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Tech: built in pickup or not?

Felipa 11 Aug 15 - 02:15 PM
Felipa 11 Aug 15 - 02:54 PM
michaelr 11 Aug 15 - 06:25 PM
Will Fly 12 Aug 15 - 05:36 AM
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Subject: Tech: built in pickup or not?
From: Felipa
Date: 11 Aug 15 - 02:15 PM

I'm looking online at tenor ukuleles but the question could apply to guitars and mandolins. I'm not used to using pickups but is it a worthwhile option to have? The ukulele is a relatively quiet instrument and I read that you can connect pickups to computer to record, which would be nice.

Are there any reasons NOT to go for this option. For instance not worth the expense because external pickup is better? Or can it have any adverse relation to the tone of the unamplified instrument? Or does the pickup greatly increase the need to protect the instrument from damp or dust (I sometimes go camping with an instrument in tow)?


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Subject: RE: Tech: built in pickup or not?
From: Felipa
Date: 11 Aug 15 - 02:54 PM

incidentally, other models of Kala tenors that are coming up would end up costing me as much as the one with the built-in pickup, due to different delivery methods. But there are other cheaper makes that may suit. Hands on is best and I will see what our local music shop has, but when I think they will just have one type of tenor uke for sale, nothing to compare with.


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Subject: RE: Tech: built in pickup or not?
From: michaelr
Date: 11 Aug 15 - 06:25 PM

There is no downside to having a built-in pickup, especially at no extra cost. It won't affect the tone or make the instrument more vulnerable.


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Subject: RE: Tech: built in pickup or not?
From: Will Fly
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 05:36 AM

I recently bought a concert uke with a pickup in it. It sounds quite good amplified, even through my little 6w Roland microcube "handbag", and cost me about £175, if memory serves.


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Subject: RE: Tech: built in pickup or not?
From: treewind
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 06:33 AM

Agreed no downside to having a built in pickup, and good reasons (e.g. feedback resistance) to prefer it over external microphones for live sound reinforcement, but for recording you might still find a microphone gives you a more realistic sound.


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