Pickup for archtop?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Dave Orban, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for a simple way to amplify an old (1941) Gibson L-50 archtop...

    Traditional "jazz" magnetic pickups won't work, due to how close the fingerboard extension is to the top... no real clearance there.

    So, I'm probably restricted to saddle-type pickups or a contact pickup...

    What's the latest and greatest, for this type of application?
     
  2. Neer

    Neer Supporting Member

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    Dave, check out a Schertler DYN-G contact pickup. The problem with this type of pickup or saddle pickup is that you can't use them through a regular guitar amp. Are you sure you can't use a Dearmond monkey on a stick?
     
  3. orogeny

    orogeny Supporting Member

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    what's up professor?!!!!!!!

    looooooooooooooooooooooooong time. . . .

    i thought you were gone from these parts.

    anyway, call dave petillo at 732-531-6338. he'll get you squared away. he and his father took care of tal farlow for most of tal's whole career. . . . .

    dave knows a thing or two about what you seek

    hope you are well.

    damn. . . i think the last time i SAW you was at sotto's in princeton. . . .and that place isn't even THERE anymore. . .
     
  4. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    @ Neer: Unfortunately, there's insufficient clearance for a DeAramond, unless it's situated down in between the neck and the bridge.

    FWIW, I'm going through an old Fishman Performer Pro setup...

    @ Orogeny: Hi, Mike! ;)
     
  5. orogeny

    orogeny Supporting Member

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    hey dave!!!!!!
    dave petillo. call!!!!!!!
    tell him i sent you. . . .
    glad to see you back around here. . . .
     
  6. vibrasonic

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    Fishman makes a PU bridge, piezo built into the bridge. Elderly and others have them
     
  7. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    i've been itchin' to try something like a david gage Realist on an archtop guitar or mando.
     
  8. zombywoof

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    I have slapped a DeArmond FHC on a Gibson L-50. I did have to place it lower down then I normally would have on an archtop - about where the top of the f holes were - but it worked fine.

    You migth also look at the older Kent Armstrong pickups. I had one I really liked but not on an L-50 so do not know how it would fit.
     
  9. mark norwine

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    hey dave.....give me a call. my router readily awaits your visit!

    I'm sure we can fit a PAF in there.....

    [​IMG]
     
  10. musicofanatic5

    musicofanatic5 Supporting Member

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    Dunno what sort of "combat conditions" you might be subjected to but how about a lavalier, condenser mic. I use one on an f-hole mandolin with good results, mounted like this:

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    Most bridge p.u.s I have tried on an arch top guitar require a lot of subtractive eq to get rid of the parts that do not sound like an acoustic guitar.
     
  11. Rob Sharer

    Rob Sharer Muso-Luthier

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    I've been wonder how one of these would be for one of those old archtops with the flush fingerboard extension:

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    They're made for Nationals but I'm unaware of any law of physics that would rule them out for what you're trying to do. Elderly stocks them....

    http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/NSLP1.htm


    Rob
     
  12. zombywoof

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    I don't think any of the flatbuckers made for resos will work (they are not a floating pickup and attach to the body with a double sided tape) but the Kent Armstrong slimline mini-humbucker is supposed the be the thinnest floating archtop pickup out there. Their website specifically states they will fit a Gibson L-50.

    Might be worth a look
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2012
  13. MartinPiana

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    I have a K&K passive bridgeplate transducer (three transducers attached to the underside of the top) that sounds incredibly transparent and catches every nuance, on a flattop/arched back. http://www.kksound.com/acousticguitar.html

    K&K also now has a "Pure archtop" transducer system - two transducers that attached to the underside of the top. see them at the same link as above.
     
  14. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    Dave,

    I have no info but it's great to see you back!

    best,
    Jon
     
  15. Sam Sherry

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    Don't jump to conclusions. Check out the Vermont-wound Kent Armstrong 2-D.

    I use one on the L-75 and it sounds great.
     

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