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    I want to put a pickup in my Tom Guy Bluegrass Walnut tenor. I'm not sure which to choose. I'm looking at the LR Baggs under saddle active with soundhole volume. About $149. But then I've been reading up a little on the MISI Trio. I'm a little confused about what I've read. When I googled it I saw a lot of sites featuring the MISI with an under saddle LR Baggs pickup. What's that all about? If I buy a MISI Trio is everything there including the pickup?
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    MiSi combines their preamp with the LR Baggs pickup. And they just announced at NAMM a new version w/a shorter UST - still a LR Baggs, but shorter in length as the original used the standard guitar length guitar pickup. I'm wavering between the new LR Baggs Five.0 p/u w'the built in volume control & the new MiSi w/shorter length p/u.
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    Let me know which one you get Gmoney I was checking out the same LR Baggs your talking about. Most of my acoustic guitars have LR Baggs in them and I like them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gmoney View Post
    MiSi combines their preamp with the LR Baggs pickup. And they just announced at NAMM a new version w/a shorter UST - still a LR Baggs, but shorter in length as the original used the standard guitar length guitar pickup. I'm wavering between the new LR Baggs Five.0 p/u w'the built in volume control & the new MiSi w/shorter length p/u.
    Ditto. I want to get that new 5-0 since it runs on a watch battery but I was debating between that and the new MiSi one.
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    Hey Mark. I installed a MiSi in my Tom Guy CBU quite some time ago and like it alot. The plug in recharger is very convenient and holds a charge for a long time.(MiSi says 14 hrs.) And the Baggs pickup works well. Down side is no volume control.

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    One thing to keep in mind is that with almost any UST on a uke you really will need some fairly heavy EQ to get rid of "thudiness" - some of the uke specific preamps have enough EQ "hardwired" in but the MiSi, for example, which is designed to work on any instrument, has very flat response. With those you either need an amp or mixer with good EQ on the input or an outboard EQ pedal.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the MiSi trios and have them in two ukes, but don't expect to just plug in and play without a fair amount of knob fiddling to get really good tone.

    I hadn't heard of the new MiSi with the shorter pickup - I wonder if they also adjusted the onboard components to EQ out the lower end - if so, that would be a big improvement for uke...

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    Hey John, what do you think about the LR Baggs 5.0 for the ukulele?
    Thanks, Mark

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    My only thing on this subject so far is that the Mi-Si is really cool since you don't have to change the battery. I have a Mi-Si Cutless in one of my ukes and I like it. Hoping to get the L.R. Baggs soon to try also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markr1 View Post
    Hey John, what do you think about the LR Baggs 5.0 for the ukulele?
    Thanks, Mark
    I don't have any experience with that one. Like I mentioned, though, any UST has a tendency toward "thudiness" on high voiced instruments unless they have EQ in the preamp to filter that out. If the 5.0 is designed for the uke it may well have that EQ built in. One of the preamps Lanikai uses, for example, does an excellent job of eliminating the thud. I'd like to know who makes their preamps, because I suspect that they are just branded or licensed from Baggs or Fishman or whomever.

    It's not a major issue, but if you are at the mercy of a parade of sound guys I recommend that if your onboard preamp doesn't EQ the thud out that you get an EQ pedal so you can send them a signal without the thudiness. Otherwise, you have to rely on them to filter it out without trashing your tone and some sound guys sadly don't have that great an ear. Some sound guys are great, but I've seen many whose only real claim to fame is that they can yank the gain down if a microphone starts to feed back...

    The sound guy at UWC was good - I was a bit worried about using the MiSi in my mango tenor but I just told him before I went on stage that he'd need to trim the low end back some to clean up the thud and he did a great job - I had a couple of people tell me afterward that the uke basically just sounded like itself but louder - which, of course, is the idea with an AE instrument.

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