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pickup install question...

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Jakedog, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Ok, so I got the ES-T system totally removed from my Taylor 114e. Found a new system, and was able to easily mate it to the built in battery box/endpin jack combo that came on the guitar. Everything a breeze, except:

    The new pickup is about half the thickness of the old one, and now the sadlle will sit too low. Would a guy shim over or under the pickup, and what would he use, or should I just get a new saddle made?
     
  2. Stubee

    Stubee Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    I'd shim over the pickup and would use varying slivers of a hard plastic sheet until you get it right. I've used multiple slivers of plastic in the past, also used hard paper. I know paper defies logic regarding when it comes to 'transmitting vibrations to the top' and so-on but I've messed with a few flattops & sometimes things just work.

    I've tried to use slivers of bone or similar but hard to get thin stuff shaped.

    You know you really want solid & consistent pressure from saddle to pickup. IMO you can get that with 'shims' & I'd try that simple route before building a new saddle.
     
  3. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

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    'dog,
    Give Taylor customer service a call. Some time back, I needed a new saddle for a Taylor and called to ask what I should buy and they just sent me a couple Tusq saddles gratis. The saddles they'd send would be tall enough that you could sand a bit off the bottom and fit it yourself without too much difficultly. Give it a shot. Taylor is pretty serious about customer service, at least that's been my experience.
     
  4. Jakedog

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    Excellent idea, thanks!
     
  5. Jakedog

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    Update!

    Got the Taylor all fixed up. I wanted to use it this week, so I opted not to wait to have saddles mailed.

    I ripped out the factory ES-T electronics, because of a love hate relationship with them. I loved to hate them.:lol:

    Installed a Fishman Matrix Infinity system. I've always liked the Fishman stuff. It's a little piezo-ish sounding (because it is) but it's great at handling high SPL's and full band gigs without feedback issues, and is still really workable for solo and duo stuff.

    I had my tech cut me a new saddle, I dropped the guitar off to him yesterday morning, and picked it up about an hour ago. he works me in really quickly, because I both give, and send him a lot of business.

    It's fantastic. Plays and sounds like it should, and now sounds killer plugged in too. I'm a very happy camper.

    Now all I have to do is find something creative to do with these three little holes staring at me where the knobs used to be. Hmmmm...
     
  6. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Somewhere in Interville there's a video of Guy Clark making the observation, after tearing the preamp out of an old Takamine, that the hole makes a very good sound port. . . .
     
  7. Jakedog

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    Yeah. After much thought, I've decided just to leave the holes there, and name the guitar Jesus.
     
  8. Vizcaster

    Vizcaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Too late for the op, but for anyone else searching this dilemma, MiSi makes a control set called the Align XT that will fit the Taylor three-hole layout. It works with their battery-free rechargeable preamp system that they designed to work with the LR Baggs under saddle piezo pickup. Which is ironic because the Taylor has that great tail-block battery box. I've heard the MiSi preamp used live in different sized rooms and it's impressive.

    http://mi-si.com/products/
     
  9. Jakedog

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    The Taylor tail block set up is cool. I tied the Fishman into it no problem, so I can still use the battery box. Much more convenient than having a little bag stuck inside the guitar.
     
  10. krisls

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    There is a system made to cover the holes etc and change that system out, called Tru Plug. Worth a look if you do fancy 'filling' those three holes.

    Kris
     
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