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blue_c94
08-05-2012, 06:29 PM
Hello!

I recently decided to get the islander mt-4, but i have one final concern. I want to play live eventually and record myself playing, and I was wondering is the external pickup by dean markley good enough to record and play live?

Reasons I'm having a hard time deciding: The passive pickup will cost $100 extra vs. $30 external pickup; The passive pickup will affect the acoustic sound of the islander; The passive undersaddle will sound better then the external; I have a school concert coming up soon and wondering which one will sound better; Finally, what if i regret my choice for the undersadle, at least the external i can just take it of and possibly return it, the undersaddle ill have to live with.

Thanks,
Blue

adam2180
08-05-2012, 06:44 PM
This pickup (http://www.jjb-electronics.com/PPS-100.html) is both inexpensive and sounds great. I swear by them. just glue it to the underside of your ukes soundboard, it wont change the sound of your uke at all.

kissing
08-05-2012, 06:54 PM
An undersaddle pickup is definitely the one that is predominantly used, for obvious reasons.
It produces a better output than other types, as it's getting the vibrations from directly under the saddle (where most of the vibration is).
And you generally get less noise (such as your hands thudding against the uke) with undersaddles.

As for an undersaddle pickup affecting tone - this really is not a significant concern.
A well installed pickup won't affect the tone to any noticeable degree. But if it does concern you, I daresay that a stick-on external pickup will probably affect the tone of the instrument more, since you're sticking something onto the soundboard itself.

Personally, I prefer undersaddle pickups above all the other types.
Once installed, it's clean, it's permanent, it's convenient and you won't even notice that it's there til you actually need to plug it in.
As a long term selection, I would always be glad I went with undersaddle.

Kekani
08-05-2012, 07:11 PM
LRBaggs Element Active or Five O, followed by a Para Acoustic DI or Venue. Lots of control, very good sound, assuming the rest of the PA is good.

In any case, the Baggs won't be your weak link.

Aaron

G Hill
08-06-2012, 12:02 AM
This pickup (http://www.jjb-electronics.com/PPS-100.html) is both inexpensive and sounds great. I swear by them. just glue it to the underside of your ukes soundboard, it wont change the sound of your uke at all.

I too recommend these pick up's highly and have them fittted to both my baritone and soprano ukes and can confirm that
they will not affect the the acoustic tone of your instrument. Don't be put off by the low price point these are high quality
pick ups that are real easy to install.
cheers
Gary

PhilUSAFRet
08-06-2012, 01:22 AM
[QUOTE=G Hill;1012143]I too recommend these pick up's highly and have them fittted to both my baritone and soprano ukes and can confirm that
they will not affect the the acoustic tone of your instrument. Don't be put off by the low price point these are high quality
pick ups that are real easy to install.
cheers


Was consisdering a K&K twin spot, but at $20 less, may have to consider these.

blue_c94
08-06-2012, 05:06 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions!

I looked up the jjb pick up and I think I'll go with the standard, and i was also thinking of trying out the external from jjb as well. Does anyone have any experience with the external pickup from jjb?

Thanks,
Blue

adam2180
08-06-2012, 05:32 AM
It's fine but the internal one is better.

GKK
08-06-2012, 05:45 PM
JJB pickups are Great!

Just order an inexpensive endpin jack because the one they send is too, short to install in the end of the Uke body.

Kekani
08-06-2012, 07:46 PM
Websites show a lot. One link in this thread shows a website with a jack installed in the side of the instrument with no additional bracing.

Then again, only builders would notice a small detail like that.

Aaron

blue_c94
08-21-2012, 05:29 AM
Sorry for a late reply, but i have a couple more questions concerning the pps-100.

Would it be better to get the endpin upgrade (how would i solder that)?
Also has anyone seen a video of the pps-100 without the endpin upgrade on the ukulele? Which would be the better and smarter choice endpin or the standard it comes with?

Thanks!

jimmybookout
08-21-2012, 05:40 AM
Sorry for a late reply, but i have a couple more questions concerning the pps-100.

Would it be better to get the endpin upgrade (how would i solder that)?
Also has anyone seen a video of the pps-100 without the endpin upgrade on the ukulele? Which would be the better and smarter choice endpin or the standard it comes with?

Thanks!

The endpin jack is the way to go, you do not want to drill a hole in the side of your instrument. Another option is the K&K Big Shot internal, which comes with the endpin jack already soldered and ready to go. It is still very inexpensive (around $33 on ebay). I have K&K's on my ukuleles and they are great.

Jimmy