount.

fred davis
07-28-2008, 01:37 PM
they sound kinda tiney and need a pre amp

07-28-2008, 04:25 PM
Yeah, I would get a acoustic/electric!!

Get one with a Fishman Prefix Pickup...it's one of the best on the market!!

I know G-String and I think Koaloha puts it on theirs.

07-28-2008, 04:39 PM
Did you check the forum archives? There has been a bunch of threads on people's preferences for pickups. Might want to read through that, it may help your decision. See "search" on the top of the screen.

07-29-2008, 09:41 AM
I use a Fishman AG (passive undersaddle) on my Gstring tenor, and I've used a Shadow SH2000 (sticky mount w/volume+tone controls) on my Flea and Fluke.

I like the SH2000 sound just fine, but I learned that I tend to smack the soundboard quite a bit and the SH2000 picked it up as a pretty heavy thump. Others played it without the thump, so I'm sure it's just the way I play. Easy to use and has volume and tone dials that are pretty effective.

I installed the undersaddle in my tenor, and I like that much better. Install was a pretty easy thing with the help of a couple YouTube how-to videos. No onboard preamp, and I prefer it that way -- I'd rather have passive pickups and use an external box to dial it in. I don't like the weight or the hole I'd have to punch in my uke for the pickups with battery/eq panels and the like.