View Full Version : medium-end soprano uke pickup suggestions (other than the dean markley)

04-27-2011, 04:37 PM
I'd like to add a pickup to my Hamano soprano. I tried the standard dean markley piece-of-gum thing that always gets recommended and to be honest I didn't like it.

First of all, on my tiny soprano, it's pretty bulky with the chord. When I take it off, it leaves gum residue. Also the frequency spectrum it emits sounds somewhat unpleasant and harsh to my ears, especially when I chain it through a few effects.

Can someone recommend a pickup system that's a step up from that? I'd prefer not to spend too much more than 100, maybe up to 150 if there's something out there that will blow my socks off...

I'm looking for something that sounds good when it's plain amplified, but I also mess around with some more experimental stuff with effects and whatnot. Ideally I would like something that doesn't require a bulky chord dangling off my ultraportable soprano all the time.

mr moonlight
04-27-2011, 05:39 PM
Try "pick up of the world" I've never used them for the Ukulele, but I do know they make ukulele pickups and they sound phenomenal on guitar.

mm stan
04-27-2011, 06:06 PM
Aloha Revo11,
welcome to the UU and our forums ...have fun and enjoy...a stick on pick up?? sorry don't know any....but have you looked at the MiSi....good luck, MM Stan

04-27-2011, 06:38 PM
Use an AKG 411pp contac mic. If you don't found this version (411pp, w/ phanton power), buy the AKG 411L.

This guy use the AKG 411L here in Brazil:

Another option is the STAGG US80-SE, a solid mahogany, tiny soprano, and with a good Eq.

This guy make somr great sound effects with this solid-tiny-soprano-eletric ukulele: