Does anyone make a decent solid-body electric nylon string guitar with PASSIVE pickup?

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I perform live from time to time and my ideal nylon-string guitar would be a solid body electric one with passive electronics.
However, they seem virtually non-existent. Everything on the market is active & runs on batteries.

The issue with that is I don't want to be constantly thinking about batteries.
-What if the battery runs out mid-performance?
-Putting in a fresh battery for each performance seems wasteful
-Electrics with rechargeable batteries like Lithium-ion cannot be 'immediately' charged up (like Electric cars).

While it is ideal to leave the instrument unplugged on stage when not in use to avoid battery discharge, this is not always a viable option when you're gigging at a venue with a sophisticated sound system that the in-house team controls. You may find yourself somewhat forced to keep your instrument plugged in the whole night and hope your battery lasts when it's your time to get up on stage.

Also, when I practice with an electric instrument it is usually plugged in straight into an instrument amp. I like the idea of my instrument having 'infinite charge' as a passive electric than one with a finite charge per battery.


Long story short, my preferred setup is the instrument being a passive piezo & solid body (feedback on stage is real!).
Depending on the live setting, I would be running an external preamp/DI.

But I am struggling to find a decently priced off-the-shelf instrument that features a decently made solid body electric with passive electronics.

One way is to possibly buy one with active electronics, tear that out and convert it to passive. But that seems like a bit of a waste.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
 
You might consider the MiSi pickup which is active but charges in 60 seconds
 
You might consider the MiSi pickup which is active but charges in 60 seconds
Thanks for this suggestion.

I've had Mi-Si in several instruments. Never liked it. You have no gauge on how much charge you have left and also with finite charge you can't just leave it plugged in without eventually going flat. It's a no from me. It still has the inherent properties I dont like about actives.
 
https://www.kksound.com/aloha-twin
I had this passive pickup installed in my first baritone. No batteries.

Someday I would like to try an IR pedal that blends the sound of a professionally recorded acoustic ‘ukulele with the signal from my ‘ukulele.
Thanks for this suggestion. I have similar pickups installed on some ukes and guitars, but I generally reserve this type of pickup for scenarios where an undersaddle pickup is not feasible. Soundboard transducers are much more susceptible to feedback, and also, not the type one would (or physically could) install on a 'solid body electric'.
 
What about something like this?
I think you may be missing the point of what I'm looking for.
What I'm looking for is a good quality solid body nylon string electric guitar that has a passive undersaddle pickup.
For example, like what the Risa Uke-Solid stick ukuleles are like but a guitar.

Everything on the market appears to be active.

Regarding the KNA bridge pickup, I have more experience with it than most.
As an experiment I made it into a permanent pickup in my guitalele:

For the sake of discussion, this is not suitable for my needs as it will feedback heaps on stage and doesn't work properly on solid body electrics (weak tone with no vibrating soundboard).


What I'm looking for is an entire solid body electric guitar with nylon strings (like a Yamaha Silent Guitar, Ibanez Tim Henson, Eleuke Bluetooth guitar etc) that has a passive undersaddle piezo.

I'm sick of them all being active.
 
I thought I had edited my post to include a link to this Pono…
https://theukulelesite.com/shop-by/pono-tenor-electric-mango-deluxe-le-te-mdr-9926.html

The specs say passive pickup. They are often available in either tenor or baritone sizes, and in a few different woods/finishes.
If Pono made a nylon string guitar in that configuration, it would be precisely what I'm looking for.

I'm covered for the electric ukulele territory (have 2 Risa Uke Solids), but would like something in 6-string guitar form.
 
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I’ve never seen a solid body nylon stringed guitar…
 
I’ve never seen a solid body nylon stringed guitar…
Although technically a chambered-body, Godin makes some wonderful nylon-stringed guitars that could easily pass for solid-body electrics. My wife just got one and it's great!
 
kissing wrote:
If Pono made a nylon string guitar in that configuration, it would be precisely what I'm looking for.

Well, they used to. Here are some links to some (sold) used ones.
https://theukulelesite.com/pono-acacia-electric-guilele-package-be-6-7802.html

https://theukulelesite.com/pono-be-d-be-d-le-cs-baritone-electric-acacia-deluxe-package.html

https://reverb.com/item/55792400-po...italele-travel-instrument-all-solid-with-case

https://reverb.com/item/62242366-pono-be-6-acacia-electric-guitalele-guitar

Reach out to some Pono vendors and see what it would take to have another one made.
 
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If Pono made a nylon string guitar in that configuration, it would be precisely what I'm looking for.

I'm covered for the electric ukulele territory (have 2 Risa Uke Solids), but would like something in 6-string guitar form.
Here's an interesting option: The Nylocaster!
 
Here's an interesting option: The Nylocaster!
Holy crap, that is exactly what I'm looking for and more!
Thanks for sharing this!

I forgot these exist (I believe I came across them once years ago).

Only issue is he doesn't ship outside USA (and I'm in Australia).
I may have to get it shipped to a US based friend and have it re-shipped to me.
 
kissing wrote:
If Pono made a nylon string guitar in that configuration, it would be precisely what I'm looking for.

Well, they used to. Here are some links to some (sold) used ones.
https://theukulelesite.com/pono-acacia-electric-guilele-package-be-6-7802.html

https://theukulelesite.com/pono-be-d-be-d-le-cs-baritone-electric-acacia-deluxe-package.html

https://reverb.com/item/55792400-po...italele-travel-instrument-all-solid-with-case

https://reverb.com/item/62242366-pono-be-6-acacia-electric-guitalele-guitar

Reach out to some Pono vendors and see what it would take to have another one made.
Wow I did not know these actually existed! Thanks for the find. Another option for me to consider, though I'm hoping for guitar tuning (EADGBE) rather than guilele (ADGCEA).
But I think guitar tuning would be do-able with the right strings.
 
Have you considered a sound hole cover for an acoustic instrument?
 
Have you considered a sound hole cover for an acoustic instrument?
Been there, done that.

1. The sound hole cover negatively affects the plugged in sound.
2. Still get feedback.
 
Ben Woods is a great guitarist, great flamenco. I forgot about this. I used to pine for one, but ended up getting an acoustic.
I just pulled the trigger on the white Deluxe Nylocaster.
It seems it may be one of the last chances available to buy due to his passing away to cancer :(
 
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