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Acoustic Guitar Magnetic Soundhole Pickup Comparisons

 
I put this together last year; figured maybe it'd be useful to somebody else.  The pickups are separated into two groups: adjustable and non-adjustable poles, but i've put them all together in this .CSV file though, so anybody can (download and) sort them as needed.

I went back and looked up recent prices for all of these pickups.  Prices below are the lowest on 3-7-08 from one of these sources: aamps.us, americanmusical.com, elderly.com, fiddlerscrossing.com, fullcompass.com, music123.com, musiciansfriend.com.

 
 
Acoustic guitar pickups with non-adjustable poles

Brand

Model

Price Single or double coil? Endpin
Jack or 1/4" plug

Barcus Berry

Maplebar

$48 SC 1/4" plug

Bill Lawrence

A-245C

$48 ? 1/4" plug

Bill Lawrence

A-300

$36 ? 1/4" plug

Bill Lawrence

FT-145

$39 ? 1/4" plug

Dean Markley

Pro Mag Grand

$55 DC 1/4" plug
Dean Markley Pro Mag Plus SC-1 $50 SC 1/4" plug
Fender ACP-1 $90 DC 1/4" plug
Fishman Neo-D01 $70 SC 1/4" plug
Fishman Neo-D02 $100 DC 1/4" plug
Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 $170 DC EP jack
Fishman Rare Earth Single Coil $130 SC EP jack
Lace Acoustic Bronze $80 DC EP jack
Lace California Acoustic $63 ? EP jack
Performance Plus GSP-1 $20 SC 1/4" plug
Seymour Duncan Performer Maverick $30 SC 1/4" plug
Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Tube $100 DC 1/4" plug
Seymour Duncan Woody HC $50 DC 1/4" plug
Seymour Duncan Woody SC $40 SC 1/4" plug
Shadow SH 330 (passive) $62 SC 1/4" plug
 
 
Acoustic guitar pickups with adjustable poles

Brand

Model

Price Single or double coil? Endpin
Jack or 1/4" plug

Bill Lawrence

A-345

$48 ? 1/4" plug
Bill Lawrence A-345C $53 ? 1/4" plug
Dean Markley West Coast Tahoe $60 SC EP jack
DiMarzio DP134 Elemental $70 ? 1/4" plug
DiMarzio DP135 Super Natural $65 ? 1/4" plug
DiMarzio DP138 Virtual Acoustic $65 SC 1/4" plug
DiMarzio DP139 Reference Acoustic $139 ? 1/4" plug
DiMarzio SP136 Super Natural Plus $70 ? 1/4" plug
Jim Kaufman Sunrise $255 ? EP jack
LR Baggs M1 (active) $170 DC EP jack
LR Baggs M1 (passive) $140 DC EP jack
Seymour Duncan Woody XL $60 DC 1/4" plug
Shadow SH 140 (passive) $76 DC EP jack
Shadow SH 141 (active) $120 DC EP jack
Shadow SH 145 (active) $188 DC EP jack
 
 
Pickup Systems - product includes transducer and/or microphone (in this group, only the Fishman REB has non-adjustable poles)
Brand Model Price Single or double coil? Endpin Jack or 1/4" plug
Dean Markley West Coast La Jolla Active $80 SC EP jack
Dean Markley West Coast La Jolla Passive $100 SC EP jack
Dean Markley West Coast Trilogy $170 SC EP jack
Fishman Rare Earth Blend $330 DC EP jack
Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic active $229 DC EP jack
Shadow SH 142 (active) $156 DC EP jack
 
 
COMMENTS:

Active versus Passive
Many of these pickups are sold as components to a system that can be expanded upon via the purchase of on-board electronics from the manufacturer.  Some of these pickups' sales copy incorrectly lists active pickups as passive (Shadow) and vise versa.  Anyway, i already have outboard preamps for my acoustic guitars so this didn't matter to me at the time i was looking into it (which is why that info isn't there).

DiMarzio
Single coil, or double coil?  It's a bit of a mystery.  Their sales copy says "hum-canceling technology", and at least one website lists them as "humbucker".  None of the other websites commit.  At least one model is for sure a single coil, because the sales copy says "practically noise-free even compared to humbuckers" (it's worth mentioning that this single coil pickup has two rows of adjustable poles).  The DiMarzio website didn't clear things up and the email i sent wasn't replied to.

Manufacturer's Websites: Barcus Berry, Bill Lawrence, Dean Markley, DiMarzio,     , Fishman, Jim Kaufman, Lace, LR Baggs, Performance Plus, Seymour Duncan, Shadow

 

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