I'm bored! I can't use my shop at the moment - I'm working. The job slowed down, so I have too much time on my hands. When this happens I start to think too much. I usually dream about the current build or the next 5 or 6. Then, without any grand plan or parts list I start buying anything that looks cool on Amazon or fleaBay. This results in having parts for guitars I haven't really even thought about building yet and the cycle starts over. So, here's a question for anyone that cares. If you were going to build an acoustic guitar (let's say an archtop with F-holes) and you wanted to put a pick up in/on it, how would you go about that? This is an interesting link to McCarthy Guitars and how he handles it. (also a great sales pitch if you want a $7000 archtop ) http://www.mccarthystringedinstruments.com/page3/page16/page38/page38.html He says he gets the best sound from free floating magnetic PUs. I would have thought a Piezo would be the way to go. Or perhaps a combination of Piezo & magnetic. I had this idea - feel free to comment The idea here is to have a block under the PU, but only connected to the top & back where the neck block would normally go. Kind of free floated in the body. The PU is attached to the block. The top would be cut out for the PU so the top plate would be free to vibrate. A piezo cable would be installed under the saddle. A preamp (possibly with notch filter) would be installed. I have read some about what causes feedback in an acoustic. It happens when you create a loop between the mic, amp & speaker. Acoustic guitars will collect ambient sound in the body and then regurgitate it back to the PU. Or something like that. The goal is to get the best, most authentic acoustic sound out of the guitar. I have plenty of electric guitars. If this was just for me, I wouldn't bother with the PU at all. I don't play in public. BUT - I always try to imagine professionals using my guitars & what they would need. Any thoughts?