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ukulele pickup suggestions

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by ThirdBird, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member


    my local music store had one of these in stock

    anyone have any experience with one?

    i am looking to play out with my tenor uke, and micing doesnt seemt o be a good option

    let me know! thanks
  2. Mauisnow13

    Mauisnow13 Active Member

    I play ukulele. One of my main instruments. You can always plug straight in, and this works fairly well. If you have a decently treated isolation room, you can mic it up.

    If you want a fuller sound, put the mic between the sound hole and the back of the uke, if you want a brighter sound, go towards the neck more. If you have a good mic, you can get good sound. You can even use 2 mics.

    The biggest recommendation that I have for you is to play around with it. You may find some things that work and some that don't. And you may need a different sound from your uke depending on the song. Don't be afraid to try different things.

    If you get that pickup, you can always run that through a good acoustic amp and mic it up. If done right, it can sound pretty clean.
  3. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Thank you for responding! Is this the exact pickup you use?

    Noticing your name, are you from Maui?

    My wife bought my uke for me on our honeymoon. We got it at Larry's Music in Kapa'a, Kauai.
  4. Mauisnow13

    Mauisnow13 Active Member

    We have a house there. I bought both my 4 string and my 8 string ukes in Maui. I think I got them at Lahaina Music.

    Both of my ukes have pickups built in so I can play live and hook in while recording if I need to. Even good guitar pickups should work as long as they'll fit.

    If you have a guitar center or other music store nearby, I'd go in with your uke and ask them if you can try out some of their pickups. They should let you pull some out of the cases and try them out.
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    That DiMarzio is very sensitive to placement (as are all piezo contact pick-ups), you'll have to experiment with that. Also,keep in mind that, by it's very nature, that piezo will really need an external preamp to give it some gain and tone. Never mind what the sales brochure may claim, a preamp (like Baggs or B-B) will make a HUGE difference.
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I think this is the one that our mando player had a few years ago. I agree with everything that moonbaby said - placement and a preamp (I like the Baggs Paraacoustic).

    The pickup that our mando player had was not very durable. Again, I'm not sure this is the same model, so take that with a grain of salt. Still, when someone puts a lot of effort into making something small and light it does not hurt to assume that it is delicate.

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