Best pickup for 12 string.....................

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  1. major-minor

    major-minor Supporting Member

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    Soundhole, under-saddle, whatever.

    I may be picking up a Guild that will need some type of pickup installed. I'm not exactly "up" on all the latest and greatest here----so looking for all kinds of opinions.

    Again---this is for a maple, jumbo 12 string (if that matters). Thanks.
     
  2. kimock

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    Sunrise is my fave so far. You'll want to get the little matching pre-amp with it.
    The under-saddle thing has not been very good for me in any "spanish guitar"
    application.
    The Highlander under-saddle picKup sounds better to me than the Sunrise for "hawaiian guitar" tho, so go figure.

    If you're a solo performer, fingerstyle and tuned down, you might be OK with an undersaddle picKup.
    A mic in combination with the picKup plus a little EQ can get a decent 12 string sound if you're not playing to loud, and you're
    not thrashing the guitar.

    If you're tuned to pitch and playing with a band, with a picK, the undersaddle thing could be a nightmare.
    The transient information, plus the high end, minus the box resonance that you have to EQ out to prevent the low end from feeding bacK from proximity to bass and drums leaves you with nothing but hash for a guitar sound. (Unless the production and playing is super responsible and you're willing to throw a bunch of money at it.)

    If I needed a good 12 string sound my first choice would be a microphone.

    Second choice would be the Sunrise.

    After that it's anybody's guess, so my guess is Highlander.

    Next!
     
  3. major-minor

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    Well thanks------I think. Sounds alittle complicated.

    I'll be using this with a full band most of the time. Looking for a nice ,full sound.

    I see that Guild is now using the D-Tar Wavelength for their 12 strings. Anyone care to chime in on that pickup?
     
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    Sunrise.
     
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    OK Kimock------you've been the only one so far to advise on this, and I really appreciate it.

    So tell me more about the Sunrise. Like which one I should be looking at. I know of a dealer that carries them, but need more info before I call them.

    Thank you----again.
     

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