Great cheap acoustic pickup

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  1. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    A few months ago I installed a Belcat SH-85 soundhole pickup in my Sigma d-35 copy dread.
    I plugged it in for the first time today and was surprised how good it sounds considering it cost about $20 bucks delivered.

    If you are in the market for a cheap acoustic pickup I recommend checking these out. I think the pole pieces can be adjusted by pressing in and pulling up with pliers but will have to check on that. I didn't do a permanent install, just run the cable around the back of body and hung the jack end on the strap pin. I'm now considering installing it permanently and maybe adding a K&K type pickup to use in conjunction with it and blend the two together.

    I had a Martin dcpa-4 acoustic and imo this sounds better plugged in than that did.


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  2. YoGeorge

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    DO NOT USE DUCT TAPE ON A GUITAR FINISH!!!!! Maybe blue masking tape or something.
     
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    They do make end strap pin jacks for acoustic guitars.;)
     
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    Its hard to evaluate an acoustic pickup by yourself, because you are hearing the guitar plus the pickup sound - unless you REALLY crank it. I used to think my pickups sounded great, then I went for a beverage, and heard a peer playing my flattop from the bar - not bad, but nothing like what it sounds like under my ear - of course.
     
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    Woe! Chunkocaster! You scared me for a minute
    I read through quickly and thought you put all that tape on a Martin

    At first I was thinking I probably wouldn’t put tape on my guitar but it’s yours to do what you want with it
    Keep on rocking

    It must be too early... in order that I read:
    First it was
    A Martin guitar
    Then a belcat guitar
    And now a sigma

    I’m gonna stop reading it again now next it will be a k&k guitar
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Gasp!! My thoughts exactly. specially on a D-35... I would be a but hesitant to clamp a pickup across the sound hole too..

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  7. Chunkocaster

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    It's poly, nothing can damage it. Not even gaff tape.:)
     
  8. Chunkocaster

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    Yeah I have one in the spares box. The lead and plastic plug end came with the pickup. Nice and easy to install using gaff tape.
     
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    I playe it through a Marshall 50w acoustic amp turned up loud. Sounded great.
    I was listening for my guitar but couldn't hear it over the amp.
     
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    It's a great lookalike Martin D35, A sigma DR35 with thin poly finish. Solid top laminated rosewood back and sides. I sold a Martin dcpa4 when I bought this Sigma.:).

    It's loud acoustically with a low action, fitted with 12's and I can play lead and just about anything I can play on a electric on it.
     
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    It's built like a tank. Thin Poly finish.
     
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    Man tape that B**tch up if ya want haha. I have been wondering about that pickup for awhile Its always on the back burner but maybe put steels on my harmony and install that pickup
     
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    I really like it, I just bought it because it was cheap and I needed something to play through a pa when jamming with friends. It surprised me.
     
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    If it's catalyzed polyester (like just about every import guitar), not even finish stripper will damage it. The only thing it yields to is fire.
     
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    Poly?? On a D-35?? you sure about that? Izzat a Martin or a copy?


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    It's a Sigma DR35, a Martin copy. It's a nice lowish cost guitar.
    $550 bucks and I got to pick it out of a selection of 6 the same after playing them all and comparing in one sitting. Quality was inconsistent but this one was a standout, by far the best of the bunch in sound and playability. I set the action low like my electrics and it still projects and sounds great.


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    I figured it was temporary, just having fun at your expense.:D
    I put a flatpup on my acoustic CBG with double sided tape to temporarily test it 2 years ago, still there.;)
     
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    It will probably be some time before I install it properly, about the time the tape falls off.
    I did take the tone into consideration hence the minimum amount of small pieces of tape spread out.:)
     
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    Should've used the tan and brown duct tape for a camouflage effect.
     
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