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musicmonsterw
05-11-2012, 01:04 PM
I've been thinking of installing a pickup in my Kala Acacia Tenor. I am not skilled at anything like this, so I was thinking of getting a luthier to do it. I've heard that a lot ukulele players use the Mi-Si Acoustic 3 pickup. I've also heard that undersaddle pickups like the Mi-Si can tend to be a bit trebly. I've already had some problems with my K-Wave which tends to be trebly. Recently, I contacted a local luthier and she recommended a soundboard transducer pickup like the McIntyre Feather: http://www.acousticon.com/mcintyre.htm

or the Schatten Dualie:
http://schattendesign.com/uke.htm

Does someone out there have experience with these pickups? Do they give a more balanced sound that the Misi?

ricdoug
05-11-2012, 02:29 PM
A must have for any acoustic pickup:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/lr-baggs-para-acoustic-di

http://static.musiciansfriend.com/derivates/18/001/572/276/DV016_Jpg_Large_307160_V.jpg

musicmonsterw
05-11-2012, 02:49 PM
A must have for any acoustic pickup:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/lr-baggs-para-acoustic-di

http://static.musiciansfriend.com/derivates/18/001/572/276/DV016_Jpg_Large_307160_V.jpg

Thanks, Ric! I've seen these around. A friend uses one, but I've never tried it myself.

Sporin
05-12-2012, 04:27 AM
I'm happy with the Pono Passive that HMS put in my Islander, but I don't have a lot of experience with these to know much better. :)

musicmonsterw
05-12-2012, 04:40 AM
I'm happy with the Pono Passive that HMS put in my Islander, but I don't have a lot of experience with these to know much better. :)

Thanks for the feedback! I'm looking for something 'natural' sounding.

gyosh
05-12-2012, 04:56 AM
Thanks for the feedback! I'm looking for something 'natural' sounding.

Check out the D-TAR Timberline ('Seymore' Duncan 'Rick' Turner Acoustic Research) It uses an 18 volt external battery pack which gives it a lot of " headroom" and eliminates the "quacking" often heard in other systems. It's pricey, but really good for that "natural" sound you're looking for.

Plainsong
05-12-2012, 05:11 AM
I just EQ after the fact. If I used one of those, I'd lose out on the stereo out of my chorus pedal.

musicmonsterw
05-12-2012, 05:44 AM
Check out the D-TAR Timberline ('Seymore' Duncan 'Rick' Turner Acoustic Research) It uses an 18 volt external battery pack which gives it a lot of " headroom" and eliminates the "quacking" often heard in other systems. It's pricey, but really good for that "natural" sound you're looking for.

Thanks, Gary! I will check that out.

BIGDB
05-12-2012, 07:22 AM
I just got the misi acoustic trio and it sounds very good.

Highly recommended

Kekani
05-12-2012, 07:24 AM
I've heard that a lot ukulele players use the Mi-Si Acoustic 3 pickup. I've also heard that undersaddle pickups like the Mi-Si can tend to be a bit trebly. I've already had some problems with my K-Wave which tends to be trebly. . . Do they give a more balanced sound that the Misi?

You probably heard all of that on the Internet.

Aaron

Plainsong
05-12-2012, 08:16 AM
Yeah I forgot to say that I don't find the misi to have any more extra treble than ukes do themselves. In fact, I tend to add a little treble. Everyone has different preferences though, which is why eq exists. :)

musicmonsterw
05-12-2012, 08:39 AM
You probably heard all of that on the Internet.

Aaron

No, actually, that's what the luthier I've been in touch with told me. The Internet seems to be vastly positive about the Misi.

musicmonsterw
05-12-2012, 08:40 AM
Yeah I forgot to say that I don't find the misi to have any more extra treble than ukes do themselves. In fact, I tend to add a little treble. Everyone has different preferences though, which is why eq exists. :)

Thanks for the feedback!

ricdoug
05-12-2012, 06:25 PM
No matter which pickup you decide on, Ronin, you'll still need a

http://static.musiciansfriend.com/derivates/18/001/572/276/DV016_Jpg_Large_307160_V.jpg

to compensate for different amps and P.A. systems. You won't leave home without it. Ric

consitter
05-12-2012, 08:08 PM
What ricdoug says. Fo' sho'! I have one after his guidance awhile back.

musicmonsterw
05-12-2012, 11:07 PM
No matter which pickup you decide on, Ronin, you'll still need a

http://static.musiciansfriend.com/derivates/18/001/572/276/DV016_Jpg_Large_307160_V.jpg

to compensate for different amps and P.A. systems. You won't leave home without it. Ric


What ricdoug says. Fo' sho'! I have one after his guidance awhile back.


Ric, thanks so much for your advice!

Plainsong
05-13-2012, 12:32 AM
It's really a pity that doesn't have a stereo output!

Kanaka916
05-13-2012, 04:56 AM
Ronin, you might also look into the LR Baggs Five-0 . . . Colmes did a review on it and compared it with the Mi-Si.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?62975-L-R-Baggs-Five-O-Ukulele-Pickup-Review-with-Guest-Reviewer-Colmes

GKK
05-13-2012, 05:01 AM
It's really a pity that doesn't have a stereo output!

I have the L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic pre amp, connected to my home stereo with a Y-cable to an aux input and it sounds just fine out of both speakers.

I also, have a piezo transducer pickup which sounds great and is very simple to install!...(I bought a longer endpin jack to fit through the rear wood block of the ukulele).http://www.jjb-electronics.com/PPS-100.html

spookefoote
05-13-2012, 05:02 AM
I made my own transducer pickup for under 4. Sounds brill

Kekani
05-13-2012, 07:18 AM
It's really a pity that doesn't have a stereo output!

Okay, please learn me something here- why would you need a stereo output fom an instrument that puts out a mono signal? Unless your chorus pedal splits the signal somehow to give a stereo effect, which I still don't get how a stereo effect would need to be a primary function over something like a Para acoustic di.


No, actually, that's what the luthier I've been in touch with told me. The Internet seems to be vastly positive about the Misi.

Funny, the MiSi is one of the closest I've heard to a Baggs next to a DTar. The first time I heard a MiSi, my initial comment was how it sounded more like a Fishman - I later found out why.

I've settled on LRBaggs Element Active installs not because they're easy ( they're actually very finicky), but the end result with my instruments. Of course, most instruments I've heard them in are missing the resident "Fishman quack" which some players like. I do like the ease of installing a Fishman, and the Matrix looks very attractive.


Aaron