Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 27

Thread: Which pick-up???

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Coventry, UK
    Posts
    376

    Default Which pick-up???

    Ok so I'm needing to pick a pick-up so to speak to go into my soon to be ukulele. Question is, which pick-up should I go for? The builder has told me to research them so this is part of it! Does anyone have experience of more than one? Anyone know what the pro's use? I seem to remember fishman matrix is in Jakes ukulele, I'm also considering K&K twin spot, LRbaggs 5-0 and Mi-si. Which sound is the truest (is that even a word?) You guys know what I mean right? Any advice gratefully recieved.
    "Make a decision to have a great day and follow through, misery is optional"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Florida Space Coast
    Posts
    11,950

    Default

    "LRbaggs 5-0 and Mi-si. Which sound is the truest".....supposedly, 5.0 is a ukulele dedicated pickup and should be a little bit superior to the MiSi (first cousin?)
    A custom, go for the one you think you'll be happiest in the long run. Lots of great sounding ukes out without either of those pickups, but installation costs will be about the same whichever one you chose. Good luck...talk to luthier about top, wood, expected tone(s), etc. He should be able to give you some insights based on what you expect from your instrument.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    1,290

    Default

    I have Mi-Si's in my ukes. Haven't heard the 5.0. The big thing is what comes after it. Once I got the Baggs paracoustic DI, everything came together tonally, and I feel like I can handle almost any amp/PA situation (and board operator) that comes along.
    Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana - Two octaves and the truth!

    http://www.youtube.com/ukecantdothat

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Coventry, UK
    Posts
    376

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ukecantdothat View Post
    I have Mi-Si's in my ukes. Haven't heard the 5.0. The big thing is what comes after it. Once I got the Baggs paracoustic DI, everything came together tonally, and I feel like I can handle almost any amp/PA situation (and board operator) that comes along.
    Ok, whats the baggs paracoustic DI?? I'm hopeless at this stuff. Doesn't the mi-si come with an LRbaggs? I'm a bit confused by it all to be honest. I've seen a couple of reviews on these, one demoing the mi-si in which the guy says it comes with an LR Baggs and another comparing it to an LR Baggs???? Is it a newer version with the 5 0?
    "Make a decision to have a great day and follow through, misery is optional"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Coventry, UK
    Posts
    376

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    "LRbaggs 5-0 and Mi-si. Which sound is the truest".....supposedly, 5.0 is a ukulele dedicated pickup and should be a little bit superior to the MiSi (first cousin?)
    A custom, go for the one you think you'll be happiest in the long run. Lots of great sounding ukes out without either of those pickups, but installation costs will be about the same whichever one you chose. Good luck...talk to luthier about top, wood, expected tone(s), etc. He should be able to give you some insights based on what you expect from your instrument.

    Thanks Phil, much appreciated mate.
    "Make a decision to have a great day and follow through, misery is optional"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    1,523

    Default

    I just ordered an LR Baggs 5.0 so I should know how it is when it comes in and I get it installed. I had my guitar man order it and he will install it for me. All my acoustic guitars have LR Baggs in them and I really like them. I'm expecting the same from the 5.0 hopefully. I haven't decided which uke to start with. I was going to get 2 and put one in my Kamaka HF-3 and one in my Bluegrass Low G tenor but I thought I would see how I like the one before ordering anymore and I'm going to start with the HF-3. I'll reply back on this thread as soon as its ready and let you know what I think.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Cerritos, CA
    Posts
    5,200

    Default

    Para DI is a preamp but the Misi and 5.0 should have a built in one. However, the Para DI is nice because it has EQ functions and control feedback, brilliance, volume, etc. It's about $160 so that means you are spending about $300 just for the equipment.

    I have a Fishman Prefix Pro in one of my ukes and I like it because it controls similar things like the Para DI directly on the uke. However, you need a uke that is deep enough to fit and it's heavy cuz it uses 9V battery. The weight doesn't bother me as the uke rests on my lap when playing sitting down and use a strap when standing. I wouldn't recommend it as it's about $300 so unless you are performing and need direct control, it's too pricey in my opinion.
    Last edited by Dan Uke; 04-27-2012 at 03:20 PM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    1,523

    Default

    I think I'm going to post a thread for advice on which uke to put my pickup in.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Bay Area, CA
    Posts
    1,193

    Default

    I got to meet Daniel Ho last month and I asked what he used and he told me Mi-Si because of its convenience. I don't think he is sponsored by them.

    As far as the truest sound, Pepe Romero claims "the best is made by Schertler, it's the Resocoil model. It is a tiny microphone that is glued to the underside of the bridge. It produces a perfectly natural sound. Also it does not hurt the sound of the ukulele when played un amplified. It is very light weight as well." The problem is the price of the pickup is $400.

    I guess it is up to you and what you are doing with it. For my custom I chose a Mi-Si. If it's good enough for Daniel and affordable, then that is good enough for me! I will never go on tour, so I should be fine...
    Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. -- Henry Van Dyke

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    440

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigeralum2001 View Post
    I will never go on tour, so I should be fine...
    Famous last words

    Look forward to seeing you on tour some day lol.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •