Specific Acoustic Guitar Pick-Up Problem

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  1. Paul

    Paul Active Member

    Jun 12, 2014
    Chicago, IL
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    I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this issue I'm having as I've never heard of anyone suffering from this particular problem. I have an Alvarez acoustic guitar that, when I plug it into anything (an amp, an interface, a PA), the sound comes out alright EXCEPT for the high E string only. I've changed out cables, switched out the battery, tried multiple different devices and nothing changes. Anything I play on the high E string, whether it's part of a solo or in a chord, simply does not come through. Why is this happening???
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Do you happen to know what make and model of pickup is fitted on your guitar? If it's the type with separate pick-up coils for each string, the chances are that the high E coil has become disconnected or is faulty. I'm assuming that it's a manufacturer-fitted pick-up and not one you have added to the instrument after purchase. However, most of the medium-range Alverez acoustics I have seen have had a piezo pick-up mounted in the bridge, and this type cannot mute one string only, although they are prone to giving an unbalanced representation of the sound of the instrument.
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2013
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    Unless the piezo is defective or it's not sitting properly, right ?
  4. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    Hyde, England
    As a long term acoustic guitarist, I may have an answer also. If the saddle has been moved over the piezo (as pcrecord says) or has been trimmed to be sitting unevenly, that can cause your issue. Most better acoustics now use a combo system (ie: LR Braggs). Taylor and many others used under saddle piezos for years. So, what guitar is it, and where/what is the pickup :).
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