In hole pup for acoustic

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  1. '51 geezer

    '51 geezer Tele-Meister

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    I have a Martin D-35, about an 84 model or year. I'm on a tight budget. I'm thinking about putting an in hole pickup on it. It's a family heirloom, passed to me and intended to be passed on by me. So, I don't want to do much" modding". Plus, I'm not the level of luthier to do much anyway. GFS has a sound hole pickup that matches to an endpin jack they sell. Supposed to require no cutting. So, has anyone used GFS sound hole pickups? Are they decent? Is there something similar that is better and budget priced? I don't want the wire to hang outside of the guitar as I will occasionally gig with it. Thanks in advance for any help you folks can give me.
     
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    I put a belcat $20 buck delivered pickup in my d35 copy and it sounds good. It's completely reversible and only took a few minutes to install. I don't recommend my gaff tape installation method on your lacquer finish though. You could quite easily run the lead internally to the end pin. Running it with a eq pedal would give some tone shaping ability.

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  3. '51 geezer

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    I don't want that kind of installation either, but, my finish is not perfect. Ex father in law was a player not a collector. Pretty guitar by the way, back is REALLY nice.
     
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    I put K&K Pure Western Mini Pickups on my Martins. They're a bit expensive, but IMHO they're best sounding pickups. The're easy to install, they're invisible and you don't need to moddify your guitar alot.
     
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I have 2 of these and they sound great abot 50.00 roughly , one I got ata second hand store for 5.00

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    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    The Fishman soundhole pickup is pretty cheap ($50 - $60), and it can be soldered to an end pin jack easily. I have one in my Guild DV52S, and it sounds good!
     
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    I second the Fishman option. I have the Fishman Sonitone Onboard Preamp system in my two Martin guitars. It's simple, inexpensive - and it sounds great!

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  8. teletimetx

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    Not sure why you care about wire coming out of the sound hole.
    Don’t have experience with GFS acoustic pickups but my other experiences with them have not been consistently reliable, others like their stuff, etc.
    The Dean Markley in hole stuff sounds ok, but the cords don’t hold up. Little flimsy cord, everyone of them has turned up lame. same problem, most other brands.
    Maybe I’m hard on stuff.
    Seymour Duncan makes a Woody XL, adjustable pole pieces, stout cord, $70 new, less used, sounds good. That would be my rec for least invasive. At any normal gig, you would be the only one who cares about cord coming out of sound hole. That’s just IME, though.
    The K&K mini gets high marks all around, a little pricier, a little more invasive, but not much.
     
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    I have a 1939 D18, and, yes, I play it out on occasion. Needless to say, any cutting, drilling, etc on a vintage instrument is verboten to me. Solution? Mine has a L R Baggs M 80 sound hole pickup that feeds into a Vintage Jack. This jack fits into the hole that the end pin is in without drilling anything out, using a 1/8 inch plug, rather than the standard 1/4 in. The beauty of it is, should one want, removing the Vintage Jack and restoring the guitar to original only involves putting the end pin back in. _585.JPG
     
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    jackal Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    On my Blueridge I tried several soundhole pickups, the SD lipstick sounded the best to me. It's very low output so I run it through a SD pickup booster. No permanent mods needed.
     
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    Thanks for all your advice.
     
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    I really like these Lawrence models. Inexpensive and some models have a little volume knob on the pickup. They make a ton of different ones including HB and etc.
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    Those Markely woods ones aren't bad really, I bought one for $20 on Ebay.
     
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    + 1 on the Dean Markley.

    Love mine.
     
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    I've used a few different soundhole pickups over the years to varying degrees of success, the one I've been the happiest with is the Woody Hum Cancelling. Rich, full tone and no 60 cycle hum. Got mine on sale for under $50, it's held up well so far. https://www.seymourduncan.com/acoustic/woody-hum-cancelling
     
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